Linden Garden Club
 of Pinewild
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                           OUR LINDEN GARDEN
                                           June 7, 2019

The Linden Garden now has over 150 new native perennial pollinator plants. Now, we sit back and watch them grow! Already, we see many varieties of butterflies, most notably the Tiger Swallowtail. Bumble bees and many birds are also visiting the garden.  Plants such as milkweed, asters, baby joe-pyeweed, mountain mint, coneflowers, bee balm, lobelia, spiderwort and coreopsis have been planted, which can be seen on the back side of the garden. We also have a bird bath and butterfly/bee house facing east for afternoon protection from sun and wind.  Please take some time and stroll over to the garden and really take a look at what has been planted.  Also, enjoy the two beautiful hydrangeas, annuals, asters, milkweed and gardenias that are in bloom. The Canna are starting to bloom along with the lantana.  We are letting many of the herbs "go to flower" as they also attract butterflies, especially the parsley, basil, lemon balm, rosemary. dill and lavender.

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Suggestions for the Native Pollinator Section
                             of The Linden Garden

        February 5, 2019 by Sandy Garratt and Jody Young

Currently, we have in the Linden Garden several plants, shrubs and trees that attract bees and butterflies which are so important to the North Carolina area.  This spring we would like to add some perennial flowers and herbs that will further enhance the environment for native pollinators.  Last summer we did observe bees and a few butterflies around the sedum, daisies, goldenrod, the crape myrtles, red bud tree, asters and herbs.  We have areas on the right side of the garden and backside that would be perfect for further plantings.  Jody and I compiled a list of three or four plants for the seasons of spring, summer and fall that should do well. The plants we chose are from the “North Carolina Top 25 Native Pollinator Plants”, compiled by Debbie Roos and recommended to us by Dr. Lynda Acker.

We will try to keep this section of the garden neat, but natural and not let the plants reseed everywhere!  They will be perennials so the expense will be minimal in the following years.

Spring Plants

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Wild Berry Purple Coneflower

Stoke asters (Stokesia laevis)

Lanceleaf blanket flower (Gaillardia aestivalis)

Bee balm (Monarda spp.)

Summer Plants

Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)  Butterfly Weed

Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum spp.)

Fall Plants

Spotted horsemint (Monarda punctate)

Asters (Symphoyotricum spp.)

Baby joe-pye weed

Orange coneflowers (Rudbeckia fulgida)

HERBS TO CHOSE FROM: chives, basil, lemon balm, lavender, sage, germander, thyme, yarrow, parsley, mint, rosemary, hyssop, fennel, oregano and dill.        

October 2018 Garden Preparation for Winter
A special thank you to those Linden Garden Club Members, Jody Young, Nancy Mack, Gloria Slate, Karen Herring and Cathy Didonato for getting the garden ready for the upcoming cooler months. We raked, pulled out the annuals, applied 0-0-22 and weeded!
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                          Hurricane Florence Clean Up Crew!

Thank you to these ladies for coming out two days after Hurricane Florence came through Pinehurst and cleaned up the area around the garden. Cathy Didonato and Sandy raked the garden which produced about three trash cans full and 8 bags of debris!

       Margie Butcher, Janet Farrell, Nancy Mack, Jody Young and Cathy Didonato!  


We thought that we would set a definitive date for regular maintenance of the garden through October. 2018. Time will be from 7:30 am-9:00 am on Wednesday mornings. Hope to see many of you!
Sandy Garratt


Many thanks to the Linden Garden club members who came out on April 25th and planted 18 flats of annuals!  Jody Young, Nora Anzinger, Janet Farrell, Lynn Hancock, Cathy Broutsas, Nancy Mack, Karen Herring, Diane Anello, Barb Kenny, Maureen Luebke and Judith Krall!






                  Linden Garden Update May 2014 from Janet Farrell 

Our Linden Garden has been admired since ground was broken in 1999.  Over the years the garden continued to evolve and this year we focused on the removal of the Arizona Cypress.  Although the decision was made to remove the trees, we later discovered both had a fungus and would not have lived much longer.  Many kudos to Chris Little, John Robertson and their teams for the support they provided.  They not only removed the cypress and ground the stumps, but they were there when our gardeners needed help positioning some beautiful, but very heavy new shrubs.
Many thanks to the fabulous group of women who planted and dug extremely large holes for the seven new shrubs and trees; Weeping Yaupon Holly, Globosa Nana Cryptomeria, and Carissa Holly.  A big round of applause goes to Joann Blessing, Sandy Garratt, Cathy Jones, Dyann Romay Slywka, Kathryn Talton, Jody Young, and Janet Varro for all their support.

Barb Cohen has guided us through the planting and design process, one that will provide color through out the year.  Barb donated a red stem dogwood to anchor one side of the garden and her design has more surprises yet to come.  Natchez Crepe Myrtle, Endless Summer Hydrangea and some Miss Huff Lantana will be added in May.  She is planning to add Edworthia Chrysantha (Paper Bush) which will provide pale yellow flowers in late winter. Cindy Edgar also donated some dahlia bulbs which we will plant shortly.

Shrubs, trees, bulbs and flats of annuals were donated to the garden.  The remainder of the plants have been purchased by the garden club and our garden redesign will complete within budget.

Our Linden Garden  provides enjoyment to us and to the residents of Pinewild.   From 1999 to date, our garden has had very talented caretakers.  Many thanks to those who have shared their knowledge of planting in the Sandhills and created such a delightful piece of ground.

Linden Garden Club Members,


Yesterday the Arizona Cypress trees were removed from the Linden Garden.  Over the next month volunteers will be working on restoration.  Barb Cohen has provided wonderful ideas for the garden and the committee reviewed a preliminary plan on April 21.  We discussed evergreen, summer flowering, winter flowering and deer resistant plants.  She has provided a design that will provide more evergreen in the winter garden.  Many of you have provided guidance and recommendations – a big thank you!

Over the past few months you may have noticed that the Arizona Cypress on McMichael was turning brown.  John Robertson confirmed that the tree was 50 percent gone and noted the Greyabbey tree was stressed as well.  He may give us more insight on what caused the problem, but it could be a fungus, or that the roots were wrapped around the planting ball.   With a maximum growth of 30 to 40 feet, they should not have been at end of life.  


We don’t all agree on the removal of the trees.  But I believe there is one thing we are all in agreement on.  We need to give a big thank you to Chris Little and John Robertson and his team for saving our club hundreds of dollars in expense. When you see them, please extend our thanks. 


We will need volunteers to assist in garden and I encourage you to offer any help you can.  The more volunteers we have the more quickly our garden will be restored.  Please watch for our emails regarding garden cleanup and planting – come out and support our garden!


Thank you.

Janet Farrell


                 History of The Linden Garden of Pinewild

Emily Hamilton envisioned a wonderful and beautiful “Garden” at the corner of Greyabbey Drive by the clubhouse entrance in Pinewild. In the spring of 1999, she proposed her vision to the Garden Club, and with her committee of five other energetic members, began what is now a lovely garden for everyone to admire as they drive and walk by this corner. Each year, the garden has been improved upon and many volunteers have brought their rakes and pruning shears to make sure the garden looks lovely all year round. In the fall of 1999, Emily and her committee, which consisted of Sandy Corcoran, Jane Casnellie, Mary Lou Dalziel, Teri Peterson and Jody Young worked closely with Chris Little and John Robertson from Pinewild Country Club to help create the garden.  Chris, John and his staff cleared the trees, edged the kidney-shaped design, brought in the soil and put in the irrigation to maintain the plants. The Garden Club designed the plan, bought the plants, trees and three huge boulders, and promised to always maintain the garden, planting annuals in the fall and spring to help bring extra color to the garden.

Every gardener knows that gardens are forever evolving and in 2010 the Linden Garden Club made extensive improvements to the garden. Working with Kathryn Talton and Jane Waldemar, Trey Altman, a horticulture student at Sandhills Community College, produced a garden design to meet all  the Linden Garden Club requirements which included year-round color, movement, native, drought and deer resistant plantings.  After the  presentation of the plans and cost  at the March meeting of the Linden Garden Club  the club chose to push through a funding package which allowed the garden plan to be fully implemented in a year's time  Shortly thereafter the plans were implemented.  At the new garden opening, a sun dial in memory of outstanding member, Ann Arnold was dedicated.  Complements from Pinewild Club members and community residents abound! Golf cart comments are frequent and flattering.

A heart-felt thank you is extended to the original group of ladies who started the garden and to all those who have been overseeing the maintenance of the garden these past 13 years! Special thanks go to all the past and present committee chairs of the the garden, including Sandy Corcoran, Mary Lou Dalziel, Susan Strine, Judy Forster, Kathy Beegle, Margie Butcher and Catherine Jones to name a few. Compliments go to all for a colorful and pleasing place to visit and enjoy all season long.



                    MAY 2014 Planting of Crape Myrtles and Hydrangea!
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