Members Of The New Haven Garden Club Gearing Up For An Active Spring And Summer

Members of the New Haven Garden plant fresh flowers and clean up downtown garden. (Photo courtesy of Rosalie Laune)

By Rosalie Laune

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - On April 6, we started our second year maintaining the water garden at the New Haven Care Center. This activity will continue the first Monday of each month through October (10/06) at 8:00 A.M. As a related activity we also plan to continue our “Share the Blooms” program on these Mondays.
Last year garden club members brought flowers from their gardens and made arrangements for the care center.

Volunteers are welcome to help with the garden or to donate flowers. Rhonda Helling (237-2853) is our lead coordinator for this project and we have two members, Betty Altemeyer and Lucille Pohlmann, who have experience creating arrangements.

On April 14 members gathered for the spring clean-up of the downtown garden.  Last year, our lead coordinator Carol Bell, initiated the “Adopt a Plot” maintenance plan for the area.  This has proven to be very successfully. 

Not only has it resulted in more consistent upkeep, it has also introduced a diversity and creativity not evidenced before. Plants donated by members are adding variety and thanks to Astral Glass visitors will find their creations tucked between plants. It is the goal of the garden club to have blooms from spring through late fall.  If you are in the downtown area, I urge to get out of your car and walk along the garden to enjoy it at its fullest.   Anyone interested in adopting the several plots which remain “orphans” may contact Carol Bell (237-2832).  

On Tuesday, April 28, garden club members will tour Heidi Groner’s hydroponic gardens outside of New Haven. Anyone wanting more information about this tour can contact Jane Scheer, (237-3527) coordinator.  On May 16 a field trip is planned to Ste Genevieve for its Garden Walk 2015, Rosalie Laune (237-2564) coordinator.

On May 16, the Franklin County Masters Gardeners are sponsoring a plant sale and boutique from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in front of the J C Penny store in Washington.  During the sale, Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions.