Tip of the Month
Place a penny in the vase with your store-bought tulips/roses to prevent them from getting droopy. With tired flowers, one must also change the water every other day and cut the stems at an angle each time so they have the best chance to absorb it.
In spite of the dismal, recent weather, the Garden Club of Lake Placid has already sprung into action with an excellent speaker, Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College, who spoke at last week's initial membership gathering.
More than 50 members, spouses and guests enjoyed knowing why we were having so much moisture as he addressed "Wild and Crazy Weather: Are we looking at Planting Zone Changes?"
On Wednesday, May 7, a group tackled preparing the Triangle Garden opposite North Elba Show Grounds for the first burst of yellow daffodils and green sprouts of the season. Delta Blue at Northwoods Inn sponsored the workers afterward by offering complimentary snacks and discounted drinks for thirsty and tired volunteers. These sessions are always on Wednesday, usually monthly at 4 p.m., with a different sponsor each time. We are doubling up this month, however, with another session May 28 sponsored by Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, which will host us after a hour's work.
Other sponsors throughout the season include the following popular and leading restaurants/pubs: Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar, The Cottage, Interlaken Lodge, Pan Dolce and Big Mountain Deli and Creperie.
Activities don't stop there. Adopt-a-Highway work will be held May 9, starting at 9 a.m. for a Dutch treat breakfast followed by a 10 a.m. pick-up of Saranac Avenue. Because this is such a busy corridor, the children are not included.
For them, it's the big one, Village Clean-up for all the community - young people and adults. Meet between 9 and 10 a.m. on the roadside of Mirror Lake beach house to collect bags, a team of children and information about what area to cover between. Lunch is a treat for all volunteers starting 11:30 a.m. on the lake side of the structure.
Now you have an inkling about what your local Garden Club does. Each month, we will highlight our future activities which are open to all.
We welcome helpers from the community for any planting, maintenance, clean-up sessions and are having more evening events to encourage working people to join us as members or occasional volunteers. Men are welcome as well as the gals. Contrary to rumor because of our successful Babes in Blooms fund-raising calendar, one does not have to get naked to join.
Officers for the year are President Dorothy Beatty, Vice President Sally Urban, Treasurer Sheila Venezia-Wescott and Secretary Margaret Daby. The 22 committee heads are too many to mention, but they are listed in the attractive Yearbook given to paid members with descriptions of each committee's work and a calendar of events for 2014.
As President Beatty stated, " Programs range from May 21's mini-field trip, our own geological wonder at High Falls Gorge to edible plants, to making 5-minute centerpieces to true confessions -?my biggest garden failure with master gardeners to the rescue. We focus on flowers, plants, how to maintain, use and enjoy them."
Beatty also said the club plans an interesting and dynamic program, ending with a complimentary December party at a beautiful private home on Placid Lake ... "to relax, toast ourselves and another fine season of beauty."
Memberships are $30 and may be secured through Renata Schachenmayr at 518-523-3676 or 518-524-7994 or by email at email@example.com.