Westlake Garden Club 'thinks spring'

Many of us are getting a little tired of winter’s cold and snowy weather and are starting to think spring. If you are like me, you attended the Great Big Home and Garden Show to get an early dose of spring with blooming flowers, shrubs and trees. The Westlake Garden Club is also thinking spring and gearing up for the 2018 programs.

We start the year on March 21 with “From Sunlight to Syrup” presented by the Cleveland Metroparks. This program takes us from tapping the trees, to producing the maple syrup. We will learn of advances over the years and have an opportunity to taste different grades of syrup. On April 18, we travel to Westlake High School to learn about the “Pollinator Garden” the Beekeeping Club is planning to install.

The May 16 program is all about “Mason Bees.” Mason bees are thought to be a more productive pollinator than even the honeybee. They have a one-month life span. They achieve up to 10 times more pollen fertilization than honeybees within the same time frame. Later this year, we will visit the new American Greetings facility, enjoy a “mini” garden tour, visit a local brewery, and learn about “Reforesting Forest City.” We also will be hosting our bi-annual fundraiser luncheon on Sept. 26 at Westwood Country Club.

Westlake Garden Club members hail not only from Westlake but also Lakewood, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Avon and Avon Lake. The garden club was started in 1963 so this year is our 55th anniversary. We are a diverse group with seven male members and an age range from 40 to 99 years. Some of our ongoing civic projects include planting a tree on Arbor Day, providing a wreath for Westlake’s Memorial Day ceremony, maintaining a Hilliard Boulevard flower box, making floral centerpieces for the Westlake in Bloom Awards Ceremony, decorating a holiday tree at Westlake Porter Public Library and a tree at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens for the GLOW Festival.

Please join us for a meeting to hear an interesting speaker and learn more about the garden club. We meet the third Wednesday of each month, March through December, at Westlake Porter Public Library, unless an outing is planned. Business meetings start at 11:15 a.m. with lunch at noon and the program starts at 12:45 p.m.

For more information on the Westlake Garden Club, please call 440-871-8057, and “think spring.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:33 AM, 02.20.2018