September Club Meeting: Designs and More with Recycled Glass Wine Bottles at the A&M Garden Club September 13, 2019
A&M Garden Club met at their new location to officially start off the year. The room at the CHI St Joseph Medical Center in College Station worked well for having refreshments, a ways and means table with garden related items available for a donation, and a classroom setting with plenty of room for our program and business meeting.
For our educational program Sarah M demonstrated many clever uses for wine bottles other than storing wine. Some glass colors are more easily recyclable than others, but all glass wine bottles can be recycled or put to use in other ways. Often glass wine bottles are made into more glass wine bottles but those with a creative bent can do so much more than recycle to make good use of wine bottles.
A technique called slumping is used to reshape wine bottles into another useful item such as a serving dish or spoon holder.
Bottle trees are a lovely way to accent the garden and some believe blue bottle trees are especially helpful to absorb evil spirits.
Bottle lights can be used to create a magical look for not much money.
With some ingenuity and skill, wine bottles can be made into a plant container that works well for succulents or to automatically water herbs in a kitchen window with the addition of water wick. Bottle cutters are available for purchase that can help make cutting wine bottles really easy.
Wine bottles can be used in floral design. Mechanics to allow for interesting angles of bottles include mounting tape. Some mounting tape can even be re-used with the application of water to loosen its hold. A Parallel design is 3 things lined up in parallel, and bottles can be used as vases or as the parallel element in a design.
Experienced designers in the audience created designs as the finale to this informative and fun program. Heather shared that moistening the green oasis foam often used in floral designs to keep plants looking their best by providing water and support is best done by setting it on the top of the water and letting it absorb the water rather than pushing it down into the water which lessens its ability to do its job and creates air pockets.
Ann G reminded members of the unique shopping available through National Garden Club.
Helen Q’s horticultural minute delighted us with information on stumpery gardens, a beautiful way to re-purpose tree stumps as a landscaping technique.