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Garden Notes: News of area clubs and events

Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will tour Hull House, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $12.

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Western New York Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Williamsville home of Maria Gerbracht, a master iris judge and federated garden design judge. She will present “How to Interpret Show Themed Designs,” which will include a discussion of the form, texture, color and other intrinsic characteristics of plants’ material. The talk is open to all judges and exhibitors interested in flower designs and arrangements. For directions, call 632-8069.

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Lewiston Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. Following a business meeting, Julie McIndoo, master gardener and operator of McIndoo Farms Art and Flowers in Eden, will present a program on how to always have a blooming garden. New members and guests are welcome. For information call 297-5925.

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Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Faith United Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Road at Hopkins Road. A “designer challenge” will highlight the meeting; three club members will design a floral arrangement with a mystery basket of materials. A National Garden Clubs accredited flower show judge will critique each arrangement and share observations and tips with the audience. Prospective new members are welcome.

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Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 118 Union St., Hamburg. Sandy Starkes of Forest Lawn will speak. A business meeting will follow. For club information, call Nancy Kalieta at 826-7462.

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Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville, for a business meeting and garden forum presented by Linda Zeder. The club’s fourth annual photo contest, “Secrets of Your Garden,” will be displayed. Guests and newcomers welcome.

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Judges Council of Eighth District of Federated Garden Clubs of New York State will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Brighton Community Church, 1225 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. The business meeting will include final preparations for the Creative Floral Arts Studio programs. Following a potluck lunch the group will discuss and view horticulture specimens brought in for judging. The members who are exhibiting a design may select a specific design type to present.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program volunteers will offer soil clinics at the following dates and locations: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, 10717 Main St., Clarence; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Downtown Buffalo Country Market, Main and Court streets; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Alden Farmers Market, 13119 Broadway. The cost for the pH soil test is $2 per sample or three samples for $5. Schedule is subject to change. Check for updates at erie.cce.cornell.edu, where you can find information on how to properly take a soil sample. Gardeners also can visit the website to register for fall classes: “How to Deal with Nuisance Wildlife” (Sept. 30); “Everything Hydrangeas” (Oct. 7) and “Right Plant – Right Place” (Oct. 14). The cost is $15 per class or $40 for all three. Classes will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. For information, call 652-5400, Ext. 177.

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