Ford's Colony Garden Club Kicks Off New Season

The Ford's Colony Garden Club ushered in the fall season with new programs in September and October.

In September, members were entertained with a fabulous and often times hilarious presentation by Marie Butler, Chesapeake Master Gardener Emeritus. The former landscape coordinator of the Virginia Zoo, Marie's presentation was titled "Foliage, Flowers and Fashion". Using slides to illustrate her many points, and humor to reinforce them, Marie helped club members open their eyes to the horticultural world we can miss if we're not actively looking. Club members were challenged to observe plantings, people and environments and to incorporate new ideas into their own world of gardening.

Mike Lockatell from Roots and Blooms was the featured speaker in October. Mike's program on peonies was highlighted by gorgeous slides of the many different varieties of peonies available in our area. Peonies have been found in Virginia since 1787. Herbaceous peonies are rugged perennial plants valued for their drought tolerance and deer resistance. Garden Club members were able to purchase modern herbaceous peony root divisions as well as bearded irises and daffodil bulbs for their gardens.

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