Tuesday, February 2, 2010
JANUARY 2010 - WINTER GARDEN AND FEATHERED FRIENDS
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|The Winter Garden & Our Feathered Friends|
|The Winter Garden|
As I put the finishing touches on this newsletter it is midday and the temperature is 70 degrees. Was it really in the lower teens just two weeks ago? Gee Whiz!
I enjoyed a walk around the garden yesterday and took some photographs. Too often we think of our winter gardens as absent of color but that's simply not true. It is truly a great time to come visit the gardens. We have many different types of evergreen trees and shrubbery which provide a beautiful backdrop of greenery. One of the smaller evergreen shrubs is the Mahonia bealei, commonly called the leather leaf mahonia. It is a member of the barberry family. It grows to be about 4-6 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. It has large, pinnately compound leaves with erect, unbranched, stiff stems. It is a native of China and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9. It grows well in shade to partial shade and flowers in late winter and early spring and produces berries in late summer. Bees and people love the fragrant flowers and birds equally love the berries.
Read the complete article about beautiful winter foliage, oak leaf hydrangea and heavenly bamboo in our blog...
|Spring Happenings at Clark Gardens|
Clark Gardens is celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year. Come out and help us celebrate.
February 4th is the Second Annual Father/Daughter (K-6th Grade) Dance. It was a huge hit last year and Clark Gardens is pleased to be part of it again. You may purchase tickets at Cole's Flowers.
The Spring Festival will be held March 27th and 28th. This year we host our annual model train show and will again host the Classic Car Show on Saturday. New at this year's event will be a tasting of Texas wines and specialty cheese sampling. There will be activities for children, gardening lectures and demonstrations, and plant sales by the Cross Timbers Native Plant Society.
Mother's Day Luncheon
Join us Sunday, May 9th is the Mother's Day Luncheon. Treat Mom to a lovely lunch with live music on her special day in our park. Make your reservations early as seating is limited. This event catered by Nancy's Texan Italian Grill sold out last year and was a big hit.
|Vegetable Gardening Class|
Clark Gardens and Weatherford College have teamed up again for our vegetable gardening class. Classes start in mid March. Each participant has their own plot to plant, tend to and harvest. Registration for the class may be found on the Weatherford College website: Weatherford College Continuing Education Registration information.
Clark Gardens Gardening Club
Lastly (at least for now), we are forming a Clark Gardens Gardening Club with an emphasis on sustainable gardening. Members may choose to have a vegetable garden. If you are interested in joining the club feel free to email me at email@example.com. Members of the club also enjoy all the benefits of our Clark Garden membership. Meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
|Unveiling Our New Web Site|
If you have not done so, please check out our updated website. Cris Koonce and Bill Ervin from Pro Epic have given us a new look. You may need to refresh your browser to download the new site.
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567 Maddux Road
Weatherford, Texas 76088
PO Box 276
Mineral Wells,Texas 76068
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|We hope you have enjoyed this edition of the Clark Gardens newsletter and look forward to sharing more information with you soon. Thank you for your continued support.|
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