Our presentation on plant propagation will be given by Master Gardener Joseph Rajunas. Joe is a retired chemist and has been gardening since he was five years old, when he weeded his father’s “Victory Garden” in Boston’s Fenway area. In addition to a small backyard garden, Joe built his own greenhouse in which he grows tropical plants year-round and practices plant propagation techniques.
Joe will present an overview of the methods of sexual and asexual plant propagation including a discussion of seed collection, plant breeding and nomenclature and the methods of asexual propagation including division, cuttings, layering, grafting, and cell culture, some of which he will demonstrate. Handouts will be available.
Gardening Book & Magazine Swap/Share
Bring any gardening books and magazines you’d like to share or swap with members. Just add them to the table near the door when you arrive. All members are invited to take home as many as they’d like. Any leftovers will be donated to the library.
Our meeting will conclude with distribution of our spring dividends, one of the most popular benefits of Gardeners Exchange membership. Each member will take home three flowering plants in keeping with this year’s herb and edible flower theme. Varieties chosen will be hardy in our zone, easy to grow and useful for cooking, teas, etc.
This spring’s dividends have been coordinated by members Judith Taylor, Rae Price, Celeste Huber and Lela Rhodes. Many thanks to these hardworking members for their efforts!
If you won’t be able to make the meeting, please make arrangements for someone to pick up your plants for you.
The garden tour originally planned for this date at member Dianne Kazanjian’s has been rescheduled for May 9 due to the late spring. The tour on the 9th will take the place of our May meeting scheduled for the 16th. (There will be no meeting on May 16th.)