New and Noteworthy
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(from The Garden Club of Kentucky), gardenclubky.org
KEY: s = sunny, ps = part sun, wd = well drained, d = dry, m = moist
|Common Name||Botanical Name||Sun||Water||Ht||Attracts||Bloom Color|
|SPRING TO EARLY SUMMER BLOOMING|
|Beardtongue||Penstemon sp.||s, ps||d||2-3 ft||hummingbird, butterflies, bees||purple, red, white|
|Bloodroot||Sanguinaria canadensis||shade||wd||6 in.||Bees (important early)||White,ephemeral|
|Coneflowers||Echinacea sp.||s||d||2-3 ft||butterflies (host), bees||pink, yellow|
|Golden Alexander||Zizia aurea||ps||d, m||2 ft||butterflies (host), flies, wasps, bees||yellow|
|Purple Poppy Mallow||Callirhoe involucrata||s||m, wd||1–2 ft||bees, hummers, rodents, beetles||bright pink|
|Red Honeysuckle||Lonicera sempervirens||s, d||d||8 ft vine||Hummingbirds, bees||bright red|
|Serviceberry (shrub)||Amelanchier sp.||s, ps||m||5-10 ft||bees, wasps, flies||white – blooms very early|
|Spicebush (shrub)||Lindera benzoin||ps,||d, wd||6ft||butterflies (host)||yellow|
|Sweetspire (shrub)||Itea virginica||ps||m||3-7ft||bees, butterflies/ moths, flies, wasps||white|
|Wild Columbine||Aquilegia canadensis||s, ps||wd||2ft||hummingbirds, bees||red and yellow|
|Anise Hyssop||Agastache sp. and cultivars||s||d||2-3 ft.||hummingbird, bees, butterflies||purple to pink, herb|
|Bee balm, Bergamot, etc.||Monarda sp||s||wd||2-3 ft||hummingbird, bees, moths, butterflies,||purple, white, red|
|Buttonbush (shrub)||Cephalanthus occidentalis||s||m||8 ft.||bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies||white|
|Garden Phlox||Phlox paniculata||s, ps||d||2- 4 ft||butterflies, bees, moths||pink, white, purple|
|Gayfeather, Blazingstar||Liatris sp.||s||wd||2-4 ft.||butterflies, bees, moths, wasps, flies||purple|
|Milkweed||Asclepias sp||s||d||1 to 6 ft.||butterflies (host), bees||white, orange, purple, yellow|
|Rose Mallow||Hibiscus moscheutos||s||d, m||3-8 ft||hummingbirds, bees, beetles||white, pink with red throat|
|Royal Catchfly||Silene regia||s||wd||3 ft||hummingbirds||bright red|
|Black-eyed Susan||Rudbeckia sp||s||wd||2-5 ft||bees, butterflies (esp. laciniata)||yellow|
|St. John’s Wort||Hypericum sp.||s, ps||wd||1-3 ft||bees||yellow|
|Sunflowers||Helianthus sp.||s||d, wd||3-8 ft||butterflies, bees, wasps, beetle||yellow, orange|
|LATE SUMMER AND FALL BLOOMING|
|Aster||Aster, sp.||s, ps||wd||1-4 ft||all pollinators, butterfly host||purple, pink white|
|Cardinal Flower||Lobelia cardinalis||ps||m||1-3 ft||hummingbirds||red|
|Goldenrod||Solidago sp||s, ps||d||1-3 ft||bees, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps||yellow|
|Great Blue Lobelia||Lobelia siphilitica||ps, m||m||1-3 ft||bees, hummingbirds||purple|
|Joe Pye Weed
|Eutrochium purpureum||s, ps||m||3-5 ft||butterflies (host) moths, bees||light purple to pink|
|Mist Plant||Conoclinium coelestinum||s, ps||m||1-3 ft||Butterflies, bees||purple|
The GCKY was presented an award on June 19, 2019, from the Kentucky Division of Forestry for the State champion Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) located in the front yard of the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum, headquarters of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.
Wallis Arboretum Carriage House Restored
The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum Committee has announced the “Save This Date” for the newly restored 1903 Carriage House dedication. Monday, October 7, 1:00, The Garden Club of Kentucky will sponsor the ribbon cutting and special presentations to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for its emergency grant and to GCKY members and clubs that made possible the restoration. The public is invited to join in the celebration followed by refreshments and tour of the Carriage House.
The restored Carriage House is taking on a new function in the Arboretum. It will be used for classes, workshops, and rentals for parties, weddings and other special events.
Mrs. Wallis’ father, Thomas Clay, built the Carriage House when he purchased the 616 Pleasant Street property from his uncle’s estate. The house was in the Clay family from 1856 until 1970 when Mrs. Wallis bequeathed it to GCKY.
Traditionally, the first full week of June is National Garden Week. What better way to celebrate gardening than at The Garden Club of Kentucky – Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum annual Arbor Day Celebration, Friday, June 7. The dedication of plants given in honor and remembrance will begin at 1:30pm at the front entrance of the Wallis House-GCKY Headquarters with Judy Ferrell, Arboretum Chair, and GCKY President Donna Smith welcoming friends, families and all who enjoy gardening.
The Arboretum is at its most lush and flowery due to the mild winter and long wet spring particularly around Mrs. Wallis’ Rose Arbor. In preparation for Arbor Day, the Arbor was scraped, cleaned and newly painted by GCKY members. Mrs. Wallis planted it with climbing roses under planted with iris. Today, the very popular New Dawn (introduced 1989) donated by Millersburg Garden Club several years ago covers the Arbor. Connecting the Rose Garden and Arbor is one of two original elves that sits on a pedestal surrounded by low growing roses and hellebores.
American Pillar (introduced 1902), planted by Mrs. Wallis continues to grow on the left end of the Pergola. It has proved to be one of the hardiest ramblers, vigorous, drought resistant and one of the few tolerates partial shade.
Mrs. Wallis always planted the newest and best varieties when introduced. As a demonstration garden, the Arboretum continues to plant new while maintaining those that are best suited for our area.
Emphasis this year has been the addition of sun-loving annual including alyssum, begonia, lantana, marigold petunia and perennial verbena that will provide color through and into fall. and alyssum in the border beds.
May blooming Cornus kousa (Korean dogwood) are in full bloom. Unlike C. florida whose foliage appears as blooms fade, C. kousa’s foliage emerges first to highlight its stunning pointed white blooms.
Robert L. (Bob) Ziesmer, Danville, was awarded the Garden Club of Kentucky Enrichment Award at the 2019 state meeting held in Berea in April 2019. The award is given annually to a non-garden club member or organization that exemplifies the goals of the Garden Club of Kentucky.
Bob Ziesmer supplies not only his friends in the community with produce from his gardens, he supplies Grace Cafe, a local non-profit pay-as-you-can restaurant committed to serving fresh, healthy, local food regardless of the patron’s ability to pay for it.
His newest project is to raise vegetables which are typically found in Syrian markets for the two Syrian refugee families who have recently settled in Danville. Not only does he provide for his Syrian friends, he has introduced these exciting and exotic vegetables into the greater Danville community.
Working with Centre College students and students from Boyle County High School, Bob has expanded his efforts in planting more and larger gardens to provide these “new” vegetables. Around town, he is known as “Centre Grandpa.”
The award was presented by Donna Smith, GCKY first vice-president, and Gigi Biles, state historian and member of the Garden Club of Danville, who nominated Bob for the award.
Submitted by Gigi Biles
The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., applied for an emergency grant from the Kentucky Colonels to repair and restore the Carriage House in the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum. Built in 1903 by Mrs. Wallis’ father, Thomas Clay, its siding and doors had considerable rot due to water damage. It was not until the affected siding was removed that the extensive amount of rot was revealed.
The original single sliding doors on the driveway and opposite side were replaced with two opposing sliding doors to make it easier to open and reduce the weight on the rail when open. Stall and cupola windows, three posts, and siding where needed were replaced. Due to rains and temperature, painting will wait until dry weather later this spring.
The Carriage House has now found a new use. It will be part of our educational programs beginning with the Kids Day at the Arboretum, July 29. The free day of exploring and learning about pollinators is open to children 6-12 when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Did you know that you can report your sightings of monarch eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies? This will allow your sightings to be part of one of the largest data bases recording sightings in North America – Journey North. Go to http://www.learner.org/jnorth, or just google “Journey North”. You will be asked to select a password. I recommend having Journey North remember your password for the future. Then just follow the directions to report your sightings. You can go back later to look at them if you wish; and you can see your sightings represented on the United States map that tracks the migration. Tip: You don’t need to know your latitude and longitude as requested, they will figure it out for you. It is, however, kind of fun to use their tool to figure it out for yourself.
Follow this link to the Morehead Public Radio website for information about the Monarch Way Station near the Old Reservoir Walking Trail in Flemingsburg, developed by the Fleming County Garden Club!
For Immediate Release
Contact: Beverly James, 859 351-7770, or Joyce Bender, 502 573-2886
Revised Invasive Plant List Issued to the Public –
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council releases updated list of invasive pest plants after thorough review by state experts
Frankfort, KY. (July 22, 2013) – The Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council (KY-EPPC) has published a revised list of 180 non-native invasive plants that are having a negative impact on Kentucky’s landscapes. After a year-long review in consultation with leading weed experts, university professors, and natural areas land managers, the revised list is more comprehensive in scope and takes new regional data into consideration. This list is non-regulatory and serves as a reference for agencies, universities, land managers, horticulture professionals, and private landowners.
The list has four rankings describing the threat of invasiveness – severe, significant, moderate, and watch. There are now 41 species considered a severe threat, with 12 species added to this category since the last review. These are most likely to cause environmental degradation and increase costs for control or eradication. The watch category highlights exotic plants that have not been observed or well-documented in Kentucky, but are considered a threat in neighboring states. Beverly James, KY-EPPC president said “We hope this addition will lead to the early detection of new weeds and allow a more rapid response before they have a chance to become well established.”
Established in 2000, the KY- EPPC works to raise public awareness about the growing threat that non-native invasive plants pose to Kentucky’s rich natural heritage. Invasive exotic plants arrived in the US by accident or on purpose and out-compete native species because the natural controls that kept them in balance in their native range do not occur here. While kudzu may be the most notorious example, there are many species that are eliminating habitat for rare plants and animals, reducing production potential of forestlands and grasslands, choking lakes and other aquatic habitats, growing over recreational trails and causing safety concerns along highways. All of these impacts are costing millions of dollars in management.
Professionals and citizen scientists can easily report observations of non-native invasive plants with EddMaps (http://www.eddmaps.org/southeast/index.html). Homeowners can help by becoming familiar with what is growing in their yard and choosing native plants, which support a higher diversity of pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. There are also natural areas and parks throughout the state that need volunteers to help with eradicating invasive plants. The KY-EPPC can help connect people to volunteer opportunities in their area. For more information, please contact KY-EPPC President Beverly James at email@example.com.
Concert In The Garden
The Central Kentucky Concert Band entertains more than 250 guests in the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum on the 4th of July weekend. It was a beautiful evening to picnic and enjoy the wonderful music. Maybe you would like to attend next year!