JUNE 2022 Newsletter from Director Mitch Grospe As the world finds its way back to a “normal” way of life. The Greater Seattle District limps along trying its best to enjoy and share our love of gardening.
After our wonderful in-person February general meeting, and the District board meeting in April went back to Zoom.
May was a busy month. Being the President of Seattle Civic, I had to manage this year’s 70th ‘Gardener of the Year’. Debbie Angel was the recipient of the award which was held at the Bellevue Botanical Garden during the ‘All Shook Up’ Flower Show by Terra Tillers of ELWD. I also entered a design, representing Avant Designs Guild.
The GSD also had its General Meeting. This was an exciting meeting for me as I got to run the meeting as I wanted. Our speaker, Cheryl Prescott, is a master gardener and member of the Seattle Rose Society. She gave a beautiful presentation with roses as giveaways. We had about 20 people—at least 1 person from each club—who shared the exciting things being done in their club. Many had plant sales, field trips to various gardens, and civic projects. With COVID lurking in the air, people getting sick, and getting harder for our older members to participate, attendance was down.
Looking forward. I’m working on getting my speakers for the last two meetings of this year 2022. September- Gil Schieber (Farmer, Horticulturist, Plantsman topic) to be determined. November- State President Anne Sullivan visits our General District Meeting for an update. Speaker Ethan Childs from Seattle Tree Care discusses the care of trees and Agrilus anxius (beetle).
I admire the members of each club in this organization, the energy it takes to keep these clubs together is daunting. For me as director, to enrich their experiences in Garden Club, reinvent them one day, and o encourage them to invite others to join is the greatest and most rewarding challenge.
SPRING 2022 Plant Sales
Saturday, April 23rd - Plant Sale by the West Seattle Garden Club
Location: Home Street Bank; 8050 15th Ave NW (Crown Hill) Seattle Time: 10am - 3pm
March 1, 2022 Newsletter from Director Mitch Grospie - NW Flower & Garden Show February 9-13, 2022
I want to thank Linda White and everyone in Greater Seattle and East Lake Washington Districts who was involved in the NW F&G Garden Show. As the holidays towards the end of the year were fast upon us. In Fall 2021 Linda and Myself took on the challenge to rally our districts to enter into the 2022 Northwest flower and garden show. We took a break for the holidays, but after the New Year, our phones lit up and work began. A 10x10 booth was where it started. what would go into the booth? With 4 people from GSD and 5 from ELWD our committee of 9, we meet over zoom and came up with ideas to what our booth would look like. A rug, tables, tablecloths, props, signs, broachers, cards, plants and of course candy. Oh, don’t forget the Volunteers to man the booth On Sunday February 6th. Linda, John, Sean and Myself, met at 8am to put the booth together. Everything came together and looked great. I had a wonderful time manning the booth daily with Sean, met some wonderful people, became a member of ELWD Avant. This experience encouraged me look to the future and think of the possibilities for what’s next. This was a great group of people and I know there are more out there, they just need that encouragement to participate feel safe and have fun.
November 21, 2021 Newsletter from Director Mitch Grospe
Monday the 15th of November was our Districts first in person meeting in 2 years. I want to thank Nona Crook of NEFC for suggesting their meeting venue in Greenwood to hold the meeting. The days forecast was rain, well the rain held off and our meeting was a success. For my first at the helm meeting, the room was field with people, several I have known 15 years, the support I felt was like a warm sweater something you would wear to a family event. Our program speaker was Laura Watson CLEMATIS: ‘Queen of Climbers’ Laura talked about sixty-two different varieties of Clematis, she has inspired me to plant a couple varieties in my yard. if you want info or are interested in clematis you can visit her website www.clematisinseattle.com. A big” Thank You” for those who showed up. I am looking forward to visiting your clubs and become better friends. Happy Holidays and we will meet again February 21, 2022
October 2021 Newsletter We started off our year in July honoring Lana Finegold as Gardener of the Year at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Members of the Seattle Civic Garden Club joined Eastlake Washington District Garden Clubs at their Festival of Color Flower Show, July 31-August 1.
Our first in-person Board Meeting in August was in my home after more than a year of Zoom Board Meetings due to group venues not allowing gatherings. The first all member District General Meeting in over a year was September 15. Twenty (20) District members met for an outdoor walking tour of the trees on the UW campus. Kathy Carr Co-President of our Carleton Park Garden Club led the tour. Kathy knew the UW Campus well as a retired member of the UW Biology Department.
We discovered that the UW Biology Department led students and UW gardeners in planting trees on campus and acquiring plants from around the world. And the grounds, though selectively logged prior to 1895, still contained a vast variety of native plants in the forested site.
Our clubs are starting to meet again and carrying on with the projects they do every year. Our District will be placing our annual Veteran’s Day Wreath Laying at the location of our Blue Star Marker at Providence Healthcare Center – VA Hospital on Beacon Hill. We are in the planning our next district meeting on Nov 15. There are members are still hesitant to attend, and we have about 50% of our members registered for this meeting.