Mayfield Garden Club

July 15, 2011

We entertained the Mayfield Garden Club this week with a Powerpoint presentation about local nursery history, juice/coffee/donuts/fruit, a hay-wagon tour of the nursery, and a shopping spree in our garden center. Eighteen great ladies! We almost lost one on the hay ride…she fell off her hay bale but she didn’t fall off the wagon!

We talked about Hydrangeas…how we all love hydrangeas at this time of year!…platycodon baloon flowers…roses and the Lake County Rose Industry…native plants…a little bit about ‘invasive plants’…I mentioned that my grandfather was president of the Lyndhurst Garden Club in 1936. These ladies were fantastic! It was so great to see our place through their enthusiastic eyes! My wife was out of town…so I had to field their questions about trimming and fertilizing and other technical stuff like sun vs shade and ‘what’s eating my coreopsis?’… I was forced to make up a lot of stuff. I hope no one wrote down my answers and fields them to Angelo Petitti. That would be embarassing! (at one point I did my ‘Angelo’ impersonation…)

They left around 1 PM to have lunch at Rider’s Tavern in Painesville…a great historic place that we all enjoy. Some of them returned the next day to buy more stuff…with more room in their cars after ditching their compatriots. Pinch me! It doesn’t get much better than this for a tired old nurseryman! If we had more ‘serious gardeners’ like this group…great enthusiastic ladies!…our nursery and greenhouse industry would be flying high again!

"I once caught a fish that was this big!"

“I once caught a fish that was this big!”

I think that's Louise on the left. This is the 'advance strike team' that arrived fifteen minutes early.

I think that’s Louise on the left. This is the ‘advance strike team’ that arrived fifteen minutes early.

This is how we hide our falling-down fertilizer shed!

This is how we hide our falling-down fertilizer shed!

Memorial Day Parade in downtown Perry!

Memorial Day Parade in downtown Perry!