September 2022
Photo by Carrie Polk
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees."

                             - John Muir, 1901
A Note from Our Presidents
Dear Members,

We hope you have had wonderful summers with family and friends. As the dog days of summer wind down and we turn the calendar to fall, we hope you have renewed energy for all that autumn brings.

This Grapevine is chock full of many exciting garden club activities and we hope you dig in to all of it, starting with the Herb Society Pop-Up on September 7th, and talk by fabulous landscape architect Fernando Wong at our September 20th program meeting.  We can’t wait to see all of you!


Alden and Nancy
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Lisa Trulaske, Polly Bade, May Reay, Susan Werner, Co-Chairs
Click on the invitation to RSVP.
 To pay online for DINNER after the program CLICK HERE.
For more about the SPEAKER CLICK HERE.
P O P   U P S
Carrie Polk, Chair
The Garden Club of St. Louis
Invites you to a Pop-up
at the
St. Louis Herb Society Herb Garden

Located on the south side of the
historic Tower Grove House
at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Wednesday, September 7th
3:30 – 5:00
Enjoy a guided tour and learn more about
hundreds of “plants with a use”
Highlighting culinary, medicinal, fragrant
and utilitarian herbs
Please meet at the  
Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at 3:30
Herb Garden Tour 4:00-5:00
Light Refreshments will be served
Save the date!
GCSL Green Grants have supported a variety of projects and nonprofit organizations in our community. Please consider sponsoring our fund raiser BINGO NIGHT with an added contribution to help underwrite the prizes, open bar and decorations.  There are three levels of sponsorship:

Gold Sponsor at $1000: Name will be on the invitation and recognition at the event with signage and/or sponsored Bingo rounds.

Silver Sponsor at $750: Name will be recognized in The Grapevine and at the event with a personally named round of Bingo.

Bronze sponsor at $500: Name will be recognized in The Grapevine and at the event.

If you have connections to a company that may be interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Carrie Polk.  Remember that any donation to GCSL is tax deductible.  Thank you!

Fund Raising Committee and Green Grants Committee
P   H   O   T   O   G   R   A   P   H   Y
Julie Peters and Muffy Brennan, Co-Chairs
Hiking on the Isle of Skye by Muffy Brennan
"Summer Sojourns and Blooms"
Virtual Photography Show
We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. As a reminder, the Photography Committee is developing a virtual Photography Show so please send a photo (or photos!) from your summer adventures, whether they be in-town or away.

This is an unjudged, community show, so pets and family are welcome in addition to gardens, landscapes, and other outdoor scenes. Please submit all photos by September 15th to Julie Peters and Muffy Brennan at
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What’s in Your Garden?
GCA Photography Contest
The GCA's 2022 Focus Contest “Wonders in the Garden" is still open for entries but space is extremely limited.

Your garden and community are teeming with opportunities to share your talent, so consider entering. Everything you need to know about the 12 classes is on the Photography Committee landing page on the GCA website under "Focus, online magazine." Click on 2022 Focus Contest Schedule link to learn more.

Be sure to read the rules. Entries close September 30th.
F  L  O  R  A  L      D  E  S  I  G  N
 Cary Reed and Liza Thornhill, Chairs
“Sip, Show, and Shop”
GCSL member David Bovier, owner of Ken Miesner’s Flower Shoppe, is hosting a fun floral evening at the shop, 9723 Clayton Road on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:15 PM.

Come to enjoy a drink and an opportunity to take home an arrangement made during a floral demonstration by floral designer Dusty White. Purchase any merchandise for a 20% discount.

The event is free and there is still space for 12 more to attend.

Please RSVP to:
H  O  R   T   I   C   U   L   T   U   R   E
Lizzy Rickard and Janie Foster, Co-Chairs
September is a great time to plant native perennials in your garden giving them time to establish before the upcoming growing season.

At this time of year you will find a nice selection of mature plants and be able to see what is in bloom now to add color to your fall garden. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery is the premier grower of native plants in our region. They have numerous opportunities throughout September and October to buy native plants including at the Shaw Nature Reserve Fall Wildflower Market on September 9th.

Check out their website mowildflowers and place a pre-order to pick up at one of their upcoming events!
V I S I T I N G   G A R D E N S
Ulrike Schlafly, Chair
The GCA's 2022-2023 On the Road schedule provides educational opportunities and adventures related to the GCA's purpose in nearly every zone.  Take a solo adventure.  Make it a club field trip.  Or bring a GCA friend. Come for the day or plan an extended stay! 

The next scheduled trip is to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, on October 27. The last day to register is September 15!
For more information go to the Visiting Gardens landing page on the GCA website or CLICK HERE
M E M B E R S H I P   N E W S
Meredith Holbrook and Lisa Imbs, Co-Chairs
This is a reminder that we are accepting applications for new members any time leading up to the deadline of March 1, 2023.

Before beginning the process of proposing a new member, please review the Application and Procedures pages found on the website: or ask Meredith or Lisa for a folder with paper copies.

Remember that bringing a prospective member to one or two of our Programs is a great way for them to learn about our projects and work, and for our membership to get to know them. If you do plan to bring a guest to a program, please don’t forget to submit their name in your RSVP.

Thank you, Meredith and Lisa
Member Spotlight:
Magnificent Missouri Celebrates Ten Years
Photo from the Magnificent Missouri website
It was ten years ago that, with A LOT of support from GCSL, members John McPheeters and Dan Burkhardt formed Magnificent Missouri.
To celebrate the anniversary a celebration will occur at Bowood on Sunday, September 18 - a wine tasting, book signing (of new book Trail Blazers) and live music from 11 to 2 pm. 
Also during September and October Niche will have a special "MagMO" drink on the menu and there will be signage and a table there with MagMO-related books and other items.   

For a printable version of the meeting schedule Click Here
TUESDAY, September 20
9:00 AM
Board meeting at SLCC

Program Meeting
5:15 PM at SLCC
Speaker: Fernando Wong
Landscape Designer
TUESDAY, October 18
9:00 AM
Board Meeting at SLCC

Program Meeting
5:15 PM at  SLCC
Speaker: Nancy Chase
Floral Couture

WEDNESDAY, October 19
6:30 at Racquet Club East
Fundraiser for Green Grants

TUESDAY, November 15
9:00 AM
Board Meeting at SLCC

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

WEDNESDAY, December 14
NO Board Meeting

Holiday Luncheon and 

11:30 AM, Deer Creek Club
Note that this is a Wednesday

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, Master Gardener, Horticulturist 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"

9:00 AM
Board Meeting at SLCC

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

June Annual Meeting TBA
Club Awards 2022
Congratulations to members who received awards at the June Annual Meeting!
Mary Rassieur
50 Years of Member Service
With deep appreciation for her five decades of support and enthusiasm, and for her invaluable contributions.

Nancy Ross
Medal of Merit
For steadfast leadership in her roles as club co-president, executive board member, 2019 Zone Meeting planner, initiator of Green Grants, and her gracious hospitality.

Peter Raven
Club Horticulture Award
With great appreciation for his horticulture knowledge, achievements, and dedication to educating our members on the importance of horticulture.

Carrie Polk
Club Appreciation Award
With grateful appreciation for the energy and commitment she has demonstrated in her enthusiastic, creative contributions to our club’s activities.

Garden Club Opportunity
Share your talents!
Dear Members, 
New this yearThe dinner and floral committee are offering our membership the opportunity to participate in planning a program dinner. Come showcase your talent! Pick a meeting and create centerpieces/tablescapes for the dinner.

A member would sign up for a specific program date. You would be welcome to do this with a partner or two. There is a budget for this, so only your creativity is needed.
If interested,  please get in touch with Dede to coordinate the specifics. 

Many thanks! 
Dede Fratt and
Harriette Warren
Program Dinners Chairs


Thanks to all who attended the Beekeeping  and Honey Harvest Pop Up in June! 
Warren Grace of Amazing Grace Honey took 30 members through the beekeeping year and all had great fun harvesting and extracting honey. 
Who knew about queen bees and nurse bees and drones and scouts! 
Members tasted local mead and took home honey extracted from the Polk bee yard.
Warren has been keeping bees for over 15 years and harvested over a ton of honey. He is a member of the Eastern Missouri  Beekeepers  Association.
GCA Top Pick
Zone XI Presidents' Council
October 6th and 7th
Lake Geneva, WI
What's Out There Weekend St. Louis
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)
September 24 and 25
St. Louis and the Missouri River Valley

Two days of free, expert-led tours of more than two dozen sites that demonstrate the region’s diverse cultural landscape legacy!

Register here

TOUR Schedule here
Volunteers are needed for this event. Volunteers will greet attendees and assist with check-in. Shifts are two hours. Launch party for volunteers September 22 at Tower Grove Park. Contact if you’re interested in participating.
Book Recommendation
from Lisa Imbs
Featuring two hundred works, Flora Photographica features the very best of flower photography from the past twenty years by contemporary floral photographers.

In-depth essays by authors William Ewing and Danaé Panchaud explore the relationship between contemporary works and the rich traditions of floral art and photography.
More info HERE
 Full Moon
September 10
  5:59 AM  
The Corn Moon
The Harvest Moon
This full Moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full Moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the fall equinox.
In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon.
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