Tid Bits! On Horticulture and Conservation

Tid Bits! Information About Horticulture and Conservation

Tid Bits! A series of tips on horticulture and conservation.




Sept 7 21: A Garden Volunteer

Aug 31 21: Flowers of Hawaii

Aug 24 211: A Horticultural Zoo

Aug 17 21.pub:  When is a Geranium not a Geranium?

Aug 10 21: Joe Pye Weed – A Pollinator’s Dessert

Aug 3 21: The Fall Garden

July 27 21: Renew and Refresh Perennials by Dividing

July 13 21: The Children’s Garden – A Place of Imagination

July 6, 21:  Reptiles in the Garden

Jun 29 21:  Annual Vines for Whimsy

June 22 21:  Ever Heard of Egyptian Walking Onion?

Jun 15 21: Get “Ticked Off”

June 8 21: Fragrant Gardenias

June1 21: Bring on the Butterflies

May 25 21: The Beauty of Iris

May18 21: Find Joy in the Journey

May 11 21: Dandelion

May 4 21:  Planting Pollinators – the Trial Garden at Mount Cuba

April 27a 21: An Amazing Time for Peonies!

April 20 21: Spring Ephemerals

Apr 13 21: A Great Investment

April 6 21: Minor Bulbs – A Real Wow in the Garden

Mar 30, 21: Counting the Days!

March 23, 21: The Posey Book: A Treat for the Eyes and Heart

Mar 9 21: Is This Seed Still Good?

Feb 23 2021: Spring Aromatherapy

Feb 16, 21: Valentine’s Day Bookends Our Crazy Year with Continued Heart Dedication to Hospice!

Feb 9, 2021 Issue: Growing Micro Greens

Jan 26, 2021: Plants As Connections

Jan 5, 2021 Issue: 2021 Is Here At Last! 

Dec 29, 2020 Issue: 2021 Resolutions For Gardeners

Dec 22, 2020 Issue: Ahh…Peaceful Pines

Dec 15, 2020 Issue: Making A Simple Bud Vase With Holiday Spirit

Dec 8, 2020 Issue:  Keeping Winter Gardens Interesting

Dec 1, 2020 Issue:  Aromatherapy

Nov 24, 2020 Issue; Parsley – Beneficial, Healthful, Medicinal Plant

Nov 17, 2020 Issue. Home Sweet Home

Nov 10, 2020 Issue: “An Elusive Visitor To Our Woods”

Nov 3, 2020 Issue. “Of Two Schools”

Oct 27 Issue.  “Lasagna Gardening with Bulbs”

October 20 Issue. “Autumn Treasurers”

October 6 Issue “Thugs, Squatters, Drifters, and Other Dysfunctionally Functional Relationships in the Garden”

September 29 Issue “It Might be Time to Rethink Our Lawns and Landscapes”

September 22 Issue “Get Hooked on Gardening”

September 15 Issue “Our Featured Friends”

No issue September 8

September 1 Issue “Blackberry Lily”

August 25 Issue “Have a Ball in the Fall”

August 18 Issue “A Rainbow of Iris”

August 11 Issue “The Show Must Go On!”

August 4 Issue “Garden Surprises”

July 28 Issue “Rescuing a Beauty”

July 21 Issue  “All About Clematis”

July 14 Issue “A Variety of Beautiful Lilies From Bobbie’s Garden”

July 7 Issue “A Tribute to Pat Carroll”

June 30 Issue “Learning About Climate Change” 

June 23 Issue “Bleeding Heart, a Garden Favorite”

June 16 Issue “A Good Story – The Return of the Monarch Butterfly”

June 8 Issue “Watching for Tree Diseases”

June 2 Issue “Red Clover, More Than a Weed”

May 26 Issue “Historical Peonies”

May 12 Issue “A Watched Garden”

May 5 Issue “Dilemma”

April 28 Issue “Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day. And while you’re at it, see what you can do about raising the temperature 10 degrees!”


Conservation Minute – February 2020

Both the Federated and the Garden Club of America have been focusing more and more on conservation concerns and urging local clubs to be mindful of these concerns as we live our day-to-day lives and grow and maintain our gardens. Their goal is to expand environmental awareness throughout their ranks. Recent issues of GCA’s magazine, The Bulletin, have noted the need to eliminate disposable, plastic bags; reduce phantom power usage by unplugging appliances and devices when not in use; and the importance of trees.

Last September, GCA held a week-long Conservation Study Conference where the focus was on issues that are the same as those we deal with in the Chesapeake Bay region: environmental concerns, sustainability, effects of water quality, and health related issues.

In short, Federated and GCA’s concerns are our concerns. Therefore, we will also be focusing more on the issues of conservation, at each of our General meetings with a ‘Conservation Minute.’


Exactly what is conservation?

It is essentially protecting and managing natural resources.

As climate change is becoming more of a global as well as local reality with monthly new high temperature averages, extremes of drought spurring wild fires, record rainfalls inundating and flooding areas, and more frequent rising tides flooding low areas, we cannot ignore its effects.

As we come to terms with the effects of climate change, Conservation is the act of putting the best interests of our environment at the center of our actions: what we purchase (organic, biodegradable), what we throw out vs. recycling and reusing, what cleaning products we use, what we use in our gardens as herbicides and pesticides, and what we plant – native vs non-native.

This first Conservation Minute, defining conservation and giving just this short list of ‘Whats’, is an introduction to future conservation minutes which will hopefully help each of us be mindful of what we do and our impact on our environment.

Until our next Conservation Minute. . .

Lin Moeller, Conservation Committee