Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Olde Thyme Gardeners December News

Pictured: Diana Anderson, Regina Schieltz, Terry Tonovitz,
Jane Staley, Eileen Byrd, Andrea Long
The Olde Thyme Gardeners of Darke County Parks decorated a large, fresh cut evergreen Christmas tree in the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Since the tree is designated "for the birds" and will be put into the landscape for wildlife cover, many of the decorations are made of natural materials. Lowes donated the tree.

There are Christmas cookie cutter shapes of dried bread coated with a mixture of corn meal, peanut butter, and shortening then rolled in a pot luck of bird feed. Other natural materials include dried flowers, apples and chipotle peppers.

Recycled seed packets provide color while miniature gardening tools give sparkle.

The Olde Thyme Gardeners annual February workshop comes on the 21st. "Herbal Reflections" is the theme for the 2015 half day event. Mary Hofacker presents "Cooking with Herbs." Other speakers are yet to be determined. For updates visit or look on Facebook.

On May 16, 2015, the group presents a Spring Tea with Jan Brady giving her popular program on vintage women's undergarments.

The Olde Thyme Gardeners plant the garden near the log house at Shawnee Prairie. The group meets at the Nature Center at noon on the second Tuesday of most months.

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