The Monroe Garden Club met Tuesday, March 15th at the James Monroe Community Room. Sherry Berns of Berns Garden Center presented a program on “Growing Spring and Fall Bulbs”. Spring bulbs that will soon be blooming were planted last fall. These include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, hardy cyclamen, anemones, daylilies, and lily of the valley. Pansies should be planted with bulbs as they are biannual and will winter over for one winter. Summer bulbs are planted in the spring and are dug up in the fall and stored. These include the elephant ear caladium, which is a great shade plant and is used as a background and specimen plant. Gladiolus, which comes in a variety of colors, is a great cut flower and should be planted at 2-week intervals to ensure cuttings throughout the summer. Tuberous begonias should be started indoors now and can be planted in shade or early morning sun. They come in a variety of colors. Other bulbs to consider planting for summer color are cannas, dahlias, anemones, peacock glads, calla lilies, and ranunculus
Becky Howard presided over the business meeting who introduced Diana Sparks as a guest. Members purchased raffle tickets for a John Ruthven print to be raffled at the OAGC Region 4 meeting on May 13th. Members also purchased tickets for the quilt raffle at the annual OAGC meeting to be held in July. Betty Westercamp and Peggy Abernathy were hostesses.
The next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 16th and will be a field trip to Cox Arboretum. The program will be “Spring Wildflowers” with Judy Shillinglaw. Members will carpool from the City Building at 9:30 a.m. Members are asked to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. Lunch will be at a local restaurant after the tour. Guests are welcome and if you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Abernathy at 513-539-7892.