Bees and buds: Garden club members hear from apiary, nursery owners

Published 9:09 am Thursday, February 24, 2022

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Mocksville Garden Club meetings have been rotating meeting locations. Check the newspaper, Facebook, or call the number at the end of this article to make sure you go to the right location when attending.
The club kicked off the new year with a meeting on Jan. 6 at the First Presbyterian Church. The program was presented by Jim Kulp and son Wes, owners of Wind Chime Nursery on Cedar Creek Road near Farmington.
Jim is a certified plant professional and licensed landscape contractor. The Wind Chime Nursery specializes in border/privacy plants and offers many services: selling plants, trees, and shrubs, design and installation services, and lawn maintenance.
Judy Rosser asked if Jim had planted the new trees in the place of the old planters on Main Street in downtown Mocksville. Jim responded, “Yes, we did plant the new tree of choice, which is the Forest Pansy Red Bud. This particular tree should grow well, have beautiful fall leaves, and not disrupt the sidewalks.”
Wind Chime Nursery is open to individuals and businesses/contractors. Jim and son Wesley answered many questions. And no, they do not sell wind chimes. That is another story. Jim enjoyed being a part of the garden club’s meeting and became a new member that night.
Also at the January meeting, Allison Weideman read the Inspiration for Kathy Klimkosky titled “There is a God”. Refreshments were provided by Nancy Turner, Ruth Foster, and Linda Dean.
The door prize was provided by Allison Weideman and won by guest Debbie Davidson.
On Feb. 3, the club held its monthly meeting at the Davie County Library in Mocksville. The program was presented by Justin Dyson of Dyson Apiaries on beekeeping and the plight of pollinator bees.
Dyson Apiaries is located at 468 Dyson Road. Dyson sells two types of honey: Spring Honey (or wildflower, local spring blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers, etc) and in the fall they sell Sourwood Honey, which mainly comes from sourwood trees in the mountain region of NC.
Besides raw honey, Dyson sells Bees Wax, the oldest and purest wax in the world, and Nucs (for starting your own hive).
Dyson discussed the process of how honey is made, the life of the queen and worker bees, and how to start your own hives. Dyson’s products may be purchased from their farm and also various locations around the county.
Most importantly, Dyson discussed the plight of all pollinator bees. Bees are being killed by home owners and businesses spraying for weeds and insects. Dyson said that one bee could touch a plant with spray on it and then fly back to the hive, which most likely will kill the whole hive of bees. Dyson emphasized how important pollination is to the food supply and life in general.
Members came away with information and tips for saving the bees and letting them enjoy gardens and lawns, and planting the types of plants that bees love.
Also at the February meeting, Allison Wiedeman, president, introduced the latest two new members: Jim Kulp and Linda Gibb. The Inspiration was given by Linda Dean, who spoke of how her mother has been her inspiration her whole life. Linda wore one of her mother’s aprons as she read the History of Aprons and then shared some of her own apron collection while explaining what each apron meant to her and where it came from.
Refreshments were provided by Nancy Moore and Audry Glacken. The door prize was provided by Lillian Sharpe and won by Dolly Simon.
On March 3 at 7 p.m., the program will be a presentation from the Carolina Dahlia Society to discuss the organization and flowers. This meeting is being held at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on South Main Street in downtown Mocksville. Park in the back and use the entrance off S. Clement St. The public is invited to all meetings.
If you want more information on the club, contact Allison Wiedeman at 410-858-6846.