Tues. November 4, 2014 1 p.m. Mullis Community Center Attendance: 19
Hostesses: Kay Kohler and Marie Skuffeeda
Theme: Fall nasturtiums in orange with flickering candles
Dessert: Carrot cupcakes
Co-President Marguerite Bennett called the Garden Club to order at 1:05 p.m.
The speaker, Colleen Howe-Gregory, was introduced. Colleen said that Mitchell Bay Farm and Nursery was established in 1973. It was the first certified organic nursery in the county. Colleen and Bruce grow Asian pears, kiwi, lamb and nursery plants. Her topic today was Landscape Colors and Pollination Issues. Colleen first spoke about the island pollinators from birds, butterflies, bees to lowly flies. We should be thankful for flies because they pollinate plum and apples at lower temperatures than native bees or honeybees. Colleen encouraged us to leave some areas unmowed as wild areas for the creatures, large and small. We should plant diverse plant families to attract pollinators that will extend the season. More nectar sources are available for longer periods of time using diverse members of various plant families. Colleen encouraged us to have a water source available, possibly a water feature, for the birds and the bees. She strongly encouraged all gardeners to be vigilant: DO NOT use pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Unfortunately, neonicotinoids have even been found in shrubs from the box stores. Colleen then went on to discuss the shades of green in the garden: blue green shades and yellow green shades. We need diversity and harmony in the garden. Think of your garden as a painting: have themes running through it with blending of form, color, texture and light. Gardening is sculpture. Embrace thorns if you have deer! Colleen’s presentation was enhanced by plant clippings that she had brought to talk to us about, and by the use of a power point presentation of her garden and yard. Thank you, Colleen. Your talk was very interesting and informative.
The minutes from the last meeting were approved as read.
Treasurer Vonnie Harold reported that the SJI Garden Club has a balance of $2,399.42. Expenses for the past month included the cost of obtaining the WA State EIN number, and copying for the trifold that was used at FH Marketplace (and will be used) to inform islanders about the SJI Garden Club and benefits of being a member.
Vonnie Harold gave a report about the excursion to Bellevue Botanical Garden, departing Dec. 6th 2014 and returning Dec. 7 on the 4:30 pm ferry.
Dot Vandaveer gave a report about a proposed Island Rec workshop making a hanging basket in the spring of 2015. Theresa Hill, Dot Vandaveer and Vonnie Harold are the chair people of the project. Theresa is researching the availability of plants for the proposed workshop date.
Our December 2nd, 2014 meeting will be the annual Christmas Potluck at 12:00 noon. Please bring a potluck dish to share, a gift for the Kiwanis Toy drive, and nonperishable food for the Food Bank.
Tori Benz-Hillstrom reported that the theme for the 2015 San Juan County Fair is Strawberry Fields for Heifer. Put your thinking caps on---strawberries, cows, and the Beatles!! J
The Master Gardeners Garden Tour is scheduled for the 2nd Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Proposed future expeditions for 2015 include a garden tour to La Conner Flats spearheaded by Dot Vandaveer and a garden tour to the Olympic Peninsula organized by Kathie Forsyth.
After reading the Collect, the meeting was adjourned at 2:53 p.m.