Gardeners By The Bay – Plant Sale 5 April 2017 Photos

 

Photos & Text by Ann Abernathy

Gardeners by the Bay (GBTB) held their spring plant sale fund raiser on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, in the south parking lot of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church in Clear Lake at 16335 El Camino Real, at the front portico and small parking lot facing Seafoam Drive. It was a cool and windy morning. The sale began at 9:30am and lasted until noon.

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A propagation party was held on February 8, at the gardens of Heather Amuny. The newly potted plants are then taken home and looked after by members until the club plant sale. Members bring plants from their own gardens for the sale or purchase them. Nancy Mason purchases her donated plants since she is unable to dig in her garden. It is work to dig up plants. Plants were to be at the sale by 7 AM so that they could be priced and put on display.
Members who volunteered and their duties:

Pricers: Leslie Wong, Donna Jerz, Becky Kadel, Bettye Solcher, Erica Stepchinski, and Madeleine Rogers.

Unloaders: Erica Stepchinski, Madeleine Rogers, Nancy Beeson, Judith Jackson , Ann Lyon, Edward Cunningham, Sara Nielsen, Richard Nguyen, Priss Fletcher, Diane Lavelle, Virginia Cross, Joyce Roberts, Bridgette Crull, Laura Estupinian, Regina Flaherty, Becky Kadel, Frank Resch, Brenda Lancaster, Bianca Spier, and Marjorie McConnico.

Invoicers: Erica Stepchinsky, Alice Steele, Ann Lyon, Edward Cunningham, Sara Nielsen, Leslie Wong, Priss Fletcher, Sulynn Colvin, Cheryl Brueggeman, Regina Flaherty, and Sandy McBride.

Cashiers: Madeleine Rogers, Frank Resch, and Mary Smith.

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A view of the sales tables and plants from refreshment area. Heather Amuny was manning that table.

Found out Heather is from Memphis. She enjoys pimento cheese sandwiches. Mary Demeny made them including the bread. Heard comments and had to try one. I grew up on them. Bettye Solcher was on the ground pricing plants when I got there. Bettye is a Galveston County Master Gardener.

 

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Madeleine “Mad” Rogers and Frank Resch were cashiers. This was the first year of having the sale in the parking lot of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church on El Camino Real. That’s Becky Kadel on left.

 

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Laura Estupinian helped members carry their plants from their vehicles to the tables. Saw Erica Stepchinski helping Mary Smith’s husband return the church tables into the church.

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Prices were reduced by half around 11am. Many club members made their purchases then. Cheryl Brueggeman and Leslie Wong were all around helpers. Marjorie McConnico made nice signs for her plants. Heard Roemehl Dewey describe characteristics of plants to potential customers.

Consolidating plants and taking down tables. Mary Smith brought several tables and chairs to help with the event. She needed both vehicles to take them home. Heard someone say the setup for the sale started at 6:30am. Saw Mary bringing in our sale signs from the street.

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We had a few customers just before closing. Leftover plants were donated to a Friendswood Garden organization. Their two cars were very loaded with plants. The day was sunny but very breezy. I am a fairly new member and only mentioned the people I knew. I think most enjoyed the morning and hopefully we made enough to fund the church rental for next year. Kay Bergman approached me for my 2017/2018 dues which I had not paid. She said the club has to pay $8 dues for each member in April.

Reminder of New Meeting Place & Upcoming November Oleanders

Due to renovation of the University Baptist Church, Gardeners By The Bay (GBTB) garden club now meets at Clear Lake United Methodist Church, in the Fellowship Hall, 16335 El Camino Real, Houston, 77062. Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 am, followed by monthly presentation at 9:30am. We still meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

On November 2nd, Lydia Miller, President of the International Oleander Society in Galveston will speak to us about “Looking at Oleanders with Different Eyes”.

Change to Web site

Great news!

After 7 years, GBTB.org will have a new web master, David Smith, husband of President Mary.

A great club like Gardeners by the Bay deserves a great web site.

I launched the site seven years ago as part of a graduate-student project. I had already earned an MA in literature but wanted to improve my web skills. Rather than get deeper into web design, however, I became a master gardener and a master naturalist. Surely my time with GBTB had a hand in that.

A family tragedy took me away from updating the site in a timely manner this September.

The Web site is mostly up-to-date at the moment, and now I gratefully hand things over to David.

All the best, Martha

March 2, 2016: Ferns for Sun and Shade

Join us for our March 2nd meeting, when Darla Harris, President of the Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society, will speak to us about the many varieties of hardy ferns for both sun and shade in our area.

Visitors are always welcome to GBTB monthly meetings. We meet in the “Great Room” of University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive. (Though this location will change in the near future due to renovations.) Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by special educational presentations.

For more information on future programs, please see our calendar.

February 3, 2016: Delightful Daylilies

At our February meeting, Nell Shimek of Shimek’s Gardens in Alvin will speak to us about the many varieties of daylilies and the best practices to grow and multiply them. Nell and her husband have grown over 800 different registered daylily cultivars along with thousands of their own daylily seedlings in their display garden.

Visitors are always welcome to GBTB monthly meetings. We meet in the “Great Room” of University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive. (Though this location will change in the near future due to renovations.) Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by special educational presentations.

For more information on future programs, please see our calendar.

January 6, 2016: Blooming Tough

We will kick off 2016 with a presentation by Galveston County Master Gardener Sandra Devall on “Blooming Tough Plants through Deluge and Drought”.

Visitors are always welcome to GBTB monthly meetings. We meet in the “Great Room” of University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive. (Though this location will change in the near future due to renovations.) Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by special educational presentations.

For more information on future programs, please see our calendar.

 

 

December 2, 2015: Gardening and Health

John Ferguson, Owner of Nature’s Way Resources in Conroe will speak to us on December 2 about “Our Gardening and our Health”.

Visitors are always welcome to GBTB monthly meetings. We meet in the “Great Room” of University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive. Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by special educational presentations.

For more information on future programs, please see our calendar.

 

November 4, 2015: Skip Richter Talks Fall

On Wednesday, November 4, Harris County Extension Agent and author of Month by Month Gardening – Texas, Skip Richter will give us an overview of fall gardening activities and discuss the preparation and use of compost to enrich our gardens.

Visitors are always welcome to GBTB monthly meetings. We meet in the “Great Room” of University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive. Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by special educational presentations.

For more information on future programs, please see our calendar.