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GARDEN CLUB: Guest to speak on the ‘right size flower garden’

June 11, 2015

This Tuesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza, a special guest speaker will tell us more about time-saving and low maintenance gardening techniques, the best flowers to use and sustainable practices.

Garden consultant, designer, author and lecturer Kerry Ann Mendez will give us additional tips from her recently published third book, "The Right Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space and Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices." For those who cannot take notes fast enough, her book will be available for purchase. A 9:30 a.m. social time kicks off the meeting, which will conclude with a luncheon. Open to the public, this program is jointly sponsored by our club and the Adirondack Garden Club. Reservations must be made now by calling Sheila at 518-523-1440.

We should cherish these rare presentations when we don't have to worry about getting dirty or bitten by insects. Our club does not resemble the former concept of society ladies in fancy hats and party clothes, sipping from teacups. We just have too much work to do.

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Claire Thayer and Nichole Richardson are among the 14 volunteers cleaning up the Triangle Garden in May.
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For example, we follow the Mendez talk the next day, Wednesday, June 17, at 4 p.m. with our second work session at the Triangle Garden opposite the North Elba Show Grounds. The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery sponsors this June group by offering refreshments back at the restaurant at 5 p.m. The Cottage of Mirror Lake Inn will be our subsequent sponsor for the July 8 session, also a Wednesday starting at 4 p.m. One need not be a member to join us in our efforts. We need, value and welcome all volunteers.

The last sentence is true also for the Adopt-a-Highway program led by Denise Erenstone. The former HoJo's property at 10 a.m. marks the group's meeting place Friday, June 28, for picking up debris on part of Saranac Avenue. This will be the last of this activity until the final time in October.

You may have noticed the filled flower boxes on the Chubb River bridge. Bob Dimarco kindly painted the boxes, John Eldridge wired the liners, Eileen Lisano provided transportation of liners and Christine Shampany and I placed the plants ordered by Lake Placid Beautification Association. We are thankful for all who helped.

The dedicated officers of our club this year are Dot Beatty, president; Sally Urban, vice president; Sheila Venezia-Wescott, treasurer; Maggie Daby, secretary; and Renate Schachenmayr, membership (still open).

We encourage you to visit our website - - for more information about joining, committees, chairmen and activity calendar.


Tip of the month

Make your flowers look like those in catalogs. For bigger and more flowering plants, use Espoma Organic Plantone or Flowertone on your garden. This fertilizer is carried by some local hardware stores and the Hhot House in Saranac Lake. You need only sprinkle the granular mixture over your garden now and in mid and late summer for outstanding results. This tip was provided by Kerry Ann Mendez.



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