New & Noteworthy



Nature's reminder that winter isn't over until it's over.

GCV Daffodil Day

There are a few more spots for the Daffodil Workshop following our March membership meeting. The workshop will be at Fran Carden's home. Click here for more info.

HORTICULTURE

This is a fascinating article from Gardenista on using cut hellebores in arrangements and how to make them last - click here to read more.

HGW 2018

April 21 - Morven Estate and Gardens, 10am - 5pm. Tickets are $15 (check or cash only).

April 22 - Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, 10am - 5pm.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 on day of tour.

Advance tickets available at: http://www.vagardenweek.org

and at Caspari, Folly, Kenny Ball Antiques and Tourterelle (check or cash).


Day of tour tickets can be purchased at Castle Hill Cider, 6065 Turkey Sag Rd, Keswick, VA 22947

If you did NOT receive this invitation (photo right) to Caspari, please email me clairemellinger@gmail.com This is a lovely way to kick off HGW! And please remember to RSVP, so Caspari will know how many to expect.

These are still some spots needed to be filled for hostessing to East Belmont farm. Please consider taking a shift at this beautiful location.

Click here to see available time slots and sign up!

AGC FLOWER SHOW UP DATE:

PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW


Hot off the presses! We will be having our final segment of flower shows for the year with a photography show in May. Tori Macmillan has put together a terrific schedule that we can all relate to - "Grape Expectations". Click here to read the fantastic schedule and register.

FLORAL DESIGN

There are a FEW spots available for the Floral Design Flower Show in April.

Click here for registration and schedule.

CONSERVATION


Bird feeders help spread diseases, study finds

Contact with garden bird feeders is helping to spread diseases through wild bird populations, researchers warn.

Poor cleaning of feeders, built-up droppings and stale food can promote the spread of disease as different bird species gather in the same spot.

The study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, looked at over 25 years of data for bird health.

"We're calling on everyone who feeds wild birds to be aware of their responsibilities for preventing disease. Simple steps we'd recommend include offering a variety of food from accredited sources; feeding in moderation, so that feeders are typically emptied every one to two days; the regular cleaning of bird feeders; and rotation of feeding sites to avoid accumulation of waste food or bird droppings," said Kate Risely of the British Trust for Ornithology, which contributed to the study.

Patrick Greenfield, London Guardian, March 12

FYI


This best invention for watering your houseplants and giving them a spritz all in one! How easy is that?

$14.50 at Ivy Nursery

UPCOMING EVENTS:

-Keswick Garden Club Flower Show - Click here for details.

-American Horticulture Society Annual Spring Garden Market April 13 & 14, 2018. Click here for more details.


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Albemarle Garden Club

P.O. Box 5746, Charlottesville, VA  22905