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Gardeners Report

It's hard to believe another year at the Gardens is drawing to a close.

As the year winds down we are excited about designing the garden beds and planning what to grow in the greenhouse for 2015.

It's time to dig those tender bulbs and tubers out of the ground and store them for winter. If you haven't already planted spring flowering bulbs, time is running out!

As you put your garden to bed, fall watering is an important step in ensuring that plants have the best chance for winter survival. Plants that enter winter with their roots in dry soil are likely to suffer or die.

This year our dedicated volunteers joined us twice a week and their hard work is paying off. We appreciate their flexibility as our work schedule kept changing and the volunteers rolled with it. Thank you! To show our appreciation we catered and hosted our annual volunteer luncheon in September. Choosing a "Volunteer of the Year" was too difficult to decide as everyone plays a significant role in maintaining the Gardens.

Our flowers are now fading but you will find plenty of interest and color in a variety of trees and shrubs.

Wander through the gardens on the main lawn, near the friendship plaza; you may notice the sweet scent from the foliage of the Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) on a warm autumn day.

Also in our Welcome Garden you will find Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Flower) with glossy green leaves and heads of fragrant white flowers bloom from late summer to frost.

Have a wonderful Fall and Winter everyone and we will see you in the Spring!

Wilma & Trina

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