A letter from our president
A special Horticultural Hint for social media: something to do While You're Stuck Indoors
Here’s an idea: instead of binge-watching Friends, how about getting a first-class horticultural education, an hour or so at a time? Grow Native Massachusetts is an organization dedicated to encouraging New England gardeners to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials native to our region. To that end, they host "Evenings With Experts" talks by first rate horticulturalists who also happen to be terrific speakers with remarkable visuals. They are usually held at the Cambridge Library before an attentive audience of a few hundred.
Click on their website for an encyclopedic collection of information on native plants, and well worth bookmarking. Inside that website, though is a complete compendium of professionally produced videos of those talks. You can see Doug Tallamy on restoring native landscapes at home, or William Cullina discussing "Sugar, Sex and Poison". There are 13 videos available to view, each one roughly an hour in length. They’re informative, frequently humorous, and memorable. Try them out!
New Members Corner:
Please Welcome New Members When You See Them!
Dorothy Dropick- Edgartown
Susan Graham, West Tisbury
Lauren Lynch - Chilmark
Doug West - Chilmark
June Horticultural Hints
Show off your best garden specimens
at a virtual flower show!
Covid-19 put an end to traditional flower shows for this year, but National Garden Clubs, Inc. (of which we are a part), has come up with a wonderful work-around: a nationwide virtual flower show. Between June 1 and June 15, walk your garden and pick out the specimens you’d choose for entry into a flower show if it were being held locally.
Then, photograph them as described on the NHC website (http://www.gardenclub.org/resources/2020-convention/HOW-TO-PHOTOGRAPH-FOR-THE-VIRTUAL-FLOWER-SHOW.pdf), fill out the entry form (http://www.gardenclub.org/resources/2020-convention/NGC-VFS-Horticulture-Entry-Form.pdf) for each specimen, and email the photos to the address on the form. All entries will be professionally judged, ribbons will be awarded, and winners will appear on the National Garden Clubs website!
Our chilly, wet spring is finally behind us!
It’s time to put out tender annuals. Whether you are planting geraniums and impatiens or verbena and angelonia, annuals
can now safely be put in the ground or in your container gardens.
Horticultural Hints for June are
available by clicking here or by
going to the resources tab.
Martha's Vineyard Garden Club
PO Box 5061
Vineyard Haven MA 02568
The Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, established in 1924, is an island-wide community organization of almost two hundred members (including many seasonal residents), who share a passion for gardening, conservation, and maintaining our unique environment. Our monthly meetings are both educational and social; our programs are varied and designed to meet personal and community needs. New members and guests are always welcome.