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Garden Clippings February March 2014

Garden Clippings February March 2014

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Fortuna Garden Club February/March 2014
Co -Presidents.: Mary Lou Lange 725-3446 mll567jdl@gmail.com Bev Ward 725-6757 bevward49@sbcglobal.net Co-Vice-Presidents: Denise Lea 725-5947 deniselea@sbcglobal.net Debra Strahan 768-3320 debra.strahan@gmail.com Secretary: Linda Gardner 601-4284 KLMK80@verizon.net Treasurer: Corinne Stanfield 682-6092 rinjim@hotmail.com Parliamentarian: Judy Sloma 726-9029 rjsloma@sbcglobal.net Newsletter Editor: Claudia Rogers 725-5827 claudiar46@suddenlink.net 
Calendar: Calendar: Feb. 12
President’s Day Potluck
 Monday Club 12 Noon Feb. 21 Humboldt District Meeting First Covenant Church 2526 J Street Eureka 9:30 am Feb. 26 FGC Board meeting City Hall 10 am Mar. 12 General meeting Monday Club 1 am Mar. 22-23 39
 Annual Daffodil Show Fortuna River Lodge Mar. 26 Board meeting City Hall 10 am
Presidents’ Message:
Mary Lou Lange and Bev Ward
In the Monday Club kitchen, I could hear the happy chatter of nearly 50 members prior to the January meeting and program on
“Leaves.” Smiling to myself, I thought, “This
is what our club is all about: happy members socializing and working toward worthy
goals.” I had this same thought and feeling
at the Christmas Home Tour and Tea when our members, despite the busyness of the Christmas season, took the time to bake cookies, make candy, make decorations and decorate the hall, man the kitchen, serve our customers, volunteer in the homes, gather raffle prizes, sell tickets, post posters, and on and on. The monetary result was excellent: nearly $4000 in our coffers, but the human result comes from working together in the most positive of ways. Without each and every member doing his or her part, we could not pull off this offering to the community. The smiles and compliments that came our way were the true reward (and now I know I am definitely sounding clichéd). We definitely have a club to be proud of. Now, with enthusiasm, onto the new year.
Christmas Home Tour and Tea
I would like to thank all our garden club
members for their help in making this year’s
Christmas Home Tour and Tea so successful. Great job everyone! I have heard from many people how much they
enjoyed our “Christmas in Candyland”
theme. Seeing adults walk into the Monday Club and smile at the décor, was a joy.  Also, much enthusiasm with the home tour, as usual. Many people really enjoyed the opportunity to tour the Scotia Inn, the Walsh home, as well as the Daneri and Hazelton homes. This event would not be successful without the involvement of our many garden club members, so again thank you all. Thank you, from Bev Ward
Presidents’ Message:
 Denise Lea and Debra Strahan
January is here and I have gotten my fruit trees pruned and sprayed. I am deep soaking them, as I am most of my garden
and praying for rain. Don’t forget to water
your garden as we head into what may be the driest year on record. I just got home from a day trip to Shelter Cove and was saddened and a little frightened at the levels of the Van Duzen and our Eel Rivers. I apologize for the changes in the speakers this spring. Sometimes these things just happen and we have to roll with it. A big thank you to Bruce Palmer for stepping up for our January meeting and giving us a
wonderful presentation on ‘Leaves’. February’s speaker was to be Duncan
McNeil from Kellogg Garden Products but he made a mistake in his calendar and had to bow out. We scrambled for a new program for our Pot Luck Meeting on Wednesday February 12. Our speakers will be Alan and Theresa Chesmore from Butterfly Way. They will be speaking on how they got started in the butterfly propagating business, and the benefits of butterflies in the garden. I have invited them to come for lunch with us at 12, and then start their program when we are finished eating. We are excited to hear all about these pollinators and their role in our gardens.
Don’t forget we meet at 12
Noon at the Monday Club. A
 L hot dish and M
 Z please bring a salad. March 22 and 23rd, of course, is our glorious Daffodil Show. If
you haven’t already signed
up for a shift or a task to help out, this is the time we need you to call or email Janean Guest at janean@shovelcreek.com. The Daffodil Show is one of our biggest public events and it is so important that we all do our part to ensure it goes smoothly and successfully. The Humboldt Rose Society will grace our March meeting. They will thrill us with all of
3 the best roses for our area and how to take care of them.  April brings showers and the rain we hope to grow the blueberries Terry Kramer will talk to us about. She has graciously taken time out of her busy schedule at the Humboldt Botanical Garden to teach us all about her favorite food plant. The last change is for May. Doug Rose from the North Coast Water Garden Club will be presenting a very informative program entitled
“Getting Your Fe
et Wet: How to Have a
Water Garden the Easy Way”.
 Happy Gardening
Meet our Newest Members!
By Debra Strahan
 Tie has lived in Fortuna for about a year, and prior to that was living in Providence, Utah. It was our mild, temperate climate that brings her here. Her main hobbies are mostly outdoor activities, such as hiking, bird watching, gardening, and traveling. Tie is married and has two grown children that are both in college. Tie has such a wonderful outlook about gardening and landscaping! She believes that flowers and beautiful landscaping bring cheer and uplift the spirit. This is her main interest in gardening- to bring beauty that then makes people more cheerful. She always tries her best with her gardening ventures and has been pleased with her successes. Tie is also proud of being a hard worker who can make things happen in her garden; if something
doesn’t come out as
she planned she works hard to get things looking like she envisioned. Encouraged to join the club by her neighbors who are members, Tie has already benefited from our presentations and feels she is learning something new. She is looking forward to learning more about what the club has to offer, and getting more involved in club projects.
Janean Guest, Daffodil Show
In 1975 Fortuna Garden Club hosted its first annual Daffodil Show at the Fortuna Monday Club. Betty Allison was the chairman of the show. The daffodil show is a National Garden Club approved standard flower show, featuring the two divisions which are floral design and horticulture. Of course the daffodils are the horticulture division. In 1999 the Daffodil Show was moved to its current location at the beautiful Fortuna River Lodge, which is a wonderful venue with plenty of room for all of the approximately 800 stems that are entered in the show every year in addition to the creative floral designs. The Fortuna High
School’s flower arranging class students
have been entering at least 25 arrangements for the past few years which is a great addition to the show. In addition to the American Daffodil Society awards, the Fortuna Garden Club has 16 awards that the  judges decide on also. They are mainly perpetual trophies sponsored by local businesses and service groups. Most of the  ADS accredited judges and the accredited

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