Members of the LOW Garden Club support the natural resources of Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, VA. They share an interest in furthering scientific knowledge of gardening and horticulture and many want to learn
the artistry of flower design!
Calendar of Events
April 15th-22nd--VA Historic Garden Week VA. See article on this page for more information!
April 18th--Join other club members for the VA Historic Garden Tour in King George County. This tour includes interior/exterior admission to three private properties, two of which are homes built in in the 18th century, as well as a native plant demonstration garden…4 sites in total! Included with admission are trolleys that will make continuous runs to all properties from the headquarters site throughout the day. Also, located at the headquarters site, will be a tulip picking garden, plant sale, floral arranging demonstrations, Gateway Beekeepers and Bartlett Tree experts. A very full day for sure! Please write a check made out to “LOW Garden Club” for $30 and bring it to the next general meeting on March 13th. Karla Pringle will be collecting the checks and making a list of attendees. Questions can be addressed to Karla via email@example.com.
May 6th--9 AM-12 PM. Our 3rd annual Plant Sale - Christine Bregar and Rita Bowles are chairs. We need people to help contribute plants, set up that day, assist during the event and purchase plants AT the event! BTW, it's a lot of fun!
March 22nd--Orchard field trip! Please sign up at the March 13 meeting for this wonderful tour at Color Orchids, or you may contact Nicole Pappas at 619-709-5163 if you plan to attend. We will meet in the lower Club House parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and leave at 10:00 for those wanting to carpool. Otherwise, you may meet the group at Color Orchids at 10:20. Color Orchids is located at 19315 Carrico Mills Road right off Route 20.
June 3, 2023--LOW Garden Club Garden Tour- Tentatively scheduled in early June, this committee is currently looking for gardens that can be toured. Big or small, flowers, landscaping, shade, natives, or vegetables are all welcome! If you have a garden, or have a friend or neighbor with a garden, that might be a possibility please contact Christine Bregar or Renee Hochenberger (co-chairs). We need several more gardens to make this event an outstanding success! A firm date will be announced soon.
General meetings are held on the second Monday of each month unless noted otherwise.
Board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month unless noted otherwise.
Need Some Exercise??
Join me in the Memorial Garden on Monday, March 20th, at 10 AM to rake leaves and pick up sticks. Remember that game we played when we were kids. Well, these are real sticks and probably not as much fun but you'll be with friends and you'll be doing something very worthwhile.
See you there!
Pressed Flower Class Is Fun...It Kicks Crafting Up A Notch!
Just a few of the crafts you can make with pressed flowers
By Karla Pringle
Yes, we’re in the throes of winter … but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy flowers, plants, and herbs from your garden. With just a little planning and preparation, you can create some fun winter projects to enjoy all year long with your favorite garden plants.
During colder months you can pick up some fresh, inexpensive flowers and greeneries at the florist or grocery store and give it a try. Select delicate (thinner) blooms, since especially dense flowers do not tend to dry easily. And don’t forget, herbs are fun to use as well!
Two of the most popular ways to preserve your selections are pressing them between sheets of absorbent paper and weighing them down with heavy books, blocks or whatever you might have lying around. A proper flower press is also a great option. They come in a variety of sizes and prices, and they can be purchased online or at crafts stores. However, before buying one, I recommend the old-fashioned book method just to get the hang of the process.
Another option is to preserve them in silicone gel granules. Thoroughly and gently cover everything in an airtight, lidded bowl or can. This method preserves the colors quite vividly. While not flattened, there are a variety of crafts for which you can use them. I recently dried rose buds to use in a small trinket dish for display. *Please be sure to read the directions and cautions on the silica gel bottle, as some people may experience a skin irritation from contact.
There are many craft books and YouTube videos, that will give you more detailed, step-by-step instructions and demonstrate the process. Watching these now will give you some ideas for later on when your garden is blooming in spring and summer. You won’t have to rely on store supplies; you can select some colorful flowers, greenery, and herbs while they’re still healthy.
Next General Membership Meeting:
VA HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK APRIL 15-22
The LOW GC Program Committee has planned an outing for Tues, April 18th to visit the VA Historic Garden Tour in Kings George County, hosted by the King George Garden Club.
This tour includes interior/exterior admission to three private properties, two of which are homes built in in the 18th century, as well as a native plant demonstration garden…4 sites in total.
Included with admission are trolley rides that will make continuous runs to all properties from the headquarters site throughout the day. Also, located at the headquarters site, will be a tulip picking garden, plant sale, floral arranging demonstrations, Gateway Beekeepers and Bartlett Tree experts. A very full day for sure!
Tickets are $40/pp purchased online (available now) or $50/pp day of event. If there are at least 15 members interested in going, we will qualify for the group fee of $30/pp. To obtain this group fee however, you must must pay in advance so that all tickets are purchased at the same time.
If you would like to qualify for this reduced admission fee, please bring a check made out to “LOW Garden Club” for $30 and bring to the next general meeting on March 13. Karla Pringle will be collecting the checks and making a list of attendees. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may mail your check to Karla at 127 Larkspur Lane NLT March 20.
Details concerning logistics and lunch options will be provided to attendees as the date draws near. Other questions can be addressed to Karla via firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOW Garden Club
The LOW Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., South Atlantic Region and
The Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Shenandoah District
The Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Shenandoah District