FROM READERS: Discover your garden with a local gardening club | From Readers

Discovery Garden Clubbrings avid gardeners together tofurther their knowledge of the activity.

The old adage for a successful garden “Right plant, in the right place” is true.

Here inColumbia, with its unpredictable weather patterns and heavy clay soils, finding that “right place” is a http://www.diynetwork.com/ challenge. One of the best and most enjoyable ways togain confidence about growing a garden is to join a local garden club.

The Discovery Garden Club was formed in 2010 by garden enthusiastslooking for a venue to get together with other gardeners who have full-time jobs andlimited free time.

We are a small but active club. Our members enjoy getting togetherto add to our gardening knowledge through field trips, interesting speakers andcommunity events.

Our meetings are at 6:30 p.m. onthe second Monday ofeach month at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association building. Our meetings typically have a speaker discussing some aspect of gardening followedby refreshments and conversation. It is an evening full of talking with other gardenbuffs and learning new things about growing here in mid-Missouri.

In concert with the Columbia Public Library, we sponsor a Winter Garden Forumevery January. Speakers present programs on popular garden topics to further thecommunity’s knowledge of gardening and hopefully inspire new gardeners.

DGC hasa plant sale every May to help fund our Winter Garden Forum as well as otherprojects in the community. In the summer months, we tour members’ gardens tolearn about their techniques and garden designs.

This year a topic thathas been on every gardener’s mind is the mild winter weexperienced and its effect on our gardens.

A negative consequence is thenumber of over-wintering insects, pupae and eggs that will survive and wreak havocon our plants this spring.

A cold winter will usually kill off a number of theseinsects. A mild winter can also mean more weeds in our gardens and lawns becausetheir seeds are more likely to survive.

Spring blooming trees and shrubs may havetheir blooms affected by a sudden cold snap. Their buds are already formed on thebranches and if not properly hardened off by mild temperatures, the buds could beharmed if the weather takes a nasty turn.

Missouri native plants and hardy bulbsshould acclimate to such weather changes and not be harmed by up and downtemperatures.

Every gardener has learned to take what Mother Nature gives and doyour best with the results. Part of the fun of gardening is the challenge of overcomingadversity.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian calledFrom Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you’ll consider sharing.Here’s how. Supervising editor is Mary Kate Metivier.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian calledFrom Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you’ll consider sharing.Here’s how. Supervising editor isJoy Mayer.

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