Gardeners of Somerset Valley

March 2003					Editor: Mitch Greenbaum


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 19, 2003
at the North Branch Reformed Church.

Allen Cadavero of Landpro 2001, a local landscaper, will be our March speaker. In addition to having more than 30 years of hands-on experience, he has also taught basic landscaping and garden maintenance. His topic, “Simplifying the Garden Using New Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials for Accents”, is very appropriate two days before the start of spring as everyone can’t wait to rush out of the gate on these types of projects.

Stu Race is back home after several weeks in the rehabilitation center. Fred Swan who has been doing an excellent job filling in at the meetings, reports that Stu is feeling “peppier and stronger every day.” We hope to see you soon.

In regard to Officers and Trustees, March is election night. Though there are no new nominees for President, VP, Secretary or Treasurer, two new trustees are under consideration, and it is important that as many members as possible come out and vote to show support for the leadership team.

I’m saddened to report the loss of another one of our former members. David Barber, 40, of Burlington, Washington, married with two children, passed away on March 1. In the summer of 1992, he was the project manager for developing the demonstration and education garden at the PeopleCare Center, which later on became the Food Bank Garden. A one time partner of the Clinton Nursery, he also was a past Governor’s Cup winner at the Garden State Flower Show held all those years at the Exhibition Center in Somerset.

Fred Swan has asked me to include the following “call for volunteers”. The club has reached a key juncture for the direction we are going to take in regards to guest speakers. Most of us would agree that the programs are the main attraction for joining GOSV. In the past, requests for volunteers have gone unheeded with no real harm to the club. This is a more serious matter, and we are asking for your help.


We’d like to get together for one meeting to compile a list of resources and choose a few for upcoming programs. From this group, perhaps a few of you would be willing to follow through on one program.

We will still need a coordinator who would ensure that programs would come off as scheduled. Please let Fred Swan know if you can help.

Odds and Ends

Georgette Gawlik has informed that she has received less than 50% of the anticipated 2003 membership dues. This club is a great bargain at $25/$35 for an individual/family. After you read this reminder, immediately get your checkbook out and put your dues in the mail or bring them to the next meeting. This is the easiest way not to forget.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! After drinking an obligatory green beer, go out and plant a few rows of peas.