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Frankfort in August

Frankfort 5I left Bowling Green at 9:30 today to attend the Monarch Way Station dedication at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.  After driving through heavy rain from Elizabethtown to Bardstown, it was a welcome change to see the sunshine at the Frankfort exit off Blue Grass Parkway.  After parking in the Governor’s Mansion parking lot, I was happy to see smiling garden club members attending the dedication.  It was a great presentation by Joanna Kirby and Linda Porter.

 

 

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After leaving the dedication, I drove around the circle drive where I stopped and viewed the beautiful floral clock and admired the architecture of our Kentucky State Capital Building.

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From there I stopped at the Governor’s Mansion and to my surprise met Bluegrass District Director, Evelyn Hance and Boone County Garden Club President, Judy Biedenharn. We were happy to get our photo taken in front of the Governor’s Mansion.

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If you haven’t visited our Capital in Frankfort, I encourage you to make the trip.  I enjoyed my visit and had a wonderful day.

Happy Gardening,

Edith

 

President’s Message July 2015

The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

Edith S. Nelson, President

“Paving the Pathway to the Future”

Congratulations and many thanks to Ann Fiel, National Garden Clubs, Inc., 2015 Convention Chairman, and Joan Wipperman, Convention Co-Chairman, and the members of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., for hosting a wonderful National Convention.  We give a “Big Thanks” to all the South Atlantic Region members who helped make the 2015 NGC Convention a success.  We could not have done it without your help!  We thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts.

The theme for The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., for 2015-2017 is “Paving the Pathway to the Future” with emphasis on Youth Gardening and Native Pollinator Conservation.  Our youth is our future and we especially want the pathway to lead to the encouragement of youth involvement.  If our youth becomes involved with conservation and environmental concerns, we will have a smoother pathway to the future.

Our garden clubs will be working within their own communities to explore ways to conserve pollinators through good gardening practices and the planting of pollinator and butterfly gardens and involving the youth.

Early reports of youth activities for Arbor Day and National Garden Week include children planting a flower garden at a local library with 17 children and 10 adults attending the program. Several clubs reported Arbor Day celebration with youth activities and tree planting ceremonies.

We are partnering with the Kentucky Governor’s office and the Kentucky Department of State Parks to encourage conservation of one of our most important resources our pollinators.  Governor Steve Bashear has designated September as Monarch Awareness Month.  Our first Butterfly and Native Plant Weekend will be held at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, September 25-27.  Events will include seminars, field trips, plant sales and children’s activities on butterflies, native plants and native pollinators.

As the new president of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., I am looking forward to Paving the Pathway to the Future with our members and enjoying an exciting and wonderful two years

Edith S. Nelson

 

Happy Gardening from President Edith Nelson

Edith

I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the President of The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. I truly appreciate the support and encouragement that you have given me as fellow gardeners. I am so grateful to my family and friends for their support and understanding in my undertaking of this position for the next two years.

My theme for this term is “Paving the Pathway to the Future” with emphasis on Youth Gardening and Native Pollinators Conservation. Our youth is our future and I especially want the pathway to lead to the encouragement of youth involvement. If our youth become involved with Conservation and Environmental Concerns, we will have a smoother pathway to the future.

I have appointed Ann Kowalkoski as Youth Advisor Chairman. Serving on her committee will be a representative from each of the five districts. I am asking club presidents to please appoint a youth chairman for their club. The committee will compile a quarterly report of youth activities and involvement across the state. This information will be used in the Bulletin and SAR Keynotes.

Linda Porter has graciously accepted the chairmanship for Native Pollinator Conservation along with continuing to chair the Monarch Waystations. Her involvement as Chair of Monarch Waystations Committee for Wild Ones has been extended to include all pollinators. She will be providing educational material and publications for our youth.

I appreciate those willing to serve as chairmen of the various committees. Together with the members across Kentucky, we can “Pave the Pathway to the Future” with and for our youth. Let’s keep the communications flowing.

Happy Gardening,

Edith Nelson

 

Report Your Monarch Sightings!

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.  

Dont spray the Aphids!  Look for the caterpillar!
Dont spray the Aphids! Look for the caterpillar!

 

Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed
Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed

Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed

 

Monarch Caterpillar on Tropical Milkweed
Monarch Caterpillar on Tropical Milkweed

Monarch Waystations

If you plant it, they will come!

The Monarchs are here and they love the bright colors of zinnias and sunflowers as they float through the gardens of Kentucky, but they also  need their only host plant, Milkweed, to lay their eggs on.  Fall is ideal for planting and now many garden centers are offering discounts on their inventory.  If you have an existing butterfly garden, you may only need to plant Milkweed to be complete and certify your garden through Monarchwatch.org, a non-profit group at the University of Kansas that tracks the migration and habitat of this declining beauty.  You, too, can have a Monarch Waystation with a good plan and desire to help.

Happy Butterflying!

If you plant it, they will come
If you plant it, they will come

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Milkweed and Friends
Milkweed and Friends
Plant an assortment of annuals and perennials
Plant an assortment of annuals and perennials
Welcome to my garden
Welcome to my garden

Revised Invasive Plant List Issued to the Public

PRESS RELEASE

 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 floracliff@aol.com.

Judges Symposium Visit

Trip to Frankfort, 06-13

After visiting the Symposium in Frankfort on June 26,  2013, sponsored by the Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges and the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., I have a whole new appreciation for the hard work and dedication that these judges put in to their field of expertise.  They had two full days of lectures and exams to go through as they keep up with changing rules, styles, and points.  Some travel many miles, spending nights away from home in order to keep up with their credentials and study under the best instructors from all over the country.  The next time you see a judge at a flower show, thank her or him for their service to our organization and wish them the best.

Joanna Kirby

GCKY President

Welcome to Our New Site

Welcome to Our Web Site

Thank you for your interest in the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. by visiting our new website. We are a dedicated group of gardeners all across Kentucky that love to share our passion and knowledge of horticulture, gardening and our dedication as stewards of the land. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to locate or start a club in your community or just need advice in your garden.
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