Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Pot Luck - December 19th

The Annual Holiday Pot Luck will be held December 19th in the meeting room at the Batavia Library.  We will gather at 6:45 pm to set up and enjoy we will sit down together by 7:00 pm. 

Gardeners joining us are asked to bring a salad, dessert, or main dish casserole to share.  Sloppy Joes, shredded meat and buns to make these into sandwiches will be brought by some of the board members.  Drinks will be provided by the club. 

This is a fun night to visit, enjoy some good food, talk about our garden adventures and think about spring. 

We will also have a "white elephant" exchange for those who would like to participate.

Want to participate in the "white elephant" exchange?  If so, wrap up and bring something that you already own and want to "get rid of".  These have traditionally been items people wanted to "pass on" to others as well as more some funny "please take this to your home instead of mine" items. 
Please do not go out and buy anything for the exchange, it is truly to be something that you got but may no longer want or need, perhaps something you've grown tired of but think may bring joy to another person, or it could be some crazy thing that you think others would have a good giggle to get.  If you do not want to participate in the white elephant exchange, don't worry, just don't bring anything to "exchange".  Guests bringing something for the exchange will put their names in a hat and, when drawn, will have the adventure of choosing an item brought by other exchange participants.   

Come enjoy our time together. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This SATURDAY!!!!

Come one, come all!

On Saturday Nov. 18th, we will be having a work day at the Wildflower Sanctuary starting at 8:00.  Please come help with weeding, planting seeds and repairing protective the fences around our trees.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, tin snips, weed diggers, eye protection and a tarp or bucket for hauling.  We will be meeting by the dam and then moving over to the boardwalk area.
 
Thank you for your help!
Sarah 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Busting Garden Myths

Join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners on Tuesday, November 21, for a discussion and University of Illinois webinar entitled "Busting Garden Myths"  about trees, peonies, tomato plants, cut flowers , insect control, pest control, using companion plants, vegetables, foliar fertilizing, soil quality, use of Epsom salts, balanced fertilizers.  It will be a great way to end the growing season, by debunking myths and learning what we should be doing for the new  year. 


Social Time 6:45 pm
Short meeting 7:00 pm
Presentation and Webinar to follow


We meet in the large meeting room of the Batavia Public Library on the corner of Wilson and Hwy 31.  See you all for "Busting Garden Myths" and a great conversation about gardening!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Leaf Shredder for Sale

Leaf Shredder/Mulch Maker For Sale
Jan Miller has a Leaf Shredder for sale.  The Flowtron Leaf Eater chops leaves that can be added back to your gardens to hold moisture and control weeds. Electric. $40 (New at Amazon for $149.)
Located in Geneva. Contact janmiller123@ameritech.net.
if you are interested in purchasing it.

Here's the link to the listing on Amazon:
leaf+shredder

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wildflower/Native Plant Sanctuary Update and Work Day Plan

Thank you so much to Wilson Gosling, Philip Swanson and the rest of Boy Scout Troop 6!  On Saturday, with the help of Ed, Sue, Lorayne, Terri and Jo, they planted two trees, rebuilt our kiosks and put protective fences around LOTS of trees at the Batavia Wildflower/Native Plant Sanctuary.  I hope I did not leave anyone off of the list of helpers, so please let me know if I did!
 
You can see the trees and kiosks for yourself on Friday, Oct. 27th.  At 8:00 (or 9:00 if you prefer), we will have a work day on the east (shady) side on the north end near the dam.  Since the ground is soft, we will be weeding and removing some invasive shrubs.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, eye protection, weed diggers, loppers and buckets or tarps for hauling.  It should be a short one, and I expect to wrap things up around 10:00.
 
Please save the date: Our next work day will be Saturday, November 18, and there will NOT be one on Friday, Nov. 24 due to Thanksgiving.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah      

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Everything You Wanted to Know About Trees"

Don't forget to join us for the October 17th educational presentation and meeting of the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners.  Our program is focused on answering all your questions about our trees! 


6:45 pm social time
7:00 pm short business meeting (Got Gardening Questions?)
"Let's Talk Trees" to follow short business meeting


Meeting and educational program held at the Batavia Public Library on the corner of Wilson and Hwy 31.

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Days - Volunteers Encouraged!

Dear Wildflower Sanctuary Supporters:
Will Gosling is a Boy Scout working on becoming an Eagle Scout.  On Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:00, he and Troop 6 will be planting two trees by the west side of the raised boardwalk and installing wire fences around existing trees to protect them from beaver and rabbit damage.  Unfortunately I will be out of town, so I am looking for volunteers who can be there to help out, answer questions, and sign off on his paper work.  Please let me know if you are available.    
 
Our next regular work day will be Friday, Oct. 27th at 8:00 am.  I will have more details when it gets closer.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trees and the Care of Trees

Come join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners on October 17th to hear Steve Matravers from Davey Care of Trees answer questions about trees, the drought effect on trees next year, and some of the disease that are affecting trees in our area, especially spruce.  Steve hopes participants will come with questions that they may have about trees and will also do a presentation on the topics listed. 
 
Social Time 6:45 pm
Short meeting 7:00 pm
Presentation to follow
 
Meeting takes place in the large meeting room at the Batavia Public Library on the corner of Wilson and Hwy 31 in Batavia.  All are welcome. 

House Plants Needing New Homes

The Trout's are downsizing and have some lovely house plants that need new homes.  Free!  Please contact Doris to adopt any or all of the following: 

3 spider plants
2 large snake plants (mother-in-law tongue)
1 norfolk fir tree

Call or email:
(630) 482-2572 ...leave a message if no answer!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Saturday....Join us for a Service Day with the Park District at the Wildflower/Native Plant Sanctuary

Kim Hansen from the Batavia Park District will be coordinating the Parks Foundation Community Service Day at the Wildflower/Native Plant Sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8:00 to noon.  The group will be starting at the Peg Bond Center, and I hope you can join us.   Kim and I got together on Thursday, and came up with a list of things to work on.  The best part is that some members of the Park District staff will be there with equipment like a brush mower and an edger.  I would suggest bringing work gloves, eye protection, loppers, weed diggers and a tarp or bucket for carrying brush. 
 
Thanks!
Sarah      

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!!!!!!




................................corrected prior post follows...................................................
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   

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bug Hotels, Motels, and Cozy Cottages

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!

Corkscrew Willow needs new home

A Corkscrew Willow all potted up and ready to be relocated is looking for a new home.  The tree is 5 foot tall and ready to go.  Give me a call if you would like this little beauty for your home.

Diana Sharp
(630) 879-7578

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Join Us Friday Morning - August 25

Just a friendly reminder that we have a big day tomorrow at the Wildflower Sanctuary:
 
There will be a work day at 8:00 (or 9:00 if you prefer) to clean up after the flooding last month.  We will meet on the east (shady side) to cut out dead stuff and remove gravel.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, loppers, pruning shears, shovels, buckets, and eye protection.
 
At 1:00, we will meet with Steve Matravers from Davey Tree to put I.D. tags on trees and shrubs.  We will start at the west side kiosk near the beginning of the boardwalk, and gloves and battery-powered drills will be handy for that.   
 
Thanks for your help!

Open Garden Event

Rosie McVay is having an "Open Garden" event for the club.  Please join us:

Come and stroll around my garden and enjoy a few nibbles and a drink with other Plain Dirt Gardeners.

What: Open Garden Evening
When: Thursday, August 31
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Rosie McVay’s, 641 Maple Lane, Batavia
RSVP if you’re coming to Rosie—email: rosie@mcvay.com

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Please Help: Wildflower Sanctuary Clean up after the Flood


Please save the date!
On Friday, August 25th we will have a clean up day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary starting at 8:00.  Unfortunately the flood waters from last month killed some of our plants and bushes and left behind gravel and other debris.  We will be meeting on the east (shady) side of the wildflower sanctuary, and really could use some help, even if you come late or leave early.  Loppers, clippers, shovels, gloves, eye protection and buckets or tarps for hauling would be handy to bring.
 
Then at 1:00, we will have our tree and shrub I.D. tagging event with Steve Matravers from Davey Tree.  For that, we will meet by the kiosk where the little prairie meets the boardwalk.  If you have a battery powered electric drill, please bring it along.
 
If anyone is up for lunch in between events, we can go to Bulldogs or Panera.   
 
Thank you so much!
Sarah

Monday, July 31, 2017

August 5- Volunteer to help with Spruce up the Riverwalk


On Saturday, Aug. 5, the Batavia Parks Foundation will be having an "August Park Spruce Up" at the Riverwalk from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Volunteers will be cleaning up after the flood, removing some invasive shrubs, trimming, weeding and repairing the brick pavers.  Unfortunately I will be out of town, but it would be great if we had some of our volunteers there to help out, assist with plant I.D., and in general, keep an eye on things.  If you would like more information, you can go to their Facebook page or email BataviaParksFoundation@gmail.com.  They suggest bringing work gloves and a water bottle.  Water and snacks will be provided.
 
Thank you to Charlie, Kimberly, Lorayne, Nancy, Sue, and Helen for planting and weeding at the Wildflower Sanctuary yesterday!  It was good to get all of our new "babies" into the ground.
 
 Hope you are able to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather!
Sarah
 
P.S. Come check out the beautiful swamp mallow (hibiscus) blooming along the riverbank! 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pots - Saturday morning only

Planning ahead for next year's plant sale?  Yvonne Richter is getting rid of a great amount of pots.  All sizes.  They are only available Saturday morning (July 29) until the "Got Junk" guys arrive.  Her address is 2250 South Stret in Geneva, IL.  If you need to call her the number is (630) 450-0037.  Stock up now! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary Update

Our native plants are doing their job and handling the flooding at the Batavia Riverwalk.  The water is receding, and we will have our work day tomorrow morning (July 28) at 8:00 am.  If 9:00 works better for you, that is fine too!  We will be planting!  Russ at Spring Bluff Nursery was kind enough to give us 21 beautiful plants, and they need to get into the ground.  You can look for us at the little praire on the west side, and we will be making our way around the Riverwalk from there.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, eye protection, weed diggers, shovels and watering jugs.  Warning: yes, it might be muddy!
 
Hope to see you in the am!
Sarah
 
P.S. Save the date: our tree tagging event has been rescheduled to Friday, Aug. 25 at 1:00. 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary Summer News and Work Days


Thank you so much to everyone who helped out at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary today!  It looks a lot tidier!
 
Please save the date for some upcoming events:

On Friday, July 21 at 2:00 pm, we will have a tree and shrub tagging party.  In order to make the WFS more educational, Steve Matravers from Davey Tree is donating labels for our trees and shrubs.  Some of our trees already have tags, but we will need a lot of help with the rest.  Please bring an electric (cordless) drill if you have one.  We will meet at the kiosk between the little prairie and the boardwalk.  
 
Our next regular work day will be Friday, July 28 at 8:00 am.  We will be cleaning up the crescent shaped area across the sidewalk from the beginning of the boardwalk, so it should be fairly shady.
 
Philip Swanson is a Boy Scout working towards becoming an Eagle Scout.  His project will be to rebuild our kiosks with some help from Troop 6 and his dad, Tom, and I will let you know when I find out when that will be.  
 
In the mean time, if you notice that the green bag on our new oak tree is empty, please add some water.  The tree is located in the grassy area between the dam and the end of the boardwalk.
 
Thanks again,
Sarah 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Beautiful Day to Garden in the Wildflower Sanctuary!

The weather forecast for Saturday (July 8) looks perfect, and we will be having a work day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary at 8:00.  We will be working on weeding and trimming on the east (shady) side, but near the dam.   If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, weed diggers, clippers, loppers, a bucket or tarp for hauling and eye protection.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary Next Workday - THIS FRIDAY!


The next work day at our wildflower sanctuary will be Friday (June 23) at 8:00 am.  We will work on pulling weeds and trimming back stuff on the shady (east) side of the WFS.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, weed diggers, clippers, loppers, eye protection and a bucket or tarp to haul the weeds.  

Thank you to everyone who helped out with our pop-up work day on Monday.  The Riverwalk looks MUCH better.  (It also helped that the rain washed away a lot of goose poop.)
 
If any of you are interested, Jack Shouba will be leading a class for Morton Arboretum at the Illinois Beach Nature Preserve.  It is a very unique habitat with plants including orchids that cannot be seen elsewhere.  The class is on July 15 from 9:00 to 1:00, and you can get more info or sign up at:
 
 
  
Thanks for your help!
Sarah

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pop to the Wildflower Sanctuary Monday!


Hello Gardners!
The rain has softened up the soil, and the weather forecast for Monday looks perfect, so we will have a "Pop-Up" Work Day at the Wildflower Sanctuary to go after the weeds that have popped up while our backs were turned.
 
Please join us on the east (shady) side of the Riverwalk at 10:00 on Monday.  If you have them, bring gardening gloves, loppers, clippers, weed diggers, eye protection, and a bucket or tarp for the weeds.
 
Thank you so much!
Sarah
 
P.S. Please note the unusual start time.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Reservation count for Pal Joey pizza buffet needed by THIS FRIDAY!

Don't forget......

If you plan to attend the Club's Tuesday, June 20th 7:30 pm pizza buffet at Pal Joey's at 7:30 pm, and you did not sign up at our April meeting, you need to email Sarah at kimber2@mc.net by Friday, June 16.  The staff at Pal Joey's needs firm count by then!!

The cost is $5, which includes soft drinks.  The club will cover the other half of the price, since this will be our end of the season celebration.   You are welcome to get other beverages at the bar.
 

June Meeting - Flowers and Food at the Riverwalk!

What could be more fun than flowers and food?
 
The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners meeting on Tuesday, June 20th will take place at the Riverwalk instead of the library
 
We will meet just outside the Peg Bond Center (the bandshell on Island Avenue in downtown Batavia) at 6:15.  Please be on time, because we will be doing a guided wildflower walk with Jack Shouba, a local plant expert. 
 
At 7:30, we will walk past the beautiful kaleidoscope and bridge planters, and over the pedestrian bridge to have a pizza and salad buffet upstairs at Pal Joey's.  The cost is $5, which includes soft drinks.  The club will cover the other half of the price, since this will be our end of the season celebration.   You are welcome to get other beverages at the bar, and to bring a spouse.
 
I hope you can attend either the walk, the dinner, or both!  If you did not sign up at the last meeting, but would like to join us at Pal Joey's, please email Sarah at kimber2@mc.net by Friday, June 16.  The staff at Pal Joey's needs firm count by then. 
 
 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Next Work Date for the Wildflower Sanctuary

Our next work day at the Wild Flower Sanctuary will be on Friday, May 26 at 8:00 a.m.  We will be working in the prairie area planting plugs of prairie dropseed grass and pulling weeds.  Bring gloves, trowels, and tarps or buckets or trugs for the weeds.  See you there!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Alphabet Garden Request

Rosemary Henders cares for the Alphabet Garden behind the Batavia Public Library and has asked if anyone could get her any of the following plants to round out this year's needs:
Hens and Chicks, wormwood/Artemisia absinthium, and a flowering or decorative kale.  If you could spare one of these, please bring it to the meeting Tuesday night or contact Rosemary and make arrangements to share with this fun garden.

Natures Edibles - May 16

Join us Tuesday, May 16 for "Natures Edibles" to entice the palate and intrigue the gardening mind.  Social time at 6:45pm, short business meeting 7:00 pm, and "Natures Edibles" right after that!  We will meet at the Batavia Public Library in the large meeting room. 







Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lucky Us - Lucky You!

We were blessed with a full-house today at the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener plant sale.  We even got our picture in the Daily Herald online minutes after our doors opened and our wonderful buyers started to fill their boxes with all the goodies:

http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170509/plant-sales-popping-up-all-over-in-may

Thank you to all who donated plants, volunteers who helped with the set up and clean up, and especially to all those who gave homes to these beauties!   It was fun to see everyone!  Happy Planting!

Diana

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Countdown to Plant Sale...Saturday, May 13

Mother Nature is busy watering all the beauties that are waiting outside our homes to go to the Plant Sale this Saturday! 

We need club members to come on Friday afternoon and evening to do the set up (from 3:30 pm to 7:30pm).

We open to the public at 9am Saturday, May 13th in the gymnasium of Bethany Lutheran Church 8 N. Lincoln in Batavia for the big native and perennial plants sale.  Proceeds go toward the Wildflower Sanctuary.

With this wonderfully lush spring, there are some new additions to what I hear will be available!  In addition to many of the perennials we all love, expect to see hellebores, dropwort, dwarf Solomon seal, trillium, May apples, Jack-in-the-pulpits, and some interestingly beautiful blooming natives.  The ferns I've already seen are spectacular! 

Plan to join us for the sale....to help or to purchase...or BOTH!

We're a Certified Natrual Habitat!

Thanks to everyone's hard work, the Wildflower Sanctuary is now certified as a natural habitat by the Conservation Foundation! 
For more information on the Conservation Foundation, see their website at www.theconservationfoundation.org.  To have them do a tour of your yard, call Trish Beckjord at 630-553-0687 x206 or email her at tbeckjord@theconservationfoundation.org.
 
In other WFS news, we now have a new swamp white oak tree that was donated by the Batavia Women's Club.  You can see it in the lawn area at the far north end of the penninsula between the boardwalk and the dam.
 
Our next work day will be Tuesday, May 16 at 8:00 am.  (9:00 is OK too, if you need more sleep)  We will be planting!!!  Meet us by the little prairie or in the area surrounded by the boardwalk (on the west side of Riverain).  If you have them, please bring gloves, eye protection, watering cans and shovels (small for planting plugs or large and flat for edging).
 
Thank you for your help!
Sarah  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Need Pots? Need blank labels?

If you are digging plants for the plant sale and run out of pots to put them in, Yvonne Richter (630) 450-0037) has a big stash of them (she is on the south side of Geneva) or Bob Dahlstrom(630 879-2629) has a big stash of them and is mid-city Batavia.  Bonnie Hines has the blank materials for labels if you need them, too (630) 879-9434. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Help us Plan for the 2018 Garden Walk

We are planning the Garden Walk for 2018 (not doing one in 2017).  We will have an organizational meeting for those interested in helping with the planning of this event.  If you would like to be involved, we will meet at Sally's house at 7pm Sunday, May 7 at 7:00 pm.  Her address is 628 Carlisle in Batavia.  Call Diana for more information at (630) 879-7578.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Start those Trowels!

It is a cool weekend, but a great one to start digging to share your plants at our Plant Sale (May 13th, doors open at 9am).  Everything will get a really good head start!  We look forward to your native plants, perennials, ferns, shrubs, small trees, grasses, herbs, veggies and more.  Not enough to share or just getting started in your gardening?  Plan to join us and take home some of the beauties.  Even if it is just a pot on the front porch or patio, there will be fun things to brighten your spring, summer and fall! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Come to the Party....Planting Party!

Please come to our planting party!
 
Mary Zaander and Diana Sharp have graciously and generously donated LOTS of native plants for the Wildflower Sanctuary.  On Friday am (April 28th) we will plant them in the shady (east) side of the Sanctuary, and then on the west side in the wedge between Riverain and the boardwalk.  We will start at 8:00, and go until they are all in the ground.  You are welcome to come at 9:00 if that is better for you.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, small shovels, kneeling pads, watering cans and eye protection. 
 
Thank you for your help!
Sarah  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cooking with Herbs - April 18

Join us April 18th to learn more about Cooking with Herbs from our gardens.  Social time begins at 6:45 pm; business meeting focused on the garden walk, plant sale, and Wildflower Sanctuary updates at 7:00 pm; the program starts immediately following.  All is held in the meeting room at the Batavia Public Library.  For more information contact Diana Sharp, (630) 879-7578.  Hope to see you there! 



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Plant Sale - May 13

Now is the time to start planning for the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener's Plant Sale.  Are there things in the garden you can dig and donate?  Are there things you need for your garden that you'd like to purchase?  Would you like to volunteer for digging or working the event?  We need you and your wonderful gardens to make this event a success.  All donations are tax deductible.  Forms will be available at the sale.

Set up for Plant Sale, Friday, May 12 after 3:30 pm at the Bethany Lutheran Church gym. 

Doors open for the Plant Sale, Saturday, May 13 at 9am.  Volunteers need to arrive 1/2 hour earlier.  Doors close at noon (or when the goodies are all gone!)

Need pots to pot up the plants?  Want to offer to help?
Need more information?  Contact Diana (630) 879-7578

Wildflower Sanctuary Upcoming Events

A big thank you to everyone who helped eradicate garlic mustard and fig buttercups from the Wildflower Sanctuary Saturday, and a warm welcome to our newest volunteer, Anna!  The bloodroot is starting to bloom, and now it and the other natives will have room to grow.
 
We could use some wild ginger for the sanctuary, so if you have any of the native (soft, fuzzy instead of shiny) ginger in your yard, we would be happy to give it a loving home.
  
Save the date for our next work day on Friday, April 28 from 8:00 to 10:00.
 
On Friday, May 5 at 9:00 am, Trish Beckjord from the Conservation Foundation will be doing a tour of the wildflower sanctuary to give us suggestions and certify it as a Conservation at Home (or Work?) property.  We will be meeting in the parking lot, and you are more than welcome to join us! 
 
Happy Spring!
Sarah

Plant Sale Diggers Needed

We have a garden that is being revised to add more lawn for a family.  There are perennials and some ornamental grasses that are available for the plant sale if we go dig them.  Can you help?  Contact Diana at (630) 879-7578 to volunteer to dig on an upcoming Saturday.  Thanks!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary Gardening Day...Come Join Us!

Believe it or not, the weather forecast looks beautiful for Saturday (April 8th), so come on down to the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary to see what is blooming.
 
We will be working on garlic mustard and other weedy characters on the east (shady) side, and along the cut from 8:00 until 10:00 or so.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, weed diggers, clippers, tarps or buckets for hauling, and eye protection.  
 
Thank so much for your help!
Sarah Kimber

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary Planning Meeting March 18

On Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 am, we will be having an organizational meeting for anyone who is interested in helping out at the Wildflower Sanctuary this year.  We will be meeting in the conference room at the back of the Batavia Panera.  Come join us!  We love having new people garden with us.  Over the years great gardening friendships have blossomed!

Wildflower Sanctuary Winter News and Thank You

A huge "Thank you" goes out to Boy Scout Jacob Barth, his family, and Troop 6!
 
On Saturday, about 20 people spent the day doing a spring clean-up at the wildflower Sanctuary as part of the work towards Jacob's Eagle Scout badge.  Despite snow on the ground when everyone arrived, they made their way around the peninsula dead-heading, clearing brush and cleaning up trash.  It ended up being a beautiful day, and truly became an eagle project when a bald eagle flew over just as they finished up.   Another highlight was finding the first blooming flowers of the spring: some purple crocus.  (nonnative, but still beautiful signs of spring!)
 
In February, Davey Tree as well as the Batavia Park District removed some dead trees.  The folks from Davey will be back in the spring since they are donating educational tags for a lot of the trees. 
 
Come take a walk on the wild(flower) side, and see what is sprouting up!
 

Saving Seed.....March 21st

Saving seed for the new year can be a joy or a mystery.  What collection system works well?  How to ensure the best germination?  Where do I store these precious little gifts of life?  Come join us as Sue Styer, Leah Beck, and Sarah Fellerer demystify this gardener's delight on March 21st.  Gathering for conversation starts at 6:45 pm; short business meeting at 7:00 pm and learning about "Saving Seed" immediately follows at the Batavia Public Library meeting room.  See you on the 21st!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wildflower Sanctuary News.....

     The Wildflower Sanctuary has been a busy place lately.  The crew from Davey Tree took down the huge dead cottonwood.  They also removed a couple of other dead trees, and trimmed the mulberry hanging over our paw paw tree.  The park district has been working down there too. They removed a couple of dead trees and mowed the little prairie for us since we cannot do a burn.  Their timing was good because there were dozens and dozens of people there over the weekend.  From infants to seniors there were people enjoying the weather, playing, fishing, resting on benches, strolling, catching Pokemon, walking dogs, and even playing the guitar.  It was a beautiful sight!  
 
     The Batavia Woman's Club has donated a swamp white oak tree that will be planted in the spring at the far north end of the sanctuary, between the dam and the boardwalk.  We will let you know when it has arrived.  We will also be getting help from the Boy Scouts when Jacob Barth heads up a clean-up day this spring in order to work towards becoming an Eagle Scout.  Even Mayor Schielke has offered financial assistance!
 
     We will be having an organizational meeting at the Batavia Panera (in the meeting room way in the back) on Saturday, March 18 at 10:00.  Hope you will be able to join us.  Also, if the weather stays nice, we will have a work day some time before that.  I will keep you posted.  In the mean time, I invite you to take a stroll through the WFS to see what is sprouting.
 
Sarah Kimber  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Our deepest sympathy to the Trout Family

Dear Friends,

Doris Trout shared with us that her son Dan has finished his battle with ALS. He passed away on the evening of February 15.  Dan's obituary may be viewed at www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com to learn more information about services and memorials.

We hold Doris and family close in our hearts.   

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden will be the feature presentation at our February 21,2017 meeting with Mary Saba from the Growing Place.  Social time at 6:45 pm, short business meeting at 7:00 pm and presentation to follow.  We meet at the Batavia Public Library in the large meeting room.  Come join us for a great night out with fellow gardeners!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Warm Up with a Public Gardens Tour

We are pleased to have Brock and Ruth Ann Seney join us Tuesday night to share their presentation "Inserting Public Gardens into Your Travels Plans.  a visit through pictures to public gardens from Hawaii to the east coast and points in between.  Come and bring a friend to enjoy this little vacation to warm places in the midst of January!
 
Social time 6:45 pm
Short business meeting (budget vote) 7:00 pm
Presentation follows business meeting
 
Join us at the Batavia Public Library meeting room and ward off winter for just a little while! 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Volunteer to help JB Nelson 5th Graders Consider a Courtyard Garden Using Native Plants

The 5th Graders at J. B. Nelson need a volunteer or two to help them learn about native plants.  They are interested in potentially using native plants in their courtyard and looking for some basic information, help finding information and to think about how they might develop a plan for this at their school.  If you are interested in helping some motivated students, parents and teachers to explore ideas and learn more about native plants this semester, please contact Diana Sharp (630) 879-7578 for more information.  You do not need to be an expert, just someone who enjoys working with others and helping them discover information about native plants.  Spread the joy of native plants!  Volunteer.  You will be enriched more than you can even imagine!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners.  As you mark your calendar for the new year, plan to visit with us.  Our meeting schedule for the year is as follows and includes the programs for the next few months:

January 17
     Program:  Ruth Ann Senney and her husband will showcase beautiful gardens.  Enjoy seeing things green an luscious during this cold winter night, especially the garden in Kauai.  Dream with us and plan a visit to one of these splendid gardens.

February 21
    Program:  Garden Art

March 21
     Program:  Vegetable Seed Collection

April 18
     Program:  Herbs and Cooking with Herbs

Additional programs to be announced will be presented at the following meetings:

May 16
June 20

No meetings in July and August!  We garden!

September  19
October  17
November  21
December  19

Our plant sale this year will be on May 13 at Bethany Lutheran Church. 
Our garden walk is July 15th! More information to come on both events as we get closer to the dates!

All regular meetings are held at the Batavia Public Library with social time starting at 6:45pm, short business meeting at 7 and speaker to follow business meeting.  The Plant sale and Garden walk are headquartered as announced.