October 2015

Lockerly Arboretum
October Volunteer of the Month
Sara and the Milledgeville Trolley, Milly

Our October Volunteer of the Month is Sara Brantley. Sara is an ambassador for Milledgeville's historic homes. In addition to serving as a docent for guided Rose Hill tours for approximately seven years, Sara is also a trolley tour guide for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Milledgeville.

 
Sara says that both her grandmothers lived in Milledgeville's historic district. Sara attributes her deep appreciation of history to her paternal grandmother, Alice Ennis Smith. Her grandmother shared A Treasury Album of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, a collection of short stories told by native Georgians, and accompanied by black and white photographs, with Sara when she was growing up..

 

Sara's goal is to do more than help the community preserve the historic homes we are fortunate to have here. She believes that sharing our area's history is an invaluable way to encourage future generations to continue the preservation efforts already underway. We are appreciative of Sara's work at Rose Hill and in the community to foster greater knowledge of the homes and history we have in Baldwin County.
 

GCSU students participating in Art in the Arboretum
Lockerly is partnering with professors and students in the GCSU Art Department for our first Art in the Arboretum during the month of October. Students and art classes will be visiting the Arboretum and Rose Hill and create artwork that reflects the beauty of this setting. Students working in all kinds of mediums are invited to submit their work to the Arboretum by October 29th.

Early next year we will host an exhibit of GCSU student artwork in Rose Hill. Following the exhibit here, we will work with local businesses so the artwork can be displayed throughout the community. If your business would like to display some of the work that is submitted by GCSU students, contact Lockerly's Executive Director, Katherine Cummings, at katherinecummings@lockerly.org or call 478.452.2112.
Buy groceries, support Lockerly
If you shop at Kroger and have a Kroger card, your trip to pick up groceries can
benefit Lockerly programs every time you use your Kroger card. Please sign into your Kroger account and choose Lockerly as your Community Rewards recipient. Thank you for supporting Lockerly when you buy groceries. 
GCSU Ceramics Students creating pieces for Lockerly
GCSU student in the Grassmann Ceramics Studio

GCSU Ceramics Students asked Lockerly to partner with them for special projects and events this semester. We are always glad to partner with local organizations, but the Ceramics Program at GCSU is a unique partner because we share a common supporter, the Grassmann Foundation.

In addition to two events the students are planning and hosting in Rose Hill in November, they are also creating some ceramic pieces specifically for Lockerly to sell during our plant sale in the spring.

We will post information about the student-hosted events here when they are finalized. Please check our web site later for details.

 
October Garden Tips
As we begin the month of October I am just completing my first month at Lockerly Arboretum as the new Horticulture Director. Having lived and worked a little further north in Virginia and North Carolina, I feel at home surrounded by the pine trees and magnolias that grow in Middle Georgia.

October can be a busy month for yards and gardens. It's that time of year when mums and pansies are on our minds and stores are visited by witches and monsters. Many of you will soon begin your search for fun and colorful fall decorations.

After you pick or purchase that perfect pumpkin for Halloween, Thanksgiving or making pies, there are several things you can do to make it last. Dip that perfect pick in a 10% bleach and water solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water). The bleach will kill the bacteria that causes your pumpkin to rot. Place it on a piece of cardboard to keep it from making direct contact with the ground, sidewalk or porch surface.
 
Cooler weather is finally setting in. Expect our first frost in early November. When frost is forecast, towels and blankets placed over shrubs and annuals keep moisture from settling on the leaves and freezing.

Fall vegetable gardens also need some extra protection. If you still have tomatoes on the vine, pick full sized tomatoes, including green ones, prior to frost and ripen indoors. To protect fall crops from cabbageworms and other caterpillars, use weekly applications of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Bt is a naturally occurring bacterium that kills insects but is safe for people and wildlife. Bt can be purchased under the trade name of Dipel or Thuricide.

Floating row covers, hoop houses and cold frames can extend the growing season by several weeks. These types of covers trap the heat that rises from the ground during
row cover
the night. Floating row covers are placed over the garden and anchored to the ground to hold it in place. Hoop houses are made from PVC bent into semi-circles with plastic or fabric draped over them. Cold frames can be constructed using wood, cinder blocks or bails of straw and an old window or glass door. Hoop houses and cold frames should be vented during the day to regulate the temperature and prevent moisture build up under the cover.
 
Begin to think about things you can do to make your gardens more successful next year. Cleaning up gardens and flowerbeds now will help prevent diseases in the future. Leaving diseased foliage and plant material lying around will lead to next year's infections. Remove and destroy diseased materials. Do not put them in your compost bin.
 
If you don't garden in the fall, consider planting a cover crop. Rye is a great cover crop for gathering and holding unused nitrogen in the soil. Rye also brings potassium up through the soil profile to increase potassium levels near the soil surface. The fibrous roots of Rye will increase soil drainage. Rye acts like a natural herbicide to inhibit the germination of some weeds. A crop of rye will also outcompete light sensitive annual weeds such as pigweed and chickweed. Incorporating Rye into the soil in the spring will add organic matter, which improves the soil structure, increases infiltration and water folding capacity, and increases the soils ability to store plant nutrients.

Crimson clover and alfalfa are members of the legume family. They can also be planted with rye. Legumes enrich the soil by converting nitrogen in the air to an
crimson clover
inorganic form of nitrogen usable by plants. In the spring, cover crops should be mowed and tilled under at least 30 days prior to planting the garden. These plants will also add some color to your garden space during the shorter gray days of winter.

If you have questions about things you want to plant, or what you may have growing in your yard that you can't identify, I would be glad to help you. If you want to learn by volunteering in the Arboretum gardens, please contact me. We welcome all skill levels. Please contact me at debbiefoster@lockerly.org or call me at 478-452-2112
 
Debbie Foster
Horticulture Director 
Join us for a Wreath Workshop, Holiday Reception, and
Rose Hill Holiday Open House 
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.
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. 
We appreciate our sponsors
 


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