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December Happenings

To brighten our homes for the holiday, EAGC members gathered  to make wreaths and create arrangements sharing a variety of evergreens, cones, and berries gathered from our yards.  Tables were piled high with fresh boughs of pine, fir, holly, juniper, arborvitae, dried orange slices, and pine cones…and what a very good year this was for winterberry!   Under the tutelage of Connie Gilmore and Ann Hohenberger, many beautiful showpieces were created:

Connie & Ann wish to thank to all who participated and contributed flora from their gardens. 

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We gathered in December at the Wentworth Country Club in Newcastle, where we enjoyed a delicious luncheon of Maple Glazed Salmon or Beef Tenderloin.  We heard our fearless leaders, Betsy & Jill, recite their version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”  which cleverly included all our members and depicted Santa Claus as a “Hunk”!

 

We always seem to have great fun when we gather and take a look at some of the wonderful gifts exchanged:

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Last, but never least, came Betsy’s Holiday Swap, and it did not disappoint-great food and drink, great friends and great gifts?!?!  Here we go:

 

 

An M & M Machine, of course!

 

                                      

                 

                                         

A noisy chair pad!

 

Jill needs an extra large beer stein to make it through our meetings!

 

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An Electric Outhouse- just what I needed!

And here come the specialized dishes:

 

A Crab dish, how special!

 

Flower Pot Lunch Plates

 

Covered Baked Potato Dish-what everyone needs!

 

A nice fish dish needs a fish face, right!?

 

Packed in for this annual “must attend” event:

 

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Fini!

 

November Happenings

Another Successful Bake Sale on Election Day………

 

 

…..And the winner of our Raffle at the bake sale:

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Sprucing up the Veterans’ Garden for Veterans’ Day………..

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General Meeting Featuring Merle Schlesinger, Sogestu Ikebana……….

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Decorating fun at the Exeter Historical Society. . . . .Lots of hands make light work, especially when their talented hands!

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The End!

HORT MOMENT

Ikebana Lessons for Our Gardens

Even if you do not aspire to make arrangements like the ones that Merle Schlesinger created before our eyes there is much to take away from her program.  Whether you draw out a design for your garden or (as is too often the case with me) wander around with pots of new plants in your arms trying to figure out where to put them, your garden will make you happier if you follow some of the ikebana principles.  Here are some I jotted down as Merle spoke:

  • Place your plants to encourage the eye to travel.  This is true whether you are planting a bowl of succulents or an acre.

  • Pay attention to negative space. The space between your plants is part of the design.

  • Plant in odd numbers and slightly off kilter.  Merle demonstrated this by creating a triangle with unequal sides. To use another example, if you are planting   a bunch  of daylily divisions place them in teardrop shape rather than a perfect circle.

  • Place plants with attention to mass, line, color (remember green counts as many colors), shape, and texture.

  • Keep in mind that a pleasing design has elements that advance and recede.  This effect can be created quite literally or more playfully with color and forced or false perspective.

  • With each of her designs Merle was careful to disguise her pin holder.  Similarly in the landscape it is usually a good idea to anchor specimen plants with underplantings.

  • Merle did not mention this but I noticed that she used repetition.

  • Finally, be sure to walk around and look at your garden from lots of angles, preferably with a glass of your favorite beverage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         – Becky Mitchell