Avery Howell, Landscape Architect and owner of Proclaim Landscape Associates, talked of pruning for results . . .
with timing to be aggressive early so there is need to do less later. Pruning principles are:
Avery cautioned not to just shear everything – this needs constant repeating.
He said to evaluate existing shrubs and shrub groupings . . . some plants simply need to be removed.
Also, we were urged to live in the 21st Century and buy from the numerous arrays of hybrids grown for smaller size.
Generally, they don’t need any pruning.
In October 2019, Sherry Brownlee discussed how lichen feeds insects, small mammals and butterfly larvae,
and is also an indicator of how clear of pollution the air is.
Some lichen grow with moss but are not moss; nor is lichen a plant. Lichen is a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi.
There are many colors and about 20,000 species. The most common is the green we see growing on tree trunks and branches.
In November, Sherry displayed samples of fall leaf color taken from trees in her garden.
These included Sourwood, Red Maple, Kousa Dogwood, Bottlebrush Buckeye and native Blueberries.
For January 2020, Sherry emphasized 'Structure in the Garden', describing several backbone plants used in her garden.
She said that broadleaf evergreens and conifers make up the spine of a garden.
In February, Sherry asked the group if they were keeping data about their plants, indicating that Fine Gardening readers submit suggestions for storing tags and recording information. She showed some pages of a 3-ring binder she keeps on her hundreds of plants,
noting how plastic sheets used for baseball card collecting make handy storage for tags.
In September 2019, Frances Tidd displayed and described a creative arrangement she made from foraged dried materials which included a bee’s nest. Materials were hot glued to several splatter screens wrapped with fabric; one protruding handle was wrapped in twine and the design was displayed in a placard stand.
During the January 2020 meeting Frances discussed proper pruning and selection of the right size plant. She showed examples of Forsythia and Loropetalum that had been improperly pruned.
At the February meeting Frances reminded us that Groundhog Day takes place in February and introduced us to a groundcover called Ground Hog Aronia that grows in part sun to about 14” high. It is a tough native shrub with low maintenance. White flowers over glossy green foliage occur in spring
followed by dark purple berries in fall.