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GARDEN CLUB NEWS

The Garden Club met in September for an interesting discussion by Drake White from the Nectar Bar regarding pollinators and native plants. Our next meeting will be a trip to the San Antonio Riverwalk on October 23rd. We’ll check out all the beautiful plants along the river and then have lunch.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Garden Club, or attending a meeting, please contact Deb Waldron Pemberton, Membership Chairperson at 210.373.9114. Everyone is welcome and a green thumb is definitely not required!
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Hidden Forest HOA | Hidden Forest Homeowners Association
Hidden Forest HOA | Hidden Forest Homeowners Association

GOALS OF THE GARDEN CLUB

  Maintain the flower beds at the entrance to the neighborhood and the center median.
  Help the HOA with planting choices for other beds when needed.
  Select and recognize a Yard of the Month in the Forest for March through October.  This encourages everyone to maintain their yards and keeps the Forest looking great.
  Plant trees in memory of our members.
  Participate in the HOA Fall Festival.
Some of the activities planned for the remainder of 2019 and next year include:
  Speakers on attracting butterflies to your garden, pollinators and native plants, making herb wreaths, tablescape designs, using moss and making spring floral arrangements.
  Field trips to Castroville, Shades of Green Nursery with a class, and a boat ride to see the fall foliage on the River walk.
Our meeting information will be listed in this newsletter each month, so be sure to check back for details and join us when you can!

GARDEN CLUB MEMBERSHIP FORM & SCHEDULE

GARDENING TIPS

Since the temperatures are becoming a little cooler, October is a good time to add compost and fertilizer to your flowerbeds for a little extra kick that tired flowers need. Add color by planting annuals such as ornamental kale, calendula, dianthus, fall aster, and phlox. Feed your patio plants and hanging baskets with a water-soluble fertilizer. Rejuvenate heat stressed geraniums and begonias by lightly pruning, fertilizing and watering. Divide perennials like daylily and iris now.
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
-  Abraham Lincoln

J. Peterson Garden Design
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Hidden Forest HOA | Hidden Forest Homeowners Association | San Antonio
Hidden Forest HOA | Hidden Forest Homeowners Association | San Antonio

YARD OF THE MONTH

October’s Yard of the Month Award goes to two of the hardest-working gardeners in our neighborhood! Learning what grows best in our South Texas weather by the trial-and-error method, Kristen and Greg Raaberg have planted and groomed what was once an abandoned, uncultivated vacant lot at 714 Morning Hill into an attractive, low maintenance setting for the new home they built here in 2016. Over the last few years, the homeowners have selected and “auditioned” a number of native grasses, shrubs and trees to complement the site. Encircling their curved driveway, the front bed is centered by a huge heritage live oak that shades several Mexican fantail palms, native sage bushes, lantanas and plumbago plants. An esperanza, crepe myrtle and desert willow add emphasis. The front of the home is bordered by pink and purple Mexican petunias, Knockout roses, mountain laurels, Mexican feather grass, sage and several Sago palms. A young magnolia tree and white oak add symmetry to either side. Their methods seem to have worked out!

Having hand-picked Hidden Forest as the residential community in which they wanted to raise their three children, this couple set out to beautify the landscape at school as well as home. In 2017, working with the Hidden Forest Elementary School PTA, Kristen and Greg spearheaded a project to rebuild the schoolyard garden. Beginning with cleaning up and tilling the plot and battling the ground squirrels for territory, the volunteers have developed the site into a vegetable and flower garden that yields tomatoes, bush beans, okra, cucumbers and herbs—all from seeds! They work to balance flowering pollinator plants with edible herbs and veggies to encourage a better crop. Schoolroom classes now visit the garden for science projects and are learning about cross-pollination and other agricultural methods, such as releasing ladybugs and other beneficial insects.

The Fall garden is now underway with root vegetables already in the ground! All Hidden Forest parents, grandparents and neighbors are invited to join in the planning and maintaining of this school and community garden. On the first Saturday of every month at 9:00 am, gardeners gather at the garden and will be planting herbs and green vegetables this month. All are welcome, and those who participate will be the beneficiaries of the harvest. Thus far, the harvest has been bountiful!! Our thanks to the Raabergs for all their hard work!

FLY FISHING CLUB

If you are interested in being involved in a Fly Fishing Club, please contact Ronnie Gray.

MOM'S CLUB

Are you interested in starting a Mom’s Club in the neighborhood?  There has been lots of interest. Contact the office and we’ll help you get one started!

NEIGHBORHOOD BIBLE STUDY

We are excited to have a Bible Study in the Forest again! It is an ongoing study and there is always room! The study can be accessed online in case you miss and you can join the study group when possible.

Tuesday evenings 6:45-8:15

Please call or text David and Cheeba Sobotka for more information at 812.459.3748 or send an email.

CLASSIC CAR CLUB

If you are interested in being involved in a Classic Car Club, please contact Ronnie Gray. It is not necessary to own your own classic car to join.
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Hidden Forest HOA | Hidden Forest Homeowners Association | 4th of July parade

TENNIS CLUB

Mens and women’s tennis leagues available. Please Contact the HFHOA office for more information.

HIDDEN FOREST OFFICE

Phone: 210.494.0711
Fax: 210.494.5327

Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 - 2:30 pm

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