Driftwood Garden Club members welcomed author and speaker Rebecca Warner to our March 2020 meeting at Abbot Public Library. Rebecca’s ‘Sustainable Enough’ philosophy recommends making environmentally-friendly changes when and where we can. Seek to add native plants and let fallen leaves stay over the winter to provide food and habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators. She recommends the Missouri Botanical Garden website to search for information on a plant’s native range, height, bloom time, leaf, sun and water requirements. Ms. Warner signed copies of her book “The Sustainable Enough Garden” for our members to purchase.
Dear Members – On March 13, 2020 we received notice from the MFA that Art in Bloom has been canceled this year due to all of the concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The MFA has provided this link with more information on their response to this pandemic. https://www.mfa.org/visit/covid-19-response. Take care – there are green sprouts showing in my garden! Barbie
The MFA is once again presenting their annual Art in Bloom exhibit May 2-4. DGC has requested a Guided Group Tour for Saturday, May 2nd at 10:30. We need 10-15 attendees to be considered a Group. Advanced Payment is $35 per person which also provides a re-entry ticket per person within 10 days (May 12th).
There are options for lunch which include the casual (the cafeteria and 3 cafes) to the more formal restaurant (reservations required).
There are also several additional special events which you all might be interested in attending independently including a Member Night, the Preview, and afternoon Floral Designer demonstrations. For those interested in the Floral Design demonstrations, there 2 included in the price of the ticket (Ikebana & Designing with Flowers) and 3 demonstrations for additional cost by Philippa Craddock, floral designer for Prince Harry and Megan Markle.
An Evite will be sent out shortly for you to reserve your place in the Group tour. If more than 15 sign up, we will be looking to build 2 groups of 10 each.
Join us on March 10th, 7pm at Abbot Library
Driftwood’s March Event has practical and interesting advice as we get ready for Spring!
Rebecca Warner, a home gardener in Newton, will talk about the best reasons to grow native plants which provide food and habitat for native insects in our gardens. This talk describes choosing beautiful plants to attract beneficial insects and pollinators, explains how you can strike the right balance of insects for your garden, and reveals some truths about native plants — the good citizens and the thugs. It closes with some garden maintenance tricks to make your yard more hospitable to the right insects.
Rebecca has thirty years’ experience working toward a sustainable garden. Her book, The Sustainable-Enough Garden, is the story of her quest to make a beautiful garden that’s environmentally friendly. In the last eight years she has overhauled her garden practices, from composting to mulching, lawn care to irrigation. She blogs weekly at
Rebecca has shared 5 handouts which you can download and/or print for your convenience. Even if you can’t join us on March 10th you can be part of the conversation with this information at your fingertips.