Dig and Divide Workshop!


The Driftwood Garden Club of Marblehead’s April ’23 meeting focused on this month’s work–preparing plants for our upcoming plant sale on May 13. Members gathered at the Abbot Library at Eveleth School, a busy place! Nonetheless, we found comfortable spots to snack, catch up on news, and learn new techniques to prepare plants for the sale.

Our hostesses provided snacks to start off our meeting. At the beginning of spring, we all love to compare notes on what’s coming up in our gardens!

There is a tremendous amount of planning needed to launch the annual plant sale. Every year we have many dedicated people who contribute countless hours to organize materials, recruit volunteers to “lend” out their gardens for club members to dig up extra plants, schedule the “dig and divide” days, and teach members how to get plants ready for the sale.

Our Program chairperson and Plant Sale organizers updated members on dates and planning for the “dig and divide” days and the materials and tools we will need to bring on work days.

We learned how to open the digital plant lists on our phones so we can record the plants we’ll be bringing from our gardens. Driftwood Garden Club is definitely in the 21st Century for technology!

And one of our Master Gardeners showed us how to gently dig up and divide the roots on our plants, plant them in pots lined with damp newspapers and other lining materials, and place them at the proper depth in the potting soil. Who knew that the round basket type of coffee filter is a great liner for the bottom of a pot! We learned about perfect sizes for containers, garden tools we will need, and even advice on the best weather to dig and divide plants. We received a handout of common perennials we might have in our gardens and those we will be digging up for the sale from volunteers’ gardens. We’ll have the list on our phones, too, so we can stay organized!

We’re all looking forward to Spring and our Annual Plant Sale!


The Monarch Gardener

At the February 2020 Driftwood Garden Club meeting, Katie Hone presented a wonderful program on the monarch butterfly. Members were fascinated to learn that the monarchs that emerge from their chrysalis in our gardens soon undertake a 3000 mile journey to hidden forests of Oyamel fir trees in the Michoacan and Mexico states. While the residents of these areas were aware of the arrival of the monarchs, it was not until 1975 that Fred Urquhart, a Canadian biologist, was able to locate their southern wintering grounds. In her presentation, Katie shared with the members an extensive list of plants that support the monarchs and many of the other pollinators so important for sustaining our environment. Members received information on plant groupings to provide continuous blooming for the pollinators. Everyone left with common milkweed seeds to plant in the gardens.

Note that you can plant them immediately!