Gardeners of Somerset Valley

February 2003					Editor: Mitch Greenbaum


			NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 PM,
				At the North Branch Reformed Church

Mary Lovasz from the Garden State Daylily Growers will present a program featuring new varieties and their growers. Aptly named because the blooms usually last for a day, these flowers originating from China, Japan and Siberia, are rugged, long-lived and extremely popular. Normally yellow to a tawny red, through hybridization, Daylilies now have multiple colors, shapes, heights and bloom periods, and deserve consideration in your garden.

Stu Race, who had heart by-pass surgery last month, is recuperating at Interim Health Services located on Route 22 in Bound Brook. According to Fred Swan, his physical therapy is coming along well and he’s expected to be returning home by the time you receive this newsletter. All of us at GOSV wish Stu a speedy recovery and a quick return to the head table at our meetings.

Former President, Larry Haas, with the help of several trustees, has volunteered to take over the responsibility for scheduling the meeting programs. Dot Wright, who has served in this role for as long as most of us can remember, will continue to use her energy and creativity to plan special events. Her latest idea is a field trip either April 5 or April 11 to visit the Woodside Nursery and the Fairweather Gardens, both located in Southwest, New Jersey. Woodside is a premier grower of Daylilies, while Fairweather sells unusual trees, shrubs and perennials, and will be having an open house on both of these days. Dot will also be bringing a list of upcoming events taking place at the Frelinghuysen Aboretum which includes some theater, web based gardening and photography programs.

Dues are due. Please remember to bring your checks to the next meeting or forward in the mail to our Treasurer Georgette Gawlik at one of the two addresses below:

7 Smithwold Road		or		P.O. Box 6171
Somerset, NJ 08873				Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Let’s work together to simplify this important but difficult club responsibility. And while you’re at it, try to get one of your relatives or neighbors to join too.

Odds and ends:

On behalf of everyone at GOSV, I want to extend our gratitude to Dorothy Wright for her many years of dedication as Programs Chairperson. This challenging role is the lifeline of small organization like ours, and she made the work seem both easy and fun. Memories of Demetrius giving a cooking lesson or Gary Pavlik teaching us the finer points of wine tasting- and programs on butterflies, poisonous plants, big trees, roses and so many others come to mind. Thanks for helping us to learn and laugh, and we look forward to more of the same with special events.

It’s well into seed starting season, and before you blink, we’ll be planting peas and salad greens. So come on out next week and network with your fellow gardeners.