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November 2022
Photo by Anne Cook
"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
                                                  -   Elizabeth Lawrence
P    R    O    G    R    A   M
Lisa Trulaske, Polly Bade, May Reay, Susan Werner, Chairs
Ulrike and Tom Schlafly were experienced travelers long before joining The Garden Club of St. Louis, each of them having visited six continents. They will be sharing highlights of trips with the GCA to Cuba, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Africa, The Netherlands and Scandinavia.
Read more here
H O L I D A Y   LU N C H E O N 
  & B O U T I Q U E

Lele Bitting, Chair
Mark your calendars!
WEDNESDAY, December 14
11:30 AM
This year we are going to be selling items made by club members at our Holiday Boutique. If you have something that you are interested in making to donate, such as a specialty food or crafts, please contact Lele Bitting or Suzanne Johnson.

Profits will go to the Green Grants fund. Invitation to follow.

 
G R E E N   G R A N T S
Suzanne Johnson, Chair
An update on one of our 2022 Green Grant recipients:

The Peace Park project aims to turn dangerous and unsightly vacant lots in the College Hill neighborhood of North St. Louis into a vibrant community space. The park will provide access to recreational areas, native trees and plants, pollinator habitat, and a place for residents to feel safe and more connected to the natural world and to each other.

Above photo is the latest design for the project with an anticipated groundbreaking for Phase 1 in early 2023.


If you have a potential Green Grants project, you will find the Guidelines and Applications on the Green Grants page on our website. 
F  L  O  R  A  L      D  E  S  I  G  N
 Cary Reed and Liza Thornhill, Chairs
Jack Holmes did a floral demonstration and a talk about Kew Gardens for The Clayton Garden Club in October.

His autumnal arrangement above consisted of Sunflowers, Green Trick, Alstroemeria, Stock, Carnations (Thank you Nancy Chase for saying they are acceptable to use), Roses, Spray Roses, Solidago, Eucalyptus, Rose Hips, Orange Winterberry, & Lemon Leaf.

As you can see, purple is a great additional color for the fall palate. This combination of red, orange, yellow, green, and purple complement the autumn season and will make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece!
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Our October speaker, Nancy Chase, recommended Crowning Glory for floral arrangements. It helps to lock moisture in resulting in reduced water loss, keeping flowers their most vibrant.
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B I N G O   N I G H T
A Success!
Photo courtesy of Jeana Reisinger
We had a wonderful Bingo Night with 75 GCSL members and guests at the Racquet Club East!
 
Patricia Bosman from Haven of Grace spoke about the impact that the contributions from our Green Grants have had on the grounds and what a special place it is for the women and children living there. We were all very touched and thankful that the money we raised will help so many.
 
It was a cozy night with a roaring fire and a delicious chicken pot pie dinner! Buddy Reisinger called six rounds of Bingo, assisted by John O’Hara. Congrats to all of our winners! 
 
Thank you to our committee Farrell Crowley, Jeana Reisinger, and Nancy Ross and to sponsorship Chair Carrie Polk. Also special thanks to Suzanne Johnson, Kathleen Rogers, Beth Niesen and Lauren Brown!  Thank you to all of our sponsors and to all who donated prizes and floral pumpkins for this event!
C O N S E R V A T I O N
Diane Wyse Jackson and Liz de Laperouse, Chairs
Audubon's Lights Out Program:
Safer passage for migrating birds
As migrating birds pass over big cities at night, they can become disoriented by bright artificial lights and skyglow, often causing them to collide with buildings or windows.
 

The Lights Out program is an effort to convince building owners and managers to turn off excess lighting during the months migrating birds are flying overhead to provide them safe passage between their nesting and wintering grounds.
Read more here
H O R T I C U L T U R E
How Often to Replace the Soil in your Potted Plants
Over time, plants use up many of their soil's nutrients and organic material. To keep your indoor plants healthy, you'll need to repot them with fresh soil.

Read more here

Gatherings
TUESDAY, November 1
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Study trip to Shaw Nature Reserve
RSVP: Diane Wyse Jackson
TUESDAY, November 15
9:00 AM
Board Meeting at SLCC

Program meeting
5:15 at SLCC
Speakers:
Ulrike and Tom Schlafly
Traveling the World
with the GCA

 
RSVP.GCSL1916@yahoo.com
 
THURSDAY, December 8
2:00 to 5:00 PM
Green Grants Fundraiser
Sip and Shop at
J McLaughlin
Schneithorst Village Shops
WEDNESDAY, December 14
NO Board Meeting

Holiday Luncheon and 
Boutique

11:30 AM, Deer Creek Club
Note that this is a Wednesday
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR A
SIP AND SHOP!
Thursday, December 8th
2 to 5 PM
at
J McLaughlin
Schneithorst Village Shops
1508 South Lindbergh Blvd
 
15% of the sales will go to GCSL Green Grants, so come in and Christmas shop!
 
 
The Fund Raising Committee:
Farrell Crowley, Jeana Reisinger & Nancy Ross
Gatherings 2023
Mark your calendars now!

TUESDAY, January 17
9:00 AM
Board meeting at SLCC

Program Meeting
New location!
5:15 PM at The Bogey Club
Speaker: Daria McKelvey
Horticulturist, Master Gardener and and Supervisor at MoBot's Kemper Gardening Center
TUESDAY, February 21
9:00 AM
Board Meeting at SLCC

Program Meeting
Speaker: Jenny T. Floristy
Floral Designer
TUESDAY, April 18
9:00 AM
Board Meeting at SLCC

Program Meeting
5:15 PM at SLCC
Speaker: Rosetta Elkin
Landscape Designer
"Art, design and ecology"

 
TUESDAY, May 16
9:00 AM
Board Meeting at SLCC

Program Meeting
Speaker: Noah Wilson-Rich
The Best Bee Company

 
June Annual Meeting TBA
Happenings
Around Town
Thursday, November 10 is the HWEC Awards gala. These awardees are saving the planet!

More information:
Awards Gala
GCA Top Pick
2022 Conservation Study Conference
Virtual!

Wednesday, November 9
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT
and
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT
Learn about conservation practices that improve ecosystem health and increase nature’s abundance around the world.

CLICK HERE to learn more
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Nominate a Teacher for a GCA Hull Award!
The GCA’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children.

The award provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who inspire children under the age of sixteen to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.

Read more here
November
 Full Moon
November 8th
   5:02 AM CT  
The Beaver Moon
The Beaver Moon reaches peak illumination in the morning hours of Tuesday, November 8. Of course, it will be very close to full the night before, so plan to look for it starting on Monday, November 7, just after sunset!
This was the time when beavers finished preparations for winter and retreated into their lodges. In the 1760s, Captain Jonathan Carver heard this Native American term during his travels.
 
Also in the realm of animals, Deer Rutting Moon (Dakota, Lakota) refers to the mating season. Digging/Scratching Moon is a Tlingit term for when bears dig their winter dens. Whitefish Moon (Algonquin) describes the spawning time for this fish.
M E M B E R
S P O T L I G H T
Joe Carpenter caught this praying mantis on camera looking right back at him! Great shot, Joe!
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