Sunday, April 5, 2009

From the chair

From Billie Jean Isbell:

Don't miss our April 25 meeting (a week later than usual this month) with hosta expert Michael Shadrack
, author of two Timber Press books on the subject. His presentation on miniature hostas will be at 1 p.m. preceded by a brown bag lunch at noon at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca. The Plant of the Month will feature hostas and we'll have our annual seedling exchange.

Seeds, seeds, seeds and seedlings

Congratulations to Rosemarie Parker and all the volunteers who completed Round Two of the National NARGS seed exchange, the pulling of packets and mailing of orders that went out to NARGS members around the world. If we do this again next year we will need more volunteers. The whole process is amazing and I picture the gardeners that benefit from our effort planting their seeds in the next weeks.

David Mitchell is propagating seeds from the exchange for our chapter for the May 16 plant sale at Ithaca High School. However, everyone should search in their own gardens for seedlings that can be brought to the April 25 meeting at Cooperative Extension where we will have our free seedling exchange after the program. The idea is for each of us to take seedlings home to grow them on for the May 16 plant sale. So as you clean up your garden, pot up those seedlings.

Chapter Needs

Is anyone interested in helping organize trips and garden visits? If so, email me

We also need someone to take over organizing work parties for the Wuster garden.

Up for a trip to Linwood Gardens Tree Peony Festival?

Check out the website: Located in Pavilion, NY, 35 miles west of Rochester, the festival is held May 23, 24, and 25; May 30 and 31; June 6 and 7. Cost $8 a person. Email me with suggestions for convenient dates and we will finalize the plans at our next meeting.

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