Gardening at Ring House

Gardening at Ring House

Residents Learn from the Masters

Ring House Gardening ClassFor over two years, three volunteer "Master Gardeners" from Montgomery County have been leading monthly programs for Ring House residents. At each program they present fascinating background information about live plants, cuttings, flowers and herbs, which they bring to the workshop from their own homes and local gardens. More than a dozen residents are introduced to a wide variety of plants before they try their hand at creating attractive container arrangements to take back to their apartments. 

On Wednesday, February 19, in the Ring House art room, a new "Gardening with Gail" program will be offered. A number of residents who have never grown plants or supervised landscaping efforts in their prior homes are excited at the prospect of undertaking a personal gardening endeavor.

One resident, Sylvia Cherrick, was so inspired by the visiting master gardeners that she composed the following poem:

Ode to a Gardener

Greetings Mother Nature.
Are you relaxed and calm?
Now that I'm a gardener, may I call you "Mom?"
Yes, Deborah, I'm a Gardener,
And it didn't even hurt.
My hands stayed clean,
Just like a queen,
They didn't touch the dirt.
I did cut up some flowers
And arranged them in a pot,
I stuck the stems in a wet sponge,
To be sure they wouldn't rot.
No sore knees or aching back,
My fingernails, still pink, not black.
One addition placed on high,
A gen-u-ine, artificial, colorful monarch butterfly.
After all is said and done,
Gardening at the Ring House can be fun!


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