November 2015

Lockerly Arboretum
November Volunteers of the Month
Sherrill Jones (left), Dede Reoch (center), Kathy chandler (right)
Lockerly's November Volunteers of the Month are Sherrill Jones, Dede Reoch, and Kathy Chandler. All three of these women contribute considerable time as volunteers in both the Arboretum and as Rose Hill Docents. 
 
Retired educator Kathy Chandler chairs the Lockerly Education Committee. She is leading the work to renovate the Woods Museum. Her enthusiasm doing renovation work has already brought improvements to the Museum building. Kathy, who serves as a Lockerly Trustee, is a Rose Hill Docent, Dirt Digger, and member of the Plant Collection team Plant Investigators team. .

In addition to leading the Plant Investigator Plant Collection Team, Sherrill Jones chairs the Rose Hill Committee. She also volunteers as a Rose Hill Docent, Dirt Digger and as the Secretary of the Lockerly Foundation Board of Trustees. A retired educator and public school principal, Sherrill is also our go-to person for photographs of projects and events.

Dede Reoch leads Lockerly's Development Committee and serves as a Trustee. Dede's professional career included working in Australia for an Aboriginal Legal Aid organization. Her committee's work supports every project at the Arboretum in some aspect. Dede spends considerable time in the gardens here, working as a Dirt Digger and a member of the Plant Investigators team. She is also a Rose Hill Docent. 

Lockerly is fortunate to have three very engaged and active committee chairs who are enthusiastic gardeners, and passionate about history and historic preservation. We are fortunate to have them as volunteers here.
 
Lockerly's 50th Anniversary Celebration
This year marks Lockerly's 50th anniversary as a public arboretum. The support of our volunteers, donors, schools, businesses, and local organizations have contributed to our success and growth.

In mid-October the Lockerly Board of Trustees, with the support of 11 area businesses and individuals, hosted a party for our donors and supporters to celebrate our Golden Anniversary. Dirt Diggers, Rose Hill Docents, former Trustees, Plant Collection team members, volunteers, donors, and community leaders enjoyed a lovely fall evening out in the gardens and inside Rose Hill.

Development Committee Chair Dede Reoch, with the help of Rose Hill Committee Chair Sherrill Jones, Education Committee Chair Kathy Chandler, and several volunteers, planned and prepared for this benchmark celebration.

Stunning flower arrangements were designed by Dr. Harriet Whipple and arranged by volunteers Dede Reoch, Carol McRae, Sherrill Jones, Wanda McKnight, Kathy Chandler, Carol Grant, Brenda Briley and Dr. Whipple. Georgia College students provided live music while guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres prepared by Aubri Lane's and gourmet cupcakes by Doodles.

Lockerly's Trustees and staff are appreciative of the support we have received from the community in our 50 years as Milledgeville's public arboretum. We have ambitious plans for the coming year and we look forward to continuing as a vibrant member of the Middle Georgia area. Check the Lockerly web site for events and volunteer opportunities. 


Bench donated in memory of local educator
Naomi Brannon, who served students and families in Baldwin County as a classroom teacher and principal, was fondly remembered during a ceremony in the front lawn of Rose Hill last month. Mrs Brannon's colleagues at Sallie E. Davis Elementary School, and Mrs. Brannon's birth family, gathered there to dedicate a new bench in her memory. 

Mrs. Brannon's career spanned both elementary and middle school grades. She worked as the principal at Davis Elementary, Southside Elementary, and Boddie Junior High. Mrs. Brannon was remembered by teachers and family members as a passionate educator and leader. Her Davis Elementary family hopes that the bench will serve as a reminder of the impact Mrs. Brannon had on so many students and families.

If you are interested in donating a bench in honor or memory of someone special to you, please contact the Arboretum's Executive Director, Katherine Cummings at 478.452.2112 or email her at katherinecummings@lockerly.org. 
Georgia Gives Day
Georgia Gives Day is coming up on Thursday, November 12th this year. Throughout the 24 hours of this event, there are matching donation opportunities and incentives that will help Lockerly raise additional money for our programming, gardens, and preservation of Rose Hill. 

On November 12th we'll periodically post updates about challenge hours and goals asking for your support via Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and our web site.  Some matching funds are based on the total number of donors during a designated hour. During these special times small donations count as much as larger ones, and all of them benefit Lockerly!

We hope you'll support us on Georgia Gives Day.Your donation will be tax deductible, but on this special day your dollars may go a little further.
Holiday Reception, Rose Hill Holiday Open House and Wreath Workshop

photo by Charlie Miller, Georgia DNR, Historic Preservation Division
Our Holiday Reception is planned for Friday, December 4th from 5:00-7:00 in Rose Hill. The mansion will be decorated by four garden clubs with fresh greenery from our gardens in time for our party. We'll serve hor d'oeuvres and wine that evening. Tickets are $25.00 per person. You may purchase your tickets online or find mailing information for payment by checks on our web site.

Rose Hill will hold a special Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 5th from 10:00-2:00. Docent-led tours of the house will be available. Tickets are $3.00 per adult and $1.00 per child, and may be purchased at the door that day or in the Lockerly Administration offices. 

At the request of volunteers, we are holding a wreath decorating class this fall that will be led by Carol McRae. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, November 20th from 10:00-12:00. Participants will collect greenery in the gardens and then decorate a grapevine wreath with Carol's help. We'll supply the wreath, wire for attaching greenery, and red ribbon for a bow. The workshop cost is $20.00.  Registration and payment information are on our Events page on our web site.
November Garden Tips
Cooler weather makes fall a great time to plant trees and shrubs. Planting now gives them plenty of time to get established and develop roots before the heat and drought of next summer. Proper planting techniques are essential to plant survival. Plants that are planted too deep become stunted, decline and even die. Planting trees and shrubs too deep is a very common cause of plant death. Planting too deep suffocates the roots.

Tree and shrub roots must have oxygen to grow and survive. If a plant is planted too deep, it causes a sudden change in the availability of oxygen. Covering the roots with too much soil is like putting a pillow over a person's face. There's simply not enough oxygen to survive. This can also happen if plants are in waterlogged soils that don't drain well or if they are being over watered. The roots slowly suffocate and die. Normal trees have a gentle trunk flair or buttress at their base. The trunk flair (top of the root ball) should be planted slightly above grade to allow room for a 2 to 4" layer of mulch. Mulch should never be more than 4" deep and it should never come in direct contact with the trunk.
 
Another common mistake when planting is leaving the root ball intact after removing it from the container.  Roots left in the shape of the container can girdle the plants over time. A girdling root is one that circles the base of a tree at or just below the surface. Expansion of the root and the trunk squeezes them against each other, interfering with the transport of water, nutrients, and sugars.

Development of girdling roots is normally the result of unfavorable conditions which prevent roots from growing out in a normal spreading manner. A good example is a container-grown plant, where the roots are often forced to grow in circles. If these roots are not pruned at the time of planting, this growth pattern can cause girdling roots. 

Root pruning is an absolute must for any container-grown tree or shrub at the time of planting. Three to five slashes are made vertically down the sides of the root ball and about 1" into the root ball. One or two slashes into the bottom of the root ball or removing the bottom inch or two from the bottom of the root ball will also help eliminate circling roots. Whatever the method used, circling roots must be loosened and redirected. If more than 50% of a tree's trunk is girdled, it will decline and die.
 
Getting plants to bloom indoors can sometimes be a challenge. Thanksgiving cactus and Christmas cactus are popular fall and winter blooming houseplants. When grown under normal day light conditions, Thanksgiving cacti normally blooms near Thanksgiving, and approximately one month before Christmas cacti bloom. Another member of the group sold as holiday cacti is the Easter cactus, which flowers primarily in the spring and sporadically throughout the year with pink or red flowers.

During the fall, the Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti depend on long nights and cooler temperatures to set their flower buds. These plants should receive 14 or more hours of uninterrupted darkness for at least 6 weeks to initiate and encourage setting buds. Poinsettias are another plant that require long nights to initiate blooming. If you saved your poinsettia from last year and you want it to re-bloom, provide 14 hours of darkness for 9 to 11 weeks. Be sure to place them back in a sunny location during the day.
 
Orchids on the other hand do not require long nights to bloom. Orchids need a 10 to 15 degree temperature change between day and night to initiate blooming. In the fall, placing them outdoors or in a garage (55 to 60 degrees) during the day and bringing them indoors (70+ degrees) at night will help provide the necessary temperature change. Just remember not to put them in direct sun or they will burn.

To force daffodil and other bulbs to bloom indoors in the winter, pot up bulbs between September and December. Use a potting mix that drains well and plant the bulbs so the top of the bulb will be even with the top of the pot. After planting, water the soil thoroughly and place the pots in a refrigerator at 35 to 48 degrees. The soil should be kept moist but not wet during the cooling period. Store the bulbs for at least 13 weeks (15 is preferred). After the required cooling period, the pots can be brought in the house and placed in a sunny window for 3 to 4 weeks. Once the flowers begin to open, take the plants out of direct sunlight so the flowers will last longer.
 
If the deer are eating your pansies, come out to Lockerly Arboretum to learn how to cope with these night time flower eating critters.  We are experimenting with different techniques for deer control.  For more information contact the Horticulture Director, Debbie Foster at 478-452-2112. 

Debbie Foster
Horticulture Director 
Honoring our Veterans
Veterans are welcome to tour Rose Hill at no cost throughout the year. The Lockerly Trustees and Staff appreciate those who serve in the military and this is a small way to show our gratitude. We ask that Veterans show some form of valid ID before they tour Rose Hill.

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