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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
February 2016					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT "MEETING": Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

Skipping the January meeting just means the start of spring is within our grasp and realm of consciousness. OK itís going to be below freezing this weekend; however the long range forecast for next Wednesday looks to be a comfortable 40 degrees, and daffodils are poking out of the ground though that mostly happened many months ago during the oddly warm December. And if nothing mentioned yet has added to feelings of spring fever, next weekís program by Ted Whitman, the Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary will certainly do the trick. First off, even though only located a short ride away in Short Hills, itís never been mentioned before at any club meetings. If the website is any indication, this looks to be a wonderful sanctuary for adults and children with any bit of interest in plants, birds, frogs and even the micro environment beneath the soil. Covering 16.45 acres, there is 3 miles of trails, a bird observatory, and staff work diligently to keep out invasive species so

visitors can enjoy a native environment mostly of indigenous plants. Hikes, camps, membership in organizations that study and report on frogs and birds, regular volunteer and educational opportunities, the only question is how Cora Hartshorn Arboretum stayed a well-kept secret for this long. February always seems to be an enthusiastic and lively meeting, please make every effort to attend and help GOSV officially kick off the 2016 gardening season.

Please remember to bring in your dues checks next week, $25 for an individual and $35 per family.

Happy Valentineís Day, Happy Spring!