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Master Gardener Meeting, 25 Oct 2018


Call to Order: Kevin Minard called the Master Gardener’s meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Speakers for the meeting were Bonnie Winkeler and Marsha Brown on Honeysuckle control. An outstanding presentation was given on it’s identification, history and how to control it.

Attendance: 34 Master Gardeners were present.


Secretary’s Report: The Secretary’s report for 27 Sept has been on line and copies were available at the meeting. Mary Carey requested a change to show that she was a member of a committee which selected an applicant for the horticultural specialist job to be interviewed. Mary Carey made a motion to approve the minutes with change. Joe Walker seconded the motion. Secretary’s Report was approved with change.


Treasurer’s Report: Joe Walker provided an overview of the financial situation: Net monthly change in September, end of Sept cash-in-bank, plant sale 2019 allocation, various gardens remaining allocation, education/dig-In allocation, greenhouse capital allocation and unallocated funds Treasurer’s Report was approved


Val Mertz: Speaker for Januay meeting may be on how to use power tools in the demonstration garden.


Education: Joe Walker is teaching Power Point classes. Class attendees have been very pleased to have taken the class. Joe requested submission of photos of gardening to put together a power point presentation for the Christmas party.


Ciindy Platzer is replacing Laura Steimel as Garden Lead. She has requested sign up for a committee to help integrate the new master gardener class interns into the demonstration gardening in 2019.


Laura Steimel: We need new garden leads in the day lilies and natives gardens. She also had surprise lilies bulbs to give away.

Kevin Minard: Raised bed #9 has been rebuilt, garlic will be planted in it on Wed Oct 31st at 9 am. Three raised beds are still in need of rebuilding. Volunteers are needed. Soft neck garlic bulbs were available for $1 a bulb. They were all sold at the end of the evening. He brought an (oil seed) Daikon Radish for viewing. It must have been 20 plus inches long and about 2 inch diameter.


Patti Kolek: Hort line has been busy last week.


Marsha Brown: The greenhouse will be cleaned Sat Nov 3rd. Work will start at 9 am. David Wilson’s tool sharpening class will start at 10 am on Saturday Nov 3rd . There are extra grow lights for more volunteers to help raise seedlings at home for the plant sale. More growers to raise plants at home for the plant sale are needed.


Membership: Waneta Parmenter was not present.


Mary Medina: talked about the Mo state MG conference. Three different awards are given each year for master garden chapter awards. She prepared an entry and the St Charles County Master Garden chapter won the “2017 Chapter of the year” award. Next year the conference will be held at the university of Missouri Columbia, MO.


Craig Morton: Steering committee election to replace two members. Joe Walker and David Wilson’s names were up for approval. They were approved. The new steering committee will be Kevin Minard, Joe Walker, David Wilson and David Prince. Election is for a two year term. Garden Leads for 2019 are Victoria Gally and Cindy Platzer.


Paul Hendricks award: nominations for award are open through 31 Oct.


Paul Hendricks is advising on the construction of the hoop house new ends and needs volunteers about 9:30 or 10 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Mary Carey: Progress on Dardenne Creek bank improvement. No action has been taken. Some bank owners have an archeological problem. Lack of funds is also an issue.


Good of the order: Joe Walker requested photos of gardening events for a power point show at the holliday party.

Tom Nagel: Looking for volunteers for landscaping on the Veteran’s Building in St Charles. It is the old waterworks building on about 1 ½ acres and has need of removing honeysuckle plus landscaping.

Mary Carey made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by David Wilson.

Meeting was adjourned.

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