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September 5, 2017 WELCOME BACK MEETING!

Welcome Back!

Join us for another exciting year! Our Bag Lunch & meeting will be held at The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th & Bay Ave., OCNJ at 12 Noon!

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

PROGRAM—WELCOME BACK!

  • Receive 2017-2018 Yearbook.
  • Review of the upcoming year’s programs.

Horticulture                                               Artistic
Fall Roses                                            Fruits of your garden

SALAD LUNCHEONBring a salad to serve 5

DESSERTS: Officers will bring desserts.

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November 2016 Meeting!

WHEN: NOVEMBER 1, 2016—12 Noon
WHERE: Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay Ave., OCNJ

Don’t forget to bring a bag lunch!
DESSERTS:    A-G

PROGRAM—HOLIDAY FLORAL DESIGNS
Joe Neidinger—My Secret Garden, Linwood, NJ

Horticulture 
Evergreen clipping

Artistic
Designs using evergreens

PLEASE PLAN TO PAY (CASH OR CHECK) FOR THE HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AT THIS MEETING—$30.00

Please bring children’s books, coloring books and crayons for gift to Shore Medical Center’s Children’s Unit.

Please note: Anyone who has dried hydrangeas for the Library Christmas Tree decorating, please bring them to the meeting.

Flower Show Tips—March Meeting Re-Cap!

Jane Bersch—Head Judge, Ocean City Flower Show 

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Our March meeting was yet ANOTHER fantastic session. Jane Bersch, newly appointed Head Judge for the Ocean City Flower Show, provided the attendees with valuable insight, tips, and sage advice on creating YOUR winning entry in the 44th Annual Ocean City Flower ShowIsland Hopping!

When Jane asked for the Schedule, Joanne Romano told her she would go on at 12:30…No, not that…the Schedule. Huh? Well, after translation of Flower Judge language, Jane informed us the SCHEDULE is the name for what we may know as, *Pre-Program/Program. Now informed, we go forward and refer to the above* as, Schedule. At the end of this post, you will find the updated 2016 SCHEDULE! Strong words of advice from Jane—READ IT THOROUGHLY!

As invited/requested/coerced, several Garden Club members brought examples of Artistic Design entries based on Island Hopping, the 2016 Ocean City Flower Show theme. The intent was to have Jane critique these for exhibitors and for anyone interested in design. The experience was informative, educational, and fun for both the entrants and the attendees! Specific recommendations along with the entries appear below. Pictures of the designs can be found on our FLICKR page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96910974@N02/albums/72157665445653572

Jane began her presentation by reminding the attendees of the principles/elements one needs to employ as one creates Artistic Design entries.

  • BalanceDoes the entry look sturdy
  • ContrastColors
  • DominanceRepeat something, but do not overwhelm
  • ProportionWhat is the relationship of the amounts of different flowers, foliage
  • ScaleSize, very important especially in miniature entries
  • RhythmLook at the flow of the design
  • Repetitionrepeat the flowers, etc. adhering to all above
  • DepthIs the design 3 dimensional—height, width, depth are very important

Remember…

  • Less is best
  • Do a dry run
    • Create, walk away and then re-think
  • Squint to see what stands out…Ask yourself, “Is that the effect you want?”

Overall, the judges are looking at how the designer put it all together to create the entry!

Water Viewing Examples

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  • Accessories and bases must help the design
  • For water viewing balance, make sure the container is low-sided with water visible
    • Use anything, even plastic as long as there is rhythm, space
  • FOR ALL PLANTS/FLOWERS: Condition material. Bring home and re-cut

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.52.39 AM.pngNote Balance—Jane suggested as one looks at the arrangement, the eye travels to the top Gerbera daisy, which makes the design feel top-heavy. Another note: Gerbera Daisies are hard to work with. They need to be tubed and are unreliable.

 

 

Before…

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We all loved the lilies…we loved the smell—even those who have allergies! As we learned from the other water viewing arrangements and the general principles, these lilies overwhelmed the container.

So, Rae Jaffe asked Jane how she would suggest improving this arrangement…

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Well, we had the privilege of watching Jane, along with Kay, remove & rearrange the design.

As Jane was re-designing, she emphasized the need to…get rid of pollen inside lilies IMMEDIATELY…They stain!

After…

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.53.23 AMThe design is simple, yet elegant, balanced and surely a Winner!

Everything Green

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  • Mass design—Rule container should be  1/3 the size of the arrangement
  • Make sure you look at all sides and fill the back—Dimension
  • Various green flowers and foliage make this a winner!

 

 

 

Miniatures

  • Pay attention to the size—5″
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  • Proportion is important—more flowers needed in the blue bird container

 

Suspended

Unfortunately, there is no picture of the Nantucket Basket arrangement generously submitted by Joan Ferko. Jane cautioned—height should be one and one-half (1 1/2)  times the container. Since the basket had a seashell on the one-side, Jane stated, “…no need to have that.” The Nantucket Basket without embellishment conveys the theme—As in the Tea Tray critique—no cutesy!

Shadow Boxes/Niches

  • Make sure your arrangement creates harmony and everything belongs together.
  • Coordinate your arrangement with color of container
  • DON’T STUFF

Tea Tray—General Reminder: Do NOT overcrowd the Tea Tray

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What’s wrong with this Tea Tray?

  • Napkin holders are a BIG No-No!
    • Instead—Consider tying the napkin with a ribbon
  • Close eyes, then open, what is the first thing you see: dark flower. This takes away from the overall design. All yellow is enough.
  • Coordinate everything—while tea cup had blue design, it was a different pattern than the teapot. Color alone is not the deciding factor.
  • The sand-filled item flowing from the teapot spout was…well, cutesyBIG no-no…
  • RHYTHM move items closer together to create a line…the end result was a triangle with the napkin angled right, the tea cup in the middle, the teapot moved closer and angled more to the left.

Flowers are the FOCUS—Anything and everything must work with design!


Horticulture
Jane noted not only Artistic Design but Horticulture entries need special attention.

  • Look at the mechanics that holds up or support material. It should be hidden.
  • Can use colored wire, oasis
  • Fruits/vegetables must be sealed
  • Cut specimens in morning or late in evening and re-cut on an angle. Don’t forget to  wipe scissors with alcohol
  • Nothing with any bugs, bug damage
  • Use judicious pruning
  • Cut roses and hydrangeas under water.
    • Rose buds are NOT acceptable entry
    • Hybrid tea roses should be 1/2 to 3/4 open NOT exploded out
    • Rose spray should form a circle
  • Ivy and hosta should be submerged in water to keep fresh
  • Make sure there is symmetry in African Violets & lots of flowers in bloom
  • Fresh herbs—Cut specimens must be identified
    • Turgid must stand up and be noticed
    • Must be fresh
  • Container plant material must be clean
    • Trim any damage
  • Terrariums—may contain 1 or more accessories
  • Fairy Gardens—miniature landscape in open container
  • Planter/Window Box—is NOT a landscape
    • Should be planted 3 months in advance so plants get to know one another
    • Well-spaced
    • Straight standing
    • Colors must work and meld together

 


 PATRON AD

As you think, dream, & create your winning design or horticulture entry, please consider placing a Patron Ad. The form is in the Schedule below (can be downloaded) or click on the link to download a copy: PATRON2016

Thanks, in advance, for your support!


 

The SCHEDULE—2016 OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW

Here it is! You have 2 ways to view:

Download a copy here: SCHEDULE2016

OR…

Click through the online Issuu below…

January 5, 2016 Meeting!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Wishing everyone a very Happy, Healthy New Year. Please join us for our, as always, fun, inspirational, and informative Meeting…Weather Forecast predicts sunny & cold! What does “cold” feel like <grin>?

WHEN & WHERE: JANUARY 5, 2016, 12 Noon, Holy Trinity Church, 30th & Bay, OCNJ

PROGRAM—HOUSEPLANTS
Joe Alvarez—Rea’s Farm Market
Always informative, Joe will discuss everything you want to know about houseplants!

Horticulture 
Herbs

Artistic—2015 Novice
Reflections of Fashion—See 2015 OC Flower Show Booklet for details…

OR, click:

https://gardenclubocnj.wordpress.com/?s=FLOWER+SHOW+PRE-PROGRAM

OR, Search for Pre-Program

DESSERTS: R-S

November Meeting!

The weather is turning cooler and our flowers are fading, but we will meet to learn, share, and catch up. Please bring your dried flowers for the Library Christmas tree we will decorate. Kay suggests wrapping them in tissue paper for transport. Kay has generously agreed to store them until decorating day!

We look forward to seeing everyone at Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay at 12 Noon on…

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

PROGRAM—SEASHORE GARDENING
George Butrus—Lang’s Garden Center

Greeter: Georgi Herninko

Horticulture            Artistic
Evergreen clipping    Arrangement using evergreens

PLEASE PLAN TO PAY FOR THE HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AT THIS MEETING—$30.00

Please bring children’s books, coloring books and crayons for gift to Shore Medical Center’s Children’s Unit.

DESSERTS:    A-G

September 2015 Meeting Recap!

Our September meeting was filled with new ideas, new ways of doing things, and…new Faces! We are excited to welcome 6 new members to our very, lively group of gardening enthusiasts.

Revised Meetings

We’ve revamped our meetings so presenters will be first up…here are the details…

  • 12 noon to 12:30—Sign in, Lunch, Socialize
  • 12:30 to 1:15—Presenter
  • 1:15 to 1:30—Horticulture & Artistic Design (formerly Little Show)
  • 1:30 to 1:45/2:00 PM—Formal Meeting
  • 2:00 PM—Meeting adjourned

There is some flexibility with the Horticulture & Artistic Design/Formal Meeting segments as you know we are a curious and questioning group. This is what makes our meetings so informative! That said, we want to try to end our meetings by 2:00 PM. Here’s hoping we will leave each meeting filled with information and new and deepening friendships!

Show Me Your Ribbons…

Those who remembered pinned their 2015 winning ribbons and comment cards to foam board. This was just a small way to show…we all have the opportunity to enter and win in the annual Ocean City Flower Show. Of course, Kay Reilly displayed many awards and ribbons. The vases for recognition, the dishes…everything was beautiful and so well deserved. As Kay reminded us all…she entered, learned, and won with no formal background…a model for us all.

Artistic Design

As you know, the Garden Club will decorate one of the Christmas trees in the Atrium of the driedhydrangeaOcean City Free Public Library this December. Many are drying flowers, in particular, hydrangea to celebrate Gardening and Christmas. Kay Reilly brought dried hydrangea and provided tips for drying and storing the flowers. One tip for transport and storage is to place the dried flowers between sheets of tissue paper. Decisions on whether to spray the dried flowers or leave au naturel, and whether to add ribbon are still being discussed. If you are drying flowers, the tentative plan is to bring them to our November meeting. You’ll be updated on the specifics closer to our meeting date.

Horticulture

Donna Halper provided some very interesting information on what most of us thought was a Leafcutterbeesthreat to roses—Leafcutter bees. While they chomp on rose leaves, they do little or no damage to the plant! More information about these beneficial garden visitors can be found on Colorado State University’s website:

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05576.html

Also, download the 2 page Leafcutter bee information here: Leafcutter_Bees

October Field Trip Clarification

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, for our post-Linwood Arboretum Lunch in October lunch, this is literally true! The tour is free, but…when someone asked what was the cost, we believe some may have misinterpreted the response of, “nothing” to mean even lunch was free…Oh, no…below is a clarification that will appear in the revised Yearbook. Your cost for lunch will be whatever you order from the menu, plus tax and tip. Most lunch items are about $12-$13. The Garden Club is NOT paying for your lunch.

October 6 Field Trip—LINWOOD ARBORETUM TOUR

10:30 AM—1410 Wabash Avenue, Linwood, NJ
http://linwood-arboretum.presspublisher.us/
Join us for an informative tour of this almost local horticulture gem.
Meet at Holy Trinity Church 10:15 AM for carpooling.

LunchRoberta’s by Joe Muldoon—1205 Tilton Rd. Suite 12B, Northfield, NJ
Your Cost—Whatever you select from the Menu plus tax & tip
http://www.robertasbyjoemuldoon.com/#!lunchmenu/c5hf

Our new members will receive their Yearbooks at our November meeting. The revised yearbook will be sent via email with instructions on how to carry it with you on your smartphone <grin>.

We hope you had a great time at our first meeting and will enjoy our upcoming meetings and events!