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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
May 2016					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT "MEETING": Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

Dear GOSV:

The past few plant exchanges have been a little subdued, letís try to add some zing this year. Another very cold spring means conditions will be ideal for planting just about the time of the swap. Good gardeners know that the effort expended in the early season can often pay big dividends during the dog days of summer. Even though you never know who will show up or what will be available, typically you can expect to find:

Ornamental Grasses, Bulbs

Herbs & Cannas

Pepper & Tomato Plants

Perennials & Annual Flowers

Gardening Paraphernalia

Guests are always welcome and depending on the weather that day plan to arrive around 6:45 or 7:00 PM. On beautiful evenings members tend to come early and mill about and socialize similar to the coffee break, another way to exchange information and hopes for the 2016 season.

If you ordered geraniums, flats or hanging baskets these can be picked up prior to the 7:30 PM meeting start.

Our speaker will be John Black, the current President of the Native Plant Society of NJ and the topic is ďA Guide to Landscaping with Native PlantsĒ. With great emphasis these days on growing and eating organic, using natural versus chemical laden products, you would think returning to natives could become the next big trend if not so already. John certainly will discuss the ongoing battle against the invasive species taking over in all types of terrain. As we will see during the program, natives can be both beautiful and provide many environmental benefits having adapted to NJís climate, soil and other elements including a symbiotic relationship with insects and wildlife. Not to make this political, lately weíve been hearing about making America great again, letís help make NJ landscapes great too, learning about, protecting, and promoting native plant life.

Anything goes at the plant swap; remember your throw away can become another personís treasure. See you next week.