Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Workshop

Scott Thompson of Willow Creek Studio has kindly agreed to do a pumpkin carving mini-workshop for a handful of folks on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1:00.   Highlights from his message:

Basically, the troops need a small, sharp X-Acto knife-type blade, a large spoon, a Sharpie pen, a small spoon.... and any chisels or other sharp tools they like. They should bring a classic round pumpkin at least 15" in diameter, and I will help them layout a basic face.   Then they can follow along. 4-7 students would be fine.

If you have questions or would like to be a participant, please call Carol Goltz (360-3696) or send her email.  We'll be carving indoors at Willow Creek Studio, mile 69.5 on the Parks Hwy.  Remember to bring a LARGE pumpkin and sharp tools for carving and scooping.

When we reach seven participants, I'll post a message here saying the workshop is full.

Update:  A good time, some awesome pumpkins, and a fine, patient, instructor!  Thanks to Scott and Joan Thompson at Willow Creek Studio. To see the participants in action -- and their pumpkins -- check out

Friday, October 17, 2014

Update...on programs, presentations, and shirts

If you missed the informative program tonight,  Seasonal Color In The Garden--Asiatic Lilies, Astilbe, and Achillea, by Marsha Van Abel, you missed out on lots of good information about these beauties and how to grow them in Alaska.

Cindy Forsyth presented photo books of the Willow Garden Tour to those whose gardens were featured in 2014 and to those who played a key role in putting on the event.  Contact the Willow Garden Club leadership if you'd like your garden featured next year -- or know of a fine garden worthy of such recognition.  It's not too early to be planning for next summer's tour.

Les Brakes announced that Dan Hinkley, author, horticultural consultant, American plantsman,  and nurseryman will speak to Willow Garden Club in the coming year. That was good news!

The next opportunity for a Willow Garden Club program is December 20, 2:00 P.M., to make corn husk wreaths. Stay tuned for a flyer with details, and be aware that a limited number can do this one, so you'll want to respond to reserve a place in the workshop. More info coming soon.

Willow Garden Club shirts were distributed this evening.  If you ordered a shirt and were not at the meeting to receive it, please contact Carol Goltz to make arrangements for doing so. Also, contact her if you want to order a shirt.

Hope you and your gardens are ready for winter.  Rumor has it that snow is coming soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Reminder: Presentation on Thursday, Oct. 16

Thursday evening's presentation this week, Seasonal Color In The Garden--Asiatic Lilies, Astilbe, and Achillea, is by Marsha Van Abel, at 7:15 p.m. in the Willow Community Center.

Also, the beautiful Willow Garden Club shirts are in and will distributed on Thursday evening. We think those of you who ordered will be pleased with the shirts, and those who still want to order one may do so at the presentation/meeting this week.  We'll need shirt size and your choice of the tractor or watering can embroidered design. You'll have a good opportunity to see both on Thursday.

Looking Ahead:
November:  No meeting.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
December:  Holiday Floral Workshop (Corn Husk Holiday Wreaths; 30 participants max) on Saturday,  December 20th,  Willow Community Center,  afternoon event. Kara Eubanks will be leading the workshop.  More information about times, $$ for the workshop, and RSVP contact in a few weeks.