Friday, September 27, 2013

Fenton Friday: Time to Plant More Green

The weather has cooled off so I spent an hour sorting through my seed packs and seeing what greens I wanted to plant in my community garden plot. I decided in Cilantro (Coriander), Parsley, a Romaine mix, and a Mesclun mix. I'm not a big salad fan, but these greens are great additions to other dishes that I enjoy.

I considered Kale and Swiss Chard, but after having a raw Kale salad at a RootingDC planning meeting last night, I just cannot summon much enthusiasm for it. It just feels like such a chore to eat and frankly, life is too short to suffer through tough, tasteless greens. Maybe I'll change my mind and add some later.

What greens are you growing in your garden this fall?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Video Wednesday: "Less Lawn, More Life" Garden Tour


This video posted by "nestboxer" to Youtube is of the recent  garden tour of homes in the Greenbelt, MD,  meant to showcase the beauty and value of lawn alternatives. Greenbelt is a National Historic Landmark planned community built in 1937 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Greenbelt was designed as a cooperative garden suburb that would be a model of modern town planning in America.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fenton Friday: Pepper Envy


So the only pepper I planted at my Fenton Community Garden plot this year was an ornamental one (pictured above). It is one of the series related to 'Black Pearl.' It is doing very well covered in black and red peppers and dark foliage marking the front boundary of my plot. As it is ornamental, it is technically edible, but likely hot but tasteless.

Judging from how well it did and looking around at other plot garden neighbors, I definitely missed the boat and should have planted some sweet peppers. I had tried them last year and not had much luck, so I decided to give them a pass this year. I love sweet peppers though and the can be quite pricey, so I have learned my lesson and will try again next year.

Meanwhile, I'll consider bringing this ornamental in as a houseplant this winter if I have the window space left from all my other over-wintering plants, forced bulbs, and coleus cuttings.

What do you regret not planting this season?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Video Wednesday: How to Make a (Mini) Green Roof



In this fun, educational tutorial you can learn how to make your very own green roof out of materials that you have at home. "Guaranteed fun for the entire family." This educational video was produced by the National Building Museum and sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Win Passes to the DC Green Festival

For our September 2013 Washington Gardener Reader Contest, we are giving away several passes to the upcoming DC Green Festival.

   On Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, join Washington Gardener in Booth 709 and hundreds of others at the 2013 DC Green Festival. Held at the Washington Convention Center, the Green Festival is the nation’s largest and most diverse sustainability event.

The 2013 DC Green Festival features: Passionate speakers. Hands-on DIY workshops, Cooking demonstrations, Organic beer and wine garden, and the Green Marketplace featuring products and services from local, regional, and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations

   To enter to win a set of two passes, send an email with “Green” in the subject line to WashingtonGardener@rcn.com by 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 18. In the body of the email please include your full name, email, mailing address, and tell us: “What would be your dream garden splurge if money were no object?” The winners will be announced and notified by September 19. Some of the entry responses may be used in future Washington Gardener online or print articles.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bamboo Anew: Take a Closer Look at this Versatile Grass ~ The Washington Gardener Enews ~ September 2013 Issue Now Out!



The Washington Gardener Enews ~ September 2013 issue is now sent to all current Washington Gardener Magazine subscribers. It is also posted and archived online at:
http://issuu.com/washingtongardener/docs/wgenews-sept13.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
~ Bamboo Anew: Take a Closer Look at this Versatile Grass
~ Top Local Garden Events Calendar for September-October
~ Magazine Excerpt: Beguiling Abelia
~ Mid-Atlantic Garden To-Do List for September-October
~ Reader Contest: Win Passes to the DC Green Festival
~ Washington Gardener's Recent Blog Post Highlights
~ Spotlights Special: Lavender ‘Phenomenal’
~ Washington Gardener Magazine Back Issue Sale!
and much more... 
You can access it as well as all of the other Washington Gardener Enews back issues online now and anytime in the future at http://issuu.com/washingtongardener/docs/.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: Late Summer is Fading Out

 It is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day again! On the 15th of each month, we gardeners with blogs share a few bloom photos from our gardens. Here is the Mid-Atlantic USA (USDA zone 7) on the DC-MD border, we ha a very dry and cool August, this a week of high heat, then finally rain! This month I thought I'd just share a few blooms that are unusual or caught my eye.

Mountain Mint
Pink Hardy Aster

Pomegranate Tree Seedling
Torenia

Petunia

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fenton Friday: Finally Rain!

Finally after almost five weeks with no rain, we were blessed yesterday by several storms and then evening downpours. It has been a weird year -- with a very wet, cool spring and early summer -- to have such dry and cool conditions for most of August. Though it is much better than last years' sizzling heat and lack of rain!

I finally got over to the Fenton Community Garden plot today to put my broccoli starts in (shown at left). I had purchased them several weeks ago at the local farmers' market and they are already showing insect damage and stress. I will try to go back over the weekend and put a cover cloth of some sort over them in hopes of warding off any more damage.

Also in my garden plot, the cherry tomatoes and red okra still keep going strong. I'm picking them every-other-day and sharing with everyone I can. My zinnias keep on blooming as well and I cut fresh bouquets weekly for placing beside all the sinks in my house. I encountered this pretty moth (below) on a zinnia still in bud who sat still for his photo portrait.

How is your garden growing this week?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Video Wednesday: Koi Packing



Ever wondered how you transport a very large, prize Koi fish to a water gardening festival? I never had until I happened upon the ZNA Potomac Koi Club's festival at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA, last weekend. What fun to watch the experts wrestle these big boys into bags and ice chests; nice re-use of pool noodles as well.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Guide to Local Gardening Talk Series


I'm giving two different series of talks this Fall on Local Gardening. I hope you can join me for whichever one best fits your schedule and needs.
Guide to Local Gardening Series at the Cleveland Park Club in NW WDC
Whether you are new to gardening or have been a gardener for years, this three part series will teach you about our local gardening world and resources the DC Metro area. The class is taught by Kathy Jentz, Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener. The three-part series is $60 for members and $80 for non-members.
Session 1: Regionally Adapted Plants - Monday, September 30th, 7:00-8:30 pm
Session 2: Local Gardening 102: Common Challenges and Frustrations - Monday, October 7th, 7:00-8:30 pm
Session 3: Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter - Monday, October 14th, 7:00-8:30 pm

See http://www.clevelandparkclub.org/en/Classes.html


AND
Local Gardening at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton MD
Local Gardening Resources and Sources
Thu, September 26, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: With Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher of the Washington Gardener For people who are new to gardening and gardeners who are new to the DC metropolitan area, learn about our local gardening world and resources. What annual garden festivals are worth attending? Which public gardens fit my needs? What are the best places to shop? Where do I find out more information? You will receive a special reference handout listing local gardening classes, shows, public gardens, web sites, garden books, and much more. Course # 248802 Fee: $18; FOBG: $15; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium Walk-ins welcome

Regionally Adapted Plants
Thu, October 3, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: With Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher of the Washington Gardener For people who are new to gardening and gardeners who are new to the DC metropolitan area, learn about our local gardening world and resources. Plants that have proven themselves in the Mid-Atlantic climate. Low-maintenance gardening is the goal of many of us in our busy lives and the key is planting the right plants for our local climate. We'll talk about some native plants, of course, but mostly we'll explore the tried and true plants that can take clay soil, deer, and/or periods of drought. Season-by-season, we'll share our favorite plants that excel in our local gardens. Course # 248803 Fee: $18; FOBG: $15; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium Walk-ins welcome

(skipping Thursday Oct 10)

Local Gardening 102
Thu, October 17, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: With Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher of the Washington Gardener For people who are new to gardening and gardeners who are new to the DC metropolitan area, learn about our local gardening world and resources. So you've been gardening for a few years, but still feel like there are some holes in your gardening knowledge that you'd like answers to? This class is for you. We'll take it to the next level and talk about local gardening challenges like poor landscape drainage, gardening on a slope, dealing with deer, planting in clay soil, and more. We'll examine case studies of local gardeners who have conquered these common garden challenges Course # 248804 Fee: $18; FOBG: $15; registration required Visitors Center Auditorium Walk-ins welcome
Details at: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/xperience.shtm

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Guest Post: Spotted Jewelweed

GUEST BLOG POST
By Kris Gasteiger


In my back yard, I have a patch of Impatiens. Not the kind you buy at the home center or nursery, but the native, wild variety, Impatiens biflora (I. capensis) or Spotted Jewelweed.

I treasure this plant. It grows about four feet tall and forms a rather dense thicket in the corner of the backyard under the Dawn Redwood. In August, it begins to flower with lovely spotted orange flowers. The flowers aren't exactly showy or numerous, but they do provide a bit of bright color in a shady corner. Jewelweed will flower almost until the first frost, when it then collapses and dies. I let the plants compost in place, ensuring that I'll have a good seed bed for the next season.

This Impatiens doesn't seem to be affected by the Downy Mildew that is making growing the bedding varieties (Impatiens walleriana cultivars) so iffy these days. When I worked for the City of Bowie, MD, I used to grow the bedding variety in beds throughout Bowie. The last couple of years, I wasn't even able to get them from the nurseries, the nurseries couldn't grow them due to the mildew problem.

Anyway, this Spotted Jewelweed... One of the reasons I love it is that it attracts our native Humming Bird, the Rubythroat. I'll often see the leaves trembling in a small area of the Jewelweed patch. Looking closely, I'll find a Rubythroat sipping nectar. The breeze off the birds wings causes the localized trembling of the leaves. Delightful! Large bees are also visitors to Jewelweed's flowers. I've especially noted Carpenter Bees and Bumble Bees visiting. These are great pollinators for the Squash and Tomato blossoms.

Spotted Jewelweed has a yellow-flowered cousin, Yellow or Pallid Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida), which grows in the same conditions as Spotted Jewelweed. While I don't have this one in my garden, I've seen it in moist shady places around Bowie. It too is a Hummingbird and Bee magnet. Good to have to encourage pollinators to visit your garden.

Jewelweed is also useful as an anti Poison Ivy wash. You can take the very watery stems, crush them and use the pulp to wash your skin where you have been exposed to Poison Ivy. It will even help a bit with an established Poison Ivy rash.

The seeds of Jewelweed are edible, though little worth the effort, other than for a nibble as you are out in the yard. Cup you hands around the pods and let them explode, catching the seeds if you can. They are tasty, but its hard to get very many.

Jewelweed is a beautiful plant to have in a shady, moist corner of any garden. It will self-seed and come back every year, but is easy to weed out when it jumps its bounds.

About the Author
Kris Gasteiger gardens in Bowie, MD. Kris edited Bowie Crofton Garden Club's newsletter and wrote articles for it under the Green Man monicker for about seven years. He can be reached at darkamber@aol.com.

Spotted Jewelweed photo source: Dr Thomas G. Barnes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Wikipedia commons.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Fenton Friday: Red Okra Review

This year I grew Red Okra aka Burgundy Okra from seed and it has done pretty well in this mild summer. However, I think next year I will go back to the green Clemson Spineless variety.

I eat my okra small/tender and raw; picked straight from the plant as a garden snack. To me, the red variety just does not taste as good as Clemson does. It has a slight perfume-y quality to it that I just cannot place. It is not "bad" per se, just not my favorite. The Clemson to me has more a clean "green bean" flavor.

If you grow okra, what do you think? Do you detect a taste difference?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Video Wednesday: Crape Myrtles - You Can Grow That!



Crape Myrtles are a beautiful, multi-stemmed, flowering shrub that has many landscape uses. For those in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, it is reliably hardy and easily available at your local independent garden center.


Garden Bloggers You Can Grow That! Day was started by C. L. Fornari of Whole Life Gardening because she believes “Gardening is one of the most life-affirming things we can do.…We need to thoroughly saturate people with the belief that plants and gardening are worth doing because of the benefits gained.” Garden bloggers who agree post about something worth growing on the fourth day of every month. Read this month’s You Can Grow That! posts.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Top 15 Biggest Garden Pests of 2013

We had a tremendous response to this month's Washington Gardener Magazine Reader Contest. An offer of free plants and talk of common enemies will certainly bring out the passion in gardeners! 

The winner, chosen at random from among all the submitted entries, is Annie Shaw, Greenbelt, MD. Congratulations, Annie! She receives the 7 False Solomons Seal (Smilacina racemosa or Maianthemum racemosum) plants courtesy of Sunshine Farm & Gardens(value $35+).

For this contest entry, we asked our readers to tell us their Biggest Garden Pests this growing season. Here are some of their responses. Can you relate? Did your biggest garden pest make the list?

MOSQUITOS

~ In my garden, the most damaging pest has been the Asian tiger mosquito. Even just a few are enough for me to use as an excuse not to do the necessary weeding and watering!  It's especially annoying that they are most aggressive in the early morning and early evening hours that once were the best times in the garden.
- Elaine Dynes, Silver Spring, MD

~ Mosquitoes!  We've had more rain this summer and many more mosquitoes.  I search every day to drain surface water and still those tiny aggressive asian variety of mosquitoes plague me.  I've really limited my time in my yard this year due to them. And, spent less time weeding or even enjoying meals outside. I dress in long-sleeved shirts, long pants, a hat and still they find available skin to bite.  I need to attract more bats into my yard for sure!  I've used a variety of repellents (reading labels carefully so that birds and other critters will not be harmed), and am afraid of using DEET.  Now I use catnip spray which reduces somewhat the numbers hovering over me when I'm outside.
- Annie Shaw, Greenbelt, MD

Biggest garden pest is a toss up between rabbits and tiger mosquitoes. The rabbits have been finding ways under the chicken wire surrounding the veggie garden and outside the v.garden, sampling (as in stripping off flowers and foliage) any new perennial or annual.
   Tigers have driven me back inside when I try to get out to do a little weeding/planting/harvesting. I'm covered head to toe and my garden shirt and pants are sprayed. So I put repellent on exposed neck and face. They try to bite through my socks, through my gloves, or on the one square inch of face I missed. At least the majority of them just swarm around unwilling to land on me. 
- Cindy Walczak, Olney, MD


RABBITS

~ My biggest garden pests this year were the rabbits. Totally fearless and very numerous. They just watch you appear, and only hop away a few feet when you come into the yard.
- Jennifer Whalen, Silver Spring, MD


~ My biggest garden pest has been bunny rabbits.  They seem to ignore all  the common rabbit food in the yard - violets, clover, etc and focus on my desirable plants.  They don't seem to know what is edible so they
will chew off plants like coleus and leave the stem with all the leaves on the ground.

- Dorothy Cichra, Silver Spring, MD

TICKS

~ At first thought, I might nominate the bean leaf beetle as my biggest garden pest this year, because they have totally decimated my bush bean plants. On second thought, I might nominate mosquitoes as my biggest garden pest this year, because they have persisted in overwhelming numbers in spite of multiple attempts to control their population around my yard and have now invaded my house.  But quite honestly, I am compelled to nominate ticks as my biggest garden pest this year, because I fear they may succeed in dampening my eagerness to spend time in my garden. I have had allergic reactions to three tick bites this year, and although I have not been diagnosed with Lyme disease, the allergic reactions cause symptoms that linger for 6 weeks. The threat of more serious health effects from ticks is quite worrisome with so many deer roaming my neighborhood. I have seen deer ticks among the leaves of trees as I worked under them or trimmed their branches, and I have found ticks crawling on my arms as I sat in my backyard swing. I can combat pests that are eating on my plants or forfeit garden produce due to insect infestations, but to think that the joy I experience from working in my garden could be diminished or even sacrificed due to fear of serious health effects from my next tick bite is very sad indeed. 
- Susan Drilea, North Potomac, MD


WEEDS

~ My worst pest this summer has definitely been weeds, much worse than ever because of so much rain. A cleared area could have sizeable weeds after a week!
- Mona Potter, Ellicott City MD 


JAPANESE STILTGRASS

~ Japanese Stiltgrass...I back to woods and the woodland floor used to be covered in Garlic Mustard (which was bad enough), but now there is stiltgrass everywhere and my neighbors on either side do not use any weedkillers, so their entire yards and gardens are covered in stiltgrass. I am fighting it off, but I think it's a losing battle.- Katie Rapp, Gaithersburg, MD

CLAY

~ The biggest garden pest this year has been compacted clay and excessive moisture!  I lost a cherry tree that the builder planted in my front yard because it happened to sit at the lowest point of elevation in a newly dug bed.  As I cultivated and amended the ground above it, the excess rains filed the lowest area of the cultivated bed, unable to permeate the construction-compacted clay below it, and it drowned my very unhappy Yoshino cherry tree.  For that reason, excess water and construction-compacted clay tied for my biggest pest this year!
- Doug Reimel, Clarksburg, MD


LIFE CHANGES

~ My biggest garden pest this year left me without a flower to my name. The pest was LIFE CHANGE... I retired, moved from DC to the Philadelphia area and just Today the sod cutter started carving out my new garden. But gardeners bought the house I left.

- Janice Gable, Westville, NJ
FUNGAL DISEASES
 
~ The biggest garden pest in my garden this year has been fungal diseases.  We had a damp Spring that continued into a very rainy Summer.  In addition, we have had a number of cloudy days without rain.  There has been little opportunity for soils, and especially mulched beds, to dry out.  If your yard is particularly shady, as mine is, it only exacerbates the problem.  The conditions this year have created a perfect environment for fungal diseases of all sorts - anthracnose, canker, mildew, mold, etc.  Some fungi, like Bird's Nest fungi, are cup-like structures with spore masses within that are propelled by rain drops and we've had lots of rain.
- Dr. Diana Locke, Gaithersburg, MD


PLUM CURCULIO

Biggest pest is the same every year, despite my efforts: plum curculio boring into my peaches.  Spoils them completely.
- Judy Thomas, Mechanicsville, VA 

HIBISCUS SAWFLY


~ Biggest pest this year is a Sawfly on hibiscus.  They are making a mess by skeletonizing the leaves.  Flowers are doing fine.  Wish I could see and catch the critters and use them for goldfish pond food.
- George Graine, Falls Church, VA

~ If you mean insects and animals rather than weeds and diseases, my biggest pest problem this year is the Hibiscus sawfly larva.  The little green worm has skeletonized about half the leaves of my one hibiscus.  
I've only squished one of the culprits so far.    If insects have not done a lot of damage, I leave them alone.   I don't have a vegetable garden or I could find more problems.
- Wendy Bruno, Silver Spring, MD

RATS

~ Yes, my zucchini plants were plagued with squash vine borers, and my two puny cucumber vines were lost to cucumber beetles.  There are definitely one too many rabbits hovering near my raised veggie beds as well, and  ever-present squirrels are eying my tomatoes.  I can tolerate all of  those without much more than a shrug and a sigh, but having RATS is the absolute worst!  There is nothing so unnerving as being in your yard and seeing a blur of something scurrying for cover, not to mention looking out the kitchen window to see one or two just hanging out in the yard  back behind some shrubs.  We have spent the summer eradicating any
potential habitat by hacking back shrubs and ground cover.  I'll spare you the other gory measures we have had to take... now if we could just  convince the neighbors to clean up their stockpile of lumber and other  household junk from their backyard, we could rest a bit easier.

- Marianna Judy, Silver Spring, MD

GROUNDHOGS

~ I garden in a community garden plot at Grist Mill Park in the Mt Vernon, VA area.  My biggest garden pest this year …and the garden nemesis of every gardener there…has been a family of ground hogs.  The mother, extremely well nourished, had 3 adorable kits this spring.  Adorable for about the first month until they all started munching at the “Grist Mill Buffet”. 
   My personal contribution to their healthy menu has included two rounds of green beans (I didn’t learn my lesson the first time and planted another group), edamame, and several sequential plantings of okra.  I must say, they have a very discriminating palate.  They only eat the healthy young shoots.  Once the plants get a certain size, they’re no longer interested.
    We’ve tried every helpful hint to get rid of them including turning many of the plots into veritable fortresses of chicken wire, pinwheels, wind chimes, and stinky repellants.  The only sure fire tactic so far has been to create chicken wire houses around the plants until they grow big enough to no longer be appealing. 
    I garden early in the morning so I can enjoy the peaceful setting and cooler weather.  Guess who else likes that time of day? It’s play time for the two remaining youngsters (sadly, I think, a dog killed one of them).  To make matters worse, they run in and out of the plots chattering as they play and get breakfast.  It almost sounds like they’re laughing at all our efforts to keep them out. 
     So far, they are getting the last laugh.  However, the war is not over.  I’m considering my battle plans for next season.
- Tamara Beaver, Alexandria, VA

RACCOONS

~ Raccoons pick the tomatoes off the plants, take a bite and then spit them out.   Then takes another tomato from the same plant and repeats!!
-  Mary Valentine, Hedgesville WV

VOLES

~ Last year I moved into a much smaller house with a very small yard.  There was no lawn, instead a small woodland surrounded the house which made it a perfect for us.  My neighbors around me have lawns and I hope when they see my yard full of great critters and native plants they will be encourage to convert at least part of their yards as well.  All this being said, I do have a pest problem.  I have woodland voles.  I saw one of them when moving leaves away to plant a shrub.  What a cute critter, but that cute critter eats the roots of some of my plants.  It's really quite annoying but I don't want to use chemicals or kill traps.  Any ideas on how to get them to move elsewhere? 
- Betty Truax, Palmyra, VA


DEER

~ Biggest garden pest "trowel" down for 2013 ......deer! I had planted tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce in containers at the top of a hill at the back of the house.  All were doing well until deer discovered them and took 2 of the cucumber plants and half the Juliet tomato plant.  I was unhappy to say the least.  Nonetheless I continued watering the one remaining cucumber and the half tomato and enjoyed watching their recovery until deer returned an August night for another huge part of the tomato.  My husband and I enjoyed one cucumber all summer and are carefully watching the 3 green tomatoes for signs of ripening. Next year the containers will move onto the deck with fencing.  I cannot give up!  Thanks heavens for our CSA!
- Rosemary 

My greatest garden problem this year has been the deer.  Due to the fact they completely devastate my backyard vegetable garden, I planted tomatoes and peppers in containers and placed them in them next to my driveway in my front yard.  And you know what?  Those blasted deer managed to chew and eat every leaf on  my heirloom tomatoes and left Celebrity and other hybrids totally alone.
- Joan Richards, Fairfax, VA


Deer have been the worst pests for my garden this year,though even they have not been too bad. For some reason it seems to have been a light year  for other pests. I usually have no trouble with deer,but they have been a slight nuisance this year.
- Meridith Mackay-Smith, White Post,VA


~ The biggest pest in my garden this year has been the deer.  Damage this year is the worst it's ever been.  I have a whole bed of yellow daylilies, all different kinds, and I got almost no flowers. Certain hostas have been eaten to the ground--while others are untouched.  Tomatoes near the daylily bed have been pruned repeatedly.  I've had some damage before, but never this much.  They seem to have lost interest, though, because a few scapes of the latest daylily survived the snack attacks and are in bloom now. 
   The smallest pest is phytophthera mold.  June was so wet that I lost an entire bed of rudbeckia 'Cappucino' that I grew from seed last year.  What a disappointment!!
- Lucy Goszkowski, Annapolis, MD

Photo Sources:
- Mosquito photo courtesy of Mosquito Dunks, Summit Chemical Company.
- Rabbit photo from Wikipedia commons.
- Deer photo courtesy of Randall Cleaver, Takoma Park, MD.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Beatrix Farrand Book is next Washington Gardener Magazine Book Club Selection

For our next selection Washington Gardener Magazine Book Club, we are reading Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes by Judith Tankard.
   We have reserved a meeting room at the Tenleytown DC Library on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. The room allows food and drink and you may bring your dinner and/or snacks to share.
   We checked and made sure that the DC library and other local library systems currently have several copies available for borrowing of Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes.
   The book club meetings are FREE and open to anyone who would like to attend. Please RSVP to “WG Book Club” at WashingtonGardener@rcn.com. We limit attendance to 20. If you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP so we can give your spot to someone else, should we have a wait-list.
   At this autumn meeting we will also decide the slate of books for our 2014 club selections. So please come with your suggestions for garden-related books that will make for good reads and discussions.
   We will announce the date for the next book club meetings after each previous meeting. We meet roughly once each quarter.