Great turnout for the sign planting!!

Ten of us (plus one grandchild) turned out for the sign planting at the Grantsburg sign on Thursday evening. We had great weather and a nice breeze to keep the gnats at bay! We made pretty quick work of cleaning up all the grasses and weeds and tilling up the border for the zinnias (thanks Ruthie for bringing the tiller!).

Here are some pictures of the fun!

 Georgianne, Sandy in background, Janet and Ruthie planting zinnias in foreground

 Becky trimming the spirea bushes, Georgianne weeding around the liatris

 Audrey, Linnea and Kris hard at work

 Georgianne weeding the daylilies

Burgers and onion rings at Dreamers are sounding pretty good about now!!

Not pictured: Pam (I didn't just take pictures!) and Lisa (and grandson) sorry I missed getting a picture of that cute little guy and you too Lisa!!

See you all at the plant sale on June 6!
If you want to get your Burnett Garden Club Tshirt before the sale, contact Pam.


Meeting Minutes, May 2015

The Burnett Garden Club May 14, 2015 meeting was called to order by President Kris Henning at 6:40 p.m.  The meeting was held at Village Floral & Gifts.  Attending were: Kris, Audrey, Pam, Lisa, Mary G, Sandy Harmon (and granddaughter), Sandra Hinrichs, and Linnea.  The April meeting notes, done by Mary Charmoli, were approved.  They are on the Garden Club blog.

The Treasure’s report was given by Kris.  There is currently $1,597.50 in the account.

Committee Reports:

Plant Sale
- June 6 is the PLANT SALE at the T’Dawg’s parking lot.  Kris has more potting pots, soil and plant label/tags for anyone who needs them.  She also has a sign up sheet for this.  Please contact her about plants you are bringing and when you can help at this.  Lisa Slater will check into putting an ad in the Sentinel and maybe the Learder for the sale. Kris had the sale included in the Big Gust Pays flyer.  A plant sale sign document created by Kris will be emailed to each member by Pam to be printed and hung up at community bulletin boards.

Community Flower Gardens

Pam reports that the planting by the Grantsburg sign on Hwy 70 will be on May 28 at 5:30.  Please come and help if you are available.  This will be the only garden planted that eve. The club will treat workers to burgers at Dreamers afterward.

Pam also updated us that the planting at the Library is progressing.  Perennials and shrubs have been planted.  Anyone who has plants to put in this garden is welcome to go to the Library and plant them or donate them to Pam or Georgianne. The budget of $2,500 this year still has a lot to be used due to donations of plants. Any balance will not carry over to next year.  Unused funds will go back to the Village.

Lisa Slater says that the planting at the Fairgrounds beds will be determined.

Upcoming Meetings

July 16 will be the community garden tours.  Meet at the High School at 5:30 to depart.
August will be a picnic and boat ride at Lisa Slater’s.  The date is to be determined.

Old Business

Lisa will be ordering the Garden Club t-shirts very soon.  She will order 23 or more at a cost of $10.00 each.

Other Business

Pam talked about how the Grantsburg Revitalization Operation (GRO) wants more plants put in along Olson Drive to downtown Grantsburg.  If more beds are put in, then people will need to weed them. She will see if the Village will grade a trail and put wood chips down.  She will have more information about this later on.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10.  Then, fairy gardens were made by most in attendance.
Refreshments were provided by Audrey and Lisa.

Crazy/Jumping worms invading Wisconsin, T-shirts and our next garden club activity

Now that regular meetings are over, our season of gardening activities begins!! Our next garden club activity:

May 28, Thursday 5:30 PM Sign Planting, meet at Grantsburg Sign on HWY 70
We will clean up the beds and plant annuals (usually Zinnea and maybe some marigolds) around the edges of the sign garden on HWY 70 and Memory Lake Flagpole garden for seasonal color.
Dress for digging and bring your favorite gardening tools!

We might dig up some plants for the plant sale and/or the Library gardens while we are at it. I will bring some pots to put them in.

Enjoy a burger at Dreamers on the club for anyone wishing to do so afterward!! We should be done at the sign garden by 6:30 and heading over to Dreamers!


You can pick up your Tshirts at the sign or at Dreamers as I will bring them along with me. $10.00 each, make checks to Burnett Garden Club. Cash works too!!  Or you can pick them up at my house.


Crazy/Jumping worms?? What are they? No not the worms in Mexican jumping beans, these are a new invasive species that has made its way to Burnett County not far from Grantsburg. They eat roots and gum up your soil with their castings render your soil unable to support plant life. They have no known enemies to keep them is check so they are multiplying rapidly. 

Here is a picture:

They thrash around crazily when handled. 

Read about this species and check out the video news story with the link below.  Keep your eyes out for them. If you find any report them to the DNR or the UW Extension Service Spooner Ag Station (715) 635-3735 right away.


Potting up more plants for the sale

We need more plants for the sale and we only have 3 more weeks! 

Kris has plenty of pots and potting soil. Stop by her place or she can bring what you need into Grantsburg the next time she works at Village Floral. So call her and let her know what you need. 

If you have seedlings to sell or plants you have already potted up, please let Kris know so she can add it to the list. 

Let's have the best sale ever this year!! And keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

Also, if you are looking for a great plant sale to attend, head to Spooner!

May 16, Saturday 8:00 AM, Spooner Ag Station, Master Gardener Plant Sale

Making Fairy Gardens at Village Floral! What a great time!

About 8 of us gathered at Village Floral for a fair garden workshop. Kris brough all the fixings, all we needed to bring was a pot. Some of us also brought stuff to share. Lisa and Audrey provided wonderful refreshments!

Here are some photos of the evening's activity! These were taken with my phone camera and are not the greatest. Anyone else with photos, please email them to me and I will post them!


Potting Party, fun and Productive

On Thursday, May 7, Kris, Sue, Deb, Pam, Sandy and Mary C (did I miss anyone?) got together at Kris's for the annual potting party in preparation for our annual plant sale. We potted up a large variety of items. With some things potted up at members homes, our list currently includes items listed below. We welcome contributions of more of the same or other items. If you have other items to contribute, please let Mary C know (or me and I will pass it on) so that she can get photos to print up for our customers.

Potting soil and pots are available through Kris. There is plenty so don't be shy about asking.

Our customers do love hostas so if you have any of those to contribute, that would be great.

Other things needed: Vegetables and annuals (if your seedling survived!!), shrubs, flowering shrubs, succulents, daisies, lupines, poppies, Asiatic lilies, asters, liatris, etc. etc. etc.....
Current list of what we have potted up
Siberian Iris
Yellow Bearded Iris
Purple Bearded Iris
Yellow Flag Iris
Iris pseudocorus
Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea
Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia
Variegated Solomon’s Seal,Polygonatum odoratum Variegatum
Evening Primrose, Oenothera fruticosa Youngii
Bee Balm, Monarda
False Sunflower, Heliopsis
Calla Lily, Zandedeschia
White Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Mediterranean Spurge
Ascension Spurge
Wood Spurge
Myrtle Spurge
Cushion Spurge
Donkey Tail Spurge
Japanese Spurge

Creeping Phlox
Tall Phlox

Jerusalem artichoke (ask Mary G!!)

We made quick work of the potting up and didn't get too wet during the glorious rain that we so needed. Gathering in Kris's kitchen afterward, we had tasty treats. Big thank you to Kris, Mary C and Sandy for the treats!


Member looking for help planning her gardens!

Who better to ask for help with your gardens than the Garden Club!! Member Deb Norling is new to the north country. I believe Louisiana was the last place she lived and so gardening in NW Wisconsin is going to be quite a challenge though she will not miss the gators and poisonous snakes. Our snakes are pretty tame by comparison!

Not only is zone 3/4 gardening the issue, but Deb in on sand and will need tips on what to grow and how to grow it.

Here are some photos of her place. You can comment on the blog or contact her directly with your advice. She is also open to invitations to see what others have done with their sandy soil and would welcome anyone who wants to visit her.

Click on the pictures to get a bigger view.

That really is some sand!

 Love the boardwalks 

Berms and raised beds are a good idea

Bottle trees grow great in the sand! 


Sign Garden Cleanup and planting, Thursday, May 28, 5:30 PM

It's that time of the year again. Time to get that Grantsburg sign garden looking great to dazzle all the locals and tourists coming in on Highway 70. Grantsburg is the gateway to Burnett County and we are all about Burnett!!

We will gather at the sign on Thursday May 28 at 5:30 or so. 

Bring rakes, shovels, trowels, clippers, and gardening gloves! 

And dress to get down and dirty!!

We will clean up the beds and plant the border of zinnias! With all of us working together, we should be done in less than an hour. 

Then we can go over to Dreamers afterward for $2.50 burgers on the club!! Sorry, you will have to pay for your own beer  :-( 

See you there!!