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Our first meeting in February included a great exchange of ideas for the 2023 program schedule and community activities. In addition, club members Carissa and Karen demonstrated soil blocking, a seed starting technique that relies on planting seeds in cubes of soil rather than cell trays or pots. The potting soil acts as both the growing medium and the container. Soil blockers, which are often metal tools, are used to create the soil blocks. They also presented a how-to on propagating geranium cuttings in potting soil. Plus we all came away with a small geranium plant to nurture through the spring before planting outside.

Looking forward to fun and educational activities this year including a demonstration of pruning small trees and shrubs on March 20th (go to our March Calendar for more details), a hypertufa workshop in April, a landscape design talk and garden tour in May, building a Hugelkultur garden bed in June, and a visit to Grace Pond Farm in Thomaston in July.

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Thomaston Garden Club has much to celebrate! Our membership has grown in the past year with many talented and dedicated gardeners. Along with many of our varied monthly programs throughout 2022 — such as a maple sugaring demonstration, lessons in ergonomic gardening, seed starting tips and tricks, a guided walk through Merryspring Nature Center, an in-depth tour of the Trees of Thomaston Cemetery, and a presentation on native and invasive plants — we continued our signature projects like TGIF (Thomaston Garden Improvement Fridays), maintained our Community Garden Stand next to the library where we raised over $780 in 2022 for the Thomaston Food pantry, decorated "Lucy's Room" for the Holiday Tour at the Knox Museum, gathered for our yearly hypertufa workshop, and participated in the Thomaston Fourth of July Parade where we auctioned off and sold many gardening items and plants.

We also created The Mary Rita McDevitt Memorial Garden next to the Thomaston Library gazebo. Our focal point is a redbud tree along with several perennials including daffodils and hostas. We are looking forward to seeing the spectacular pink flowers on the redbud this spring. Mary Rita founded the club in January 2021.

We look forward to the many fun, educational gardening and conservation programs and community events in 2023.

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Thomaston Garden Club celebrated its first year at the February business meeting. Our 2022 gardening season will be dedicated to the memory of Mary Rita Mc Devitt who founded the club in January 2021. With her vision and encouragement, the Thomaston Garden Club would not be what it is today.

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