Wednesday, January 4, 2017

More About Mushrooms

Do you know about “stinky” ones--called Stink Horns--that have a distinctly putrid smell?  Usually you will find these things in mulch or damp, shady areas of your yard.  The spores are probably carried in by squirrels, crows, or other small animals that like to investigate rotting animals.

 When you locate the general area of odor, then begin to look for an orange/white shape coming up out of the ground.  I know the name says “horn” but sometimes there is really no horn shape to it – maybe it forms either earlier or later than I have ever found them.  You will HAVE to get rid of it, or it will multiply.  Do not touch any part of this thing, or you may spread the spores.  That goes for touching it with your hand or with any tool.  Begin by carefully removing any mulch or living plants which surround the mushroom.  The underground structure of a Stink Horn is surprisingly deep and wide, so begin a few inches away from the above ground orange structure, and, with a shovel, dig straight down about 6 inches, and then all the way around.  Try to remove the whole thing in as big a piece as you can and put it in a plastic bag which does not leak.  Go back to your hole and inspect to see if you have removed all of the mushroom.  Finish up removing what’s left and put that all in the bag, too.   Seal up the bag, then put that in another bag and seal up.  Place all in your kitchen garbage and put out for the kitchen garbage truck.  Wash all of your tools well with soapy water. 

PS.  If your garbage pickup is several days away, you may want to put the plastic mushroom bag someplace where you are sure its increasingly powerful smell won’t pervade your outdoor living space.

As insurance, you may want to make a weekly sniffing tour around your yard for the next several weeks.

Submitted by -

Martha Dysart

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Mandarin Garden Club Christmas Party

Members of the Mandarin Garden Club ushered out the year 2016 in fine style with a variety of holiday parties.  Magnolia, Dogwood, and Cherokee Rose had celebrations, but the season really started with all Circles joining together for stories, songs, pictures, and plenty of good food in a wonderfully decorated clubhouse on December 6th.  The party theme was "The Christmas Jar": Betty Waldrep gave a synopsis of the story, and members chipped in spare change (and folding money too) to provide a Christmas surprise for a local mother and child.   

Below are some photos of the festivities for your enjoyment -
Good Friends

Food, Friends, and Frivolity
Thank you Crafty Ladies for the Decorations

Christmas Hugs

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Magnolia Christmas Party

Our Magnolia Circle enjoyed its Christmas Party on December 8th at the Blackstone Grill.

The ladies enjoyed a Chinese gift exchange, some singing, great food, and a great time of just being together.

Here are some pictures of their event for all to enjoy -

Gingerbread Extravaganza!

Last year a couple of circles went to the Jacksonville Historical Society's Gingerbread Extravaganza.  At the time we considered making one for 2016, but we didn't follow through until we received a plea on October 15th from the Jacksonville Historical Society saying they might not have enough houses to have the event.  The Garden Club Board voted to put in our application and be a Gingerbread House builder.  That meant we had to plan, find all necessary parts, build, and deliver the finished product by November 28th!  It would have never gotten done without the teamwork of the hardworking volunteers - headed up by Stacia Snuggs as our Committee Chairperson for this undertaking.

Thank you to all the ladies who participated and look at the masterpiece they created.  Actually winning the "First Time Builders" award!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter Celebration at the Walter Jones Park and Museum

Four members of Mandarin Garden Club decorated the Walter Jones Farm House for the Winter Celebration.

Christmas decorations from the period of the 1800's were used throughout the house. The Winter Celebration is held each December at Walter Jones Park and Museum. Over a 1000 visitors enjoyed a lovely day in the park with hay rides, music, tours, good food, and the joy of being outside on a farm. Thanks to Pat Sams, Gail Cook, Donna Crosby and Betty Waldrep for decorating the farmhouse. A big thank you to Wendy Olson, Publicity MGC, for taking the lovely photographs.

From Left - Donna Crosby, Pam Sams, Betty Waldrep, Gail Cook

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Annual Trash To Treasure Sale

Mark your calendars now!

One of Mandarin Garden Club's most attended sales will be Saturday, October 1st - 8 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Our annual Trash-to-Treasure Sale gives you the opportunity to pick up some great treasures in the form of glassware, dinnerware, cookware, electronics, tools, books, crafts, gardening items - you name it - you can find it here.

Don't miss this great event.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Non-Residential Beautification Award--Ackerman Cancer Center

During Mary Clark and Mary Forester's research on outdoor lighting for the garden club, an electrician recommended that they make a night visit to see what type of lighting the Ackerman oncology facility had installed.  It is located next to Walmart on San Jose Blvd.  

While there, they noticed the landscaping of the building which serves cancer patients.  The simplified and minimal landscaping created a peaceful and calming effect on our members.  They felt this was intentional for the patients attending the office during a trying time in their lives.  Hopefully the use of the rocks, the colors of the building, and the plantings set a tone of restfulness in a world of unknowns with the patients and staff utilizing this facility.

 We wanted to honor not only the beautification of this Mandarin building but also their respect for the patients by creating a world of beauty for them. If that much attention to detail is evident on the outside of a medical building, the attention to detail on the inside for their patients must be outstanding.                                          

--Fredi Olson and Mary Forester