Gardener’s almanac (Oct. 26)

10/24/2013 2:42 PM

10/24/2013 2:42 PM

Frosty lawns – I don’t like to get up early on Saturday mornings, but I was happy that I was out and about last Saturday morning, when many of Wichita’s lawns were covered with their first frost of the season and the evergreens looked like they were bejeweled when the sun shined through them.

But walking on frosty turf can damage grass, Ward Upham of K-State says. Footprints can stay around until the rest of the grass turns brown for the winter, he says. The damage is not enough to kill the turf, however.

Plant – Spring-flowering bulbs, garlic, shrubs, trees.

Garden events

Native Plant Festival – A Native Plant Festival will be held in the Bison Room of the Extension Center from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is sponsored by the Kansas Native Plant Society, Prairie Pride Plants Native Plants, Quail Forever, Pheasants Forever and Echo Landscapes.

It will feature plants and seeds for sale and for trying, landscaping advice, aids for plant identification (including guides for sale), information about pollinators and their native habitat and how to get involved in local beautification projects and in the native plant society, including taking part in local walks and other events.

More information about the Kansas Native Plant Society can be found at its website, kansasnativeplantsociety.org.

Flower show – The Suburban Garden Club will have a flower show from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Botanica. During the show at 12:15 p.m., Norman Warminski and Floanna Crowley will present a lunchtime lecture about doing indoor arrangements for the holidays. The lecture will include Warminski showing how to put together a centerpiece. Nonmembers of the club are invited to take part in the show; one category is for those who don’t normally enter the shows. Call Crowley at 316-722-8868 for details.

Crafting at club meeting – The Prairie Winds Daylily Club and guests will make craft Christmas presents at the club’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Botanica. Guests are welcome and may bring their children and grandchildren to take part in making crafts of a bug plant stake, a painted bug, a tic-tac-toe game and pine cone people. The event is free, but call 316-263-7608 so there are enough refreshments and materials.

Jazz-grass concert at arboretum — Jazz-grass band MilkDrive will perform Nov. 3 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. The concert will be at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. Appetizers and desserts will be for sale during intermission. For tickets, call 620-327-8127. The band’s website is milkdrive.com.

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