Gardeners of Somerset Valley

October 2002					Editor: Mitch Greenbaum


			NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 PM,
				At the North Branch Reformed Church

Eileen Hahn will be presenting a fascinating slide show on botanical art. She will talk about the history and background of this field while providing examples of her work and those of other famous practitioners. This past summer Eileen photographed one of Stuart Race’s Japanese plums and we hope this sketch is far enough along to be part of the discussion.

OCTOBER, if you haven’t already noticed, is pumpkin month. There were some thoughts about canceling the annual GOSV contest due to the difficult growing conditions, but after a little bit of rain and some cool weather, several members have some decent sized pumpkins to show off. So bring in your prize offerings, no matter the weight or shape, and see who takes home the final award of the year.

REGARDING LAST MONTH’S COMPETITIONS, Larry Haas took first place honors in the sunflower contest with an amazing 16” seed head. Fred Swan had the cutest sunflower and Ray Hawkins swept the dahlia event with both the largest and the prettiest flowers.

LARRY HAAS also came up with a great idea to have an informal plant swap this month. He recommends that everyone who is planning to divide plants before moving them indoors pot one up for the exchange. He also suggests bringing in some Amaryllis babies for other members to enjoy through winter and into next year.

ON THE BUSINESS SIDE, the board will be presenting an amendment to extend the officers and trustees terms to March of 2003 in order to coincide with our parent organization, the Garden Club of New Jersey. With the membership’s approval, the new slate would be nominated in February, voted on in March and installed in April.

JIM LAUBACH is looking for one or two volunteers to help him promote the club to various local organizations. Over the last few years the membership has stayed about the same. With your help and Jim at the helm, we hope to reverse this trend. Also, a volunteer with good computer graphic skills is also needed to update and redesign the New Membership Application.

October is a great month for gardening events. The NJ Chrysanthemum show is scheduled October 12 & 13 at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, 1-5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM –3 PM on Sunday. If you have never seen these beauties you’re in for a wonderful treat. Dorothy Wright will also be giving out details at the meeting about a Tri-State Hosta Society Event taking place on Friday, October 18th at 12 PM. For wine lovers, Unionville Vineyards of Ringoes has its annual Pumpkin Festival the weekend of October 19 and 20, including the release of four new vintages. If you look carefully, you may find a familiar looking green elf or a spider woman.

Happy Birthday Frank Wortman! He and wife Bernice were looking forward to celebrating his 80th at the famous Doris & Ed’s seafood restaurant in the Atlantic Highlands.

Next month we will have a speaker from Whites Bog to talk to us about blueberries. If the pumpkin contest turns out not to be excitement enough, the club will also be giving out a SPECIAL DOOR PRIZE at the conclusion of the October meeting. So come out and join us next Wednesday and get into the rhythm of autumn with your friends at GOSV.