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2019 Ys Gardening

Hi, new prospective members ... contact either Chuck or Jorgen.....   join us!! 

See our calendar and check out our activity schedule below. We try to meet monthly and have EVENTS on WEDNESDAYS  but many of us get meet together informally on a more frequent basis.

Chuck Greenlee  Co Chair 

Jorgen Jensen   Co Chair

Skip Shaeffer    Special Events

Steve Taranko Back Up

Lou Rolla  Town Gardens

Welcome 2019Ys Gardeners!! 

Wed 3/20
12:00 VFW Lunch prior to Gilberties- General discussion and idea exchange!
1:15   Gilberties Westport- Joe Gloria  Master Gardener Spring preparation and planning. Raised gardens, herbs , fertilizers,pruning, etc. ALWAYS interesting WITH new ideas and Q and A. Indoors!
Sat 4/6
10:00 Gilbertie Herb Gardens  Adams Rd Easton CT. A highlight trip. Hosted by Sal Gilbertie. See how commercial growing in greenhouses and outdoors has  evolved with major emphasis on supplying consumers, stores, and restaurants with organically grown produce. Our Skip Shaeffer will have more information as date gets closer.
May 29 Wed  10:AM
Member Win Allen’s Residence. An impressive array of Japanese Gardens and landscape. Unlike any in Westport! This is an show place well worth seeing. Particularly if you missed last summers short notice visit!
Still in planning stages. Suggestions  can be relayed to us ANY time and at our March VFW LUNCH. REMINDER, Always looking for new Ys Members’ gardens to visit!
AND Spouses and significant others are always welcome! Please rsvp to help with event planning!
ALSO Jorgen Jensen will be getting information on Speaker Diana Ringelheim Master Gardener at our Senior Center in coming months.
Reminders will be sent as all these dates get closer. 


2018 Last Year


MARCH 21 Wed 11-12:00 SR CENTER Diana Ringelheim - Spring Preparation —. Jorgen Jensen

MARCH 28 Wed 1:00 GILBERTIES WESTPORT Tour of Greenhouses and TALK by
Joe Gloria — Jorgen Jensen

MAY   WED 5/9  Bartlett Arboretum Stamford 11:00  Guided tours of extensive Flower and Vegetable Gardens - Jorgen and Skip

LATE MAY Wed afternoon Home Garden visit to Ys Member Bill Christiaanse Residence — Jorgen Jensen

LATE JUNE Wed Afternoon AREA location Prolific Peonies —Skip Shaeffer Not Done

JULY Wed 25 11:00 Community Gardens

Lou Rolla has arranged for Master Gardener Nick Mancini to be with us at the Long Lots Community Gardens for the ALWAYS interesting show around,  and Q and A. 
Visit Lou’s, and other garden plots as well.
11:00 Visit Gardens . Meet at the Grape Arbor in the Gardens. CANCELLED BY RAIN
12:15-12:30 Panera’s Southport end of Post Rd Lunch. BUT INTERESTING LUNCH!


Once again our premier planner Skip Shaeffer has come up with an interesting site, GARDEN CONSERVANCY.
A national organization that has access to private very attractive gardens around the country.
3 locations are in Fairfield County in next 2 months. Admissions are a nominal $7 per person.
Please open site below and explore.
 SAT AUG 18 Redding CT

SEPT WEEKEND Greenwich Spectacular Dahlia Show — Steve Taranko DATE TO FOLLOW

Be alert to additions and other changes and/or request to be put on our Email list

Jorgen Jensen and Chuck Greenlee Co-Chairs

ALSO, WE ARE Continuing to LOOK FOR Ys members who might have homes or friends homes with interesting gardens or landscapes which we could visit. Let us know!

 2019 Mid April Aspetuck with Tom Johnson



 Garden Club Schedule – 2017 repeat 2017!!

  • February:    Diana Ringleheim, Senior Center – Jorgen Jensen
  • March: 
  • August: Community Garden/Nick Mancini – Lou Rolla
  • September: Greenwich Dahlia Show – Steve Taranko

 Others without dates/TBD:

  • Jorgen’s neighbor’s – Jorgen Jensen
  • Diana Ringleheim HOME Jorgen JenseN
  • Flower/rock garden in Westport – JP Montillier

Ideas and/or “on your own”:

  • Botanical Garden
  • Westport Garden Tour

 Below are some photos of past events and comments for your garden ..









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Patti Popp Event4

Patti Popp Event5

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TomVenusOuting 15

May 20 Mark Yurkiew's Garden and House Tour:

 Garden tour with Mark Yukiew

Yurkiew garden 5

Yurkiew garden 8

Yurkiew garden 7

April 15 Harry Audley Garden Planning and Techniques:

Harry Audley 2

Harry Audley 1

Harry Audley 5

 Harry Audley 6

Harry Audley 7


Other Items:

- Deer Repellant - From March session at Sr Ctr w/Diana Ringelheim
 Use a Deer Repellant as follows:
Wisk one egg. Mix with 4 times volume of water and add a drop of Detergent.
Filter through a fine mesh metal sieve. Does not keep well so throw it away when finished.
Spray on plants and bushes. Deters deer for 30 day.
Does not smell. May also deter other animals.
Stuff does not keep well so throw it away when finished.
- New pruning concept - From March session at Sr Ctr w/Diana Ringelheim
Drastically prune top off large bushes to let the light down the center and encourage growth from within.
Normal pruning of the outside branches will encourage growth at the end  and leave the bush hollow.
Steamy, warm day but interesting meeting with their Joe Gloria, Gilbertie's
1) Pyrethrum - An effective organic pesticide. For most effectiveness try spraying at night using with a flashlight to hit nocturnal insects that are hidden in daylight. This wet warm summer has wreaked havoc on larger than normal scale with insects.
2) Fertilmulch aka Sweat Peat very effective mulch. Also avail in bags as Green Envy.
3) Incrediball Hydrangea recommended with thicker stem for  easier pruning and gorgeous full flowers.
Not enthusiastic about BellaAnna.  Also an Ever Blooming Hydrangea may have some problems with some mislabeling, etc.
4)OxiDate - A VERY effective Bactericide/Fungicide used in VARYING dosages for far ranging things from crops, to ponds, to patios. Google for more info!!

- Virginia Creeper - A problem around here. Pull it !
- Mustard Garlic - Get rid of mustard garlic, an invasive Asian import that spreads quickly.  Don't compost it. 

Mustard Garlic