Garden Club of Taos

Monthly Newsletter

MAY 2017


Welcome May! Can you remember the last time we had such heavy snow in Spring? Certainly beautiful and we appreciate the much needed water, but our fruit blossoms will be lost.

Our April program, "LANDSCAPING AND DESIGN IN TAOS", presented by Carol Wildman and Jennifer Laabes was terrific. Before and after photos of their projects really gave us an idea of their concepts. Thanks to Melissa Serfling, along with Joy Suto, for giving us the opportunity to purchase her landscaping books. Quite a selection and an opportunity to add to our collections. We enjoyed the refreshments brought by members, organized by Dolly Peralta.

Mary Short distributed the new 2017 Membership Book to members at our April meeting. Those who were absent will be able to get their copy at our May meeting.  Thank you Mary for a job well done.

Our meeting this month is Thursday, May 18th, at Taos Tennis in the Meeting Room, starting at 9:30 am.  George Miller, President of the Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society, will be our speaker: "SAVE A PLACE FOR WILDLIFE". Know that we will learn a lot from him. During our refreshment time we are going to have a MEMBER PLANT EXCHANGE.  Please bring plants you would like to share with other members.  Please identify the plants.                      

Our Field Trip to Red Willow Farm was fun and informative. Daniel Martinez, Taos Pueblo Farm Manager, gave a good presentation. Thank you Carmen Lieurance for organizing this. As James Ludden expressed after our Field Trip," Daniel Martinez is a crackerjack small farmer. Good scientist, good observer, patient, and hard working." Check our website for field trip photos from Mary Short.

Our next Field Trip is Thursday, May 11th to Bayfield Nursery in Bayfield, Colorado. It will be a turn around trip to pick up and deliver merchant flower baskets for businesses. Mayor Barrone will be leading the caravan in his horse trailer with our members following. Details will be emailed to each of you. We will have a lot of fun and I personally look forward to providing a picnic for those who make the trip. Thank you to Marit McHugh for contacting individual merchants and collecting money for the flowering baskets.

Before you know it, the Lilac Festival will be here. Kathy Fortner, John Mayer and Reggie Mosser are gearing up for this event that will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - May 19th, 20th, and 21st.                        ยท

After the Lilac Festival, look forward to our June 1st Field Trip to Santa Fe, organized by Jan Martenson.

Our May meeting will update all of you on all the activities that will be coming up.

Please note Heidi Smith's message to all of you about this year's Garden and Home Tour. 

We are just getting started. See you May 18th.

Meg Greenwood, President

Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos

The 2017 Garden & Home Tour is now complete.  I'll have a volunteer sign-up sheet for each venue at the monthly meeting.  If by chance you cannot attend, please send me an email with your preference of morning/afternoon:  smithheidim@gmail.com.

If you already put your name on any of the lists, you can let me know which property you would like to work.  We will honor all requests if at all possible.

Also, please remember that we will welcome any of your friends and neighbors as volunteers.  Please let them know that we will give them a Tour ticket so that they can visit the properties before or after their shift at one of the interesting properties.  They will also be rewarded with an invitation to the "thank you party" at the Fechin Museum.  We appreciate your effort on behalf of Los Jardineros.

Heidi Smith
Tour Co-Chair

Los Jardineros Field Trips

May 11th:  Bayfield Nursery

Participants will carpool to Bayfield, CO to see the professional greenhouses and pick up the merchant baskets for the historic district.

June 1st: Santa Fe Gardens

Meet at 8:15 am in the rear parking lot of the San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos to carpool.  Our first stop will be at a private home off Old Santa Fe Trail to tour an award-winning rock garden replete with many species of plants.  We will then drive to Museum Hill, have lunch in the Museum Cafe, then enjoy a docent-led tour of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Cost of $8 for the Botanical Garden tour. Call (751-0511) or email (jsm449@mac.com) Jan Martenson for reservations.

July 13th: Members Only Garden Tour

All members will be sent garden descriptions and driving directions for this tour.  Please consider carpooling as parking will be limited.

Santa Fe Master Gardener Workshop:  Cactus Propagation

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the County Fairgrounds (3229 Rodeo Road) Cactus Garden

This event is part of the Santa Fe Master Gardener’s FREE Let’s Grow Series.  Learn how to divide and grow more cactus. Tips on soil preparation, planting and maintenance. Demos every half-hour.  For more information, please visit sfmga.org

Many of us are trying to populate our gardens with pollinator friendly plants.  The organization of National Garden Clubs is asking that we all carefully examine pots of milkweed, if purchased in a non-organic retail garden center.  Evidently some growers are treating milkweed plants with Neonicotinoid systemic pesticide.  This pesticide is very harmful to caterpillars.   It is suggested you always examine the tags and information on pollinator friendly plants to ensure that systemic pesticides have not been applied to these plants.

For more information on planting pollinator friendly gardens, take a look at these websites:

http://gardenclubs.org, http://xerces.org/, http://monarchwatch.org

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