June 2022
"May and June. Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights. The discussion of philosophy is over; it's time for work to begin."
   -Peter Loewer
A Note from Our Presidents
Dear GCSL Members,

What a year this has been. A year of renewed engagement, of delight in being able to gather again, and a wealth of inspired and creative programs. From our fall Bingo fundraiser, to Movie Night, Green Grants giving, and our amazing programs, pop-ups and photography and horticulture shows, we shared, learned, and enjoyed one another’s company.

We look forward to being with all of you at the Annual Meeting next Tuesday, so generously hosted by Rick and Lotsie Holton at their beautiful home. The tour of their new prairie-in-progress appropriately follows on last month’s inspiring how-to talk by Edwina von Gal on naturalizing our lawns and properties.  And what a better reward for their efforts than seeing twin fawns being born in the prairie just last weekend!  

All the best for a wonderful summer in your garden!

Nancy and Alden
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Lisa Trulaske, Polly Bade, May Reay, Susan Werner, Co-Chairs
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Above: The beautiful garden of Rick and Lotsie Holton, who are generously hosting our Annual Meeting on June 14th.
P O P   U P S
Carrie Polk, Chair
Click on the invitation to RSVP.
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Julie Peters and Muffy Brennan, Co-Chairs
Photo by Muffy Brennan
The photography Co-Chairs would like to thank everyone for their participation over the past few months in the virtual and in-person photography shows.

We will be hosting another virtual show this September called

"Summer Sojourns and Blooms"

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 6th to Julie Peters and Muffy Brennan at

Thanks again!
Julie Peters and Muffy Brennan
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 Cary Reed and Liza Thornhill, Chairs
“Sip, Show and Shop”
Member and Ken Miesner’s Flower Shoppe owner, David Bovier, is hosting a fun floral evening at Ken Miesner’s, 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 David. Purchase any merchandise for a special discount.

This GCSL event will occur the week before our first September 20th Program Meeting. Space is limited to 20 attendees and there is no cost to attend.

Please RSVP to:

Have a great summer!

Cary & Liza
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Lizzy Rickard and Janie Foster, Co-Chairs
Homemade Herbicide Recipe
No need to use Round-Up!
This a the recipe sent from member Connie McPheeters:

Mix together:
1 gal 20%vinegar
1 cup epsom salt
1 teaspoon dawn liquid

Connie:  "The important part here is the vinegar! I ordered the 20% vinegar from Amazon."

This works well on driveways and paths for grass and small weeds. Works best on full sun days. The sun helps to burn the plants. Can be used in big sprayer or handheld bottle.
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Why Gardeners Should Stop Using Peat
and What to Use Instead
Environmental leaders and other high-profile voices have been sounding the cry: Gardeners should stop using peat because the consequences of its continued harvest on diverse peatland habitats, and the native plants and animals that inhabit them, are too high.

Read more about it HERE in a New York Times article by Margaret Roach

And the Farmers Almanac has suggestions for seven alternatives that are better for the planet
Good News:
AI engineered enzyme
eats entire plastic containers
Photo source: © Hongyuan Lu et al/Springer Nature Limited 2022
Many plastics worldwide are recycled by melting and reshaping but scientists are investigating "enzymatic recycling" of plastics. Whether this method will ultimately be used for large-scale recycling remains to be seen as degrading all the different plastics that end up in bins is one of the major challenges any recycling approach has to solve. 

READ MORE HERE from Chemistry World

Take  Action!

URGENT: We need everyone who cares about pollinators and native plants to contact your congressional representatives and Senators THIS WEEK to support the passage of the federal Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). It is scheduled for a vote in the House on Tuesday, June 14.

This bill will make the most significant investment in wildlife conservation in a generation. 

Click here for a link to the bill's sponsors


Annual Meeting
at the home of
Lotsie and Rick Holton
5:30 PM
Save the Dates
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Mark your calendars now!

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Last year’s BINGO was great fun and raised $10,000 for Green Grants!
Member Spotlight:
Liz, Suzanne and David
Liz de Laperouse's yard is part of St. Louis Open Yards, a program with about 40 private native plant landscapes open for viewing by the public, all showcasing specific examples of native plant gardens.

Liz will have her garden open by appointment in the beginning of June.
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Try an "Old-School" Tailgate!
Suzanne Johnson's idea for a pandemic-era picnic: Tailgate in your own backyard!
On view: Suzanne's climbing roses!
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David Bovier with event Chairs Tricia Schlafly and Laure Hullverson
David Bovier designed the beautiful arrangements for the Flower Power luncheon at Tower Grove Park.

David led a volunteer group that assembled thirty arrangements. Learning about floral design couldn't have been more fun!
GCA Top Picks
this month
News from the National Annual Meeting
Scenic Concerns Triumph over Billboard Companies

In a victory for scenic beauty, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled 6-3 in the First Amendment case of the City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising. The ruling affirms a city's right to have a say on what its streetscapes look like.

This important victory reflects many years of education and effort on the part of Scenic America, an organization with a long history of collaborating with the GCA, fighting billboard blight and visual pollution in our communities.

Sent in by Ulrike Schlafly
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The prayer below was written by Molly Schneider who is a former GCSL member and a current member of the GCA garden club in Princeton. She gave this prayer at the Awards Ceremony at the GCA Annual Meeting!

Molly is a GCA horticulture judge and she just earned her Masters in Divinity.

Molly's prayer
Lake Forest Garden Club House & Garden Tours
The LFGC invites you to tour four historic family homes in Lake Forest, IL.

The tour raises funds and awareness for environmental, conservation and educational programs in their local communities.

June 15-16
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

More information here
Love hummingbirds?
"How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Backyard."

Sent in by Meredith Holbrook
 Full Moon
June 14, 2022
  6:52 AM  
The Strawberry Moon
The Rose Moon
Because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June, the full Moon that occurs during the month was christened for the strawberry! This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe.

In Europe they called it the Rose Moon after the roses that bloom in June and the color of the full moon this time of year.
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