President’s Report September 2019

Dear Members,
The summer is fast drawing to a close as the equinox approaches: evenings come earlier, daytime temperatures do not have the same tomato ripening blast of heat that we are relying upon to encourage the last blooms and berries from our gardens. And it has been a remarkable growing season.
There are several notes to report.
A big ‘thank you’ to Barb and Dave Parker for generously hosting the Annual Summer Picnic on July 28. In addition to the to the comfortable garden, thanks to all who attended and shared the potluck goodies which made the afternoon so pleasurable. There was a workshop ‘Summer Pruning for Apple, Pear and Stone Fruits’ with Gordon MacKay on August 28 at Joanne Licsko’s. The thrust emphasized the benefits of summer pruning to balance the shape of our familiar trees. Open gardens for the period included a ‘Bees in action’ view and workshop at Tanis and Michael’s garden. Ted Leischner provided information and reference material to members and guests. It is important to keep in mind as we consider the next garden cycle that members consider sharing the best moments of their seasonal gardens with others. Many of us have different garden spaces and the opportunity to see other gardens and settings is an inspiration to what might be done, as well as reinforcing our social contacts with other members. To those who have hosted a summer garden showing, a ‘thank-you’ from all of us.
The upcoming meeting is arranged for Wednesday 11th of September at St. John’s Church at 7:00 PM. Please plan to attend. Please see the website for details of the parlour show. We know that many of our garden treasures are coming to an end for this year, and we look forward to having you present them. Scott Stevenson will speak about the basics of garden water features.
The club sponsors the Cowichan Valley Fall Fair on September 6, 7, and 8 with person-power to set-up and monitor various events. Esther Craig has openings for volunteers for various duties, and you are encouraged to contact her at glenest@shaw.ca and sign on if you are able to assist if you have not done so already. Also, for all volunteers, you are reminded that the cut-off for time picking up the pass bracelets is 5:00 PM on Wednesday the 4th of September.
The sponsor teams for the Wednesday meeting are Barb Parker Team 7 for the tea service and Sharol Tomshak Team 8 for set-up. Thank you to the Leaders and teams for attending to this.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Michael Bapty (V. Pres) for Jean Haley, President

 

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