Irises forum: Kids and gardening

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hippie
Feb 1, 2019 4:34 PM CST
Our local garden club consists of 75% women over 60, very few men, and no kids. Is this the norm for all of you? One of my goals this summer is to start a youth gardening club, with an emphasis on irises.
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lovemyhouse
Feb 1, 2019 6:48 PM CST
I am not a member of any club, and so will be interested to find out if those statistics are consistent.
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iciris
Feb 1, 2019 6:52 PM CST
I haven't joined any either, but I've been thinking this might be the year to do it.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Feb 1, 2019 7:08 PM CST
that's a great idea, hippie. i had mentor when i was six, and she introduced me to gardening by preparing beds and planting several rows of sweet william. in my innocence and awe, i was surprised to see the flowers that bloomed from those tiny seeds. this friend, was my substitute grandmother, who guided me through creating miniature gardens with succulents, bridges, clay figurines, and animals. she opened my eyes to the wonder of plants.

i'm glad you're passing some of this knowledge and wonder to the next generation; that's very admirable.
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crawgarden
Feb 1, 2019 9:35 PM CST
Those statistics were close on my MG unit for approx 10 years, the majority of the individuals in our group was primarily women in their 40-50s, same age group for the men. 85/15 was the ratio maybe even 90/10. Think over all the MGs are younger than the clubs.
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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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GreenIris
Feb 2, 2019 12:14 AM CST
Hippie: What a beautiful idea.

Daphne: What a beautiful story of your mentor.

Mine was mainly my Mom. As she had gardens filled with Purple and Yellow Irises spread throughout. As a little girl, I would still take time from play to stare at the flowers in bloom.

But there was also a neighbor lady who did not like kids (or dogs). She would sue the other neighbors whose dogs got loose. Shrug! But she liked me for some reason and she had beautiful gardens. So I got the green light to enter her beautiful world. Therefore I would go gauck at all her beauties as well!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Feb 2, 2019 1:36 AM CST
thank you elsa. i treasured her friendship and the gifts of wonder that she planted with me.

thank you for the Acorn elsa.
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UndyingLight
Feb 2, 2019 1:57 AM CST
I have not joined any clubs yet....and my first venture to do so was joining this site and specifically visiting the iris subforums....now you can't get rid of me! Rolling on the floor laughing Sticking tongue out

In one way or another, I'm very blessed to be in a wholesome and welcoming community like this, especially a community that shares a same love for something; in this case, irises.

I do need to see if I can find any gardening clubs around here...all of the iris ones seem to be too far away. Thumbs down
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If the iris virus were like our chicken virus, your collection of irises would more than double. How about that?
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 2, 2019 2:08 AM CST
shizen said:that's a great idea, hippie. i had mentor when i was six, and she introduced me to gardening by preparing beds and planting several rows of sweet william. in my innocence and awe, i was surprised to see the flowers that bloomed from those tiny seeds. this friend, was my substitute grandmother, who guided me through creating miniature gardens with succulents, bridges, clay figurines, and animals. she opened my eyes to the wonder of plants.

i'm glad you're passing some of this knowledge and wonder to the next generation; that's very admirable.


Daphne ~ How fortunate you were! That is just lovely.
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hippie
Feb 2, 2019 5:01 PM CST
GreenIris said:Hippie: What a beautiful idea.

Daphne: What a beautiful story of your mentor.

Mine was mainly my Mom. As she had gardens filled with Purple and Yellow Irises spread throughout. As a little girl, I would still take time from play to stare at the flowers in bloom.

But there was also a neighbor lady who did not like kids (or dogs). She would sue the other neighbors whose dogs got loose. Shrug! But she liked me for some reason and she had beautiful gardens. So I got the green light to enter her beautiful world. Therefore I would go gauck at all her beauties as well!


Thank you Elsa!!
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hippie
Feb 2, 2019 5:03 PM CST
UndyingLight said:I have not joined any clubs yet....and my first venture to do so was joining this site and specifically visiting the iris subforums....now you can't get rid of me! Rolling on the floor laughing Sticking tongue out

In one way or another, I'm very blessed to be in a wholesome and welcoming community like this, especially a community that shares a same love for something; in this case, irises.

I do need to see if I can find any gardening clubs around here...all of the iris ones seem to be too far away. Thumbs down


You may have to start one also.
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janwax
Feb 3, 2019 8:46 PM CST
I belong to an iris club that is active and healthy, and it has a high ratio of men to women. However It's quite far from us, and I don't make the evening meetings because night driving on these rural roads is risky...and I've recently stopped driving altogether. I've drummed up an interest in growing irises locally, but don't have any organizing skills to start a club.
Hopefully someone else will.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 3, 2019 11:17 PM CST
Jan ~ I feel the same way. I still drive, but prefer not to drive long distances at night. There are two clubs but neither is close. One in Sacramento, that has earlier evening meetings, but do I want to drive to Sacramento? The other one is in Auburn, which has later evening meetings. I would be willing to go to Placerville...and daytime meetings would be ideal. So, I have never joined a "club"! Sad
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Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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BlueFlagFan
Feb 4, 2019 12:40 PM CST
Our club is small, with only about 12 consistent members. (Many others come and go.) We're two-thirds women, and 83% aged 60 and over. We meet on Sunday afternoons.
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 4, 2019 12:58 PM CST
Scott ~ That sounds wonderful. Sunday afternoons...and nearby! That would be ideal for me. I do not have the ambition to start a club in this area, but I do wish there was one nearby.

The only wonderful iris event nearby is Bluebird Haven. Mary only lives a few miles down the hill from me. I have to remember to go there earlier next year, as hers bloom earlier than mine. We are in the same zone, but she being in a lower elevation gives her an edge on earlier bloom. She does have a large property, filled with irises. I will have to ask her how many acres she has planted.
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Feb 4, 2019 8:03 PM CST
Evenly, you should check out Horton Iris gardens also. I think they are pretty close to you also.
http://www.hortonirisgarden.co...
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 4, 2019 9:51 PM CST
Barbara ~ Google estimates Loomis to be 53.3 miles away. They also give a time estimate, but that may not be accurate due to mountain road travel from here. (1 h 19 min)

It takes me 45 - 50 minutes just to get to Placerville.
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Feb 4, 2019 10:25 PM CST
I'm surprised it's that far away...
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