WWGC DID IT AGAIN! WOW! What a year for our garden club! WWGC received awards from National Garden Clubs (NGC) the Garden Club Federation of PA (GCFP). We could not do it without our amazing members. Thank you!
National Garden Clubs2020 Awards
May Duff Walters Achievement Award for Preservation of Beauty 1st Place Old Roberts School Restoration
Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania2020 Awards
1st Place – Club Yearbook 1st Place – Newsletter – NGC CoA 1st Place – Blue Star Marker – NGC CoA 1st Place – Floral Design Program: Fall Planters Three Ways – NGC CoA 1st Place – Historic Preservation: Old Roberts School – NGC 1st Place 1st Place – GCFP Club Program – Fall Planters Three Ways Nancy Cuttic and Ellen McGarrigle
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 1st Place – Beautification of Community Areas: McKaig Seasonal Barrels – NGC CoA
In conjunction with the NGC’s “Plant America” theme, members will plant and maintain seasonal flowers and plants in the containers at the entrance to McKaig Nature Center located at 889 Croton Road Wayne, Pennsylvania.
The barrels at McKaig are decked out with greens, thanks to Myrtie. Fortunately, the weather was warm enough for her to insert the greens from the WWGC Greens Sale into the barrels.
We are having a problem with the deer chomping on the one barrel and not the other. The first picture below is one barrel taken last week. The other pictures are from the clean up about a month ago. Thank you to our clean up volunteers!
Restoration complete! After a long year, we have finally restored our Blue Star Marker to a beautiful and manageable garden for all to enjoy on busy Rte. 202. Thank you to our Horticulture / Community Gardening Committee led by Laura Furman and Myrtie Musetti for their efforts in providing a proper memorial to our armed forces. What a fabulous transformation!
In conjunction with the NGC’s “Plant America” theme, members will plant and maintain seasonal flowers and plants in the containers located at the off ramp of Rt. 422 and Swedesford Road in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
The pots have been filled with colorful summer annuals and perennials at the off-ramp intersection of Rt. 422 and Swedesford Road. Drive by and take a look!
Wayne Woods Garedn Club will award an annual grant to an elementary teacher in Upper Merion Area School District, and collaborate to supplement the curriculum with a special project by utilizing the NGC book The Saved Seed. Possibilities include applied science through plant life cycles, applied math skills through measurements, and applied writing skills through journaling.
The President’s Project is in full swing with Roberts Elementary School second grade. A member purchased and delivered 18 pumpkins of various varieties. Two members read the book, The Saved Seed, to the students. After Halloween, they will open their pumpkins and prepare the seeds to save until they can plant them in the pumpkin patch in the Spring.
The second grade students at Roberts Elementary School have planted their pumpkin seeds in peat pots and are waiting for them to germinate. Once the plants are a few inches tall, they will plant them in the pumpkin patch that is being prepared by the Upper Merion School District grounds crew. The students will be assisted by 3 Wayne Woods Garden Club members.
Update: June 2018
The Saved Seed pumpkin project entered the planting
phase in May. After utilizing the six varieties of pumpkins
and the seeds for lessons in math, writing and science, the
second grade students at Roberts Elementary sowed their
‘Saved Seeds’ in peat pots and later planted their seedlings, along with the help of the Upper Merion Area School
District grounds crew, in 20 five-gallon buckets.
This project was a collaborative effort involving WWGC, administrators, second grade teachers, facilities manager, grounds crew and students. In the Fall, the pumpkins will be harvested, completing the cycle. The new cycle will then begin again with the new second graders.
Update: October 2019
Roberts second grade teachers are gearing up for the second year of the President’s Project, The Saved Seed. A donation of 15 pumpkins has been provided from a farm in Chambersburg, PA. The teachers will once again use the pumpkins and the book to teach lessons across the curriculum. The book will be read to the three classes by WWGC members and a member’s daughter who is a Roberts alumnus and a member of the high school garden club.
Update: November 2019
In October, Gwen and Morgan Puglisi read the book to the 2nd grade classes at Roberts Elementary. In November, the children cut open their pumpkins and scooped out the seeds to save. They counted the seeds, and used the pumpkins for various activities across the curriculum. They even made a bird feeder to hang outside their classrooms. The children wrote thank you letters to send to Farmer Brent to show their gratitude to him for donating the pumpkins!
It all started with 2 neighbors, Treva Scherrer and Mrs. J. Leonard Starkey, with a love of gardening & friendship.
One afternoon over refreshments, they decided to start a garden club. With Treva’s arranging and gardening abilities and Mrs. Starkey’s organizational talents, Wayne Woods Garden Club was originated in March 1955.