On April 2, eleven members of Four Seasons Garden Club, plus
guest Katy Trotter, carpooled to Green Thumb Nursery in Hixson, Tenn. for a very educational
presentation on outdoor container gardening by nursery owner, Beth Painter.
assembled many combinations of plants and containers for different lighting situations. Her examples
showed the importance of assembling the plants with design intent, using variations in height,
texture, color and growing habit for best effect.
Plants shouldn’t crowd each other — no
more than four to five plants in a 12-inch pot. Window boxes should not be the same width as the
window, but rather wider or narrower, and they must be very securely anchored — a large window box
saturated from a rain could weigh up to 200 pounds.
Painter warned against skimping on soil
quality. She recommends instead, cutting back on plant expenses if budget is an issue. A good
planting medium retains just the right amount of water. Soil in planters should be replaced every
two years because harmful organisms may have taken up residence during that time. Used soil can be
scattered in the yard or garden. Large deep pots can be filled halfway with “Nature’s Helper” soil
conditioner and topped off with good potting soil. The use of local limestone gravel for drainage is
Club members visited several of the greenhouses which contain flourishing
plants in various stages of growth. Some coleus varieties are grown from cuttings from decades-old
mother plants. One house is devoted to seedlings; another contains mature plants and many
Following the nursery tour the ladies drove to the Blue Ribbon Cafe in Soddy-Daisy for
dinner and a business meeting.
Two club members have been named to District and State
offices. Faith Young was named District 3 Secretary and Donna Taylor was named State and District 3
The club’s next meeting will be a visit to the Butterfly Garden at
Dayton City School on May 7.