May was the month our club planned to visit the arboretum at Pioneer Town. So off we went, even though the weather was cold and rain threatened.
Some walked the short distance from Joan Kennen's house (where we held our meeting and had refreshments), others drove. We first wandered the grounds, admiring the huge Russian olive trees and enjoying the historic atmosphere of this facility. Our trip through the arboretum (made more interesting and informative with a map that was obtained at the Welcome Center) involved viewing many trees that were unfamiliar to us -- numerous varieties of oaks, a golden rain tree, a coffee tree, and a huge horse chestnut tree that was in full bloom -- among many others.
We also enjoyed seeing the memorials and reading about the people in whose names they had been dedicated. We even found a memorial tree dedicated to Mittie McAdams, a past-president of our club. That was special.
This is a lovely part of the Pioneer Town grounds and we encourage all who have not had the opportunity to enjoy it to take the time to do so.
May has been a busy time for club members, not only in our own gardens, but at Pioneer Town where we prepared the flower bed outside the west entrance of the Welcome Center for the upcoming season, pulling weeds, removing more Chinese elm seeds than we could count, and planting annual flower seeds to enhance the perennials that are already coming up in the bed. Our co-president, Gloria Good, along with other members, have dedicated themselves to revitalizing the peony garden while other members have volunteered to create a new xeric bed just south of our current project. We have moved rocks in place for the border and cleaned up the area.
We are now waiting for Greg Hart and his crew to deliver and spread trail mix (donated by Benson Bros. Sand & Gravel Company) so that we can add plants to this bed and make the Pioneer Town grounds even more attractive.
Club members have also been busy planting three large planters in the courtyard at Horizons Care Center for the enjoyment of residents, staff and guests. We enjoy using our gardening skills so that others can enjoy garden beauty all summer long.
The June meeting will be all about herbs. The members had looked forward to visiting the extensive herb garden cared for by club member Judi MacKendrick and her husband, Ron. But Judi has been under the weather and this visit is postponed for now. Get well, Judi. We miss you! Instead, members will all contribute to a discussion of growing herbs in our gardens and how we utilize them after we have grown them.
Come and join us in our endeavors to learn about gardening, having fun while doing it, and giving back through our community projects. For more information about our club and our meetings, you may call 856-7077 or 856-3897.