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Y’sMen Gardening

Chairmen:  Chuck Greenlee and Jorgen Jensen
Phone: 203-858-4085 (Chuck) and 203-227-7672 (Jorgen)
Email:  (Chuck) and  (Jorgen)
Special Events - Skip Shaeffer
Email – 
Cell – 203-451-8270
Back Up - Steve Taranko
Email – 
Cell – 203-520-9117
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC COVID-19 AND VARIATIONS THE Y’SMEN GARDENERS ARE FOLLOWING VOLTAIRE’S ADVICE, “WE ARE TENDING OUR OWN GARDENS”. AS SOON AS IT IS SAFE TO MEET, WE WILL INFORM EVERYONE. WE MAY HAVE A GARDEN EVENT IN SEPTEMBER 2021 SO PLEASE SEND US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND WE WILL INFORM EVERYONE. STAY SAFE AND ENJOY YOUR GARDEN.S!!

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

See our past calendars and check out our activity schedule below. We try to meet monthly and have EVENTS on WEDNESDAYS .

Y’sMen Gardening Club

Chairmen:  Chuck Greenlee and Jorgen Jensen

Chuck Greenlee

Phone: 203-858-4085

Email: 

Jorgen Jensen

Phone: 203-227-7672

Email: 

Special Events - Skip Shaeffer

Email –  

Cell – 203-451-8270

Back Up - Steve Taranko

Email – 

Cell – 203-520-9117

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Y’s Men Garden Club. We get together and visit each other’s gardens, share plants,seeds, and gardening tips and knowledge. We have all types of gardeners everything from ornamental trees, flowers, vegetables, sun to shade. 

We have outings to visit local nurseries, award winning private gardens in the Tri-State area and trips to botanical gardens. See the list below of some of our outings. Several members have town garden spots at Long Lots School. Also we have Master Gardeners in for speaking presentations. MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR MEMBERS RANGE FROM TRUE AMATEURS TO TRUE EXPERTS!

MEETINGS

We try to meet monthly regularly as needed and have EVENTS on WEDNESDAYS where possible. Some events are always available for friends and significant others!

DUES

There are no dues for the garden club. Lunches, etc are split evenly among attendees!

COMMUNICATION

Hi, new prospective members ...  please contact either Chuck, Jorgen or Skip! Make sure you get on our garden club email list since that is the way we communicate about meetings and outings. See 👨🏼‍🌾!

PRE-COVID PAST EVENTS 2019 and BEFORE Wed 3/20/19 Closed us down!

2021

🧑🏼‍🌾WE ARE HOPING TO DO THIS AGAIN THIS 2021 SEPTEMBER WITH A FALL/WINTER PRESNTATION!!💐
12:00 VFW Lunch prior to Gilberties- General discussion and idea exchange!
1:1  Gilberties Westport- Joe Gloria  Master Gardener FALL/WINTER  preparation and planning. Raised gardens, herbs , fertilizers,pruning, etc. ALWAYS interesting WITH new ideas and Q and A. 
 
APRIL 2019
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
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!
 
JUNE,JULY, AUGUST 
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 

APRIL  27, 2018 GARDEN CLUB SCHEDULE UPDATE

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!

 AUGUST AND SEPT TRAVEL ON OWN

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

 

2017 EVENTS MIGHT BE OF INTEREST 

 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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May 20 Mark Yurkiew's Garden and House Tour:

 Garden tour with Mark Yukiew

 

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April 15 Harry Audley Garden Planning and Techniques:

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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