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St Pius X Catholic Church Plant Exchange

January 9th 2010 Plant Swap for Saint Pius X Catholic Church Building Fund.

 Those interested in swapping plants, mark your calendars for Saturday January 9th, 3:30PM, Kloster parking lot. You do not need to be a member of the grounds committee to participate. Please bring your plants in containers or plastic bags. We will meet, swap plants, and say a prayer. There will also be a 50/50 drawing where the winner goes home with a little extra cash and the other 50% towards the building fund. Please contact Diana Gardner-Williams with any questions, or 392.4031.

Some of the plants I am bringing are climbing rose,

 potato vine, blue aster,

 golden rain tree, plumbago,

 st. john’s wort, sedum,

 stokes aster, helleborus or Lenten Rose,


perennial sweet pea vine,


barnyard verbena

and many more.

Gently dig around the plant and cut roots. Right before bring to St Pius X remove from ground and place in plastic bag or pot, adding a little water. It is a good idea to include the existing soil around the plants, containing the small feeder roots.

If you are unsure if the plant can be safely divided, shoot me an email. Feel free to bring your indoor plants too.

There will also be a drawing for a free winter blooming Camellia Japonica, donated by DianaDigsDirt.

I hope to see you there with plenty of plants. I am excited to try a new one in my garden.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on December 29, 2009 in St PiusX Church


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Catholic Partnership Habitat House

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro and The Catholic Partnership teamed up to provide a much needed home for a family in need. The Catholic Partnership consists of

  • St Benedict’s Catholic Church
  • St Mary’s Catholic Church
  • St Pius X Catholic Church
  • St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church


The home was dedicated on December 6th on a chilly Saturday morning. Trudy Menzzentto(co-chair, Catholic Partnership) welcomed all of us. The Dedication Ceremony included prayers, song, presentation of gifts and warm words to and from the receiving family. This was my first experience working with Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Partnership which truly was heartfelt.


This project could not have been a success if it weren’t for Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Partnership, The Construction Staff, AmeriCorps Members and people of the community volunteering their time.


The landscaping was completed just before lunch time because of the many hands involved. Randal Romie drew up a design, Gossetts Nursery donated the plants and I helped to install. Drought tolerate plants that were utilized were; a bradford pear tree, abelia, ligustrum and nandina shrubs and many perennials from my garden and other volunteers.

These times are difficult for many of us and volunteering is free. Bring the whole family to participate in an activity helping others to have a home. We live in a generous and caring community which is prevalent on this very street where many homes were built by volunteers.

Think about volunteering your time for a good cause. Give them a call.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro 336-275-4663

Thursday February 5th 7pm at 220 State Street (Temporary St PiusX Church office) there will be a meeting of minds for those interested in participating. Again, Catholic Partnership and Habitat for Humanity will come together to create a much needed home, with the help of volunteers. Please come for a brainstorming session for ideas on fundraising.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


Posted by on January 19, 2009 in Events, St PiusX Church


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Saint PiusX Plant Rescuers and Transplanting

Saint PiusX parishioners came on September 20th and 27th to dig up and transplant our beautiful plants on the church and office grounds. Most of the medium to small sized plants were dug up on these days. Because of a wedding on the 27th, we asked that no large plant material should be removed.

There are many large trees and shrubs still present on the property. We will have one last plant rescue day on December 6th at 8:30am. We will meet in the back of the church before any digging takes place. There are shrubs and trees that are reserved for Saint PiusX school and other parishioners. We will point out poison ivy, how to properly dig up large plant material and what to do when you get these treasures home. December is a great time to transplant because plants are reaching dormancy, meaning, not actively growing. This ensures a safer and optimal time to move plant material.

Just because these are basically free plants does not mean the entire project will be. The large size root balls will need an ample size hole already dug and composted topsoil ready to backfill your holes. A good 2-3 inch layer of mulch will also be needed. Irrigation systems will need to be adjusted for the spring or another reliable water source for your plants.

We ask those that have removed 10 or more shrubs in September to allow other parishioners to take a remembrance plant from our church grounds on Novemeber 15th.

There is still quite a bit of liriope or monkey grass that needs to be removed. This is a great plant for erosion control and to mass plant in natural areas.

I would love to post pictures of how the plants from Saint PiusX are working for you in your landscapes. Please send any pictures and I will post them on the blog.

Happy Planting and See you December 6th!!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in Greensboro Gardens, St PiusX Church


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St PiusX Transplanting to Remove Plants

On September 20th and 27th all parishioners interested in plant material on the grounds of St PiusX to be transplanted in your own gardens, YOU ARE INVITED.

Please bring shovels, tarps, large containers and buckets, gloves, pruners and anything else you may need to dig up these gorgeous plants.

We will be meeting at 9am both days and will go over what plants are available for transplanting. It is a good idea to have a hole dug at your residence before bringing church plants home. Transplants need good composted soil, mulch, the correct location (sun/shade), water and possibly an application of rooting hormone to stimulate quick root growth.

There is a great deal of liriope that can be saved. This is a great plant for slopes and erosion control. English ivy, azaleas, rhododendrons, indian hawthorn, hydrangeas, iris, nandinas, camellias, hosta, crape myrtles, hollies, cypress, leucothoe, carolina jessamine, magnolias, creeping jenny are to name a few plants existing.

Poison Ivy is also onsite and will be located for you.

I will see you then

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on September 16, 2008 in Events, St PiusX Church


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Free Landscape Consultations

Saint Pius X ChurchThe parish of Saint PiusX in Greensboro, NC has outgrown its facility We are now looking to build a much larger church to accommodate the current number of families and those joining on a daily basis. “Making a Place at the Table” is the campaign for our rapidly growing congregation.

If you are a member of St. PiusX and have landscape issues regarding problem areas, drought, design, or creating a memory garden within your existing landscape, please call for an appointment before February 29th, 2008. 1 hour consultations are valued at $100.00 and your donation will be put towards the building fund. Consider giving the consultation to a friend or family member that may need a little help this spring as a gift.

You can either email or call for an appointment and information is located on the back of the bulletin.

Peace Love and Hugs from Above



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