BLUE RIDGE GARDEN CLUB 

2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS




 April 11 

12:00 (arrive 11:30) Luncheon Waynesboro CC (no guests)

"​Bonsai" powerpoint presentation

by Roy Larson, Master Gardener

Last names M-Z please bring a giveaway arrangement.


May 16 - 9:00 am

Trip to WV Tour of Head Spring Farm & Wool Shop. Owner is Bridget Brown (guests are welcome)

​Car pool and bring your lunch for a picnic.


June 20 -1:30 pm

Educational Program at Church of the Apostles

"Monarchs" by Julie Shindle.  Tour gardens and habitat Area. (guests are welcome)


July 18 - 9:00 am

1:30 "Herbs, Garden to Kitchen"  Presentation by

Carol Kagan & Barbara Petrucci, Master Gardeners, and tour of Penn State Extension Demonstration Gardens in Chambersburg.

Car pool​ (guests welcome)


August 15 - 11:30 am 

​Luncheon at Waynesboro country Club 

"Caring for Orchids"  Leah Neviel Master Gardener 

(guests welcome) 

Last names A-L please bring a giveaway arrangement


​September 19 - 1:00 pm

Local Garden Tours

"Quincy Country Club" Gardens of Mike and Allie Brezler

Renfrew Four-Square Garden" with Pam Hind-Rowland

(guests are welcome)


October 17 - 1:30 pm

Business Meeting St. Ritas Church Hall BRS

Environmental & Horticultural Presentation with Marcia Romaine & Angela Rocks-Shriver (no guests)


December 12 - 12:00 pm

​Christmas Gathering at the Home of Marguerite (Peggy) VanDerCruyssen


SPECIAL EVENT!  Sept-Oct.  Watch for an extra email invitation! "As The Mums Turn" by Faye Hiller.  See the stunning mums in full bloom. Afternoon visiting hours and dates TBA.


   


2016 PROGRAM

SAVE THE MONARCHS! 

The effort to save the Monarchs is an international one, affecting all states along the migratory route, as well as sites in Canada and Mexico. While overwintering numbers in 2015-2016 reflected improvement, raising hopes for a rebound, those hopes were dimmed by a freak, late-season winter storm in Mexico which affected the overwintering site, freezing to death anywhere from 3% to 50% of the remaining population (scientists do not yet know because they don’t know how many monarchs had already left to begin the northern migration before the storm; some believe many had left, others believe most were still there to bear the brunt of the storm. Many of the oyamel fir trees also toppled in the storm, reducing wintering habitat for the future. An important study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, released in March 2016 in the journal Scientific Reports and online at https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/monarch-butterflies-risk-extinction-unless-numbers-increase, concludes that there is an 11–57 % chance of quasi-extinction of the Eastern North American monarchs (the ones we see make the long and arduous trek to Mexico) within the next 20 years unless the population can be increased and stabilized to at least 6 hectares and 225 million individuals at the overwintering site in Mexico. A quasi-extinct population is one with so few remaining individuals left that recovery is impossible. https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/monarch-butterflies-risk-extinctionunless-numbers-increase 

HOW CAN I HELP? PLANT IT (MILKWEED) … DON’T PULL IT!! 
Habitat restoration is the first line of defense— and the best hope — to save these magnificent creatures. More than 175 million acres have been lost to development, and as a result of the use of glysophate herbicides such as Roundup on American croplands, in the last 2-3 decades. Milkweed is the SOLE host plant for Monarch butterflies; eggs must be laid on milkweed leaves, and the caterpillars then hatch, eat the leaves, and eventually form a chrysalis either on the plant or nearby. Learn to recognize native milkweed in your yard, and please … LEAVE IT! If you have a condo or apartment, you can buy some beautiful milkweed (Asclepias) cultivars at nurseries. Put one or two in pots on your deck or patio! 

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