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Meeting Minutes


The Weeders Meeting

October 10, 2017

Henry Foundation


The October meeting of The Weeders was opened by Jackie Burke at 10:05 at the Henry Foundation.  She welcomed new member Heather Gallagher, then said that the minutes from September would be coming with the October minutes.  Announcements followed:

She reported for Treasurer Nancy Evans that we would continue to give money to conservation organizations this year, but in reduced amounts.

The Joint Meeting will be held at the Philadelphia Country Club on November 1st at 10:30.  The topic will be “American Rivers– Protecting Wild Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers and Conserving Clean Water” and the speaker is excellent.

The Fertilizer Fund has so far received contributions from 20 Weeders.  Please give!  The amount doesn’t matter; what we are looking for is 100% participation.

Magnolia Tribute Garden – If you can, please volunteer to help Wednesday morning, October 25th, between 10:00 and 12:00.

The Weeder Fun Raiser will be held Saturday, October 28th at Laura and Ken Mitchell’s home.  The invitation will be sent out again as not everyone received it the first time around.  The cost is $80 for member only, $155 per couple and $80 per guest.

The Christmas Sale will be our next meeting.  Sonya is meeting Chair and Daryle Hanlon is in charge of the sale.  Think creatively about your contribution!

Ronald MacDonald House - Flower arrangements will be made at Laura Mitchell’s home Wednesday October 11th at 9:30 for delivery to Ronald MacDonald House.  She still needs volunteers, please.

Gazebo Garden – There will be an end-of-season workday Saturday, November 4th at the Garden in Bryn Mawr.  All hands are welcome.

Horticulture – Michele Bolton has two Challenge plants for sale: the first is a Begonia to be entered in the Challenge class of our Spring Flower Show.  It costs $6 and is an easy one for beginners to try.  The second is Hosta ‘Mini Skirt’ to be entered in the PHS Flower Show.  It costs $8 and comes with instructions for forcing.  She also has instructions for over-wintering the Caladium bulbs for those who are interested.  Finally, she said there are still two spots left for the bulb forcing workshop to be held at her home Tuesday, October 17th at 9:30.

Photography – There will be a GCA Zone V workshop at the Main Line Art Center January 17.  Let Jackie know this week if you’re interested in attending.

Wreath Making Workshop – to be held at Lynn Gibbons home Tuesday, December 5th, not Wednesday, November 29 as stated in the book. 

Viniculture at Karamoor Winery – Linda Anderson and Alice Doering have arranged this fun event.  It includes a tour, tasting and discussion of viniculture in Pennsylvania at the Karamoor Winery near Linda’s home in Ambler.  It will take place Wednesday, November 15th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and spouses and guests are welcome.  Following the tour there will be wine and supper at Linda’s home, courtesy of Linda and Alice.  The cost is $35 per person, which covers the cost of the tour and tasting, and is payable to The Weeders by November 5.  Checks should be sent to Linda at 585 Lewis Lane, Ambler, PA 19002.

FYI, Regina Wagner reported that Jenkins Arboretum has leftovers from its fall plant sale that are going for bargain prices.  Orchids, for example, are priced at $5.  Hurry, though; the Arboretum won’t hold on to the plants forever.

Lloyd Brown wanted us to know that Weeder Amy Freitag gave a wonderful talk to GCA recently praising their accomplishments in the area of conservation.


Jackie reminded us to check email for announcements as there is so much going on right now.  She adjourned the meeting at 10:35.



Speaker Susan Treadway, granddaughter of Mary Gibson Henry was introduced.  She presented a slide show of Mrs. Henry’s travels beginning in the 1930s and moving forward through the decades of her life. Her interest in plants and wildlife took her to the far corners of the North American continent where she collected plant specimens, bringing them home to be studied and nurtured.  She became known to botanists and horticulturists around the world and a mutual sharing of plants and knowledge resulted.  Mrs. Henry’s story was remarkable and inspiring.


Respectfully submitted,

Lesley Undercofler

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