Hello All Herb Club Members!
Keep your eyes open for pussy willows that are just beginning to emerge from the slender branches of their bushes. As you traipse our rural roads, have your clippers tucked in your car AND, watch the Posted signs, well sort of!!! I spotted some of these gems already along the Old Lake Shore Road near Sturgeon Point. Hurray! Signs of spring!
Out on Old Lakeview Road, my daughter's snowdrop leaves have poked up, with those dainty white blossoms soon to follow. I keep listening for the sound of geese gaggles overhead. That will happen any day now!
A long-time friend of mine says every year at this time, "It's happening all over again!"
How did you do with your herbs over the winter? I have made a big dent in the containers of the ones I had dried for the winter. My herb garden is quite protected by brick walls of the house on two sides. I have to confess, I had FRESH Rosemary and Thyme all winter! You can add a few sage leaves to that! I'd brush back any snow that descended on the plants, and there were those scrumptious leaves, ready to flavor my culinary efforts, or to be used as decorations.
*Our Board held a very productive meeting in January at the home of Denise D. What a GRACIOUS hostess!
*When you receive your membership book that Ann R. is currently compiling, you will be delighted with the program schedule that Mary R. has devised. Thanks Ann and Mary!
*Remember, the Board HAS to count on ALL members to do their part for Host/Hosting, AND to contribute to a monthly basket every other year. We're glad Pat P. does not charge us per phone
It will be a treat to see all of you at our meeting on March 13th ! Dave C. will speak on the Elderberry, Herb of the Year. I hope he includes Elderberry wine!
My Wish for You.....
May the wind be always at your back,
May God hold you in the paim of His Hand, - Always!!!
Location for Meetings:
We will continue to meet in the new building at the back of the parking lot (to the right of the gardens when facing the complex from South Park). There is an elevator to the 2nd floor where we meet.
Hosts/Hostesses for Meetings 2013
March 13, 2013: Debbie M., Karen O., Gwen H., Cathy S., Mary M. K., Marlene W. and Siri P.
April 10, 2013: Gail B., Janet P. S., Alice H., Holly K., Sue R. Alice T., and Mary D.
May 8, 2013: Linda F., Kim A., Madge L., Diane N., Roslyn H., Karen R., and Jeanette W.
June 12, 2013**:Sandy M., Mary Lou B., Denise D., Barbara M., Marilee F., and Libby A.
September 11, 2013**: Barbara O., Teresa M., Joan B., Velma L., Elaine D., and Pat P.
October 9, 2013: Sharon S., Joyce L., Shari E., Susan K., Ann K., Teresa W., and Donna R.
November 13, 2013: Judy W., Sonia F., Ann R., Donna S., Sue B., Gerry S., and Karen S.
December 11, 2013: Holiday Herb Tasting Dinner - Everyone will bring a dish to pass. More information in upcoming newsletters.
**We need at least one more person for the June & September meetings. See Pat P.
**Please remember to bring at least 2 items for the refreshment table. Light refreshments will include foods such as candies, cookies, cheese and crackers, fruit plates, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers. Don't forget to bring a written copy of your recipe to share in an upcoming edition of the newsletter. Remember Elderberry is the Herb of the Year!
Basket Raffle Donors
Each month we have our giant Basket Raffle. The proceeds help us fund the speakers that we invite to present at our monthly meetings, our fee to the Botanical Gardens for the use of their facilities, etc. Each basket should have a value of at least $50.00. We would like to have at least 5 members per month to donate towards the basket. See Pat P. to add your name to any of the months that need 5 members.
March 13, 2013: Florence W., Linda K., Judy T., Bridget S.
April 10, 2013: Pamela G., Linda H., Sharon S., Diane N.
May 8, 2013: Ann R., Donna S., Janet P. S., Sue B., Gerry S., Karen S.
June 12, 2013: Nacy K., Doris Z., Jeanette W., Pat P.
September 11, 2013: Bonnie P-K., Cherylyn P., Eileen C.
October 9, 2013: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS--Talk to Pat P.
November 13, 2013: Denise D., Mary D.
December 11, 2013: Earl M., Ed O., Mike Z., Dan F. and the rest of the guys!
Spring 2013 Meetings
March 14, 2013: David C.: A horticulturist who teaches at the Botanical Gardens, will speak on the Herb of the Year, Elderberry.
Mini Herb Talk: Pat P. will speak on Elderberry.
Gift Basket Raffle: Donated by Florence W., Linda K., Judy T., and Brigitte S.
April 11, 2013: Kathy L.S. is an Hebalist and teacher who makes her own remedies and beauty products. She will bring some for sale.
Mini Herb Talk: Judy W. will speak on Marijuana
Gift Basket Raffle: Donated by Pamela G., Linda H., Sharon S., Diane N.
At each meeting we have the Big Basket Raffle coordinated by Barb and Ed O., with the proceeds benefitting the Herb Study Group.