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Visiting Garden Information 

Please take the time to look over the visiting garden information on the GCA website.  If any trips are of interest to you, please consider putting your name on the Interest List which will give you an advantage when it comes time to sign up.  There is no obligation to signing up as an interested person - only rewards!! Click on the heading above to get to the password page for GCA then onto the committee pages.


Dividing Perennials 

September is a great time to divide many early blooming perennials, such as epimedium and pulmonaria.  Dividing perennials is a great way to increase the number of plants you have in your garden and to increase blooming if the plants have become large.  Plants that bloom later in the season, like sedum and aster would best be divided in the spring.  Most plants however can be forgiving if divided at the wrong time.  Some perennials may indicate time to divide by growing away from the center.  Irises, phlox and other clump forming perennials leave holes in the center and require dividing every two to three years. 

Usually to divide a plant, dig the plant completely out of the ground and split into separate pieces making sure that a sufficient number of small and large roots are attached to each new clump.  Try also to keep as much of the soil on the roots as possible.  If you are trying to obtain one small division, that might best be done without bringing the entire plant out of ground and by slicing off a piece of the plant at it's edge.

Use any sharp cutting tool to divide your plants: knives, spades, and saws all work well.  Just remember to water the division well after replanting and remember to pass along a section of your favorite to a fellow gardener!


Helping your plants survive the storm damage 

Let the snow melt away from the shrubs and allow the branches to resume their original shape slowly.  Broken branches/limbs may require pruning or might possibly benefit by being screwed  back together.  Local arborists will be helpful in determining the best remedy for your plants.  Beware of garden work using heavy equipment on our very saturated soil since the equipment's weight can break down soil's natural water channeling abilities.