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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
September 2012					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 PM
at North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

Our resident adventurer, Ralph Maiwaldt caught the wanderlust bug again this summer, and as he meanders his way through the western portion of the United States, camera enthusiastically clicking away, he promises to prune,edit and provide another exciting program next week. You can expect to see artistry, peerless knowledge of flowers in this part of the country, and before the night ends, come away feeling like you were on the road with him. It should be interesting to hear his take on the drought and the impact of the innumerable forest fires.

The October meeting will be a change of pace culinary event called "meal from our gardens" so between now and then tend to those winter vegetables and fruits and get ready for a feast. More details to be provided next month.

Pheasants Landing in Hillsborough has a German Oktoberfest festival this coming weekend and Dottie Wright invites all GOSV members to meet at the beer tent on Friday evening for dinner and/or brews and to dance to a live Um-pah band called Norbert Ludwig. She recommends bringing a jacket though the forecast seems to call for a bit of Indian Summer that evening, which could mean more pints per person depending on the vigor of the dancing. Oktoberfest in September, sounds like a fun time. Per the website, the beer tent is open 7:00 to 11:00 PM.

Dottie also plans to coordinate a trip on October 6 to see the Monet Garden exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden. Water lilies, two rare paintings on display, photographs of his garden in France, all make for a colorful and relaxing fall excursion. Departure time is 9:00 AM from her Green Brook home, and contact her for carpool opportunities. Cost of admission is $25 for adults and $22 for seniors, and she can comfortably fit six others in her van.

President Marty Oostveen and her dry wit will be missing in action next week as she travels to Holland to visit family, friends and take photographs for future presentations. That means Vice President Anita Haas takes the reins for what should be a very special evening. Looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing tales from another challenging summer season.

Best regards.