Please note that plant pick-up is one day only. If you cannot pick-up your plants on that day, please arrange for someone else to pick them up for you. The Wheaton Garden Club cannot be responsible for the condition of plants not picked up on May 15th.
Big Changes This Year:
Our long-time plant supplier retired.
Our new supplier is offering many wonderful plants, including previously unavailable plants, many ‘Proven Winners’, and improved varieties of familiar plants.
Prices for most items have increased, reflecting our costs.
Other than Hanging Baskets, Flats and 10” & 12” Patio Pots, we must order items in full cases.
What this means to you:
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to supply all of the items that you order.
We will make every effort to fill out cases through member purchases and adding to extra plants available for purchase on pick-up day.
If there is still insufficient demand for a plant you have ordered, we will contact you and offer you the option of changing your order quantity or removing the item from your order.
If a plant is a “Proven Winners” selection, we have noted that in the description of the plant. The Proven Winners website is especially helpful for more information about their plants. This information includes reviews, awards, and recipes for combinations with other plants.
We recommend the Ball Seed website for additional information about plants that are not “Proven Winners”.
As the Wheaton Garden club celebrates its 95th year, we are proud to announce that we are the recipients of two awards from the Garden Clubs of Illinois. The Wheaton Garden Club has won first Place in the Gloria Greene Advanced Designer Award and second place in the Planting for Pollinators Award.
The Gloria Greene Advanced Designer Award was based on the flower design workshop held for members in anticipation of the Wheaton Garden Club’s Flower Show in October 2019. Three members created designs, which were then judged by another member who is an experienced flower show judge. Seventeen members participated and left the workshop with helpful design information and an increase in confidence. I think that this quote from the award application best describes the workshop outcome: “… to paraphrase the television commercial for VISA, ‘peace of mind obtained for new members—PRICELESS’ ”.
The Planting for Pollinators Award recognized the efforts of the Wheaton Garden Cub in promoting Monarch Waystations. To date, five members have been recognized for creating Monarch Waystations and five other members have planted milkweed, a vital food source for monarch caterpillars, in their gardens. . In addition, the Monarch Project committee created an educational display at the Wheaton Garden Club “Pollinator Power” Flower Show on the importance of growing milkweed for monarchs.
Four Wheaton Garden Club members have certified way stations! We are making progress on our way to reaching our goal of ten. A garden does not have to start from scratch to become a way station. Many times it only takes an addition of milkweed plants. In case you worry that milkweed is invasive, the following are not: butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa), swamp milk weed (asclepias incarnata) and purple milk weed (asclepias purpurascens).
Information on Monarch Butterfly Way Station requirements and an application form can be found on the link below. You can register online or print out the application. The Wheaton Garden Club will cover the $16 registration fee for members.
Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as forsythia that have already flowered.
Fertilize roses early this month or mid-month if you already fertilized last month. Use a 20-20-20 liquid solution when flower buds are set. Mulch around the plants to retain moisture.
perennials before they reach 6 inches.
back fall-blooming perennials such as chrysanthemums, asters, and tall sedums
once a week.
growth of perennial vines on their supports.
peonies for botrytis blight or other fungal problems. If they had problems last
year, spray when plants are 2-4 inches tall. I’m quoting: There are fungicides that can help protect your
plants from Botrytis blight. You need to look for a product that says on the
label that it can be used on the specific type of plant, peony, and the
specific disease, for instance, Botrytis blight. There should be products with
the active ingredient “Mancozeb” or some type of copper that are labeled for
use on peony against Botrytis blight. In terms of where to apply the fungicide,
read and follow all label directions! I don’t think it is necessary to dig out
the peonies before treatment, but follow the directions above all. Fungicides
should be applied to protect against Botrytis blight early in the season.
sure your garden beds are not too wet. If it’s been raining or snowing and the
soil is saturated, you’ll have to postpone your gardening a bit longer.
Shrubs and trees
is still time to plant trees and shrubs. However, by mid-month it will be a
little late to transplant large trees or shrubs.
months of March, April and May are ideal for pruning evergreens. If you have juniper,
cypress or conifer that need shearing or pruning, this is a good time to do it.
Remove all dead, diseased, and undesirable wood. Don’t prune back into the bare
wood part of the plant.
forsythia after it finishes flowering.
and needle leaf evergreens benefit most from lightly spreading a high nitrogen
fertilizer around their bases.
Perennials, annuals and bulbs
is the month for planting summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas and
lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processes manure and peat moss into the planting
soil. Tuberous begonias and canna should not be set outdoors until all danger
of frost has passed, so wait until next month.