March 20 Business Meeting: St. Rita's Church (no guests)
1:30 pm Pay dues
12:00 (arrive 11:30) Luncheon Waynesboro CC
"Attracting Backyard Birds" By Linette Mansberger- South Mountain Audubon
Last names A-L please bring a giveaway arrangement.
May 15 - 10:00 am
Garden tour: Spring Haven Native Plant Nursery. Meet 8:45 a.m. at Waynesboro Peebles parking lot to car pool to Newburg, PA No fee
June 19 -1:30 pm
Flower Arranging Workshop: St. Rita's Church. Learn the basics of flower arranging with June Mumma then make you own arrangement. Bring flowers, vase, and flower arranging supplies. No fee.
July 17 - 1:30 pm
Garden Craft: Church of the Apostles. Felt a small pumpkin with Bridget Brown Fee: 10:00
August 21 - 11:30 am
Luncheon at Waynesboro Country Club
"The Beauty of Bulbs" by Linda Secrist - Master Gardener
Last names M-Z please bring a giveaway arrangement
September 18 - 10:00 am
Farm and Garden Tour: Country Creek Produce Farm. Meet at 9:15 am at Waynesboro Peebles parking lot to car pool to Chambersburg. Tour fee covered by The Blue Ridge Garden Club.
October 13 - 1:30 pm
Business Meeting St. Rita's Church Hall BRS
Environmental & Horticultural Presentation with Marcia Romaine & Angela Rocks-Shriver (no guests)
December 13 - 1:30 pm
Christmas Craft Gathering at the Church of the Apostles: with Marguerite (Peggy) VanDerCruyssen and Rose Whitman
blue ridge garden club
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!