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April 13, 2021 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our April Meeting

Program – Mushrooms: Our Biological Allies

 

Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Email us at gardenclubweaverville@gmail.com if you are not a member & would like to join the Zoom m
eeting]
 

Learn everything from recycling and composting household items using fungi to bioremediating oil spills and toxic waste with native mushrooms. Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain will delve deeper into the fungal kingdom than ever before, describing new research with medicinal compounds and remarkable new applications for fungi in agriculture, medicine, and bioremediation.

Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world.

In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 300 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. In 2014, Tradd completed and published the best-selling book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation.

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

march 9, 2021 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our March Meeting

Program: Growing Roses+ Holistically

Tuesday, March 9 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Email us at gardenclubweaverville@gmail.com if you are not a member & would like to join the Zoom meeting]

The precursor of the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Haywood County  was founded in 1913 by what is now the United Methodist Church and the Center maintains strong ties with the UMC.  Lake Junaluska is framed by lush mountains, trails, and carefully curated themed gardens, including an extensive rose garden,  which are meticulously maintained by Melissa Peterson-Tinsley and her team in the landscaping department.

Melissa has brought innovative techniques to the horticulture of the campus with an eye towards tending the gardens with more environmentally friendly green products and practices.  Hazardous pesticides are being replaced with organic alternatives, when possible and some products have been discarded, even when alternatives are a bit more labor intensive. Melissa will share her insights and experiences regarding the ongoing process of  ‘going green in a sacred space’.

Melissa  has been with Lake Junaluska Assembly since 2017 and has been the Landscape Manager since 2019.  She brings 20 years of horticultural experience to the table, as well as an Associates Degree in Horticulture from Haywood Community College.

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

february 9, 2021 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our February Meeting

Program: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the American Chestnut

Tuesday, February 9 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Zoom meeting link will be sent to Club members prior to the meeting]

Just over 100 years ago about 400 billion American Chestnut Trees towered over our present day oaks and other  broad-leaved trees as the predominant hardwood.  As the premier Chestnut Tree in the world, they provided fast growing lumber that was light, straight-grained, and rot resistant.  The American Chestnut Tree was also a pivotal part of a native, healthy, diverse ecosystem ranging from Canada south to Mississippi and from the Ohio Valley to the eastern seaboard. Lisa Thomson, President & CEO, and Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration of The American Chestnut Foundation will explain the demise of the American Chestnut Tree, the science that could save the species, and their non-profit’s collaboration with outside partners to restore this grand tree to its native range.

Our Speakers:
In 2015, Lisa joined The American Chestnut Foundation as its President & CEO to build on its loyal constituency and help restore the magnificent American chestnut tree to its native range. Her expertise includes conservation land management and species restoration, family philanthropic advising and estate planning, and the building and mentoring of staff teams.

Sara Fern Fitzsimmons has worked with The American Chestnut Foundation at Penn State University since 2003, assisting chestnut growers and researchers throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Sara hopes her research and professional work will facilitate long-term conservation and restoration of native tree species at risk from exotic pests and diseases.

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

january 12, 2021 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our January Meeting

Program: Saving Seeds From Your Garden

Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Zoom meeting link will be sent to Club members prior to the meeting]

Seed saving is a powerful and simple act that can launch you into a world of heirloom seed stories, varietal adaptation, seed swaps, seed preservation, and increased biodiversity. Chris Smith will offer a glimpse into the joys of seed saving and leave you with some practical knowledge and follow up resources to start (or continue) your seed saving journey.

Chris Smith is the executive director of the Utopian Seed Project, a crop-trialing non-profit working to celebrate food and farming. His book, The Whole Okra, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2020. He also co-hosts The Okra Pod Cast. More info at  blueandyellowmakes.com

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.