Fundraising For Flower Power

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By Dagmar Fors Karppi

Education, scholarships and service are at the root of the Locust Valley Garden Club’s strength. Therefore, Rita Rover will speak on “Fundamentals of Growing Blue Ribbon Mums” at the Nov. 18 meeting at Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown. Rover is a member of several mum societies and a prize winner in all.

Newsletter editor Dot Titus reminded members, “Bring your notebook to jot down her helpful hints. Come early to socialize, bring your loose change for Penny Pines contribution to replenish Bailey Arboretum’s trees lost in Hurricane Sandy.”

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Kassie Miller dressed as a pirate greets Eileen Duffy (center) and another guests at the front door of the Bailey Arboretum Mansion.

The program starts at 10 a.m.; a meeting and luncheon follow for a donation of $10. New members are welcome.

Scholarships and service were the goal as the club hosted an afternoon of “gaming” on Oct. 28. The “games” included bridge, mah jong, rumikube or just enjoying each other’s company. Event chair Susan Caravello is a “natural” at the job. She asked Kasturie Miller to come in costume and, dressed as a pirate, Kasturie greeted the players and sold raffle tickets. The event produced more than $1,500 that will be used for both their scholarship fund and local horticultural service projects, which take place at various places around town.

LVGC members Miller and Marcy Meyer are keeping Barbara’s Garden at the Locust Valley Library up-to-date by adding pumpkins to the greenery. President Janet Doctors and vice president Sallie McNeil Rynd took down their Halloween display in the Locust Valley Library’s media room and installed “Be Thankful,” a Thanksgiving tribute courtesy of the garden club.

LVGC Junior Garden co-chairs Judithann Casillo and Priscilla Thomson are working with teens at the Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club making bowls to grow Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs in glass fish bowls and are looking forward to taking them on a field trip to Rottkamp Farms.

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Ladies intent on bridge

Carroll Agoglia and her committee are continuing to offer garden therapy to seniors at Rosewood, the former Jones Manor in Bayville.

Committees have set dates to decorate the Locust Valley and Bayville libraries for Christmas.
Meetings are held in the mansion at Bailey Arboretum and new members are always welcome.

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