Meetings 2023 - Recent

Monthly Meeting Location:

Jordan Lutheran Church
5103 Snowdrift Road
Orefield, PA 18069

August 14, 2023 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church "Growing and Using Lavender"

Wendy Jochems, the owner Hope Hill Lavender Farm in Pottsville, shared her vast knowledge about different lavender cultivars with PGC members & guests. She brought many of her farm-made and locally sourced lavender products which were eagerly purchased after her presentaton.   

Wendy is the owner/worker at Hope Hill Lavender Farm. She and her husband started Hope Hill in 2010 by planting 1500 lavender plants in the spring of 2011.  The number of lavender plants currently is at least double that. Wendy was a certified veterinary technician for over 25 years and still maintains her license but now drives a school bus and works the farm.  She also harvests lavender, makes products, and sources unique MADE IN USA items for the farm store.  She has taken the master gardener course and volunteers with Master Gardeners.  There are also animals on her farm including horses, donkeys, chickens, housecats, and honeybees.  Hope Hill Lavender Farm is a Certified Pollinator Friendly Garden. Visitors are encouraged!

At this meeting the PGC 2023 Shholarship Award was presented to winner Allison Emmanuel: Scholarships

The hospitality team set up a delicious table of treats for the evening as well as plants for our raffle. Thank you to Judy, Bonnie, Maria and Deb for the beautiful presentation! 

Members visit the Ways and Means table at each meeting for raffle tickets and interesting items at bargain prices. Thank you to our Ways and Means Co-Chairs Donna (center) and Patti (right) for your efforts! On the left is PGC member Megan Stanley.

July 10, 2023 Annual Picnic and Plant Exchange at East Texas Park

The annual Parkland Garden Club Picnic/Plant Exchange was held this year at East Texas Park, in lieu of the July meeting.  A wonderful variety of dishes were displayed for everyone to enjoy. Members brought plants to share or trade with their fellow gardeners. A brief rain shower did not stop the group from enjoying an evening of friendship and good food. 

June 12, 2023 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church “Repurpose, Reuse and Reinvent”

Demonstration presented by Donna Smith

Donna Smith spoke about her project “This That and the Other Thing” the goal of which is to retrieve treasures from the past such as old dishes, curiosities and some unique modern pieces and create a new function. She showed how these new pieces could be a bird feeder, bird bath or an art piece (that will certainly be a conversation piece with friends).

Donna and her sister, Joan started their visionary craft pieces about 8 years ago with the intent to find a project to build on to save beautiful glass/dishes from the landfill. 

At this meeting PGC held our new member tea to welcome all who joined this year: Member News

The winners of the Youth Sculpture contest were also recognized at this meeting: Youth Garden Club

Look at the impressive items available at the Ways & Means table this month!  Thank you to Patti and Donna for their dedication at every meeting.

This wonderful display of refreshments as well as a "Welcome Members" cake were provided by our hospitality team at the June meeting. A variety of teas were offered in addition to the sweet and savory treats. Thank you Brenda, Barbara, Claire and Cynthia for the bountiful and beautiful assortment of goodies!

May 8, 2023 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church "Discovering our Garden Pollinators" Macro Photography

Program presented by Karen Campbell

Karen shared lots of amazing close-up images of flowers and nectaring insects. She showed what pollination is from the flowering plants' perspective, who their pollinators are, and why insects service our plants. She included tips for our members and guests on taking their own close-up images.

Karen Campbell is a naturalist and macro photographer whose subjects are native plants, wildlife, and their interactions in our yards and local natural ecosystems.

Our hospitality group this evening did another fantastic job providing refreshments for members and guests. Thank you to Carol Nagle, Helen Papathanasiou, Lorraine Kunkle, Dorothy MacLaughlin and Arlan Dietrich for the wonderful spring treats!

April 10, 2023 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church "Plant Partners"

Thoughtful Gardener Heather Andrews was our featured speaker at the PGC April meeting. She presented us with a video journey of her pollinator waystation, Cat-a-pillar Haven, and discussed incorporating plant combinations to enable more food to be grown with less effort.

Heather is an author, photographer, traveler and speaker who works with homeowners and businesses to create sustainable native pollinator habitats.  She grew up as one of 12 grandchildren in North Carolina, and often took walks in her Granddaddy Andrew’s garden, where she learned about pollinators and increasing yield.  During the growing season you will find her in her monarch waystation, Cat-a-pillar Haven, video blogging on her new YouTube Channel, Garden Thoughtfully.  She routinely creates actionable video backyards.  Heather is a two time recipient of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s “Garden of Distinction” Award for her monarch waystation and for a pollinator garden she designed for the historic Craighead House in conjunction with the Master Gardeners of Central PA.  Her award-winning photographs and articles have been featured in magazines and on the online publishing platform 

This beautiful Spring and Easter themed table was provided by our April Hospitality committee. Thank you to Cynthia, Megan, Mary, and Kay for the delicious refreshments and lovely display of plants!

March 13, 2023 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church "Wedding Bouquets"

Anita Nagle, wedding coordinator for the Phoebe Floral Shop, presented an entertaining and informative demonstration of the latest in trends in wedding bouquet arrangements. She highlighted ways that she assists wedding couples to get a "Pinterest" look for either a generous or limited budget along with ideas for DIY at home.

Anita has been in the wedding industry for 40 years. In addition to weddings, she does displays at the store, flower classes and presentations. 

Our hosts and hostesses for the March meeting provided a green-themed table with snacks and refreshments for the group to enjoy. Thank you to Maria, Helen, Judy, Marie, Deb and also Tom for the beautiful and delicious display of treats!

Thank you to our Ways and Means Co-Chairs Donna and Patti for handling all of our raffles and fundraising duties!

February 13, 2023, 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church "Starting Vegetable Seedlings Indoors" 

Master Gardener Lynn Dautrich conducted a presentation on the benefits of starting seeds at home, care of seeds, soilless potting mixes, flats, cells, and other containers for starting seeds, and proper conditions from planting seeds to planting in the garden

Lynn first worked in a garden center as a junior in high school, was on the grounds-keeping crew for the Montreal Expos, and worked on a landscaping crew for the Montreal Olympics. Lynn, along with his wife,  was a former owner of a registered organic farm in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. He has been an organic gardener since 1977 and master gardener for past 15 years.  He has volunteered at Rodale Farm and community gardens and primarily provides presentations for garden clubs, businesses, and private organizations.

Our Hospitality Committee provided beautifully presented refreshments for our February meeting with a Valentine's Day theme of floral, hearts and the color red!

Hospitality Committee for February: Thank you Nancy, Marsha, Darlene, Nancy and Gail for providing delicious refreshments for our meeting!