SPRINGFIELD WATERGARDEN SOCIETY

Pat Ware
springfieldwatergardensociety@gmail.com
www.springfieldwatergardensociety.com
Meets: 2nd Thursday @ 6:30 pm

May
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that at the April meeting Katie Steinhoff was the guest speaker. Katie shared a slide show of the gardens around the area that she has visited since moving to the area from Georgia. She has several other places on her radar with future trips planned. The plant sale, also in April, was a success despite the pouring rain. Fortunately, the booth was positioned under the roof on the patio. Every single plant was sold! The May meeting will be at Wickman Gardens. The proprietors will give a tour of their facility and discuss the new plants for 2013. Members will have an opportunity to shop after the meeting. Also, in June, the club will have its first public pond tour since 2010. The tour will be a single day event and will feature the ponds of: Ken & Mimi Grozinger, Mark & Debbie Putman, Bob & Monika Feeney, Bob & Donna Simpson, Janet Wreath, Pat Johnson, Jim Silzell, J.J. Averett and Jim & Carol Lersch. Also on the tour will be the Japanese Stroll Garden at the Botanical Gardens. A nominal admission will be charged with half of the proceeds going to the club and the other half going to the Friends of the Garden. There will be an after tour party to honor the hosts which will also be offered to the public.

April
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the March meeting was held indoors at the Botanical Center. Tom DeGeere, President of the Ozark Garden Railway Society, gave a great talk and slide show on how to incorporate a garden railway into your garden. The April meeting will again be at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Club member Katie Steinhoff will be the speaker. Katie’s topic will be “Pretty Good Public Gardens, Pretty Close to Springfield.” She will share a slide show of public gardens within one tank of gas of Springfield. Among those are, the Xeriscape Garden on National, the Lovett Pinetum in Springfield, the St. Louis Botanical Garden, Powell Gardens in Kansas City, and the Tulsa Garden Center. Also in April will be the plant sale.

March
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the Feb meeting, which was a visit to a local glass blowing artist studio had a small turnout due to bad weather. Those who did brave the weather had a great time. The Mar meeting will be held indoors at the Botanical Center. Tom Degeere, President of the Ozarks Garden Railway Society will be the guest speaker. Tom will have a slide presentation as well as bringing along some trains to display. In Apr, the club will have a plant sale.

February
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the January meeting in combination with the Friends of the Garden was packed.  Speaker John Price gave an overview of what’s going on with the park board and the FOG committee heads spoke about the various projects that are underway at Close Memorial Gardens and the Japanese Stroll Garden.  The Feb meeting will be held at the Springfield Hot Glass Studio in downtown Springfield.  Terry Bloodworth, master glass blower, has graciously invited SWS to his studio for a demonstration of glass blowing.  Besides watching a demonstration of how to make these works of art, members will be able to browse the store and make purchases, if so desired.

January 2013
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the December meeting was the Christmas Party.  It was held at the home of Alan and Pat Ware.  The January meeting will be an open house and wine party held jointly with the Friends of the Garden.

November
Pat Ware, of Springfield WGS, said the October meeting was great with guest speaker Peter Longley.  He brought along several of his paintings to show how light makes the picture.  He spoke about how shadow and light change, how we see things and how that can be used in gardens as well.  The November meeting will feature Nola Miller who is CEO of Marketing for the Branson Aquaponic Plan.  The Branson Aquaponic Plan is to use the closed Red Roof Mall to create the world largest indoor aquaponic food factory making Branson the world’s first fully sustainable city.  It is estimated that the plan will create 400 full time jobs.  The project is estimated to cost 36 million dollars.  In addition, the club will elect new officers for 2013.

October
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that Farewell Fiesta held to say goodbye to Ina and Phyllis Donnelly was very well attended.  There were members for the club’s sister water garden society at Lake of the Ozarks in attendance coming to say farewell to the Donnelly’s.  With Fall being here, the October meeting will be indoors at the Botanical Center meeting room.  The speaker will be the clubs own Peter Longley.  Peter has been a painter all his life and his presentation will be “Gardening as a Painter.”  His focus will be on the links between garden design and the impressionist painting with emphasis on the importance of light.  There will be examples of some of his works in his presentation.

September
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the club did not hold a regular meeting in August, but did have a mini pond tour featuring the ponds of Mark & Debbie Putman, and Ken & Mimi Grozinger.  In September, the club will hold a “Farewell Fiesta” for Ian & Phyllis Donnelly, who are moving to Florida.

August
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the July meeting was held at the home of Jim and Carol Lersch.  In addition to viewing the Lersch’s pond, members were allowed to visit the neighbor’s fountain and lake.  Also in July, members went on a mini tour, visiting the ponds of Peter Longley and Joe & Anita Peterman.  There is no formal club meeting in August, but there is an event for the members.  It is another mini pond tour.  This mini tour will feature the ponds of Mark & Debbie Putman and Ken & Mimi Grozinger.  In September, a Farwell Fiesta will be held for Ian & Phyllis Donelly who are moving to Florida.  The Donelly’s are charter members of the club and will be missed by all.

July
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the June meeting was the first outdoor meeting of the season and was held at the home of J.J. Averett.  J.J. is a Master Gardener and a FOG member.  The meeting featured the annual plant swap.  The July meeting will be at the home of Jim & Carol Lersch.  There will be no formal program, since many members will be coming from the FOG meeting at the Botanical Garden.  Also in July will be a mini pond tour, featuring the ponds of Peter Longley and Joe & Anita Peterman.  Both families have been members of the SWS for a long time.  Both ponds are off the beaten track and offer unique viewing opportunities.

June
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the May meeting was the first outdoor meeting of the year and was held at the home of JJ Averett.  There was no speaker, as the meeting was a plant swap.  In June the club will be having a tram tour of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park conducted by Peter Longley.  The club had a similar tram tour in the fall and it was so successful, they decided to do it again.

May
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that at the April meeting, Tom Lakowske gave a great presentation complete with a power point presentation of his garden; Alta Birdsong.  It is named that because it is full of birds and is on Alta Street.  Also in April, the club held a plant sale.  They didn’t have as many water plants as last year, but there was a good assortment of marginals.  They also had all sorts of ground covers, periennials, annuals, bulbs and a few trees and shrubs.  The May meeting will be the first outdoor meeting of the year and will be at the home of JJ Averett.  JJ is a Master Gardener, a board member of FOG and a member of the Springfield Water Garden Society.  There will be no speaker, but the meeting will be a plant swap.

April
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the March meeting was held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.  Dow Whiting, of Garden Adventures, spoke on his work in hybridizing plants.  Dow is well known in the industry for his work hybridizing dwarf Crepe Myrtles.

March
Pat Ware, reports that a good time was had by all at the February meeting. Cliff Fitzwater, of Fitzwaer Design, gave a Power Point presentation along with displaying photo albums on Aquascape systems for ponds. He provided all sorts of information for not just ponds but also pond less waterfalls, rain water collection and how to make your own bubbling rock. The March meeting will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Dow Whiting, of Garden Adventures, will be the guest speaker. Dow and his wife, Linda, founded Garden Adventures. Dow will focus on the process involved in breeding new plants. Dow is well known for his work in breeding dwarf Crape myrtle.

February
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the joint meeting with the Friends of the Garden, was very well attended.  The attendees saw a slide show presented by new Master Gardener President Barbara St. Clair.  Her presentation was on plants that made it through last summers heat and drought in the best condition.  The February meeting will be held at the Springfield Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.  Cliff Fitzwater of Fitz Water Design will be the guest speaker.  He builds and maintains all kinds of water features from small garden ponds and koi ponds to pond less waterfalls and the new water caves.

January
Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that everyone had a wonderful time at the Christmas party in November, hosted by Leonard Davenport and Laird Grubbs.  The January meeting will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.