Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Days

 
The Batavia Parks Foundation and the Park District will be having another community work day at the Wildflower Sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 7th from 8:00 to Noon.  Plan to come help us!

We also need volunteers to help Boy Scout Troop 6 plant trees and put up Beaver Fences on Saturday, Oct. 21.  Wilson Gossling will be working on his Eagle Scout project and we will probably start about 1pm.  Please let Sarah know if you are available.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Plants to be given away

Jan Miller is downsizing gardens and has some plants to give away if you can dig and move them in the next two weeks.  Her email is:  janmiller123@ameritech.net


She is specifically looking for homes for the following:


5-7 Annabelle Hydrangeas
- Many ornamental grasses:  pennisetum hameln, penstemon, miscanthus zebra
grass, miscanthus morning light
- 2 nearly wild roses
- many heuchera palace purple
- many ladies mantle
- some hosta, august moon
- many autumn joy sedum

Please email her for more information.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary Update and New Day to Gather!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out with the work day on Saturday!!!  A lot of plants (especially elderberries) died from the flooding over the summer.  We got them cleaned up, and planted some new swamp milkweeds that were donated by Charlie Jennings.  (Thank you, Charlie!)  The big surprise of the day were the blue violets that were blooming in our woodland area.  Either the flood and cooler weather tricked them into thinking that it is spring, or they wanted to make an appearance to prove that they are still the state flower.  You may have heard that milkweeds were named the state wildflower last week.  It seems silly to have both, but the legislature bringing attention to monarchs and native plants has to be a good thing.  
 
     Come check out the violets and everything else that is blooming on our next work day.  It will be Friday, Sept. 22 at 8:00 am.  (9:00 is fine, if you prefer)  We will be working on the crescent-shaped area near the beginning of the boardwalk.  Please bring gardening gloves, clippers, loppers, weed diggers, tarps or buckets for hauling, and eye protection. 
 
Hope to see you then!
Sarah

Friday, September 8, 2017

Reminder: Wildflower Workday this Saturday....Come join us!

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Day - Saturday!

Come see the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees!
On Saturday, Sept. 9 we will have a work day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary at 8:00 (or 9:00, if you prefer).  We will be working on the east (shady) side, about half way down the sidewalk, removing dead plants left over from the flooding.  The good news is that there are already new sprouts coming in at the base of some of the dead elderberries, etc., but the dead stuff still needs to be removed.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, clippers, loppers, weed diggers, eye protection and buckets or tarps for hauling.
 
Thank you for your help!
Sarah   

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Thank You!

Dear Wildflower Sanctuary Supporters:
 
Thank you to Lorayne for watering our new plants while I was out of town!
Thank you to Nancy Hollmeier and Sue Peterson for cleaning up LOTS of dead plants in our woodland yesterday!

Thank you to Kay Campbell, Sue Peterson, Mary Zaander, Trish Beckjord and Steve Matravers for assisting with our tree tagging, and to Steve Matravers and Davey Tree for providing the tags and know-how.  When you have a chance, take a stroll along the Riverwalk to see the I.D. tags on many of the trees.  Our goal is to provide education for the public on different species of trees and shrubs.
 
Please save the dates: our September work days will be on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 22. 

If you would like to help out between work days, we could use help cutting down and removing dead plants from the wooded area near the dam.  They can be put on the brush pile near the end of the boardwalk.  Also, the new swamp white oak tree can always use water in its gator bag.   
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah

Corrected Date: Bug Motels, Hotels and Cottages

We are meeting on September 19th (a Tuesday), at 6:45 for social and 7:00 for the meeting and presentation to craft our Insect Motels, Hotels and cozy Cottages.  The earlier post on this listed the wrong date.  Mark your calendar now!  Come on the 19th!!!!!!




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We are excited to have a well “crafted” September Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners' meeting.  Sue Styer will lead an “Insect Hotel” building activity while we learn about wintering over the good insects that we want in our gardens.   Join us for fun on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:45 pm (for social time) and a meeting starting at 7pm  in the meeting room at the Batavia Public Library. 

The club will provide small wooden boxes, deep wooden picture frames, and other wooden or (basket) woven items for the base "hotel, motel or cozy cottage".   We have about 30 of them, so if you want to bring one to help out, please do.  We will provide some bug-friendly "home goods" to go into the boxes and all the covering mesh to keep the home goods in the home.  You will need your own pair of scissors or garden clippers.
We encourage you to help by bringing small amounts (no more than a medium sized flower pot full of material) of any or all of the following:
Dried flower heads  (for example, cone flowers, zinnias, seed pods)
Leaves (green or dried)
Pebbles
Small sticks
Pine cones
Plastic straws (we will provide some farm straw)
Bark pieces (not cedar, it repels bugs!)
Wood pieces (think very small – they need to fit into a small box)
Broken pottery or pieces of old broken ceramic items- without sharp edges
Sphagnum moss
Dried Grasses
Potpourri
Small pieces of corrugated cardboard
 
If you have a wooden box you’d prefer to use, bring that with you, too!  Remember – this goes into the garden for the winter!

Be creative while thinking of things that these little garden “workers” would like for their temporary winter homes!  Even if you don’t want the insect motel for your yard, perhaps it would be a fun centerpiece or gift for a gardening friend.  Come have fun and enjoy being crafty with us!

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Day - Saturday!


Come see the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees!
On Saturday, Sept. 9 we will have a work day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary at 8:00 (or 9:00, if you prefer).  We will be working on the east (shady) side, about half way down the sidewalk, removing dead plants left over from the flooding.  The good news is that there are already new sprouts coming in at the base of some of the dead elderberries, etc., but the dead stuff still needs to be removed.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, clippers, loppers, weed diggers, eye protection and buckets or tarps for hauling.
 
Thank you for your help!
Sarah