The Barnes Museum and Orchard Valley Garden Club Proudly present the 1st Annual
Pumpkin Carving Contest September 30, 2017 On the grounds of the Barnes Museum
$5 Entry Fee Children under 12 FREE
Prizes Adult 1st Place $100 - 2nd Place $50 - 3rd Place $25 Children 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Ribbons ****************************************************************
The Barnes Museum and The Orchard Valley Garden Club 1st Annual
Pumpkin Carving Contest
September 30, 2017
Entry Form Rules: Pumpkins must be carved/painted/completed before arriving on the grounds of the Barnes Museum. (You are responsible for safely bringing your piece to and from the museum.)All themes are welcome and should be in good taste as determined by the museum curatorPumpkins must be real, multiple pumpkins may be used in your displayBy entering the contest, entrants accept and agree to rules set forth by the Barnes Museum Entrants also agree to allow the Barnes Museum to use winner’s name and other related information for promotional purposesPhoto release must be signed at time of registration.Pumpkins must be on the museum grounds no later than 10 am on Saturday September 30th.Drop offs will ONLY be made from 1 to 7 pm Thursday, September 28th and 1-5 pm Friday, September 29th , 9-10 am Saturday, September 30th Winners will be notified by 5 pm on the 30th – You need not be present.Winners will be determined by People’s Popular Choice You may retrieve your pumpkin after all winners have been notified otherwise discarded by the Museum after a week of displayThe Barnes Museum is not responsible for loss, damage or injury to your entry or any party during contest exhibits Tip: after carving a pumpkin, before putting it outside – spray it with WD-40 to preserve your creation & keep bugs away.
Email ___________________________________________________ I understand and abide by all contest rules
Paid $5.00 _____ Children under 12 Free Signature __________________________________
Linear Trail Committee working hard!!! If you walk the linear trail at High Street in Southington, you will see the result of the latest project by the Orchard Valley Garden Club. A pollinator garden has been planted along the trail to provide nectar and host plants for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The garden is intended to both beautify the trail and to nurture pollinators which are currently in decline from changing habitats, invasive species, parasites, and widespread pesticide use. As pollinators play a vital part in the food supply for both humans and wildlife, it is critical that gardeners do whatever they can to protect and support pollinator populations. The project began in 2016 with the removal of sod, weeds, and invasive plants such as Mugwort and Oriental Bittersweet. After many weeks of diligent weeding by OVGC members, pollinator friendly plants were planted and the area was mulched. The plants, mostly from the gardens of our members, were carefully chosen to be native, friendly to a variety of pollinators, and suitable for full sun and dry conditions since there is no water source near the trail. Members maintain the garden with weekly weeding and watering during dry spells. Although the garden is in its early stages, we have already noted the presence of bees and monarch butterfly caterpillars. You can support pollinators at your own home or place of business by taking a few simple steps. First and most importantly, avoid pesticide use. Particularly harmful are broad spectrum insecticides which kill multiple bug species, and systemic insecticides which cause all plant tissues to be toxic to pollinators. Let a small area of your yard go wild, allowing plants to naturalize. Leave some weeds, fallen branches, and garden wastes to serve as nesting sites and shelter for pupating larvae. Planting Milkweed provides both nectar for Monarch butterflies and food for their caterpillars. If you have room and enough sun for a flower garden, choose native plants and plan for continuous bloom to provide a food source from spring to fall. Place plants in larger groups rather than singly to create a target for pollinators. If space does not permit a garden, flowering plants in pots and window boxes will also benefit pollinators. Butterflies also appreciate rocks on which to warm themselves in the sun and a consistent water source such as a sandy puddle or a shallow dish set on the ground. Many gardeners taking small steps such as these can make a difference in the survival of our pollinators. A partial list of plants at the High Street garden, by bloom time: Spring Narcissus-Daffodil, Phlox subulata-Creeping Phlox Early Summer Iris sibirica- Siberian Iris, Allium shoenoprassum-Chives, Campanula glomerate-Bellflower, Tradescantia virginiana-Spiderwort, Oenothera- Evening primrose, Trifoliate pratense-Red Clover, Lychnis coronaria-Rose campion, Sedum-groundcover Stonecrop Salvia-perennial Salvia, Asclepias syriaca-Common Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa-Butterfly Weed Summer Echinacea pupurea- Purple Coneflower, Verbascum-Mullein, Hemerocallis-Daylily, Monarda didyma -Bee Balm, Silybum-Thistle Daucus carota-Wild Carrot, Phlox paniculata- Garden Phlox, Agastache-Anise Hyssop, Achillea millefolium- Yarrow, Rudbeckia-Black Eye Susan Liatris spicata-Gay Feather, Physostegia-Obedient Plant Fall Eutrochium purpureum-Joe Pye Weed, Solidago-Goldenrod, Aster For more information: www.pollinator.org, www.xerces.org, www.monarchjointventure.com, www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife , http://millionpollinatorgardens.org www.ctgardenclubs.org
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