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The August 19th Meeting will be at Aiken Tech , Building 1300, Community Room 1300, 7:00 p.m.

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Hydrangea Society Newsletter

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Lisa Bartlett, Owner of Green and Grow and Gardens to Go, will be our featured speaker for our August meeting. Lisa was a talent agent for standup comedians, which included Jeff Foxworthy, when her passion for all things green took over.

Penny McHenry was her mentor and Lisa spent many hours helping in her garden. Penny, realizing Lisa’s love of hydrangeas, asked her to join the board and the rest is history. She is now editor for the American Hydrangea Society

For those unable to participate in the Bus Tour to Plant Introductions, Inc. you missed a truly wonderful day! We also visited the State Botanical Gardens for a self –guided

tour and lunch AND an afternoon stop at Goodness Grows Nursery. Check out the photos at: http:// rokdoc99/ AthensDirr52210

President’s Message What a wonderful year for hydrangeas! Spring bloomers haven’t looked better in several years. Our paniculatas are showing their stuff even in the blistering heat. Likewise, our Hydrangea Society had a tremendous spring, and is going strong into summer. I can’t remember a time when we have put together such a strong Spring program. Three very well organized events in addition to our great May program were educational and inspiring for members and a very good outreach to the public.

Plant Introductions Nursery, the State Botanical Gardens, and Goodness Grows Nursery. I believe everyone came home with several plants; the bus was packed! And more recently we had one of the best plant sales ever in Aiken and an extremely informative and well done conference on Hydrangeas that included tours of two fabulous private gardens and the prize Hydrangea Garden at Pendleton King Park.

These events were tremendous values in terms of cost. They were made possible by the hard work of several of our members. I know each of In May we had a lot of fun them derived a great touring Michael Dirr’s deal of satisfaction Geoffrey C.

Newsletter and is in the process of revamping their website. Lisa is a garden writer, designer and lecturer living in Atlanta, GA where she has 5 acres of Hydrangeas on 50 square feet. Her topic for the evening will be “Jekyll and Hyd-rangea.”

from their hard work, but they deserve our heartfelt thanks as well. I hope you will join me at our August meeting and let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. Chris Randall

Centerpiece for Hydrangea Conference

CSRA Hydrangea Society Provides PKP Garden With A New Fence and New Hydrangeas Thanks to the CSRA Hydrangea Society, the PKP Hydrangea Garden has a beautiful new fence. With material funded by the Society, Richmond County inmates constructed the fence. It does a great job of screening the former ugly chain link fence and blocks out the unattractive yard debris from the adjacent neighborhood. An added advantage is it helps to keep the vines in check and makes weeding easier.

and for providing a beautiful backdrop for the paniculatas in the upper garden. This fall the entire “Proven Winners” series will be planted in the garden thanks to Irv Magin who arranged the gift of these hydrangeas. Some of you were fortunate enough to win these “Proven Winners” at our highly successful CSRA Hydrangea Conference in June.


The volunteers and the PKP Foundation Board Members are extremely appreciative of the Society’s support of the garden After

Hydrangea Society and PKP Plant Sales Aiken


This year’s plant sale was a tremendous success. Net profit from the sale was $3,730.46, an amount that will go far in furthering the educational goals of our organization.

Well Gang, we did it again!

Many thanks to all the volunteers that made the sale go smoothly, with special thanks to Bill Quattlebaum for coming through at the last minute to help pick up plants at Nurseries Caroliniana. Irv Magin worked tirelessly with plant suppliers “Proven Winners”, Dudley’s, Nurseries Caroliniana and Carolina Nurseries. Thank you all for all your hard work. Pam Glogowski Page 2

With the crowd loudly counting down the final seconds, Hydrangeas Galore was off and running. By noon, we were completely sold out with over 800 hydrangeas having a new home and the new PKP garden center building $7,085 closer to being built. At 11:00 a.m., we were looking at a bunch of left over Annabelle's, Hayes Starbursts and a couple of Darunas. Our power sellers Ken Goad and Terri Black went into high gear and by the time they were done, they had sold every last one of them. Ken’s mantra was that it was a good idea to plant in “threes” and

convinced our customers to “buy two more.” Thank you on behalf of PKP Board and the ARC Recreation and Parks Department. You are appreciated by them, you are appreciated by our community and you are greatly appreciated by me. Kay Mills

Hydrangeas Galore! H Y DR AN G E A S O CI ET Y NE W S L ET TE R

1st Annual Hydrangea Conference High temperature didn’t discourage the attendees of the CSRA Hydrangea Society Conference and Garden Tour on June 24, 2010. We had 87 enthusiastic, hungry people show up to hear Josh Kardos, Plant Introductions, Inc.; Mike Sikes, McCorkle Nurseries, Inc.; and Ted Stephens, Nursery Caroliniana, Inc.; deliver three of the best talks on hydrangeas I’ve ever heard. Josh’s topic was “What Every Gardener Should Know about Hydrangea Propagation and Breeding”, with his easy going manner and personality he delivered an enjoyable and very informative talk. Mike spoke on “Hydrangeas Past, Present and Future”, which had many of the attendees contemplating their next garden. Ted took us on a journey with “Exploring the Planet for New Hydrangeas”. Sid Mullis was our MC for the event, doing a great job of keeping the whole process on time and all of us smiling. The gardens of Sharyn Altman, Sherry Sinclair and the Hydrangeas Garden at Pendleton King Park were spectacular. Sharyn’s shady garden featured tranquil mulched walkways that beckoned the visitor to slow down and experience the beauty that Sharyn and Roy had created. The sunny garden that Sherry and Jay labored on and molded is exquisite with many outstanding examples of color and texture that featured outstanding plant selections. Both Sharyn’s and Sherry’s gardens had a feature that many of us would die for, a lake as the backdrop with running streams trickling through the gardens.


The Hydrangea Garden at PKP was outstanding due in part to the army of dedicated volunteers Kay Mills and Kay Bowman organize. If you haven’t been to PKP, you really must go and see the fine specimens of hydrangeas and what a group of talented volunteers can create. Here you will see what a hydrangea garden should look like with the proper care and loving attention that is evident in every corner of this wonderful space. For those who couldn’t join us, Tom Mills has around 120 photos taken during the conference. These photos can be seen at: http:// HydrangeaConf62410# Garden guests were greeted by docents, who despite the heat welcomed guests, answered questions and acted as tour guides for several hours after the morning part of the conference ended. My thanks to: Alice Heinerman, Sarah Smith, Judy Kirkland andGloria Wade. I had the good fortune to work with a great group of people, volunteers in every sense of the word. We were privileged to have the following volunteers working with the set-up and food: Faye Carnley, Connie Mock, Pam Glogowski and Gloria Wade, who kept the trays of goodies fully stocked and fresh looking. Irv Magin and Pam Glogowski

each brought plants to the event to either sell or give away as door prizes. Many people went home happy with a hydrangea or companion plant. Sam and Linda Christine had everyone talking with their beautiful hydrangea arrangements accented with pineapple and Asiatic lilies out of their garden. Sylvia Doyle and Chris Randall performed the duties of clean up after the mayhem and did a fantastic job, the facility is looking to having us back next year for an encore. This conference couldn’t have been the success that it was without the guidance of several exceptional individuals. Their experience and knowledge was instrumental in this achievement. Kay Bowman arranged for our speakers, and along with Kay mills, they were instrumental in the details that the rest of us didn’t think of. Pat Smith and Kay Mills did an incredible job on the demanding task of registration and arranging the information packets. Pam Glogowski was diligent in her attempt to keep us on tract and remembering every detail. Irv Magin, what can I say except I am truly honored to know and work with him. Thank you all who helped on this endeavor. I wouldn’t want to work with any other group. Anyone up to doing it again next year? Jacque Rees

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Paper-Making with Hydrangeas Did you know? An unexpected use for hydrangeas is paper-making. H. paniculata provides a glue-like material called ’nori’ (or ’neri’), which is an integral part of the production of quality hand-made paper in Japan (Hughes, 1982). This plant is readily found in Hokkaido, and is known as Nori-utsugi. It grows rapidly producing new stems each year to bear the current year’s flowers. These stems are gathered, their bark is stripped off and stored in a phenolic

A sincere THANK YOU to all the special members who furnished refreshments at our last meeting. We appreciate all you do for us.

preservative solution. When required for paper-making, the bark is removed from the preservative, washed and crushed on a flat stone. It is then placed in water and left for a few hours, when a clear viscous mucilage is formed.

prepared sheets and it increases their strength, allowing thin paper to be produced. Other plants, such as hollyhock, rose mallow and okra, are also used to provide nori, from their roots. The nori from the stems of H. paniculata is used for the making of high-quality paper with a texThis glue-like mucilage is nori (neri), tured surface. and is added to the fibres from which the paper is to be made. It has several attributes: it holds the Hydrangeas, A Gardeners’ Guide fibres in suspension and aids alignToni Lawson-Hall and Brian Rothera ment while the hand-made sheets are formed; it helps to separate the

We would also like to recognize Faye Carnley for hard work in the planning and organization of these volunteers.

To volunteer for refreshments at the August meeting please contact Faye Carnley (803) 2708757.

Eleventh Annual Plant Exchange and Sale; Saturday, September 18, 2010; 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.; Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Martinez. Bring plants and gardening items to trade or sell. Participants provide their own tables. For information call: Helene Hondrum (706) 854-8215, Betty Crowther (706) 825-8613, Jan Nelson (706) 955-7775, Betsy Ristroph (706) 738-4684 For directions, please visit:

Valerie Martin, Editor CSRA Hydrangea Society P. O. Box 15601 Augusta, GA 30919-1601


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