Spring is here!
As the Spring sun begins to shine more frequently on our faces, we often take the time to consciously reflect upon the wonderous natural world in which we live. It's also a great time to stop and consider upon how we as gardeners can, through our efforts, have an impact on the environment that is largely positive.
We've all seen that even the smallest things can make such a big difference. What will be your way to make your own little corner of the earth just a little bit greener, ecologically speaking? Here are a few things we can do to be earth-friendly gardeners:
Plant a tree!
Emulate nature in your garden — use local wild areas as your reference.
Support nature's insects with appropriate native plantings. They are nature's pest control.
Tolerate some messiness in your garden to support wildlife. That log on the edge of the yard can be a habitat to many, and the seeds from spent flowers can feed all sorts of birds.
Enrich the eco-system in your yard by planting a diverse selection of plants. Bio-diverse landscapes are more resistant to pests and diseases.
Eliminate or reduce pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides in the yard and garden.
Cultivate areas of the garden that are helpful to pollinators and birds, and be careful about plants from big box stores that may have been sprayed with pesticides harmful to bees, wildlife and other insects.
Get outside and enjoy your garden as often as possible!
"It's Spring again.
The earth is like a child that knows
poems by heart."
-Ranier Maria Rilke
We are so fortunate here in Wayne to be equally close to a big, beautiful city AND dozens of really fantastic farms, as well. The return of the outdoor Farmers Market season gives us the opprtunity to connect with those who grow our food, to support local farmers and artisans, and to get creative with the fresh foods that are in season. In the "In the Garden" section of the site, you will find a new page with information on a wide variety of Farmers Markets around the area (with dates, time, locations, etc.). If you think of any nearby that we've missed, please send us a note and we'll add it to the list! Here is an article by a Chicagoland blogger with helpful tips for getting the most of your farmer's market trip.
Be sure to look at the Event Calendar and Program Page! New local activities, lectures, and festivals are added throughout the month. Not only is it a good place to stay up to date on garden club programs and activities, but we will also be gathering and posting information on all sorts of local gardening-related lectures, festivals, and events.
Be sure to come back in June for a few great seasonal recipes to help you make the most of farmers market finds!
Welcome to the new website of the
Wayne Countryside Garden Club!
Welcome! We are delighted to launch the new website and online home for the Wayne Countryside Garden Club, where gardeners of all level of experience have come together to promote knowledge and a love of gardening since 1955. This site will be a wonderful place to stay up to date on the latest club news, as well as a great source for gardening inspiration, information, tips and resources.
Check back often, too, as we’ll add more information about upcoming programs, local gardening events, more links to external resources, seasonal recipes, and lots of useful and educational information!
" Every gardener knows that under the cloak of
winter lies a miracle….a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream. "
~ Barbara Winkler
For Events to Inspire All Gardeners...
Be sure to look at the Event Calendar and Program Page! Not only is it a good place to stay up to date on garden club programs and activities, but we will also be gathering and posting information on all sorts of local gardening-related lectures, festivals, and events.