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Minooka Women’s Club members get gardening tips

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 9:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014 9:36 p.m. CDT
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Carolyn Remus with creative lighting ideas in background at the recent Minooka Women's Club.

MINOOKA – Members of the Minooka Women’s Club are thinking “spring” and guest  speaker,Carolyn Remus nurtured those thoughts with her colorful yellow jacket and stunning photos of her gardens with their water features and outdoor lighting at the most recent club meeting. 

Carolyn, a former teacher whose father was a Rosarian and her mother a Native American, credits them for her love of working with the soil, according to a news release.

Her photos were of plants in various colors, height, shapes and textures which added interest to her garden areas along with globes, wheels, stones and pipes she designed and her husband had fashioned into water fountains.  A delightful pathway made of overturned, buried wine bottles led to a bench in a quiet area of her garden. 

On close inspection, creative lighting in seating areas included mason jars, wine glasses with construction paper, plastic and overturned rice bowl or custard cup shades, globes stuffed with outdoor lights and holes punched in tin cans with small battery operated candles supplying the light.  

Carolyn encouraged club members to try anything and everything. She also said early spring was the time to trim back various trees, bushes and other flowering plants; clean and ready birdhouses and birdbaths; fertilize shrubs and trees; plant annual flower seeds; divide perennials and check tools. Some of Carolyn’s gardening tips included painting handles of tools to make them easier to spot on the ground, placing small, flat rocks with names of plants in the beds, drawing a garden plan to remember the names of the plants and where they were located, creating index cards with information on light, bloom time and type of fertilizer, using vegetable oil or WD40 regularly on gardening tools and putting pennies in birdbaths to help control algae. 

She said to take advantage of programs at the libraries and Joliet Junior College having to do with flower and vegetable gardening, enjoy our gardens and “at the end of the day in spring, you should smell like dirt!” 

The next meeting will be on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1st St. Mary’s Church Hall in Minooka. The speaker will be Phil Branshaw on the subject of Financial/Estate Planning. All women of the Minooka, Channahon and Shorewood area are invited to attend. Visit www.minookawomensclub.com or contact mwc60447@gmail.com for information.

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