Notes April 16 — Planning Meeting

Sam Michaels Park

Gardeners Exchange Group: Meeting 16 April 2022
Location: Sam Michaels Park, Jefferson County WV
Topic: Planning Meeting and Plant Exchange

The Gardeners Exchange Group gathered for its first meeting of the 2022 season at Sam Michaels Park in Jefferson County with 17 members and guests in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to plan programs for the new season.

Coordinator Kathy Dillon lead the discussion with members offering topic suggestions including Chinese herbs, mushrooms, composting, garden ponds, a visit to the Tonic Herb Shop in Shepherdstown, a visit to a hydroponics shop in Morgan County, a presentation on invasive insect species such as the Asian jumping worm (that could possibly include a visit to the Agricultural Research Center in Kearneysville) or other environmental concerns. One topic which received significant interest from the group was an offer by Ellen Plitt to craft and paint garden stones by a process called hypertufa.

Renny Smith agreed to handle publicity for the group. Terry Thorson listed the required information which planners, speakers and hosts must provide to her for posting on the GEG website a month before each meeting. Terry will send this listing to each monthly program planning person. Jane Blash reported that GEG has an account at Truist Bank in Shepherdstown (previously BB&T). Kathy Stokey-Graves and Jane are listed on the account for check-writing.

Members announced local upcoming garden events including the Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club Herb Fair May 7–8, and the Back Alley Tour and Tea in Shepherdstown, May 21–22. Ebbs Run in Charles Town also features lovely gardens. Several attendees offered for members to come and dig specific plants from their garden at a convenient time scheduled with the member. Diane Niedzialkowski offered elderberry shrubs, and Betsy Wells offered bulbs and hellebores that would benefit from thinning and sharing this fall.

Jane Blash mentioned that the Shepherdstown Library is planning for professionally-landscaped gardens at the new site on Higbee Lane and, by next year, may serve as a venue for a program and tour. Right now, volunteers are needed to pack books for transport to the new library. Anyone interested in helping with that project should email Jane.

Members spent time conversing around the plant-sharing table which was loaded with plant offerings from individual gardens. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 9:00am. Kathy Dillon will provide details via the website.

Submitted by Jane Blash