Welcome! Here’s What’s New…
There’s still time to get on Mary Iorio’s list of bakers for this Saturday’s Bake Sale. You know that recipe you make for special occasions and holidays, the one everyone wants you to share, the one everyone asks you to make? Yeah, that one. Contact Mary so she can print your labels, then get your apron on! Locals look forward to this event, and line up for treats early in the day. Be part of this fun fundraiser!
If you are looking for an excuse to “dress up,” plan to be part of the October 26 Halloween party the Club is hosting for residents of RiverStone assisted living facility. Costumes are not required, but are appreciated. Sign up with Carole Creedon to help make pumpkin crafts with residents and serve refreshments.
The morning of November 15 is the date for the Club’s scheduled tour of “Behind the Scenes” at Tryon Palace. You’ll get a peek into how the Palace’s historic costumes are designed and maintained. The tour is limited to 20 people, and 20 people have already signed up. But if you contact Trips Committee chairperson Linda Wilkes, maybe you can convince her to start a waiting list!
November 9 is the date for the Pumpkin and Gourd Workshop sponsored by the River Bend Community Organic Garden and Education Center. This is the anticipated program that was postponed because of hurricane weather. Garden Club member and Master Gardener Jane Snider as well as Craven County Extension Director Tom Glasgow will be presenting facts about growing, using and cooking these vegetables. Speaking of cooking, refreshments are planned, so make a reservation with Garden Club member Dee Smith to make sure there’s room for you.
A bed of wildflowers is being considered as an extension on the Memorial Garden. The area behind the playground is currently home to a few small trees and mulched beds. The Beautification Committee plans to use seeds donated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The seeds would be planted this fall. October is also the month when daffodil bulbs that were removed last spring will be returned to the garden.
Our speaker for the November 8 meeting is Mary Gierie-Merrell, the popular floral designer from Harris Teeter. She will speak about and demonstrate how to decorate for the holidays using plants from our own yards and gardens. Mary is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenter who’s bound to inspire us. Reminder: the meeting will take place at the River Bend Baptist Church because our usual meeting space at Town Hall will become a polling place that day. Cast your early vote at Rhems Fire Station on one of these dates: October 27, 28, November 2, 3, or 4, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Details on our Christmas Luncheon are taking shape. The chosen location is a favorite — The Flame. The date is December 13. Cost is $17. The theme is “Tree Traditions.” Expect prizes and a game or two to liven things up. A cookie exchange is part of the fun. The buffet menu sounds fabulous, and we’ll have homemade cookies with sherbet for dessert. Payment can be made anytime to Treasurer Jane Huntzberry, or at the November meeting. Ugly snowman sweater is optional.
The planter box project is in the works for the shopping plaza on Shoreline Drive. The box was built from pressure-treated lumber donated by local contractor Jim Stevens, and constructed by Van Rice, husband of our Vice President Fran Rice. Plants for the fall and winter seasons will include flowering kales and cabbages, violas, snapdragons and mums.
Pinecone Perennials announced that it has been purchased locally and will continue to serve our gardening needs. Wendy and Rob will stay to manage the business and grow those plants we love. The friendly and ever-so-helpful staff remains as well. Who the mystery buyer is has not been made public, but we thank that person or persons! Reason to celebrate…and an excuse to Buy More Plants!
How Tweet it is! River Bend Garden Club now has a Twitter account. You can follow us and stay up-to-the minute with gardening news, tips, photos, and other surprises. Search Twitter using a hashtag #RiverBendGardenClub or #WeMeetMonthly. Who said we were just a bunch of old ladies in gardening clogs? You do need to have a Twitter account to follow along.
Club membership is now higher than it has been in the past decade or longer. The roster now totals 90 people. Bring a friend or neighbor to a meeting and encourage her to join. Let’s plan a celebration when we reach 100 members!
“Like us on Facebook.” You hear that all the time. You can get friendly reminders of River Bend Garden Club’s upcoming activities and other pass along info by Liking us on Facebook. If you want a lively feed of local gardening facts and fun stuff, click Facebook’s “thumbs up” at some of New Bern’s other garden groups while you’re there. Learn to be a better gardener at the Craven Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers’ page. See what the gardeners are doing over in Fairfield Harbour here. Check out what’s happening at the New Bern Garden Club here, and the Trent Woods Garden Club here.
Tap into the local experts. Do you have gardening questions? Need info on soil testing? Wondering what vegetables or ornamentals to plant when and where? Curious about lawn maintenance, weed control, or pruning? Got fire ants or cabbage worms? Advice is available! Every second Saturday Craven County’s Master Gardeners are stationed at their booth at the New Bern Farmers Market to answer your questions. They’re there from 8 a.m. til 2 p.m.