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Oct 17 2019

October 24 Meeting

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Let It Rot & Putting the Garden to Bed presented by Bill Kargas

This is one meeting that no one should miss! Instead of one presentation on one topic, we will have two separate presentations on two different topics! Bill Kargas, famous speaker and presenter from Villa Park will give us a presentation on Practical Composting called “LET IT ROT”. This program addresses all aspects of composting, emphasizing the easiest ways to convert yard waste into a rich soil amendment.

Bills second presentation will be “Putting the Garden to Bed” and everything you need to know how to prepare your perennial garden
for winter: what to cut, when to mulch and fertilize, and how to prevent this year’s problems from returning next year. Bill has been working in the gardening arena most of his life and currently is employed at
Pioneer Gardening and Feed in Villa Park. Bill is a hands on presenter and will bring samples of things that he will address in his talk.

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May 15 2019

May 23 Meeting

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Workshop: Hypertufa + Blade sharpening

An example of a finished Hypertufa container.

Anyone interested in having fun, learning something new and creating your own work of art?  This meeting will be held at a Member’s home – please see your newsletter for details.

Each participant will create their own planter/pot/container from our concrete mix, better know as a Hypertufa! The club will provide all materials except the form that you will use to put the cement into and make your creation.  The form can be a bowl, plastic container or small box, none to be larger than 12 inches in any direction. Your container can be lined with plastic so when you remove your “cured” creation, your container will still be in good condition.  Since these cement items have to “cure” for several weeks, you should bring a card board box to place your item into  – to transport to your home.

Nearly anything can be used as a Hypertufa mold.

If you absolutely cannot locate a container to use as your mold, Marcie has a few extra but not enough for everyone.  Please RSVP to the newsletter email if you will be participating in this activity and if you are bringing your own mold or need one from Marcie. You may want to bring gloves and a small wooden dowel, and if you plan to add some of your own bling, perhaps some colored stones or marbles! Be creative!

Members that don’t wish to make this project should come and visit with friends, enjoy the refreshments and view the beautiful garden. Bring your item/items to be sharpened by John (see sharpening information on page 2 of your newsletter). 

Note: We suggest that you bring a chair as there isn’t enough seating for everyone.

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