Sunday, July 13, 2008

August 16 Annual Picnic and Member-Only Plant Sale

Plans are set for this year’s member picnic and plant sale on Saturday, August 16th to be hosted by Judy Fogel at her home and gardens at 12 Waterview Circle, off Route 34 along the east side of Cayuga Lake just a short distance out of Ithaca. (See directions below.)

The schedule:
  • 10:00 a.m. Arrive promptly, get your plant sale number and help with sale set-up and pricing.
  • 11:00 a.m. Plant sale begins outdoors rain or shine. Buy, buy, and buy some more.
  • 12:00 noon-ish Dish-to-pass picnic lunch (drinks will be provided). We'll eat outdoors weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair.
  • 1:30-ish p.m. Tour Judy's extensive gardens.
As in past years, we'll very democratically allow those who arrive first to get "first dibs" at purchases. So it pays to arrive early. For the treasured and special plants, we will have a silent auction table. Note this is our only members-only sale and we should have some real gems. Not yet a member? We welcome you to join for 2008 at this meeting for $10 ($15 for families). It's still a great value since we have half of our program year ahead of us.

Our Chapter has plenty of good cooks. Simply bring your appetite, along with your dish-to-pass, and your own table service in addition to plants you want to donate for the sale. To speed things up, please try to label your plant contributions in advance. We have accommodations for rain or shine so don't let the weather discourage you. Our sale will be outdoors but partially sheltered. And of course, if you need further incentive to come, this will be a great opportunity to see Judy's extensive gardens as previously featured during a recent Garden Conservancy Open Day.

Here’s what the Garden Conservancy website says about her garden:

This is a nine-year-old garden overlooking and sloping toward Cayuga Lake. Conifers, ornamental trees, nut trees and shrubs (many started as saplings), and meadows border the two-acre property. Next to the house are a thyme and flagstone patio, roses and clematis on trellises, shrubs, and flowering trees in the front of the house and flowering plants in containers on the rear patio. An herb garden backs up to a rugosa rose garden which is situated adjacent to a cutting garden. A pergola draped with hops and clematis borders the enclosed potager for vegetables and flowers. The long, mixed-border cottage garden is filled with flowering shrubs, perennials, and annuals. A waterfall behind the mixed border leads to the pond and a burning pit/sitting area which is planted with small trees, grasses, and shrubs. A small wooded area is the site of a future shade garden. Completing the gardens are a small grape arbor and a rock garden.

Directions: From Ithaca, go north on Route 13. Take exit for Route 34/East Shore Drive and drive north on Route 34 for 4.4 miles, then turn left onto East Shore Circle. Stay on East Shore Circle for 0.2 mile then turn left onto Teeter Road. After 0.2 mile turn right onto Waterview Circle Road. Number 12 is on left. Please park on street.

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