Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wildflower Sanctuary News and Next Work Date

Thank you to Terri, Sue C., Kathie, Carol, Melissa and Nancy H. for their help at the Wildflower Sanctuary last weekend!  You can see the before and after views of the path up the hill in the attached photos taken by Terri H., and if you look closely, you will see a green dragon plant to the left of the path.  It is done blooming, but still cool.  A lot of weeding and trimming also got done on Saturday. 
Thanks too, to George Alewel from Fister Quarries for providing the sand!
Please save the date: our next work day will be Saturday, July 6 at 8:00 or 9:00 if you prefer.  I will have more details when the date gets closer.
Until then, have a happy July 4th!
Sarah

Friday, June 21, 2019

Wildflower Work in the Morning!

Happy First Day of Summer!
This is just a friendly reminder that we will be having a work day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 8:00 or 9:00, depending on how much of an early bird you are.  We will be on the east/wooded side moving the last bit of mulch, filling in sand around the stepping stones, pulling weeds, and clearing mud off of the sidewalk.  Please do not come if it is raining more than a light sprinkle.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah
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                                                     (in honor of summer and the turtle we saw on Tuesday night)

Thanks and a Dish Towel......

Thank you to everyone who helped set up and/or clean up our Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener’s potluck on Tuesday, and for bringing the yummy food!  It seemed like a good way to kick off the summer. 

I found a blue and white dish towel just outside the Peg Bond Center.  If you lost it, please email me at Kimber2@mc.net.
 
Sarah        

Could we Visit Your Garden???

Summer is here and the fun of summer is visiting each other’s gardens.  Would you open your garden for a couple of hours and invite club members to come see?  No need for perfection, and I mean it, as we are all battling thistles and other fun things growing as if on steroids this summer.  A summer visit to your garden it is really more about seeing your garden and how you like to do things, visiting with other gardeners, and the joy of being in a new-to-us garden.  Have you got veggies?  Hostas? A sun garden filled with blooms (or even just green leaves!)?  Trees?  Bird baths and feeders?  If it is a pot on your condo porch or an acre of garden, we’d love to visit.

Willing to share?

We are hoping for two or three open gardens a month.  What would this entail?  Let me know and I will put out a note to invite people for the day and time of your choice.  Like an open house, people stop in and go during that time period (usually a couple of hours).  What would work?  Great times to do this are a couple hours between 4 and 6:30 pm or 5 and 7 or 5:30 and 7 so that even people who work can stop by.  If it rains, we can always call it off or just meet inside the garage and peek out at the beauty of your yard. If you want to just do it during the day, mornings or afternoons would work.

What might work for you?  We’d love to stop by!

Call me and let me know and I will put out the word to the club.

Diana Sharp
(630) 879-7578

Monday, June 17, 2019

Don’t forget....Tuesday Night!!!!

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener’s meeting this Tuesday is a potluck dinner and a bird walk.  We will gather at the Peg Bond Center (down by the Government Building/Depot museum) at 6:30 pm June 18 and take a guided bird walk.  After the walk, we will return to the center for a pot luck dinner.

The club will provide water to drink, cups, plates, plastic ware, napkins, and hot shredded BBQ’d meats to make sandwiches. 

You need to bring:
1.  A potluck dish to share with others (i.e. cold or warm side dish, appetizer, dessert, or salad)
2.  Serving utensil for that dish to share (as we will not have extras at this place)
3.  Binoculars (to see the birds)
4.  Insect Repellant (especially if it is a warm buggy evening)

Before the event (by 5:30 pm ) we would love to have some help to set up tables and chairs at the Peg Bond Center.  After the event we would love to have help cleaning up the center and putting the tables and chairs away.  If you can help either time (or both), that would be great.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wildflower Sanctuary - Next work day June 22

 Welcome to our newest Wildflower Sanctuary volunteer, Patricia (Tricia) Kelly, and thank you so much to Tricia and Terri H. for your help last week with moving rocks and mulch!  We burned a lot of calories, and we have almost gone through the entire mulch pile.  Thanks too to Linda S. for the plants.  They are now well-watered! 
 
Our next work day will be Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 or 9:00, depending on how early you like to get up.  We will meet on the east (wooded) side of the Riverwalk, but will also be weeding in the oval garden by the dam.  If you have them, please bring gloves, eye protection, clippers, shovel, loppers,weed diggers, and a bucket for hauling.  If it is raining more than a sprinkle, please do not come!
 
In the mean time, all of the Volunteers and Gardeners are invited to a  
The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener’s meeting in June is a potluck dinner and a bird walk. We will gather at the Peg Bond Center (down by the Government Building/Depot museum) at 6:30 pm June 18 and take a guided bird walk. After the walk, we will return to the center for a pot luck dinner. 

The club will provide water to drink, cups, plates, plastic ware, napkins, and hot shredded BBQ’d meats to make sandwiches. 

Please bring:
1. A potluck dish to share with others (i.e. cold or warm side dish, appetizer, dessert, or salad)
2. Serving utensil for that dish to share (as we will not have extras at this place)
3. Binoculars (to see the birds)
4. Insect Repellant (especially if it is a warm buggy evening)
 
 
Hope to see you next week!
Sarah


 
 
 
 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Potluck and Bird Walk

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener’s meeting in June is a potluck dinner and a bird walk.  We will gather at the Peg Bond Center (down by the Government Building/Depot museum) at 6:30 pm June 18 and take a guided bird walk.  After the walk, we will return to the center for a pot luck dinner.

The club will provide water to drink, cups, plates, plastic ware, napkins, and hot shredded BBQ’d meats to make sandwiches. 

You need to bring:
1.  A potluck dish to share with others (i.e. cold or warm side dish, appetizer, dessert, or salad)
2.  Serving utensil for that dish to share (as we will not have extras at this place)
3.  Binoculars (to see the birds)
4.  Insect Repellant (especially if it is a warm buggy evening)

Before the event (by 5:30 pm ) we would love to have some help to set up tables and chairs at the Peg Bond Center.  After the event we would love to have help cleaning up the center and putting the tables and chairs away.  If you can help either time (or both), that would be great.

Summer “Road” Trip

We are planning a summer trip for the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners.  The first one is on July 19th.  We will meet in the lower level of the library parking lot (drive down the hill and park at the lower level) and will car pool from there.  If you can help drive, it would be great.  Plan to throw in a couple of dollars toward gas if you are “riding”.  It will be a “road trip” including a stop at Contrary Mary, 2735 US 52 in Minooka, Lizzie’s Garden Center, 2455 W. 111th St.in Naperville, a stop somewhere for lunch and then a final stop at the Growing Place - 2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora.

If you want to attend, please let Nancy Hollmeier know by phoning her at (630) 482-1133 by July 16th.  We need a count to make reservations for the lunch.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Yellow with brown stripe.....

Want some day lilies that bloom yellow with a brown stripe?  They will be “on the curb” later today at 696 N. Van Nortwick.  The gardener there is “redoing” her garden in a new way.  Just drive by and pick some up.  Not sure if they will be in bags or sitting “by themselves”.  Enjoy!  

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Garden Walk Coordinator Needed

We need someone to coordinate the 2020 Garden Walk.  We have a committee of experienced people who helped last year and are willing to help with all the activities.  We need someone to cooordinate the committee and connect with the gardeners on the walk.  If you are interested, or even if you just want to learn more and decide not to do it, please call me and let’s talk.  This is a fun fund raiser for the club that brings people together and provides gardening joy to those in our community.  We hope to continue this tradition and have already identified at least two gardens to consider for the new gardenwalk in 2020.

This is the year we look for gardens, next year we hold the garden walk.  We have simplified the activities of the day of the garden walk and have local ticket sites and automated the ticket sales to make this a fun event.  If you like people and like bringing people together, it is easy to be successful with this project.

Please give me a call!  Diana Sharp (630) 879-7578

Calla Lilies Need Homes

We have a number of calla lily bulbs that are sprouting and need new homes.  Bob Dahlstrom has raised these for years and is “downsizing” his collection. Colors are unknown, but live dangerously and have fun!  The bulbs are free as long as they last!  Porch pickup makes this easy if you want one or a dozen to try.  Please only take as many as you can personally use so more in the club can enjoy them.

To get bulbs:  Bulbs are in a plastic box on my porch at 2S965 Shagbark Drive in Batavia, IL.  Bags are included in the box to “carry them away” (but leave the box!!!). When they are all gone, I will repost that they are all gone!

Diana Sharp
(630) 879-7578