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GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Garden club packs in another busy month
November 10, 2017

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Although it is finally time to put our gardens to bed, October was an extremely busy month for the Garden Club of Lake Placid, in addition to the attention our own gardens demand.

On Oct.11, Nancy Master hosted a Garden Club gathering at her lovely Mirror Lake home where members and guests participated in making their own floral arrangements. The theme was Halloween. Becky Deptula, a multi-talented artist and floral arranger was the presenter, and she was assisted by Gay Anderson, a seasoned gardener herself. Both women are from Boston.

For many of the participants, this was the first attempt to put together a floral arrangement of this type. They started with a pumpkin carved out and fitted with an oasis to assist in the flower placement and watering. Instruction and demonstration included deciding on and focusing on a theme or focal point for the arrangement, using odd numbers of items and the design of the pumpkin (the vase in this case).

An oasis was seated in the pumpkin 1/2 to 1 inch higher than the container opening to allow for items within to cover the opening by being shorter, fuller, cascading and so on. Incorporating low, medium, high and drooping stems into the arrangement adds style and variety as well. Also, wired holiday items such as spiders, snakes, bats and so on enhanced the creativity of the piece.

Everyone's looked different, but the same items were used. The goal of this gathering was absolutely met- "... to be fun, interactive and non threatening." Plus, everyone could take their creation home.

On Oct. 17, there was a workshop with the residents at Elderwood at Uihlein to design centerpieces for the dining room tables. The Triangle Garden got attention on Oct. 18 and is now ready to rest for the winter. And finally, our section of state Route 86 was cleaned up on Oct. 19.

We certainly were busy and plan on being just as busy this month of November. The last club gathering was Nov. 8. Tim Woods from the floral department at Market 32 (Price Chopper) demonstrated the art of bow making and placement in floral arrangements. We participate in our final Elderwood at Uihlein workshop on Nov. 14 and again we will help the residents create holiday centerpieces. Our final activity for this gardening season is a favorite of so many of our members and that is the making of the village holiday swags on Nov. 16.

Check out these and all our events at our website www.gardencluboflakeplacid.com.

Particularly check out our ever-changing photo of the moment section of our website.

Our updated website should be published early this spring. Watch for it and plan to join the Garden Club of Lake Placid and participate in a variety of community service, learning and just plain fun activities during the 2018 gardening season.

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