Message From Our President - Kate Colville September 2020

08/20/2020 16:05
  I can't remember when I felt happier to feel the rain on my face than last evening.   When the garden shrubs are starting to grow limp, you KNOW you’re in desperate need of rain. Hopefully, we’ll get even more rain this week.  This time of year the ornamental grasses are peaking, and the mums, asters, and sedums will soon be popping. Every day I’m gathering more tomatoes, peppers, and squash from my vegetable garden.
While we’ve had many gorgeous summer days, I must admit that I am looking forward to the fall colors and cool evenings.
What a joy it was to see the pride on the faces of the Youth recipients of the awards at our August meeting.
It was a treat to hear the students read their winning poems and essays. We, as a club, greatly appreciate
all of the hard work Chris Hawthorn and Barb Oswald put into making this possible for the children.
I ask you all to take a look around your gardens and indoor containers for horticulture specimens to bring
to the September meeting. Last meeting we voted with our coins, which proved quite a challenge for Marlene
to deposit into the bank! For our September meeting, I ask that you bring your wonderful horticulture
again, but this time vote for your favorites with one dollar bill(s). We will be using the money we collect
to donate to the North Hills Community Outreach Thanksgiving collection.
Julie Barnes worked hard to rearrange our speakers so that we could continue to meet outside with social
distancing this month, while the weather is still good, and have an appropriate outdoor program for
members. We are in for a real treat! We will be learning about the amazing craft of Kokedama (a program
originally scheduled for the state convention). Take a look at the amazing sample photos shown in
the section below. If you are unable to bring your own plant, never fear — plants will be provided for
you. Remember to bring your $5.00 to cover the cost of the materials.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at the September 2nd meeting at St. Thomas In the Fields church
outdoor pavilion in Gibsonia. How blessed we are to have this outdoor covered space to enable us to meet
safely.

                  Kate Colville – IGC President

                                              “Down to Earth and Diggin’ It”