THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY!

BLUES INVESTORS WANTED.........NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.........JUST MORE DOLLARS THAN SENSE!

IF YOU DON'T SUCCEED AT FIRST........SKYDIVING ISN'T FOR YOU!

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LAST WEEKEND FOR RECYCLING POTS

DON'T PITCH THOSE PLASTIC GARDEN POTS!
WHAT: Plastic Pot Recycling and "Pots to Planks" plastic lumber program
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends only, THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND!
WHERE: Monsanto Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, west parking lot
4500 Shaw Blvd. at Vandeventer
SPONSORS: Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resource Authority, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Monrovia, Inc.
INFO: www.mobot.org/hort/activ/plasticpots.shtml or (314) 577-9440

(ST. LOUIS): The Missouri Botanical Garden has expanded its popular Plastic Pot Recycling program to six weekends this spring and summer, due to enthusiastic response. Bring clean plastic garden pots and trays to the Garden's Monsanto Center, 4500 Shaw Blvd. at Vandeventer, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends only beginning May 21 through June 26 and receive a complimentary admission pass for two to the Garden. The Monsanto Center will be the only collection center in the area this year.

"We are pleasantly surprised at the continued response by area gardeners to recycle their horticultural plastic each year," said Dr. Steven Cline, who started the program in 1998 and manages the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Plastic garden pots and trays should be cleaned in advance and free of wire hangers. No household plastic will be accepted. Gardeners are encouraged to save their pots and trays all year long for this annual event.
Each person who recycles garden plastic will receive one admission pass, redeemable for a Garden visit for two. Passes will only be distributed during the collection hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21-22, 28-29, June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.

Over 90 volunteers assist the collection efforts. This year they hope to collect and process 60,000 pounds of plastic, an increase of one third over last year's goal. Weekend collections have totaled over 350,000 pounds since the program was initiated.
Monrovia, Inc., the largest grower of containerized plants in the U. S., has granted $5,000 in support of this collection program in 2005 to acknowledge the environmental leadership that such an effort can make in the horticulture industry. The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Recycling Authority and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have also assisted with program funding. Their support has allowed the purchase of additional equipment necessary to process larger containers and bulk quantities from the public and horticulture industry. Increased mechanical capacity also affords a larger geographic collection from adjacent Solid Waste Districts.
Collected plastic will be shredded and chipped on site and sent to Environmental Recycling, Inc. of St. Louis. The recycled material will be made into two- by six-inch planks of lumber, which will then be sold as kits to home gardeners to build raised garden beds. Last year 40,000 pounds of collected plastic was converted into approximately 13,000 linear feet of lumber and sold back to the public over a nine-month period.
"Our hope is to affect how the horticultural industry could assist in managing this annual 350 million pound waste system in the U. S., and to change the public view of recycling into one that inspires product development, as we have done here," said Dr. Cline. An example of a garden bed made from recycled lumber is on display at the Garden's Kemper Center for Home Gardening, 4344 Shaw Blvd.

Pots to Planks brochure and order form is available online at www.mobot.org/hort/activ/plasticpots.shtml. Gardeners can place an order now for the recycled lumber and raised bed kits to be delivered in August. Supply is limited, so call the plastic lumber hotline at (314) 577-9443 to learn about availability.

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USDA TO PLANT 20 MILLION TREES

The USDA Forest Service announced a partnership with nonprofit organization American Forests, which will result in planting 20 tree seedlings nationwide. The initial projects will take place in AL, CA, CO, ID, IL, MT, TX and WY. The project will focus on restoring forest cover in national forests and around national grasslands

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In areas where shady or cloudy conditions have existed, powdery mildew is present on Kentucky bluegrass turf. The most common area is along the sides of homes or buildings or under densely shading trees. Powdery mildew appears as a whitish streak or spots on the upper side of the leaf. In some ways it looks like someone painted the leaf blade white. Generally this disease is considered a minor problem, but overtime can cause significant thinning especially in continual shade areas.

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THIS SUNDAY IS THE KIRKWOOD GARDEN CLUB GARDEN TOUR

THEME: Featuring 7 Fine Gardens of Kirkwood and Neighboring Communities

WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 2005; 1:00pm to 5:00pm

WHERE: Kirkwood and Neighboring Communities

COST: $10.00 in advance; $12.50 day of tour (tickets may be purchased at: OK Hatchery, 115 E. Argonne, Kirkwood; Kirkwood Library, 140 E. Jefferson; or by calling Cathy Reber at (314) 966-4151)

PRODUCED BY: Kirkwood Garden Club, gardening since 1950.

(KIRKWOOD, MO): A Garden Tour is planned for Sunday, June 26, 2005 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm featuring 7 fine gardens located in Kirkwood and neighboring communities. The Garden Tour is presented by the Kirkwood Garden Club. Themes of the private gardens on the tour include: Bird Sanctuary Garden (Glendale); Horticultural Professional’s Garden (Kirkwood); Hillside Garden (Des Peres); Sugar Creek Valley Garden (Kirkwood); Shady Border Garden (Kirkwood); Poolside Garden (Frontenac); Estate Garden (Ladue). Garden design styles range from traditional to the exotic and include a variety of features such as secret garden rooms and an architect-designed chicken coop. Tours are self-guided and gardens may be visited in any order desired.

For more information about the Kirkwood Garden Club and the Garden Tour, visit www.KirkwoodGardenClub.org.

Advance ticket cost is $10.00 (tickets may be purchased at: OK Hatchery, 115 E. Argonne, Kirkwood; Kirkwood Library, 140 E. Jefferson); $ 12.50 on the day of the tour.

For more information: www.KirkwoodGardenClub.org
OR contact: Cathy Reber (314) 966-4151