Archive for April, 2016

F.O.R. Garden Clean-up

This was the conclusion of a very busy Garden Club week. A small group of regulars worked to weed and plant at F.O.R.  The front planting bed was weeded and it was noticed that the Ostrich ferns we planted last year are beginning to come up. Mary and Carol M did an amazing job working to weed the peony beds which have been an ever present problem.

FOR Peony BedFOR Street side planting



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A group of 14 left the Palisades Center Mall parking lot to see the Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook park.  Although the cherry blossoms were a disappointment because they were well past peak we went on to see the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.  This magnificent French Gothic revival church looks like it was transplanted from Europe.  The workmanship was beautiful from the building itself to the wood carvings on the inside to the marble and stained glass and the size of the cathedral.  This visit as well as the lunch that followed saved the day.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart 3

After the visit to Branch Brook park and the Cathedral we went on to Don Pepe’s restaurant and enjoyed a delicious meal and good company.



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A group of Garden Club members gathered together to weed and plant the front garden at Hopper House along with Win and Lynn who did the heavy work for us.  the Daffodils were in full bloom and it was a lovely but cool Spring day. This was also our Keep Rockland Beautiful effort.

Hopper House

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Following a brief business meeting in which we circulated a sign-up sheet for the annual plant sale, Laurie Needle from the Nyack Seed Exchange discussed the program as well as the many currently available seeds. She explained that it is open to all Rockland residents and that it is not required to donate seeds in order to obtain seeds.  But, seed donations are appreciated. Members participated in a club seed share which was very successful as all the seeds found new homes.

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On a damp, gloomy, cold day with rain in the forecast a group of about a dozen stalwart garden club members gathered together to get the Butterfly Garden off to the start of the season. We weeded, planted, mulched and pruned. It was a very good day with everyone pitching in and the garden looking so much better by the time we left to go home.

Butterfly Garden 1


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