By Scott Hackleman
The Point Roberts Garden Club had an active year and our members enjoyed meetings where we learned about growing food, showed off our favorite gardening tools and heard about the art of vertical gardening.
We continued and expanded upon our program of member garden visits during the spring and summer in lieu of meetings at the community center. During these casual strolls through various gardens, we shared our love of plants and had a relaxed time learning and exchanging information unique to where we live. We always ended our meetings with refreshments and good fellowship.
We also continued our “Drive By – Say Hi” program, where members inform the club of plants or trees putting on a particularly nice show in their garden, and our “Guerilla Bulb” program where we randomly plant hundreds of spring-blooming bulbs around the Point.
We held a very successful garden sale in May, in conjunction with the Friends of the Point Roberts Library’s book sale. Club members were busy digging, dividing, seeding and potting up things from their gardens throughout the spring and by May 16 we had tables filled with healthy beautiful plants that happy customers eagerly snapped up.
To the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike, our mounds of daffodils, bluebells and wildflowers continue to flourish along Tyee Drive.
Our feature berms of decorative grasses and blooming rhododendrons continue to put on a show and work is underway on a third feature berm with a bench in memory of Jody Hackleman. Thanks go to Brian Calder and Bill Skinner for the donation of their time and materials, and to all the volunteers who help with our Tyee project.
Our monthly “Tyee Tidy” maintenance sessions had the added feature of our little water-wagon Nellie-Belle this summer, and our “Adopt-a-Mound” program got off the ground with almost half of our mounds adopted.
Individuals or groups adopt a specific mound to take care of and to add more plants to, if desired. Look for more information about this on our web page and Facebook site.
Planning is well underway for the Biennial Point Roberts Garden Tour to be held Sunday, June 26. Gardens of varying sizes and themes will be featured. Several gardeners are confirmed for the 2016 tour but we would still like to hear from any gardeners who would like to participate.
Our next meeting is Saturday, February 6 at 1 p.m. at the community center. We plan an interesting speaker on the subject of composting.
Our regular meetings will resume the first Wednesday of the month after that with more interesting speakers, open gardens and show and share socials with refreshments.
We welcome new members and guests and are looking forward to another year of sharing our gardens and friendship. Please visit our website, pointrobertsgardenclub.org, for more information.