Gardeners of Somerset Valley
April 2009					Editor: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 PM
at Scampi's, Somerville

Charter Night Dinner
Wildflowers of the West
GOSV Plant Sale

The Charter Night Dinner is the meeting where the normal laid back atmosphere takes a one time back seat when members literally dress up to celebrate the founding of the club, which was organized on January 25, 1984. On this evening the skirts, suits and ties come out of the closet along with a modest dose of fanfare as GOSV looks back on its history and rich traditions, while also ushering in a new team of officers. Though small in size, the club acts much bigger by sponsoring three scholarships, chips in time and money for Habitat for Humanity residences, and does a host of other good deeds. Mostly we share a deep interest in horticulture, transcending generations, backgrounds and skill levels, and this passion will be strongly evident on this very special night. The program portion is almost a continuation of last month as Ralph Maiwaldt has once again dug around in his photographic portfolio to dazzle with close-ups of wildflowers taken while touring the western half of the United States. If you still want to attend, there is absolutely no penalty or embarrassment for signing up at this stage. Just review the menu selections on the website and contact Georgette at 732-469-6479.

Most of the working club members should have noticed a recent small increase in their pay stub thanks to the stimulus program. For the many retirees, Social Security would have jumped also for the annual ‘cost of living’ adjustment. Though times are still very tough, GOSV remains committed to selling geraniums, hanging baskets and flats in support of the scholarship programs. Ask any user, and they will agree our special geranium cuttings bloom better and last longer than anything sold locally. Perhaps this year it would be possible to cut down on the outlay and split an order with a friend or neighbor. All the forms are on the website with a deadline of May 1. It would be great to not let the recession defeat this long standing program.

At the last meeting, Linda Bradway indicated that (3) of the Franklin Park Habitat homes should be ready for landscaping some time in May. Stay on the lookout for an e-mail update. Dottie also mentioned that the Delaware Mt. Cuba tour was on for May 3 and to call her for the time and car pooling arrangements. Cost is only $5. While mentioning money, please send your dues check if not done already ($35 family, $25 individual membership).

May and June are shaping up as the months dedicated to Hosta, thanks to avid growers Barry and Eileen Weissman. Barry and Eileen typically speaks annually at the Philadelphia Flower Show and several years ago he put on a lively hands-on program that turned out to be one of the best Charter Nights ever. An updated presentation on Hosta is on tap for the May meeting. Then on May 23, the Weissmans are hosting the Tri-State Hosta Society and all of GOSV are welcome to attend. The June meeting will be a tour of the Weissman's garden and a celebration of Jim Laubach’s 93rd birthday. No fireworks this time, but refreshments will be served. The address is just a minute off of River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Heading into the exciting time of year now, let’s kick-off the gardening season with a fantastic Charter Night Dinner.