The Shippan Point Garden Club spends time studying up-to-date methods of gardening especially in the unique conditions of our Shippan Peninsula. Members enjoy sharing ideas and plants with each other and our friends and neighbors. Membership meetings include displays of horticulture specimens grown by members that are then judged against horticultural excellence by NGC trained judges (January, February, March, April, June, July, September, October, November).
Check this space for tips on gardening month-by-month on Shippan. And look for the featured plant of the season to gain some expertise from knowledgeable Club members.
Featured Projects Dish Garden:
A dish garden is a miniature landscape in an open container.
One or more accessories may be added. If used, they must be in scale with the plant material and with each other.
For tips on dish gardens refer to The Handbook for Flower Shows, page 84, section D, Combination Plantings, and on p. 112-113.
a. How to make a dish garden everyone will like:
JoyUsgarden, 8:10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_SKSnHDhD8
b. Antique dough bowl turned succulent planter:
Garden Answer, 9:14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbU5cMZoECM
c. Dish Garden Gallery, 2:38: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg-KD3mzUrE
Previously Featured Plants:
Monthly Gardening Tips:
Tips from our Club’s Past Horticulture Meetings
- Plant This NOT That – Top 10 Lists for Your Eco-Friendly Garden
- What is an Invasive Plant
- Seed Starting – 10 Tips
- Dividing Perennials
- Homemade Disease Treatments
REMINDER: Connecticut invasive plants and Connecticut endangered plants should not be planted in your garden. Invasive plants spread, often profusely. They can take over and destroy native plants that are most beneficial to wildlife and plant diversity in our State. While adding endangered plants to your garden might logically seem to increase their numbers, the problem is where they are sourced. Buying them encourages nurseries to sell them which may mean they have been taken from their native habitat.
Gardening and Landscape Design Classes
The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. (SPGC is a member) offers a Gardening Study School, which is a series of four courses, one per year for two days each. Open to Club members and to the public, they are structured to stimulate interest in and impart knowledge for growing plants to the peak of perfection. Course content includes basic botany, soils, houseplants, propagation, pruning and many other interesting gardening topics. The next school will be offered September 26-28, 2017.
Landscape Design Study School. also offered by FGCCT, is structured similarly but covers topics such as the history of landscape design, modern concepts and detailed steps in professional landscape design planning. The next Landscape Design Study School is March 21 and 22, 2017.