Does summer mean finishing up those early spring vegetables and getting your tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and peppers planted, fertilized and staked? Do you agree with English Poet, Alfred Austin,”The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” Or, do your feelings about gardening run closer to American Educator, Michael Pollan’s thoughts that, “A lawn is nothing but nature under totalitarian rule.” (If it’s the latter quote you identify with, you should definitely come to the July meeting).
Regardless of which of those statements you most closely identify with, you will definitely feel at home with the like-minded people in the Alexander County Garden Club. The Garden Club is open to all interested residents of Alexander County and exists to provide a non-profit, philanthropic, and educational organization for its members. Community members who have an interest in any type of gardening, horticultural, agricultural, and environment activities will find the club warm, welcoming and educational. The club meets once a month, on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm and unless a field trip is scheduled, meets at the Alexander County Cooperative Extension Office at 376 1st Ave SW, Taylorsville.
The May meeting welcomed speaker, Dr. Karen McDougal. Dr. McDougal grew up in Georgia, received a bachelors degree in biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, then taught high school biology and chemistry in Mobile, Alabama. She received her Masters and Doctorate in Botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then taught biology, botany and environmental science at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, for over 30 years.
Dr. McDougal spoke to the club about the methodologies for recognizing and identifying native wildflowers. She discussed using leaf and flower characteristics and provided slides with photographs to illustrate the differences between plants to aid in identification. McDougal also provided examples of resource materials so members could use them in learning to identify plants on their own.
The next general meeting will be held Thursday, July 13th at 6:30 pm at the Cooperative Extension office. The Speaker will Jimmy Abernathy, from CVCC, who will be presenting a program about tips for fall lawn care. Refreshments are available during the meeting, and there will be a small door-prize awarded. For further information about the club, visit our website at http://alexandercountygardenclub.org/, or Facebook page at Alexander County Garden Club or please contact Susan Lydick Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.638.8513. For directions to the Alexander County Cooperative Extension, you may call Susan or the Cooperative Extension Office at 376 1st Ave SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681, telephone number: 828.632.4451.