NEWSLETTER						NEWSLETTER

                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
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September 2002					Editor: Mitch Greenbaum
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CONTESTS AND TASTING ARE THE THEMES OF OUR FIRST 
MEETING SINCE THE SUMMER BREAK

			NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, September 18, 7:30 PM,
					           At the North Branch Reformed Church
In our welcome back meeting from the long hot summer, we will be having our first ever dahlia and our annual sunflower contests. Dahlia bulbs given out at the April Charter Night Dinner will be judged on bloom size and attractiveness. Sunflowers, as done previously will be evaluated by size alone. A prestigious ribbon and a year・s worth of bragging rights are the rewards for the winners.

The second part of our evening is an informal tasting. Members and guests are asked to bring in one of their late season tomatoes or any other unique or notable vegetable or fruit. The display and tasting of these items will take place as part of an extended coffee break. This also gives everyone a chance to catch up on the trials and tribulations of this very difficult summer.

THE SUMMER PICNIC at George Osterman・s home was another great success. Dottie・s husband Steve did a spectacular job manning the grill and everyone brought wonderful .fresh from the garden・ side dishes and desserts. The fish in the pond didn・t disappoint either as trophy sized bass were being pulled out all day on both fly and traditional fishing gear. Like almost every day in the middle of the summer, it was HOT, but George・s shaded backyard and the good food and company kept everyone relatively cool.

SUMMER TIDINGS

THE TOPIC for the upcoming October meeting will be botanical drawing. A talk on those luscious, healthful blueberries is scheduled for November. Dottie Wright has some information about the Chrysanthemum Show being held the weekend of October 19 & 20 at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and will try to organize a group visit. We have quite a few new members and hope to see you at one of these autumn programs.

THANK YOU Frank Wortman for a decade of outstanding service to the GOSV as news editor. Your informative, down to earth writing style perfectly reflected the mood and spirit of the club, and you will be greatly missed in this key communication role.