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E-Newsletter 5/10/16
Dear Friends,
       I hope you are enjoying this beautiful season of spring. Additionally, I hope that all Moms had a blessed Mother 's Day! These pictures will show you that I had a great time with my daughter and my grandkids!! God is good.
Visit us during the events listed below!
Sandi Hillermann McDonald

Sandi with her daughter Abbey and grand-kids on Mother's Day 2016   Sandi with her daughter Abbey and grand-kids on Mother's Day 2016

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Pollinator Gardening Event
Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bee on flowers - Botanical Interests Seeds        Bring the kids for a FREE make a Bumblebee Puppet activity. See a presentation on "Monarch Butterflies and the Quail Forever program" by Arvil Kappelmann at 10:00 am. See the "Pollinators and Attracting Them" presentation at 11:00 am by Susie and Renee with Grow Native. FREE Pollinator Garden Designs. Get a FREE pack of Native Flower Seeds, while supplies last. Buy a pollinator kit (6 quart size perennial or native plants at $5.99 each - or 9 native plant plugs at $2.99 each) and receive a FREE Pollinator Garden T-shirt. Wear the pollinator t-shirt on Wednesday's in May and receive a 20% OFF discount on plants. Register your pollinator garden in the Washington in Bloom 100 Pollinator Garden Challenge, certificates and signs are available, call Washington Parks at 636-390-1080 for more information. Help the pollinator planting effort in Washington with the Match 5 Program: Buy a native pollinator plant and we will donate a native pollinator plant plug (up to 5 plugs to 5 plants per purchase, on this day only) to the Washington Parks Department's NEW Pollinator Garden in Phoenix Park.  
Silk Painting Class
Saturday, May 21 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Painted silk scarf by Rose Monsyk        Have you ever wished you could paint silk? It's easier than you think! You can either bring your idea or use one of Rose's full size patterns. A 36" silk scarf is your 'canvas.' You will be amazed at what you can do. Rose will be there every step of the way to help and encourage you. You may want to bring plastic gloves and wear old clothes. Supplies will be provided. Register early as space is limited. $20 non-refundable deposit. Cost: $60. Class by Rose Monzyk held at Hillermann Nursery & Florist ( For more information, contact Rose at 636-239-5423 or

Franklin County Master Gardener's 
Garden Symposium
Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
       Learn design, growing, pruning, and maintenance tips for a beautiful garden. Choose from 15 different garden classes. The cost is $25.00 for 4 classes. The location is East Central College Training Center, Building #7 on Audrey Lane, Union, Missouri. Registration in advance is required. Get more information and register on line at: or call Karen Leslie (573)459-2454. Payment should be returned by May 14. Registration forms can also be picked up from Hillermann Nursery & Florist or the Washington Public Library.

Hermann Garden Club - 22nd Annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale
June 4th- 5th, 2016, 9 AM-5 PM in Hermann, Missouri
       Two Tours in 2016: the popular Town Tour, a walking tour of gardens in downtown Hermann, and a Country Tour, a driving tour to country gardens. Each tour is $10; ticket price includes visits to at least four private gardens and the Garden Demonstration Area. Town & County Garden Tour Combo ticket for $15. Garden Tour tickets and plants will be sold at the German School Parking Lot on Fourth Street from 9 until 4 on Saturday and 9 until 2 on Sunday. Gardens open at 9 AM and close promptly at 5PM. Special Ticket By-Reservation-Only Luncheon/Silent Auction on Friday, June 3rd at the Historic Hermann Rotunda. Visit the Hermann Garden Tours website at for more information.

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Hummingbirds at a feeder
Nature of Nectar
By Sandi McDonald
     No backyard bird feeding station is complete without feeders to attract those tiny flying jewels, hummingbirds and the equally beautiful orioles.
     In the wild, hummingbirds have two major sources of food: flower nectar and small insects, such as gnats and spiders, which provide protein. They pick their insects from flowers or grab them out of the air as they dart around looking for nectar. Hummingbirds readily use a nectar feeder, and since ninety percent of their time is devoted to finding nectar, you really should have one or more of these specially designed feeders in your yard.
     When you shop for a new hummingbird feeder, look for: capacity. Choose a feeder that matches the number of hummers available to feed in your area. Large sizes may be tempting, but it's better to start with a smaller feeder to reduce waste and the likelihood of the nectar going bad.

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Astilbe Astilbe plant with white blooms
       Astilbe brings a graceful, feathering note to moist, shady landscapes. Feathery plumes of white, pink, lavender, or red flowers rise above the finely divided foliage from early to late summer depending on the variety. They bloom at a good time when color in the shade garden is hard to come by. It will spread slowly over time where well-situated. Most commercially available types are complex hybrids.
       Use Astilbe plants in groups in the woodland border, or mass them to create a ground cover. In evenly moist or wet soil, Astilbes are tough, pest-free, deer resistant and handsome. They also attract birds.

20% OFF
One Gallon Container Size
 Astilbe Plants 
Good through 5/16/16. One-gallon container size plants only.
Not good with any other sale, coupon or discount or on previous purchases. Print this coupon or mention at the checkout counter.  

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Zinnea flowerbed with various colors
Flower Power... the Good it Does
By Sandi McDonald
         Many annuals, perennials and wildflowers that grace our gardens also exist to feed the birds. Some produce seeds, some produce nectar and some have the added benefit of attracting butterflies, too. As you improve and diversify your own bird-friendly backyard, you help an environment that is being decimated by population growth and urban development. Planting to attract birds isn't difficult, and the rewards can be enormous.
         Watching the birds up close, you learn about their amazing interactions with native plants you've provided. And you discover more about the birds' needs for breeding and feeding, space required for territories, what's necessary for nesting and for stopovers during migration.
         Annual flowers are prolific seed producers, with the added benefit of almost-instant color to brighten your view. Try easy-to-grow bird-favorites such as cosmos, marigold and zinnia. A single zinnia seed head can keep a goldfinch busy for some time cracking open one seed per petal.
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The Pot Shop logo   Noreen throwing pottery on the wheel at the Pot Shop inside Hillermann Nursery and Florist

       Visit the Pot Shop in the Garden Center at Hillermann Nursery & Florist. Watch the artists at work creating hand made pottery and browse our finished pieces. See pottery in all the different stages of creating, firing and glazing!

       Pottery Classes: We are enrolling now for adult and kids pottery summer classes! Learn to make your own pottery items with hands on instruction! Supplies are included.

       Pottery Parties: This is a great group activity for all ages! Each guest can create hers or his own piece of pottery. We provide all the materials - all you need to bring is your imagination. Ideal for birthday parties, scout groups, home schooled groups, or just a fun get together with family and friends. Pot Parties are just $25.00 per person and can host 3 - 12 people. You can even just drop in and try you hand on an available wheel for the same cost.

       Pottery Membership: With a membership, you can join us during our open hours to make your own pottery. The Pot Shop is an open studio for all new and experienced potters to practice their skills.
For more information, call Noreen at (636)584-3169
or send an email to

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Adoptable cat Mork from Franklin County Humane Society. Featured Adoptable Pet 

      Hello, my name is Mork and I am here with my sister, Mindy. I am a very handsome long hair gray tabby who is very smart, loving and looking for someone to love me for the rest of my life. Please come to see me and hold me.
       Purrs, Mork

Franklin County Humane Society
1222 West Main Street, Union, MO 63084 ~ Phone: 636-583-4300 ~ Website

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