Moneta Elementary School's "Gold Dusters Junior Garden Club" won BRD, VFGC, SAR and NGC awards.
This committee coordinates the design and maintenance of beautification projects in the community, including the planting
at the State Park entrance the Wildflower garden at the Park's Visitors Center.
During the year, garden books are reviewed and recommended for purchase as a donation to two local libraries.
The objectives of this club shall reflect those of the National Garden clubs, Inc. including:
2) exchange of information and ideas among members;
3) promotion of conservation and environmentally friendly activities;
4) encouragement of community pride through landscape enhancement of private and commercial areas.
The Moneta Garden Club will host a small standard flower show on Friday, June 6 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Westlake Library."This is the first flower show we have held in about 10 years," said Sharon Jones, president of the Moneta Garden Club. "Hopefully, the community will come out and enjoy the show."The Moneta Garden Club is a member of National Garden Clubs Inc., South Atlantic Region and the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Blue Ridge District.The flower show will be open to the public with free admission.
Working with the elderly, handicapped and others in our community who might enjoy "gentle" garden projects.
With the help of garden club members, the garden therapy committee will bring comfort, joy & PRESENTS to the folks at Central Virginia Center on Aging on Monday, December 1st. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Please bring your wrapped gifts to the November meeting. Thanks for your help in making Christmas a happier time for the people at the CVCAA.
We ask that you also consider donating (mostly) healthy snack items for the party and goodie bags, which we send home with our seniors. Options might be small bags of nuts, single servings of fruit or other healthy single serving snacks. Please don’t bring fresh fruit to the November meeting --it will go bad before the party. Due to health department restrictions we will no longer be able to bake cookies for the seniors.Any questions, call Linda McDonnell at 719-2828 or Kathy Lietz at 721-3330.
PUBLICITY -IN THE NEWSPAPER
SMITH MOUNTAIN EAGLE
By John Stang Smith Mountain Eagle
Lining the backside, red brick walls of Moneta Elementary School are individual 2 x 2 ft. garden beds. The second graders at the school pick two plants to cultivate as their own through part of the academic year. It’s an educational tool to teach them the basics of gardening.The Moneta Garden Club began the planting initiative at Moneta Elementary in 2011. Three classes of second graders have planted since its inception. Many of the materials are donated by local businesses. The school’s won national awards for its efforts. Students pick two vegetables or flowers to grow in their bed. As the year progresses, they monitor the progress of the plants in journals. Eventually, the vegetables are picked for consumption.“The vegetables that are harvested are being taken to the cafeteria,” said Rosemary Drennen of the Moneta Garden Club. “They make use of the vegetables for the kids to sample to see what they’ve grown.”Some of the children have little experience in gardening. Alexis Coles falls into that category.“I haven’t planted a real garden, but I planted at my grannies,” Coles noted.Coles chose broccoli and turnips as her plants to monitor. Drennen says they’ll grow tomatoes, green peppers lettuce, egg plant and other assorted vegetables. The life cycle of plants are concepts tested on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test. Melanie Simmons, the principal of Moneta Elementary, likes the practical experience that it gives the kids.“What better way to learn how plants grow than to actually plant them?” Simmons said.The other activities involved with the planting, such as the journaling and checking rain gauges, test other SOL items like math and writing. Teachers also introduce aspects of the scientific method for the students to try experiments.“We had one child who came out to sing to their box to see if it grows any faster,” Simmons recalled as an example of student testing an assumption for a science experiment.The classes plant in the fall and the spring. The following year, when the second graders advance to third grade, they clean the beds for the next class. Moneta Elementary also got a greenhouse this year for third through fifth grade students to experiment with planting. Drennen notices children in younger grades witnessing what the second grade students have accomplished and wanting to participate.“It’s contagious,” Drennan said. “When the kids are out there and exposed to it, they want to learn about it.”Outside of school, Simmons hears about families that start gardens because the students had their interest piqued from the class project. “Planting the seeds” to “grow” the interest for future gardeners is what its all about.
Franklin County Landscaping Committee hard at work in the award winning wildflower gardens at the Franklin County Community Park.
Horticultural Tips for December
Care of Poinsettia:
1st- choose carefully - Look for dark green foliage. Avoid plants with lower leaf drop or damaged leaves an indication of poor handling.
2nd - Protect plant on its trip home, since exposure to low temperatures for even a short time can injury leaves and bracts.
3rd - Place plant near a sunny window or a well-lit area. Poinsettia are tropical plants, and in greenhouses are grown between 60 - 70 degrees. Placing your Poinsettia in a cooler room at night will extend bloom time.
Care of Amaryllis:
Amaryllis can be placed in direct light with an ideal temperature between 68 - 70 degrees. Water regularly to keep the soil moist and drain away excess water. After the plant has stopped flowering and the stem sags, you can help it bloom again by cutting the stem off just above the bulb.
Tips from the Horticultural Committee
Every month, members are encouraged to bring a bloom or branch from their gardens and/ /or a floral design of a specific theme, to be judged according to Flower Show Standards set by the National Council of Garden Clubs. The Awards committee also submits detailed summaries of the club's projects or special events for district, state and national garden clubs awards.
Moneta Elementary School's Second Grade Classes
Each year the club awards a scholarship(s) to a graduating high school student, based on financial need and academic achievement, with preference given to a student who has chosen to follow a horticulture-related major area of study in college. A scholarship(s) is also awarded to a middle school youth to attend Nature Camp.
“Standard Flower Show, Smith Mountain Lake’s
Festival of Events”
Communicating important information prior to , or in between meeting, the Communications Committee is prepared to contact each Club member when necessary.
CO-CHAIRMAN- SANDY KELSO
CO-CHAIRMAN- EV TAYLOR
Burnt Chimney Elementary School's Kindergarten Classes
This committee helps us to remember our members and families in times of illness and death with flowers, cards and memorials.
This committee works on project with our local schools, youth groups, etc. including Arbor Day activities. Both MGC's "Youth Projects" won first place awards at the BRD, VFGC, SAR and NGC for 2013-2014.
Moneta Garden Club, Franklin County Extension Office and Master Gardeners Have Joined In Outreach Networking
The Moneta Garden Club (MGC), the Franklin County Extension
Office (FCEO) and Master Gardeners teamed with the goal of providing outdoor educational opportunities for the youth at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school level. The collaborative group will introduce gardening and ways to recognize different plants native to the area. The hope is to promote love of nature and the environment among area youth. The first endeavor was planting beautiful dogwood trees for Arbor Day/Earth Day at Burnt Chimney, The Burnt Chimney dogwood was dedicated by Derek Bryant (Principal of Burnt Chimney Elementary School) as a memorial to Shane Nichols, the first grader that tragically lost his life to a gunshot accident a few weeks ago. Several MGC members attended this event and helped with the planting of the tree. We also planted trees at
Dudley and Moneta Elementary School. The lovely dogwood trees were donated by LandScapes Nursery for Burnt Chimney and Dudly Elementary while Moneta Garden Center sold MGC the tree for Moneta Elementary School at cost.
The team also planted a dogwood tree in honor of Arbor Day/Earth Day at the Body Camp and Huddleston Elementary School where first graders joined in the effort. MGC’s Linda Bosiger read an Arbor Day poem and Sharon Jones taught the children the importance of soil management and watering the trees. George Hearn, Master Gardener, explained to all the children during our week of planting trees that the dogwood tree is now a protected species and that it is unlawful to pick the flowers from the tree or remove a wild dogwood tree from the forest. These dogwood trees where sold to MGC by Lowe's Rocky Mount at cost. The first graders were eager and jumped right in, hands in dirt, no shovels, to plant their tree. Because of the success of the program, MGC and other team members will plant another tree at each of the above schools to new classes of students.
Chairman- Sharon Jones
Published in the "Discover Smith Mountain Lake Magazine" 2014 Fall Issue.
To read please click the link below.
Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Contest
Chairman Helene Mullins
Youth Contest for grades 1-5
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News stories in the local newspapers featuring special events, announcements of upcoming meetings, and photographing the Club's activities are all part of this committee.
Moneta Garden Club honored for butterfly garden
The award-winning butterfly garden at Burnt Chimney Elementary
POSTED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:47 am
Submitted by Sharon Jones
The Moneta Garden Club’s butterfly project for 2013-14 at Burnt Chimney
Elementary School has won an Award of Merit from the National Garden Clubs.
It received the honor and a $500 stipend at the NGC convention on May 3 in
Norman, Okla.The club was recognized for conducting the most comprehensive
and effective project on butterflies, habitat protection, protection of migratory
routes, public education and establishment of butterfly gardens at a school or community sites.Moneta Garden Club’s goal was to educate the Burnt Chimney Elementary School kindergarten class about the life cycle and habitat of one of nature’s most beautiful butterflies: the monarch. Instructions included in-class lectures and hands-on outdoor class participation in designing and planting a butterfly garden.The project was a joint undertaking in which Moneta Garden Club’s Franklin County Youth Committee members; Franklin County Extension 4-H staff; Master Gardeners; and 44 Burnt Chimney kindergartners and their teachers and parents worked together to bring the project to fruition. The project also won the Blue Ridge District, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs and the South Atlantic Region’s top award.
The Gold Dusters Junior Garden Club of Moneta Elementary School won NGC’s Junior Garden Club Horticulture Award and the $25 prize that goes with it. The Gold Dusters have an ongoing raised-bed vegetable garden project in which students plant their individual square-foot raised beds
with vegetables, which later are prepared and served by the school’s cafeteria workers, in spring and fall.