Public beautification and education has been the emphasis of the Duluth Garden Flower Society for the past 8 decades. The Duluth Garden Flower Society members maintain public gardens stretching from Morgan Park to Lester Park, and from Superior, Wisconsin to Island Lake. Each year the Society and its members host dozens of seminars and classes to help teach gardeners new techniques and ideas that might help them in their gardens. It also hosts the widely popular Secret Garden Tour each year where local private gardens are put on display for visitors to enjoy.
A wonderful time was had by all at the DGFS Holiday Dinner at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth. There was a great turnout in spite of the snowy weather.
Fabulous holiday sounds and delightful antics were provided by the Downbeats, who have been entertaining through out the Northland for over 40 years. Learn more about the Downbeats from their website at www.downbeatsmn.com or their Facebook page.
A delicious dinner and a skit, "A DGFS Carol" performed by the Zenith City Diggers, followed. Many attendees left with a beautiful poinsettia or other great door prize.
Now winter has settled in and gardeners can curl up by the fire with their cocoa and tablet or seed catalogs, to dream of gardens to come.
The Duluth Garden Flower Society would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!
MSHS 8th District
Minnesota Gardening Calendar
The MSHS 8th District is taking orders for the Minnesota Extension Service 2014 calendars. These beautiful calendars are 13" x 9.5" and contain lots of timely gardening tips and a vegetable planting guide. Also included is a poster on using native grasses. The cost is $14 for one and $12 each for additional calendars. They will be available in November. You can use the DGFS Contact page and order requests will be forwarded.
DGFS 2013 Secret Garden Tour
The Secret Garden Tour on July 20th once again dazzled tour goers with beautiful flowers, views, garden art, and ideas for their own gardens. People attending had a choice of going by bus, including lunch, or of picking up a map and driving themselves. The gardens included five private gardens and one public garden, all throughout the Duluth area. There was a wonderful variety ranging from small gardens with gorgeous flower beds, ponds, and container vegetables, to large sweeping gardens that give a whole new meaning to "park-like setting". Attendees also had the chance to see the developing gardens at Lakeshore Botanical Garden. Be sure to check out all the photos in our Photo Gallery.
Visit the Lakeshore Botanical Garden Facebook page.
The DGFS Annual Flower Show
This year's show took place at the Radisson Hotel in Duluth. The Northland Orchid Society had a great showing and there were some wonderful entries in the "Floral Salute to Favorite Movies" arrangements categories. Entries in the outdoor flower categories were down this year, as many of the usual flowers were not yet blooming, mostly due to the late spring.
LSRS Rose Fest and Rose Show
The Lake Superior Rose Society, a DGFS member, held two events on July 13th. Rose Fest offered tours of the Leif Erickson Rose Garden and talks and advice from expert rose growers. The Rose Show was held next door at Valentini's restaurant with rose specimens juried for prizes. The miniature roses even had miniature ribbons and the public got to vote for the most fragrant rose. Visit the LSRS Society's website at www.lsrsduluth.org.
Harvest Festivals in the Schools
Students at area elementary schools brought in their fruit, flower, and vegetable entries for Harvest Festivals at their schools in September. DGFS members helped judge the entries for blue, white, and Best of Show ribbons. Even the custodian at Stowe Elementary got in on the gardening act and planted and maintained a garden that Eagle Scouts had previously created there. He was awarded a ribbon too for all his hard work and for inspiring the students! The Harvest Festivals are part of the Tomato Man Project where over 4,500 tomato plants were given to elementary students in Duluth Public schools last spring.
Visit the Tomato Man project Facebook page.