Sept./Oct./Nov. 2018

Leaves No.  163                                                                                  Elizabeth Dowd, Editor



President’s Message                                                            Andrea Boyar, President


Starting on Netflix this month is a movie that has little to do with garden clubs except for the fact that like-minded neighbors with a purpose get together once a month to discuss topics of mutual interest. Although the group is small it provides an opportunity for members to talk, create, learn, and simply enjoy each other. And eat. 

Perhaps you have seen The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and perhaps there’s a lesson for us. Particularly because here in Larchmont, across the US, and indeed even in England, where gardening is a high art, groups like garden clubs are not as popular as they once were. What does our GCL offer?  Enlightening speakers, opportunities for hands-on engagement with green growing things, day trips to great places, pleasant interludes of reporting what’s happening around town and the world, chances to meet new people outside your immediate age group. And good food. Often homemade. 


A Google search tells us that garden clubs may be dying. Should we care? With all that is wrong and right with the world can we be nourished and sustained by meeting to weed and plant local garden beds, make wreaths for groups that are due for an uplift, learn from each other and experience camaraderie?  As families and friends across America give thanks for the good things in their lives, perhaps our members can think about what they love about plants, and soil, and the fauna that inhabit our not-so wild spaces, and each other. I would love to hear from you. What makes our garden Club special and worth offering to new members? To get the conversation started I present the following photo. 




Happy Fall!





Following up on that note, a number of members have recently resigned from our club.   It is imperative that we attract new members in order to continue our programs.  If you have any friends or neighbors who you think might be interested in joining please bring them to a meeting to see what our club is all about.  In addition, we will be placing flyers for upcoming programs in local restaurants and businesses.  If you have a relationship with anyone with a local business that might be receptive to posting one, please let Suzi Gerosa know.




To do now:

Keep harvesting vegetables in order to encourage plants to continue producing though the warm days of September and early October.  If you are planning to be away, ask a friend or neighbor to enjoy the fruits of your garden.

While it is still too early to begin planting spring blooming bulbs, the local garden centers have a good supply available now.  Visit one of them soon to have the best selection before they sell out, and remember that Tony’s and Larchmont Nurseries both offer discounts for members with your card.

If you don’t have a compost pile now might be a good time to start one as we get ready to prepare our gardens for winter.  The first thing you will need is a compost bin to fend off scavengers and keep your pile neat.  You can find them in some garden centers or order one on-line.  In a pinch a simple metal trash can will work.  Once begun, any organic matter will turn into a natural fertilizer that by spring will enrich your garden and help to keep it free of weeds.

Upcoming Programs, Workshops and Events:


Club Day, October 1, Larchmont Village Center, 12:30 pm.  Stephen Byrns, President of the Untermyer Conservancy will give a presentation on the Story of the Untermyer Gardens.

The 9th District Flower Show will take place October 19th and 20th at the Dobbs Ferry Woman's Club.  We are all invited to participate with an arrangement or as volunteers to help out on either day.  For more information please contact Kaaren Marcato.

November 8, Annual Fundraising Event, 11:30 am Orienta Beach Club.  Our speaker will be Lorraine Ballato, a professional horticulturist whose writing and photographs are regularly published in Connecticut Gardener, Edible Nutmeg, and other horticultural publications.   At her Connecticut home, Lorraine and her husband’s organic garden includes hydrangeas, all manner of ornamentals and seasonal vegetables.  Please visit her website at http://www.lorraine bullato.com to learn more about Lorraine and where you can also sign up for her hydrangea blog.


Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the door.  We will be featuring a 50/50 raffle and a wonderful selection of prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets for the raffle are $10 each or three for $20.  Come and support our Club!



December 10, 12:30 pm Larchmont Avenue Church - Holiday Workshop.  After our general meeting, we will have a soup lunch and begin our workshop at around 1pm.   As usual, we will be providing a wonderful array of soups and other treats for the event.  Reminders will be sent out for volunteers to provide refreshments as we get closer to the date.  This year, Meg Veith-Heib will lead us in creating pine cone wreaths or centerpieces.  As usual, we will also be making tray favors for Meals On Wheels recipients.     Our workshops are a great opportunity to introduce friends to our club and let them see firsthand some of the things we do as a group and for our community. 



Annual Fundraiser


Please reserve _____ (# spaces) for me and my guests.  I enclose a check covering


cost.  ($60 for members, $65 for guests.)


Signed:__________________                         Phone:_________________





Please return forms to Meg Veith-Heib, 91 Valley Terrace, Rye Brook, NY 10573