A large crowd of Garden Club members attended the March meeting to hear noted author and gardening expert, Pat Welsh. Ms. Welsh wowed the assemblage with her extensive knowledge of plants suitable for patios, appropriate varieties for our climate, planting in shade vs. direct sunlight, organic fertilizers, seasonal planting and trimming methods, and container planting. Following the business meeting Ms. Welsh autographed copies of her comprehensive and authoritative book, Southern California Organic Gardening, which takes local gardeners by the hand and helps them grow a beautiful pest-and-diseasefree garden while living in harmony with nature. The members approved a donation to the Dover AFB garden. This is the base where fallen military personnel are returned to the States for routing to their final resting places.
The President reminded members that the Club’s annual plant sale will be held on May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the ClubHouse.
Election of officers for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014: Candidates for offices proposed by the Nominating Committee were unanimously elected to two year terms: President – Jerry Koppang; Vice President – Irene Hopson; Secretary – Melanie Wilcox; Treasurer – Karl Kuhn
Field Trip: The club continues to accept signups for the spring field trip to Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge on April 17 which will be held in lieu of our regular April meeting. Some spots are still available; interested persons may call Jerry Koppang. Cost is $30 and includes admission to the park.
Glossary of Gardening Terms:
Clorosis – Lack of green coloring of leaves, caused by nutritional deficiencies, environment or disease.
NPK – Nitrogen (N), phosphate (P), potash or potassium (K) – chemical symbols for the three primary nutrients required by plants.
Pinching – removing terminal buds or growth to stimulate flowering or branching.
Gardener’s Quotation of the Month: “Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often, we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.” —John W. Gardner
Correction: In last month’s Seashore News column, we mistakenly named Carol Daly as a member of the coming year’s Hospitality Committee. Chris Daley is the member. Our apologies for this error (old age, I guess).