The Ashland Garden Club celebrated its first Fall meeting on Sept. 12 with a floral design project designed to bring happiness to the members as well as lucky people in the community.
Members, under the direction of club member Molly Caruthers, created 40 floral arrangements that were then taken into the community and “abandoned” for others to find and take home.
The program is called The Lonely Bouquet. Each arrangement had a tag which explained that the bouquet needed a new home and the finder was encouraged to take it home or give to someone of their choice. Each arrangement also had an attached postcard addressed to the Ashland Garden Club which finders could use to write back to the club to tell us where their bouquet found its new home. Flowers were from members’ gardens as well as Fry Family Farms, LeMera Gardens, Albertsons and the Enchanted Florist.
The Lonely Bouquet program was begun by Emily Avenson, a young California woman who moved to Belgium and began a floral farm and florist business. When traveling she would make a small bouquet and put it in a glass jelly jar and abandon it with a tag explaining the Lonely Bouquet concept. In just a few years the movement has spread all over the world. The mission is to bring happiness…..one flower at a time. We hope it will spread much joy in Ashland and the surrounding area!
The Ashland Emergency Food Bank has Ashland’s first pollinator garden recognized by Bee City USA Ashland. It’s in bloom now at 560 Clover Lane. You can see it M-F, 9:00am-12:30, and get ideas for your own garden. Plant list is available.
Do you want to get your Ashland garden recognized? Visit the City’s website to learn more.
On a hot July day, what could be as cooling as the sight and sound of running water in the garden? The garden of Cheryl Briggs’ home at 160 Scenic Drive is the Ashland Garden Club’s July 2016 Garden of the Month, and it has water features in two places among a small forest of shady trees. Previous owners installed the recirculating waterfalls, stream, and ponds on a steep lot.
Briggs has owned the home for five years, and she added the steps, walkways, and driveway with design help from Jeanine Strum of The Seasons Color. Briggs has weekly maintenance help from Carol’s Colors. A major project in the recent past removed ivy from the slope leading from the street. There is a stunning view of the valley and hills to the East, from a deck that has huge pots with masterful combinations of small plants.
Rhododendrons and azaleas abound in the shady areas. Also featured are Japanese maples and camellias. The major trees are Douglas fir and cedar. A photinia hedge lines the street. Elsewhere in the garden are a Cecile Bruner and Lady Banks roses, dogwood, wisteria, magnolia, and madrone.
Every June members of the Ashland Garden Club create 150-180 beautiful Feast of Will table arrangements with flowers cut from their personal gardens. This Lion’s Club’s sponsored event celebrates the seasonal opening of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Elizabethan Theater.