Garden Visit: Potter/Lebe Garden

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Contributed by Rebecca Glembocki

Open recently as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days program, I had a fun experience volunteering to greet garden visitors at the garden of Jack Potter and David Glebe in Ghent, NY.. It was a pleasure to meet Jack and David, who had a steady group of visitors throughout the day. Their garden is so full of color, it was perfect timing for an Open Days visit. The area around Hawthorne Valley is beautiful and I highly recommend going to Open Days gardens in Columbia County! Also visit David and Jack’s garden blog: http://jackanddavidsgarden.blogspot.com/

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Event Photos: Hudson Valley Garden Fair 2015

HVGardenFair2015.Magnolia.800What a perfectly gorgeous day we had in early May for HVGA’s third annual spring fundraising event – Hudson Valley Garden Fair 2015. Four hundred local gardeners came out to Montgomery Place historic estate for plant shopping, garden classes, local garden information, and more plant shopping!

Many thanks to the hardworking volunteers, sponsors, vendors and non-profit garden organizations who participated, and helped make this year’s Garden Fair a true celebration of gardening in the Hudson Valley.

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HVGardenFair2015.Barb.800Barbara of Midsummer Farm takes a well-deserved break from selling her fantastic selection of organic vegetables, herbs and hard to find perennials.

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The always popular HVGA raffle draws a large and enthusiastic crowd, with prizes generously donated by vendors and local garden businesses.

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HVGardenFair2015.TwinBrooks.800For more information about Hudson Valley Garden Fair, visit www.hvgardenfair.com

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New Windsor Garden Club launches Garden of the Month

TudorsContributed by Michele Lawrensen

The Garden of the Month Club was a new idea added to our group this year as a way to increase our interaction with gardeners in our town and also serve as a means to promote the New Windsor Garden Club. Any club member may nominate a home which appears not to be professionally landscaped with one winner per month June, July, August and September.  A winner is selected and the homeowner is presented with their award – a sign that reads ‘New Windsor Garden Club Garden of the Month – Congratulations.’

The very first New Windsor gardeners to be recognized were Chuck and Barbara Tudor. They were surprised and VERY appreciative that they were being recognized without even knowing they had been nominated by one of our members, who passed by their property and caught a glimpse of how special it was.  They agreed to proudly display the Garden of the Month sign. A lovely couple who invited me to tour their gardens and share the history of many of the features and plants.

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The Tudor’s garden at what has been Barbara’s family home for the past 30 years. Their gardens, which are tastefully located throughout their property, are entirely perennial and include well-established fruit trees (mulberry, blueberry, hardy kiwi), honeysuckle, trumpet vine, milkweed, and many, many beautiful perennial flowers and herbs including Chuck’s favorite plant, rose campion.  All trees and plants were strong and healthy, with not a weed to be found. They added a pond, complete with waterfall and happy inhabitants, in an area where two trees came down in a storm.  The couple enjoy gardening together and relaxing in their gardens.

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Congratulations, Tudors, on your lovely garden!

The New Windsor Garden Club was formed in 2013 with the intent to bring together home gardeners in the New Windsor, NY area and surrounding towns.

We meet monthly January – October and new members are welcome! Membership in the New Windsor Garden Club is always FREE! For more information email nwgardenclub@gmail.com.

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