Flower Choices

Flower Choices
September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Home of Jane Blash
272 Belmeade Way
Shepherdstown WV
Jane Blash, Becki Jones

Flower Choices; Japanese Beetles with Master Gardener Sondra Jarrell

Flower Choices: Different plant options for use in a flower garden, focusing on their advantages and disadvantages.
Sondra Jarrell grew up in southern West Virginia. Her father was a miner by night and a gardener by day. Needless to say he didn’t sleep much, but he indeed did put good food on the table. He grew the common vegetables that most folks grew, but he also experimented. He grew blueberries, blackberries, gooseberries, Brussels sprouts, and yellow raspberries. If something in the Gurney’s catalog struck his fancy, he tried it. Of course he needed help bringing his garden to fruition, so Sondra and her four sisters pretty much became field hands. It takes a lot to feed a family of seven. One of Sondra’s earliest memories is of “beeting the weeds” instead of “weeding the beets.” It was one of many lessons learned.

Sondra attended Marshall University where she earned a degree in English and Journalism and a Master’s in Education. She taught two years in the Lincoln County Schools and moved to Ripley in Jackson County, where she taught until 1996. She moved to Montana and lived here for ten years. She and her husband moved back to West Virginia to be closer to family. Throughout her adult life she has depended on the education her father and mother gave her, and used that as basis to teach herself to landscape and grow her own garden.

In 2011 she and her husband moved to Berkeley County to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. In 2015 she took the Master Gardener’s class. She continues to garden, mostly landscaping. She loves being active in the gardening community, learning new things about gardening, and helping others understand that they, too, can garden.

Breakfast begins at 9:00am followed by the program at 9:30am. Bring a chair and a breakfast food to share, and garden plants for exchange. Plants for exchange may be placed in the grass to the left as you walk up the driveway. Rain or shine.

Directions: Warning — GPS has been known to guide people inaccurately once they enter the development!
From Route 480 or Route 34: At the 4-way stop in Shepherdstown at the corner of German and Duke Streets, turn onto Shepherdstown Pike (Route 45 west) toward Martinsburg. Go 2 miles. (You will pass by the 7-Eleven on your left, and the road will begin to slope downward.) At the bottom of the slope, make a left turn onto Winebrenner Road.
*Go a short distance on Winebrenner (about a quarter of a mile) and take the SECOND left onto S. Keller Farm Road (at the brick entry sign “The Point”).
**Come straight up the hill to the stop-sign and turn left onto Belmeade Way. Our house, 272 Belmeade Way, is straight ahead on the cul d’sac. It’s the only cedar house in the development.
From Martinsburg: Take Route 45 Martinsburg/Shepherdstown Pike toward Shepherdstown. After you cross the county line into Jefferson County, begin to look for Winebrenner Road on your right. Winebrenner is at the very bottom of the steep slope. (Go slowly so you don’t end up in Rocky Marsh Creek as you make this right turn.) *Continue as above.
From Martinsburg via Route 9: If you’re coming from Martinsburg from the Opequon Exit off Route 9 and coming along Winebrenner from the opposite direction, make your way to Winebrenner (I don’t know the names of these various roads). Stay on Winebrenner for a significant distance. Once you pass the cell tower on your left, begin looking for “The Point” entry sign on your right and turn here. **Continue as above.
Parking: Park along Belmeade Road including in the cul d’sac.