Gardeners of Somerset Valley
February 2012 From: Marty A. Oostveen
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 PM
North Branch Reformed Church
With Mitch being away for a few days without computer access I get to do the newsletter this time for our upcoming meeting.
First of all, the presentation for the February meeting will be all about past Philadelphia Flower shows. You will have an opportunity to hear Ralph speak about his experience of putting the Rock Garden exhibit together for the show competition, which is something he has been doing for the last five years. He will talk about the design, putting down the flooring material, the hardscape (you know, all those darn rocks) and adding in the plants. On the last day when all is said and done and thousands upon thousands have viewed the garden, it is time to tear it all down and Ralph is there to help out with that too. The exhibit usually wins an award and we will definitely keep our fingers crossed that 2012 will bring success as well. We will also show a dvd of one of the past Philly flower shows. But, if that wasn’t enough, we are giving away TWO TICKETS to the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show, which is being held this year on the following dates, place and time.
Dates: Sunday, March 4 – Sunday, March 11, 2012
Place: Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299
Hours: Sunday, March 4; 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday - Friday, March 5-9: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 10; 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 11; 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
This year’s exhibit is all about Hawaii and to quote the flower show, you can expect something like this: “Guests will enter the Show beneath dynamic projections of crashing waves and one of the most exciting displays of white orchids ever assembled. Towering palms, bamboo, green walls, and a plant canopy will immerse visitors in the Hawaiian rainforest. A 25-foot-high waterfall will splash down into Pele’s Garden, an island of exotic flowers and plants where performers will conjure volcanic flames and the Fire Goddess. The islands will be celebrated in showcase gardens that highlight their culture through flowers and landscapes, performances and art.”
After all that excitement we break for coffee, tea and sweets and then we get to my least favorite part of the meeting, the business end. Mitch has not gotten any replies on his e-mail asking for people to step forward for the three open trustee positions and I cannot stress enough that we do need three people to fill these positions. Being a trustee does not involve a lot of work; quite the contrary. No more than four times a year will you be asked to either show up 45 minutes before a regular GOSV meeting to go over the usual housekeeping items or go to a meeting at my house where we can sit and discuss items in a bit more detail with a glass of wine and some munchies. So please, help us out and see if you can spend a few extra hours a year to help us run the club.
And now for some additional “stuff”:
And after all that we will go on hiatus to enjoy our summer and recharge our batteries with a vacation. But before we get this far into the (still) new year, remember this:
Dottie belongs to an organization that collects grocery coupons for military wives who live outside the US. These families do not get US newspapers so they don't get the coupon inserts that come with the weekend papers. It would be great if you could take your coupon inserts from your Sunday paper and bring them to the meeting so Dottie can pass them on.
Our March program will be presented by Mary Kay Muckenhoupt and will be on the “MacKensie River” or “As far North as you can go” and presumably still see blooming plants. As we get closer to this meeting I will provide additional information.
I believe we are still working on the April meeting, but once that has been decided, we will let you know.
For May, we have our annual plant swap and I would like to see a really big effort to trade as many plants as we can. There must be plenty of stuff we can dig up from our gardens to share with others by that time and most of us will also be starting seeds soon and have extra plants to give away. I have already started additional coleus cuttings for planting and will have toad lilies and other plants to share. Since we are trying to grow our club we are hoping to get a little blurb in the papers and maybe attract new potential members. Unless we have another speaker for that program, I will do a presentation about Longwood Gardens (Kenneth Square, PA). This gem is not too far from where we live and if you have never been there, these pictures may very well persuade you to go take a look for yourself (and maybe visit a few more public gardens nearby such as the Morris Arboretum or Chanticleer).
Dottie would also like to do a garden tour in May for the club and she was thinking about the Andalusia House, which is located 13 miles north of Philadelphia in historic Bucks County, PA, and the gardens near Yardly PA on the Delaware. However, if you have any suggestions for gardens you would like to visit, let us know and we will try to take it from there.
Last but not least, our June meeting will be not on the regular Wednesday evening, but instead on a Saturday (tbd) and take place in the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, NJ.
See you on Wednesday February 15th at 7:30 PM at the usual place for another fun evening!
- NOMINATE YOURSELF AS A TRUSTEE FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTION!
- Take a look around your garden, or other gardens right now and see what is coming up. Tell us what you see and share pictures!
- Show up at next week’s meeting and you have a chance to go home with two tickets to the Philadelphia flower show.
- Start planting seeds for our plant swap in May;
- Talk to friends and neighbors and see if you can’t get them interested to attend a meeting with you. We need more members and we need your help to get them to our meetings.
- Enjoy every day; we are getting closer to spring and soon we will have daffodils, crocuses and other early spring flowers bring cheer to our gardens and uplift our spirits as well.
- And if you haven’t paid your dues yet, please bring a check to the meeting and give it to Pat.