Horticulture Committee Report
Carol Hollis, Horticulture Chair

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and the Autumnal Equinox is quickly approaching. What a fabulous summer it was for PCGC! The weather cooperated for our “Plant America Beautiful Summer Garden Tour.” Thanks to our diligent committed membership and hard working Tour Committee the tour was a roaring success! The attendance at the gardens averaged 215 guests. We received numerous compliments about the diverse gardens, the entertainment and the raffle. It was so heartwarming for me to observe the host gardeners sharing their beautiful retreats with the guests. The pictures posted on our Facebook page and on the website capture the joy and enthusiasm for us to enjoy! Once, again I want to express my gratitude for all the support and diligent work accomplished to make the tour a success. From the Rosebud and Daisy donations, to our dedicated hostesses, to the advertising, to the media blitz and the manpower on the day of the tour, we exemplified our motto: “Every member a working member!”

A list of the raffle winners is identified below.
o Helenic Kouzina Gift Card – Janet Weltmer, Etters
o Whitaker Center Tickets – Carolyn Lauver, Dauphin
o Giant Gift Cards – Gayle Cowdright, Harrisburg
Calvin Smith, Harrisburg
o Benny’s Pet Depot Gift Card – Bill Markley, Camp Hill
o Handcrafted Birdhouse – Heather Andrews – Enola
o Pat Stull Paintings – Doris Smith, Mechanicsburg
Linda Farr, Lemoyne
Regina Dolan, New York
o Katherine Gebauer Painting – Susan Wilder, Mechanicsburg
o Rosemary House Gift Card – Lois Kriens, Camp Hill
o Karns Gift Card – Jennifer Kitzmiller – Dover
o Nick Carabella CD’s – Marlene Cole – Hummelstown
Fran Nuhfer – Pennsylvania Furnace
o Pedi/Mani Basket with Gift Certificate – Dolly Kostelac, Shiremanstown

As autumn approaches here are some tips to ready our gardens:
o Plant some new colorful plants to fill in for dying annuals
o Plant spring bulbs
o Clean up old and unwanted growth
o Dig up sensitive bulbs to store over winter in a warm place
o Rake the garden to get rid of pests in the debris
o Empty compost bins

Please consider joining us for a fall Weed Walk planned with Susanna Reppert-Brill on October 10th at 9:30a.m. We will meet behind the Rosemary House. Upcoming spring outings to look forward to are a Fort Hunter Mansion Tour of the house and gardens and a Messiah College Horticulture tour. Stay tuned for additional information.
Looking forward to another exciting and fun year for PCGC filled with valuable information and fellowship.