Twelve Master Gardeners and two guests were in attendance at the October meeting held in the lobby of the 4-H building. The two guests, Andria Grady and Jan Hook who already have Master Gardener status will be joining the Montgomery County club.
President Susan Smith welcomed everyone to the meeting and we followed up with individual introductions to our guests. All members and guests wore masks and were physically distanced according to the state guidelines put in place due to the COVID-19 virus.
Attendance was recorded and due to the absence of the treasurer, no report was given. It was noted however that our recent Fall Plant Exchange was a great success. There were a total of 55 attendees from the community, who exchanged their ideas and knowledge of plants with the Master Gardeners on hand. Also available for a donation were garden related items. Unusual to the exchange this year was the appearance of “cotton seeds” from member Paul Bledsoe, which according to him, makes a really nice plant.
It has been decided that there will not be a Spring Lawn and Garden Show for 2021 or a Spring Plant Exchange due to certain restrictions. We will however focus on an outside plant sale in the spring at the 4-H grounds. The date chosen for the event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1. Nucor will also be on hand for their annual “free” tree giveaway. The event is in the planning stages with more information to be published at a later date.
A report on the Nicholson “Growing Together” project was given by Priscilla Zachary and a detailed spreadsheet of the specific garden information, put together by Marie Stocks was given to members. In total, the little garden yielded 898 pounds of fresh produce for the local FISH Food Pantry to distribute into our community. The only thing missing this year was student involvement (COVID related) and hopefully the second and third graders at Nicholson will be able to participate in the 2021 season. All participating members were thanked for volunteering to the garden’s success.
The election of our 2021 officers will take place at our November meeting, with Denise Ducharme, Beth Griffin and Priscilla Zachary volunteering to make up the nominating committee.
Discussion and planning for the May 1 Plant Sale will resume and committees will be formed.
Anyone interested in taking Master Gardener classes or would like more information about the club’s activities should call and talk to Ashley Adair at the Montgomery County Extension Office, 765-364-6363.