Hidden Lake Gardens, in Tipton, MI , is offering a workshop that includes a tour of their Hosta Hillside. The tour will take place on Tuesday, August 20 from 7-8PM. Registration is required.
Click on the button below to go to the announcement on the Tecumseh District Library site.
Click on the 2nd button for more information on the Hosta Hillside.
,Jim Boldt and Harold Hoffman, both members of the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society, volunteer in the herb garden and hosta garden at Toledo Botanical Garden on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Steve Stockford, Metroparks services supervisor, arranged for Toledo Blade feature writer, Roberta Gedert, to meet Jim and Harold to discuss gardening in small spaces, which includes espaliered trees and container gardening.
Click on the button below to read the May 27, 2019 article called "Love gardening, but don't have the room for it? Don't despair".
Our 24th annual plant sale took place yesterday in Perrysburg, OH. Members brought plants beginning at 6:30AM. It was 54 degrees and windy, but at least the rain showers had ended. We had a large group of volunteers who helped unload plants and sort them into the various sales areas.
Although the sale officially begins at 8AM, the place was crowded by 7:30, with shoppers filling their Churchill's shopping carts and queueing to check out. It was amazing how many plants were whisked away by 8:30 AM!
We were pleased to have a membership table set up this year. Dan Parran managed to sign up a handful of new BSHDS members.
Member Eileen Hoffman was on hand to sell her handmade botanical note cards with 80% of the proceeds going to BSHDS.
About 11:30 most remaining plants were marked to half-off, and the few that remained at 12:15 were placed in shopping carts and wheeled over to Churchill's, where employees could have their pick.
Our organization wishes to thank Walt Churchill's Market for the opportunity to set up in their parking lot and we wish to thank our members who donated plants for the sale. Many thanks to the team of volunteers who helped with the sale itself. But most of all, we wish to thank the public for their amazing support of our annual event!
Proceeds from the event help us support the hosta and daylily gardens at Toledo Botanical Garden, 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, and Simpson Garden Park in Bowling Green, OH.
Mark your calendar for the 3rd Saturday of May, 2020.
Whether you're a member of Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society, or a resident of the Toledo area, you're likely busy preparing for our 24th Annual Plant Sale.
Some of us are checking the list of hostas we currently own and making a list of hostas we hope to buy at the sale. Others have decided this year they want to pick up some BIG hostas, minis, multi-shade varieties, or healthy ferns or Astilbes.
Members who are bringing plants are making their tags, looking up prices, and punching holes in their pots to tie the tags on. AND they're wondering if all of the plants they're bringing will fit in the back of their car! (Maybe two trips at 7AM will be necessary.)
This sale is not limited to hostas. It is limited to perennials. So you will find a nice assortments of healthy daylilies, astilbes, ferns, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, etc.
The plants at our sale are all from our members' gardens.
And, finally, please note that half of the proceeds from the sale go to our society to support our work at Toledo Botanical Garden, Perrysburg's 577 Foundation's hosta garden, and Bowling Green's Simpson Garden Park's daylily and hosta beds.
Come and join us!
Just 2 weeks until our sale! Members have promised 1500 hostas, daylilies, and other perennials form their gardens. The show begins at 8AM. Please join us!
We invited you to join our organization, too. It's just $10 per family per year. Ask any BSHDS volunteer during the sale.
Member Eileen Hoffman will once again be selling her botanical note cards with 80% of the sale price going directly to BSHDS.
Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily members and friends will gather at Toledo Botanical Garden this Saturday morning at 9AM. Following a few minutes of socializing, enjoying fresh doughnuts, and getting instructions from TBG staffer Jonathan Milbrodt and team leader Jim Boldt, we'll grab our tools and head to the hosta beds to spruce them up for the season.
We'll end our work session about noon in order to grab lunch and attend the BSHDS meeting in the TBG Conference Center at 1PM.
The public is welcome at our work day AND our meeting.
Perhaps you'll join our organization for the year. Membership is just $10 a year per family!
I came upon an article from Fine Gardening that is quite extensive on tips for dividing perennials. Since my husband and I focus on hostas and daylilies we often divide them. We sell plants at the annual BSHDS Plant Sale in Perrysburg, OH each May and we donated plants to Simpson Garden Park in Bowling Green, OH.
Janet Macunovich is very thorough in these tips, includes photos, and provides video as well.
Click on the button to reach the link. Enjoy!
What's my GDD? I had no idea! I didn't even know what GDD stood for.
So I followed a link and read Amy Stone's informative article. Amy is an Ohio State University Extension Educator, and she explains that GDD stands for growing degree days, which are a measurement of the growth and development of plants and insects during a full year.
Click on the button below to read Amy's article published on April 17, 2019.