Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rhododendron for Remembrance

Hey All,

Kimberly Ylitalo here.  It's been awhile since I left my mark on this blog.  Thanks, Jan, for granting me permission to post a little note. I've missed you guys!  Life in Tulsa continues to treat Jeff and I well and I'm still scratching my head that we left Ozark well over six years ago.  Ee-gads!  Time, she is a-flyin'!

Spring brought with it an extra special treat this year.  The first blooming of the rhododendron I planted five years ago.  I call it my Claybank Master Gardener rhododendron.  But let me backtrack a little.

In September of 2012, at the lovely Linda Westphal's invitation, I was the guest speaker of a 3-hour workshop at the Dale County ACES offices, hosted by the Claybank Master Gardeners. We had such a nice turnout and talked all about "The 3 R's: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle." We made laundry detergent, turned t-shirts into tote bags and made a super simple compost bin from a Rubbermaid container.  It was a thoroughly gratifying experience for me.  So fun, in fact, that I returned to give another workshop in Dothan a couple seasons later on the same topic. 

In appreciation for my traveling all the way to Ozark from Tulsa, the CMG gave me a lovely honorarium that helped defray the cost of my gas.  I used a portion of the gift card to purchase a beautiful rhododendron and promptly planted it in my front yard.  

Every spring since, I would anxiously wait and watch to see if the CMG rhody would produce a bloom.  The plant looked healthy but nary a blossom could be found  After four years in my front yard, I finally decided to move it.  Couldn't hurt and maybe I would get lucky. I found a nice protected area in my back yard and gave it a new home.  

Sha-zam!  The CMG Rhododendron is a happy camper and showed it's appreciation by giving us two beautiful clusters of flowers this spring.  I love this and couldn't wait to share.  

I know that rosemary is for remembrance but I like that my rhododendron also brings me happy memories of my gardening friends in Alabama.

Here's wishing you all a beautiful gardening season!

Respectfully submitted,

Kimberly Ylitalo
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Monday, April 17, 2017

Need Volunteer Hours???

Good afternoon,

There is a "Reality Check" program scheduled on Monday, May 1st at Ariton High School. This is the program that provides life scenarios for the students to experience through money management. It is a great opportunity for you and the students. You would need to arrive by 7:45 am and should be finished around 10:30 but no later than 11. If you have questions, I know Mr. Mike Porterfield has helped in the past and would be happy to tell you about the event!


Lucy Edwards
Regional Extension Agent, Home Grounds
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Dale County Extension Office
202 South Hwy. 123, Ste. D
334-774-2329 office
334-329-1672 cell

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April Showers bring . . .

Hello Claybank Master Gardeners and friends, 

We have a special treat for the April 20 meeting, to be held at the Hoppergrass Restaurant in Ozark, at 11 AM. We will see a presentation by the owners of "Lilies of the Field", the daylily farm located in Headland. After the luncheon meeting, the owners are offering a free tour of the beautiful "Lilies of the Field" farm by carpool.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dee Gilbert, CMG

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Chainsaws, chainsaws, chainsaws!

if you want to learn more about chainsaws!

Garden tour date has been changed

 The garden tour scheduled for the Wentes has been postponed until June 10th. Instead, we will meet at the DABG rose garden for a picnic at 10:OO. Coincidentally, this is also the last day of the Wiregrass MG's plant sale. We will eat at 11:30 after everyone has had a tour of the gardens and the plant sale.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Learn to Grow Tumeric

If anyone is interested in carpooling up to Auburn for this workshop on learning about and growing turmeric, I plan to go and will be glad to ride or drive.

Hello Garden Friends, 

Happy Spring!

The long awaited and much requested turmeric growing workshop will be on Saturday, April 22nd. 1-4 pm, CST.

Please sign up early, as space is limited. 

To register, send me an email with your name, address, email address (if different from the sending address), and phone number. 

Arrive a few minutes early on day of workshop to sign in and pay. Payment by check or cash. 

We will focus on turmeric cultivation, but will also give notes on storage, preservation and some cooking ideas. 

We are quite gifted to live in an area where turmeric is an easy to grow and beautiful perennial. Take advantage of this opportunity! 



Volunteers, volunteers, volunteers!!

for more information on volunteering

Friday, March 31, 2017

Calling all Claybank Master Gardeners!!!

Anyone who is able to join us at Janet Shinaberry's house today ( Friday), please come and help pot up new arriving in potted veggies donated by the Wiregrass Master Gardeners. 
Janet's house is off Campground Rd and Bartow. Address is 163 Blackmon. We'll be working all day. 
Blessings to all, and to willing helpers!
Dee G.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

It's Plant Sale Time!!!

Subject: Plant Sale April 1st, important information & volunteer help still needed
We have been gathering plants, up potting, trimming, etc at Janet's house most weekdays. Janet continues on whether or not anyone is able to help her.  We have an assortment of pots but now she just needs willing hands to finish up labeling and pricing before the sale on Saturday, April 1st. Some potting up is still needed. We start around 2:30 pm Monday through Friday when she gets home from work. She is at 163 Blackmon St. In Ozark. Her house is at the end of Bartow St., off of Campground Rd. (a short part is a dirt road). 

* If you have plants to sell, Janet needs to know how many and which kind ASAP. 

* If you are available to load plants in your vehicle Friday, to bring to the library Saturday morning, please let her or me know.  This way the loading and unloading of plants will only need to be done once.

* If you are available to help with the sale on Saturday please let one of us know. A cart or wagon to carry plants to customers' cars will also be helpful.  Bring your folding chair, and hat. IPads to look up information about some plants would also be good. 

* All help counts toward volunteer hours. 

Janet's cell # is (334) 790-1264
Dee's cell # is (334) 432-3422