Mullis Senior Center 1:00 pm. # present: 18 + Speaker Kari Koski, and Guest MG Diana Brooks
Hostesses: Linda Barnhart and Janet Dann
Theme: Valentine’s Day Delights with red roses, chocolate hearts, and heart chains
The dessert was a delicious red velvet heart shaped cake with a small vanilla heart shaped cake on top.
President Marguerite Bennett called the meeting to order and introduced the speaker, Kari Koski of Kari’s Island Elixiirs. Kari talked about her island passions and jobs and then proceeded to introduce us to the fascinating world of elixirs, bitters, and shrubs. Kari soaks herbs, barks, roots, flowers, and leaves with sugar and vinegar and creates amazing elixirs. The word “shrub’ comes from an Arabic word meaning “to drink”. Kari demonstrated how to make an elixir using 2 cups of raw organic sugar, 2 cups of shrubs, and later adding 2 cups of raw organic vinegar.
The elixir can then be added to alcohol or sparkling water. Kari brought sparkling water for us all and she had generously placed her elixirs at the tables so that we could all sample her elixirs with the sparkling water. Kari went on to talk about the healing properties of kelp and seaweed and soaking in seaweed. She mentioned Valerie Cooksley’s book, Seaweeds as one of her favorite books about seaweed.
The yearly Program Guide, Membership, and Telephone Directory was given to all in attendance.
Sandra Brame’s husband is in the hospital and she would welcome someone to take over the Treasurer’s duties.
Browne’s Garden Center is having a Hellebore Celebration on Sat. Feb 8, 2014 with speakers and drawings.
Tori Benz-Hillstrom reported on the Native Plant Sale. If you would like to order some native plants, visit the Master Gardeners website.
The Master Gardeners Spring Workshop will be April 26, 2014. Save the day. Kari Koski will be one of the speakers.
Dot Vandeveer made a motion and Janet Dann seconded it to give $100.00 to Linda Thompson, chair of the MG Raffle Committee to help with the costs of the baskets to be raffled at the MG Spring workshop. Motion carried. The money will come from the extra funds left from the printing of the Fair Booklet sponsored by the Garden Club. ($1,231.76)
Vonnie Harold reported on salted herbs. She sent around a sample for us to view and smell and she had copied the recipe for making your own.
Vonnie also reported on an idea to organize and take field trips. She suggested taking 2 or 3 fieldtrips a year off island to visit places such as Molbacks. The bus would hold 20 people and the fieldtrip would be open to everyone. If the seats were filled, it would cost approx. $40.00 + the cost of a walk on ticket. There was agreement that she should pursue this idea. Someone else mentioned a trip to see Butchart Gardens.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 after the reading of our collect.