It is that time of year for the gathering of seeds, the raking of leaves, the cutting back of perennials and the discarding of annuals.
It is that time of year for “putting the garden to bed”.
We didn’t actually put any gardens to bed; we had an informative presentation about chores to do in the Autumn garden in preparation for winter. No matter how long one gardens, there is always something new to learn. New tools. New techniques. Reminders of tried and true ways. Our presenter, a well known and respected owner of a local feed store, Pioneer Feed in Villa Park, showed us examples of diseased plants, explained soil additives, talked about plant treatments, and even explained how a Sawzall can be employed to rejuvenate Miscanthus grass.
This presentation followed refreshments and our business meeting. Finger sandwiches and gelatins molded with fruits or vegetables was just what we needed on a cool Autumn afternoon, with cookies and brownies for desert. A fulfilling meal, followed by the informative lecture, all centered around putting our gardens to bed.
These centerpieces were crafted and arranged by club member Nan. A smaller bed (above) was on each table.A larger one (below) brought out the Goldilocks in me. All were given out as door prizes, much to the pleasure of those who won them, and I think we all stepped a little lighter as we left, our gardening chores awaiting us in the weeks ahead – and the comfort of knowing we all had a place to rest our heads at day’s end.