Wednesday, April 11, 2012
President of Lake Saint Louis Jardin du Lac Garden Club shares secret to good growing conditions.
Strolling the stone walkways at 1820 Briarcommon Drive in Lake Saint Louis, Easter egg-hued flowers bloom in Sheri Menscher’s spring garden. Tulips, pansies and hybrid columbines burst with cheer, while Spanish Bluebells, Wild Sweet William and Foxglove are reminiscent of a Monet painting. President of the 47 member Jardin du Lac Garden Club, Menscher is smitten with gardening, and says there’s nothing better than rising in the morning and spending the first hour of the day deadheading and weeding flowers. She loves relaxing in her gazebo reading the newspaper and appreciating the surrounding beauty. Menscher was actually a late bloomer to gardening. She helped her mom plant beautiful flowers growing up on a grain farm off Highway N as a…
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Passionate gardening is apparent in the Manzer's yard on Dauphine.
If you have ever driven on Dauphine Road heading out toward Highway 40/64 you may have noticed this back yard. It has several stone retaining levels built up a slope toward the house and each area contains shrubs such as Burning bush, Boxwood, Coreopsis, Daylily, a variety of Hosta perennials, Hydrangeas, Knock Out roses, a Weeping Cherry tree, and several Boston Ferns hanging under the deck. I look at it every time I drive by. Given the heat and lack of rain we have had this summer, I’m quite impressed that this yard still looks really good, which is a testament to Vince and Tommye Manzer’s hard work trying to keep everything alive. I have seen it when the Coreopsis and Daylilies, Roses and Hydrangeas are in bloom. But even now, without …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Lake Saint Louis' Jardin du Lac garden club works hard to maintain gardens in the city's parks.
Have you ever gone to the Missouri Botanical Garden to enjoy the beauty of all the landscaping and gardens? You rarely see anyone actually working but you know they must because the gardens are so immaculate and void of weeds. Somebody must be pulling the weeds. Locally in the Lake St. Louis area, there are several gardens that are taken care of by volunteers. You don’t always see them working, but again, somebody must be pulling the weeds. Jardin du Lac garden club helps to maintain both the Blue Star Memorial garden that faces Ronald Reagan Boulevard and is located in Boulevard Park, and the Community Association garden located near the C.A.Clubhouse on Cognac. Volunteers from the club get out there early in the morning to pull weeds, …
Monday, June 20, 2011
Lake Saint Louis' Jardin du Lac has transformed the entrance to Founders Park.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Here are 2 pictures (before and after) of the Founders Park entrance off of I-70 that was worked on by the Garden Club. They do such a great job in supporting our community. Thanks, Ralph Sidebottom
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Members of Lake Saint Louis' Jardin du Lac participated in a flower show hosted by Wine Country Gardens in Defiance.
Federated Garden Clubs of America, Mid-Central District held their flower show last Tuesday at Wine Country Gardens in Defiance, Mo. The public is always welcome to view the show. Participating were members of the following garden clubs: Owensville, Sullivan, O’Fallon, Boone Country, Cuba Hills, First Capitol, Fleur de Lis, Jardin du Lac, and Lewis & Clark. In the Horticulture Division, a cut specimen of a garden flower, or a leaf or stem of a plant whether it is a bulb, tuber, rhizome, ground cover, hardy fern, hosta, perennial, rose or arboreal branch will be displayed individually in a clear glass bottle containing water. A perfect specimen on one of these plants is selected and then entered into the judging of the show. Many different …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Plants that prevent run-off will help keep unwanted chemicals out of our lakes.
If you were driving past the Community Association Clubhouse last Saturday morning you may have noticed a big plant sale on the lawn by the clubhouse parking lot. Jardin du Lac garden club was selling plants to many residents of the community. Club members were on hand to help with any plant and gardening questions residents had. For example, Coreopsis, Torch Lily, Day Lily, Penstemon, and Iris are just a few perennials that grow well in full sun. Lily of the Valley, Hosta, Ginger, Fern, Astilbe and Anemone are some that grow well in shade. Consult www.mobot.org, go to “Gardening Help and Resources”, then “Plant Finder” to locate many more plants that grow well in our plant hardy zone. Given that rain keeps falling about every other day, …