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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
October 2010					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 PM
North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

Next week Nancy Rood again displays her remarkable media skills in a program highlighting garden related photographs from member vacations and activities in 2010. Not to put undue pressure on Nancy, judging by past performances, you can expect a perfect accompaniment of music and smart on-screen copy with occasional wit and humor where appropriate. Or to put things another way, it's 'show time' with members travels local or far as the star attraction for this one night. Rumor abounds that there may even be some pictures of Christine and Craig's wedding day and perhaps some additional surprises.

In the past, several members have exercised great creativity participating in the Art in Bloom project hosted by the Montclair Museum. Dottie Wright wants everyone to know that in 2011 the program will be held on May 11 thru May15. Typically more than 3000 visitors come to survey these floral designs that mimic important works of art, and with an Andy Warhol exhibition on the iconic American Car taking place at the same time, this might be the year if not to get involved, at least check out both programs. Dottie has the details on the flower show and the Montclair Museum website has some interesting information about the Warhol works on display.

It looks like the club will once again tackle decorating a room at the Drumthwacket mansion for the holiday season. Marilou Howe heads up this committee and if interested there is probably room for some additional able hands to help out. One thing to remember, if you want to tour the mansion and see the work of of all the contributing clubs, it's important to make reservations early. And as in the past, a recommended donation of $5 can be paid at the door. Dottie Wright would be a good person to talk to about this holiday activity.

Early autumn continued to remain warm but thankfully rain has returned to the NJ landscape. With some thatching and seeding this terribly dry and hot summer should become a distant memory and the planning can start for next year. Nancy's presentation will also help to bring some cheer to what for many was a trying 2010 gardening season.