April 19 

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

​12:45  Business Meeting & Master Gardener Panel Q&A

Last names M-Z please bring a giveaway arrangement.

Pay dues - Reception table

May 17

Trip to Winterberry iris Gardens (no guests)

​Car pool to Cross Junction, VA. and bring your lunch for a picnic under the tent

June 21 

Educational Program at Otterbeine Center, Greencastle

Admission by ticket (public invited)

1:00 Cake bar, coffee, tea

1:45 "Made in the Shade" Talk by George Weigel

July 19

1:30 "Herbal Delight"  Arrangement presentation by

Sukie Rankin from Rooster Vane Gardens, Hagerstown

​Church of Apostles Hall Waynesboro (guests welcome)

August 9 - NOTE DATE CHANGE This is the 2nd Wednesday

​12:00 (arrive 11:30) Luncheon -

Carriage House Inn, Emmitsburg

12:45 "What Daniel Royer and early Pennsylvania German farmers can tell us about nature and conservation" slide presentation b Doris Goldman (guests welcome) 

Last names A-L please bring a giveaway arrangement

​September 20

10:00 Trip to Hope Valley Gardens @ Green Grove.

"Fall Demo" by Darlene Besecher.  May purchase flowers from her garden.

October 18

1:30 Business Meeting St. Ritas Hall BRS

Plant, seed and garden exchange (no guests)

December 13

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




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, 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. 

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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