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June 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY June 14th, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. June is a particularly busy month in growing mums so hope you can attend the meeting and bring your questions!

The following supplies will be available at the June meeting to support your final potting on. Call Ronnie right away if you need soils
Pre-Orders from Speciality Soils
– M&R Mix 1 cu ft. bag
– Pumice (coarse) 1 cu ft.
– Farmyard Manure 1 cu ft.

Other Club supplies available
– Mid Season Fertilizer, 20-9-20+ You’ll need this once you have potted on to the final pot-9″ or 8″
– Early Season fertilizer, 12-45-10
– Marathon 1% Systemic Insecticide (For control of black aphids)
-Twistems of various lengths
-Plant tags

May 10, 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Present: Anne Schreibe, Steve Backstrom, Kris Stephens, Sue Joyner, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, Rich and Jill Aldrich, Sydney Ogilvie

Cultural presentation:
Discussed Stopping Dates – most plants are stopped April 15th through June 1st – refer to cultivar list on the website for specific cultivar stopping dates.
Final potting into 8”, 9” or 10“ pots
Prepare pots by washing them in a mild Clorox solution (1 Tablespoon per gallon of water) then rinse in clear water.
Place a piece of broken rock in the bottom of the pot to keep the drain clear. Place about 1-2 inches of dirt in the bottom of the pot. Add Marathon systemic to control black aphids. Place the 6” root ball on top of the dirt so that the top of the root ball is 1 to 2 inches below the rim of the pot. Fill around the root ball and stake in place with a shingle or bamboo stake.
When potting take place after June 1st consider dropping down one pot size because the roots will not have enough time to fill the larger pots.
After 3 weeks in the final pot start a mid-summer feeding program (1 to 2 Teaspoons of 20-10-20 fertilizer per gallon of water. Watch leaves to gauge fertilizing. If leaves become hard or curled then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and lighter green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow try drying them out. If drying the plant doesn’t help try feeding ½ teaspoon Epsom salts per plant or leaf feed liquid iron. Do not over feed liquid iron.
Review pest management program every 2 weeks. Spray with a fungicide every 2 weeks- Ortho Funginex or Daconil are recommended
Member Plant Sale – ****2018 project mum is Connie Mayhew. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.

Business meeting:
April meeting minutes were approved by Steve Backstrom and Mark Ross
Sydney Ogilvie gave treasurers report – $6578.48 total

Review of VPC plant sale:
Revenue from plant sales: approx. 1400
Critique of plant sale:
Layout and flow of lower greenhouse location – challenging to get people to other building; the plat pictures and layout worked well.
Suggestions for next year:
a) get Cisco to broadcast at plant sale;
b) use I-phone square for credit card sales;
c) historically there were two plant sales; early and late. Suggested that we should go back to that format. Perhaps a north and south plant sale location.
d) public purchases different plants than we grow- need to focus on plants public will purchase.
Looking ahead:
Fall show needs a set up person. Ron will be attending the national show which is scheduled the same weekend as our show.
Fall Show date – We and Thurs, October 24th – 25th setup; Fri – Sun, October 26th -28th fall mum show at VPC(this will be discussed at meeting)
Annual awards banquet – Thursday Nov 8th.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm

May 2018 Newsletter & Meeting Notice

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org
Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

HAPPY SPRING !

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY MAY 10th, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We meeting the small north class room.

Dues for 2018
“Last call – fair warning”. Please pay up, if this has not been done yet, or you cannot enter your blooms in our show in November.

PLANT CULTURE and SUPPLIES

Please contact Ron NOW for soilless and any other supply needs at the May meeting.

Please bring any left over plants to the May Meeting as some members may still want some cultivars.

April 12, 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Present: Kris Stephens, Sue Joyner, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, June Kubo, Rich and Jill Aldrich, David Rynes, Heidi Garman, Mas Tamekuni, Sydney Ogilvie, Lizzy Whetstone, Janet Anderson, Satoshi, Nakayama,
Cultural presentation:
Member Plant Sale – ****2018 project mum is Connie Mayhew. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.

Business meeting:
February meeting minutes were approved by David Rynes and Rich Aldrich
Sydney Ogilvie gave trasurers report – $5948 total

Plant sale preparation:
Set up:
See Plant sale notes
Plant sale:
1) Sort starts by plant and variety with picture behind varietal
2) Sydney to bring money box
3) Publications for distribution
a) Welcome letter
b) Membership applications
c) Fall mum show reminder post cards
d) Fall show dates
e) Monthly meeting location directions
f) Growing instructions
4) Boxes for sale starts
5) Watering can
6) No tax on plant sales
7) Volunteers
a) Cashiering
b) Greeters
c) Rovers
Plant sale beak down:
After 2 pm –

Additional plant sales and presentations:
1) Bob Ewing – East Hill Nursery asked about scheduling an April chrysanthemum presentation. Bob to ask about hosting a plant sale to coincide with the presentation.
2) Zenith Holland Nursery in Des Moines would also like a chrysanthemum presentation and plant sale.
3) Karen Hagethy – garden club also requested a spring Chrysanthemum presentation May 8th at 1:30 PM. Kris to see if we can change the date to better coincide with our plant sale. Ron to do the presentation
4) Portland Avenue Nursery in Tacoma has reached out to ECA – interested in hosting a plant sale, presentation, show at their facility – Kris to get more information
5) Jill Aldrich garden club also interested in getting some plants
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm

April 2018 Newsletter & Plant Sale Info

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association

HAPPY EASTER!!

DUES
If you have NOT paid your dues, please do!! Our Treasurer is Sydney Ogilve – please contact her if you cannot make the meeting on 4-12-2018.

Our NEXT MEETING OF THE ECA IS OUR MEMBER PLANT SALE!!! IMPORTANT!!!!
Please note that our April Meeting is Thursday, April 12th at Seattle Police Athletic Association. For directions, please click on the ABOUT ECA tab above. We are now meeting in the North Class Room. This meeting is important as we prepare final details for our Annual Plant sale on Saturday, April 14th. Please bring plants to the April 12th meeting for sale to members. Please note that NOVICES have first preference for plants – Novices please have your coaches help you select plants. Members are reminded to bring in their extra plants for our member plant sale and the public sale. Only healthy looking plants are accepted for the “Sales Events”. For those bringing in plants, please also bring in newspaper or a cloth to cover the table if your plants are in an open bottom carrier. This will help the clean up crew when tidying at the end of the meeting.

A huge THANK YOU to our tireless & more prolific growers who have been providing so many plants for so many years to benefit our club. This is how we fund our activites.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE – APRIL 14th at the Volunteer Park Conservatory – 1400 East Galer Street, Seattle, WA 98112 More details and directions at the VPC website “link” above.

Remember to bring your plants in to Volunteer Park Conservatory and help with set up on Friday, April 13th starting at 1 P.M. The Saturday, April 14th public plant sale will be held from 10 A.M. to-2 P.M.

Club Library/Publications Notices Notes

Mark Ross is our Club Librarian. We have a limited collection of excellent reference books and the goal is for Members to take books out for one month only. Thereby we can give as many growers as possible a chance to read and learn from the experiences and knowledge of other growers.

CONTACT FOR SUPPLIES

Please contact Ronnie Elliot by Tuesday April 10th for club supply orders including soilless for delivery at the April meeting.

Minutes from March meeting:
March 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Meeting Called to order at 7:04 pm
Cultural presentation: Continue taking cuttings through March.
Start gathering growing supplies:
Soil discussion: M&R mix ($7.50/bag) has been the standard ECA potting medium for a number of years. A discussion ensued regarding different soils that members are using. Soil mediums being used by the club members include – professional greenhouse mix, Ocean Forest coconut fiber (does not break down as fast as peat moss), Sunshine 4, garden & gardeners bloom
Steve Joyner reported that Dave Helgeson of VPC recommends potting medium -sunshine 4; Fungicide – Strike; Rooting compound – Woods concentrate
B-9 – a good growth retardant to help plant from getting too leggy. Do not use B9 on plants that tend to naturally grow short- for example – all the Fairweather’s, all the Alexis, Port Stanley
Prepare 4 inch pots for potting up:
Clean clay pots in a very diluted bleach solution (1 teaspoon bleach per gallon of water) or an antibacterial dish soap to kill fungus. If using a bleach solution be sure to rinse pots in water bath after the bleach solution
Once plants are in 4 inch pots they can be moved from the greenhouse to a cold frame to harden them. Don’t leave new start out side overnight without protection.
Start developing your growing plan. Encourage new members to grow 14’s and 15’s, 3’s, 4’s or 5’s – Early English or late decorative plants for greatest satisfaction.
Break for member plant sale perusing and purchasing.
Business meeting:
Present: Kris Stephens, Sue and Steve Joyner, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, Mas Tamakuni, John Harden, June Kubo, Heidi Garman, Alva Nishimura, Rich and Jill Aldrich, David Rynes, Janet Anderson, Sydnie Ogilvie. We welcomed new participants Lizzy and Jamie
February 2018 meeting minutes approved by Dave Rynes and seconded by Ron Elliott
Treasures report – Sydney Ogilvie – $5997.51. We were about $300 less than last year.
Sydney deposited $452.75 Dues and supplies. More expenses coming up so may move money from savings to checking. May – Non-profit filing. Need to Pay Ron Dunham $120 for web hosting web site
Plant Sale:
Erika printed 1000 plant sale promo flyers for March meeting
Plant sale postcards for public sale need to be sent out by end of March
Bob Ewing brought Photo file of mums for plant sale
Need red solo cups, sand, sticks & black clips for the photos
Mark Ross will locate the plastic picnic basket containing plant sale supplies
Plant sale dates:
April 12th – second ECA member plant sale
April 14th – Public plant sale
We lost several trays at Volunteer Park Conservatory so we will have a third VPC cutting and starting university at VPC on Sun March 11th at 10 am – 2 pm
Connie Mayhew is our 2018 project mum. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.
Community Presentations –
1) East Hill Nursery in Kent asked about scheduling an April chrysanthemum presentation. Bob to ask about hosting a plant sale to coincide with the presentation.
2) Zenith Holland Nursery in Des Moines would also like a chrysanthemum presentation and plant sale.
Karen Hagethy – Brown Point garden club also requested a spring Chrysanthemum presentation May 8th at 1:30 PM. Kris to see if we can change the date to better coincide with our plant sale. Ron to do the presentation
Ron Reported that Marlene Martinez – wants plants gave her plant sale information
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

March 2018 Meeting Notice & Newsletter

March 2018
Newsletter
EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association


Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

MARCH ECA NEWSLETTER
MEETING OF THE ECA –THURSDAY, March 8th, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. REALLY! We are in the North Class Room

DUES – Members are encouraged to pay 2018 dues to Treasurer, Sydney Ogilvie. Annual dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Dues must be paid before or at the March meeting for members to be listed in the clubs 2018 yearbook.

Minutes from the ECA Meeting Thursday February 8th:
February 8, 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Cultural presentation:
Continue taking cuttings through February and March. A few early February cuttings can be available for the March meeting. Most Feb and March cuttings should be early English and American varieties. Late decorative classes – 4, 5, 14 and 15 should be started in February. Take cuttings for yourself and for the plant sale.
About 4 weeks after taking your cutting the root will be developed enough to start fertilizing with an early mum fertilizer, Peters 9-45-15 or plant Marvel 12-45-10. Dispense one teaspoon per gallon once a week.
B-9 – a good growth retardant to help plant from getting too leggy. Caution – do not use B9 on plants that tend to naturally grow short- for example – all the Fairweathers, all the Alexis, Port Stanley
Start developing your growing plan. Encourage new members to grow 14’s and 15’s, 3’s, 4’s or 5’s – Early English or late decorative plants for greatest satisfaction.
Business meeting:
Present: Kris Stephens, Sue Joyner, Alva And Dennis Nishimura, Richard Thompson, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, June Kubo, Rich and Jill Aldrich, David Rynes
Bob Ewing brought a get-well card for Janet Ross recovering from eye surgery
Connie Mayhew is our 2018 project mum. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.
Mark brought and distributed the potting flats
Trustees meeting scheduled for 2/10/18 @ 10 am
Bob Ewing – East Hill Nursery asked about scheduling an April chrysanthemum presentation. Bob to ask about hosting a plant sale to coincide with the presentation.
Karen Hagethy – garden club also requested a spring Chrysanthemum presentation May 8th at 1:30 PM. Kris to see if we can change the date to better coincide with our plant sale. Ron to do the presentation
Second VPC cutting and starting university scheduled for Saturday February 24th 10 am – 2 pm
Plant sale dates:
March 8th ECA member plant sale
April 12th – second ECA member plant sale
April 14th – Public plant sale from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Volunteer Park Conservatory
Plant sale postcards for public sale need to be sent out by end of March
Erika to print 500 plant sale promo flyers for March meeting
Bob Ewing has PVC bloom holders he would like to gift to someone. They fit in his Saturn SUV

Minutes from the ECA Trustees Meeting:
2/10/2018
ECA Trustees meeting
VPC:
David Helgeson has committed to helping us grow mums. To help us keep our club viable and continuing the cultivars. VPC involvement may help get more folks educated, involved and keep the integrity of the plants.
Coaches:
We need to revive the coaching concept. Kris would like to provide a coach flyer at the plant sale to encourage buyers to join the club. The idea of a novice-coach time during our meetings was encouraged
Current Coaches – Steve Joyner; Dave Rynes, Bob Ewing, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott
Novice handbook – Review, update and distribute at the April plant sale and on line.
Trophies – Do we need additional? Retire? Update? There are retired trophies. Sue to talk to Larry about trophy history and locate a list of trophies
Cultural emphasis:
Emphasize growing good flowers not gearing toward the show. Grow for Friends, Family, Neighbors and the show. Need to let folks know what’s easy vs hard to grow. Cultural notes are currently geared toward growing 1’s and 2’s. Need to consider adding cultural notes for other classes. Encourage new members to grow 14’s and 15’s, 3’s, 4’s or 5’s – Early English or late decorative plants for greatest satisfaction.
To draw new members, we need to emphasize and teach “learning to grow Chrysanthemums”
At last show lowered judging standard to recognize involvement Chris Brookes felt that the value of the prize was diminished because the number and quality of the blooms were below historical standards. Are we lowering the standard just to give out awards? Spiders were judged to historical standard this past year. New members seem to quit because they don’t see rewards for their effort. Perhaps we need to gear new growers toward growing they are growing difficult plants
Discussed introducing new stalk from Kings catalog & Faribault

Plant Sale:
70 post cards going out to plant sale
David Rynes – Need a better description of what is being sold at the plant sale.
Change show flyer to something like “beautiful long lasting late blooming fall colors”, massive or single blooms spiders and charms, quills and spoons

Plant Sale at three additional outlets, Each Hill Nursey, Sea-Tac Botanical
Target garden clubs, horticultural societies
Advertising for plant sale in Seattle newspaper, libraries, small newspapers

Calendar dates –

Fall Show Dates – Oct 24th – 28th
Member Spring plant Sale – March 8th & April 12th
Public plant Sale April 14th
Officer nominations start in June should be done by December
Recommended a 30 minutes business meeting (agenda) and 60-minute cultural presentation.
Forego reading minutes and ask for approvals at meeting
Paperwork filing date – March April time frame – Sue to check with Sydney today and ask for status update
Website agreement – website hosting bill – are we current? Kris to ask Steve Backstrom
Washington state registration fee due in Feb. generally done on line. Historically been about $30
Finite project – encourage growing 14’s and 15’s, 3’s, 4’s or 5’s – Early English or late decorative challenge
Possible England Travel opportunities to see chrysanthemums

Lastly, June Kubo reported:
I stopped by Volunteer Park earlier today and found that the cuttings all look great. The lower temperature and “less” misting really helped. Thank you Ronnie for making this happen.

Even the KUBO Connie Mayhews that looked really really BAD perked up.

February 2018 Newsletter

Please pay your dues if you’ve not done so yet. MEETING OF THE ECA – is scheduled for TOMORROW THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8th, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. Meeting in North Class Room.

We Need a Volunteer to speak about mums at a garden Club in NW Tacoma/Brown’s Point May 8th at 1:30 PM. Kris will discuss this at the meeting.

Draft Minutes from January ,meeting by Sue Joyner. Please note dates of upcoming events and plan to attend. Happy Valentines Day!!

January 11, 2017

ECA Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Kris Stephens, Ron Elliott, June Kubo, David Rynes, Erika Harris, Alva and Dennis Nishimura, Steve and Sue Joyner, Mark Ross, Rich and Jill Aldrich

Meeting was brought to order at 7:10 pm

Cultural Presentation – Ron Elliott, Mark Ross and Steve Joyner

How to take a stool cutting and propagate a new plant

By now stools should be in a heated area (60 deg. For example). They should be watered and fertilized with a high Nitrogen fertilizer such as Miracle Grow (24-8-16) to stimulate new growth.

It’s important that you identify your best plants from each variety and try to get your cutting from those plants. Weak or diseased plants should be destroyed.

Ron Elliott demonstrated how to take a cutting and use the earth pot for starting the plant. The earth pots come in a tray of 72 starting modules containing the required soilless ingredients. The cuttings are inserted directly into each module and the planting media is pressed gently around the tender starts. The earth pots are liked by several growers because they provide a denser starting flat.

Steve Joyner discussed the characteristics of a healthy plant for taking a cutting and demonstrated how he takes a cutting and starts the plant in a 2 ½ inch cross bottom cube.

Soilless starting media is placed in the 2 ½ inch cross bottom cubes. The planting media is compacted in each corner of the cube. Using a pencil, poke a hole in the center of the starting media. Steve dips the leafy end of his starts in a weak fungicide solution and then dips the end of the cutting into root tone, before inserting the cutting into the cube. The planting media is pressed gently around the tender start.

For either method controlled heat is required under the tray, overhead lights and covers are also necessary. Light overhead spraying will keep the plants moist enough to start the roots. Too much moisture will rot the start.

Instruction was provided on the information that should be written on the pot tag. The plat name, plant classification, start date, the grower’s initials. The start date provides good reference for selecting the start date for next year’s plants.

After the demonstrations anyone present was encouraged to take a cutting, complete the tag and plant the start. Having many experienced growers in the room provided good information and guidance for the novice growers present.

Start time frames –
First out the gate in early to mid-January – Elsie Prosser, Mount Rainier, James Bryant, Keith Luxford, all fairweathers, most fantasies, and any specimen plants (10 or more blooms)
In late January – Connie Mayhew, Seychelles, Dukes, Jessie Habgood
February – Lundys, Harry Gees, Jane Sharpe, Ralph Lambert, Athabasca
Late February to early March – 4’s, 5,s and garden varieties

Now is the time to be thinking about what you want to enter in the fall show.
Strategies were discussed and growers were encouraged to look at the ECA show rules and create their 2018 growing plan.
Business Meeting:
December 13, 2017 meeting minutes were read by Sue Joyner. Motion to accept by Steve Joyner and 2nd by June Kubo. Approved by all in attendance

Agenda:
1. Review of 2018 slate of officers

2. Mark Ross ordered 50 planting trays. They will arrive January 22nd. Sue Joyner purchased 3 boxes white tags, 2 boxes, yellow tags and 1 box purple tags from Steubers and brought them to the meeting.

3. Trustee’s annual meeting
Kris Stephens continues to coordinate the trustee meeting for a January to February time frame. Kris will contact Bob Ewing to secure a meeting location at Wesley Gardens.

4. Cutting and planning social/potluck
The first ECA chrysanthemum cutting and starting University at Volunteer Park Conservatory (VPC) is scheduled for Sunday January 21st between noon and 2 pm. We anticipate running longer. Bring your stools! We will be taking cuttings on any single digit classification cultivars – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. (see cultivar list below)
There will be a potluck of soup, rolls, salad and side dishes at VPC during our workshop.

The second ECA chrysanthemum cutting and starting University is scheduled for Saturday, February 24th. Kris Stephens to coordinate the time with VPC David Helgeson. More info forthcoming at the February ECA meeting

5. Upcoming ECA events
Sunday, January 21st cutting/planting event at VPC greenhouse
Thursday, February 8th regular Thursday evening meeting
Saturday, February 24th second cutting/planting event at VPC greenhouse.

6. Plant sale dates:
March 8th – first ECA member plant sale
April 12th – second ECA member plant sale.
April 14th – Public plant sale at VPC

7. Plant Sale discussion:
Because our Furneys plant sale patrons may not want to drive to Volunteer park for plants Sue Joyner suggested that we contact the SeaTac Horticultural society. Jill and Rich Aldrich agreed to contact them to see if we could possibly have an April plant sale there. Sue also suggested that we consider contacting Bellevue Botanical garden as a third April plant sale location. The idea being multiple plant sales in different areas around greater Seattle. Last year we sold about the same number of plants as in previous years but had many more starts that we could have sold.
Jill Aldrich introduced the idea of having some pictures of the plants for the plant sale(s). We have a large catalog of pictures to set up a picture board.

8. Social Media Addition – talk to Steve Backstrom about adding a membership application to the web site

9. Vases – Erika Harris provided a catalog from the floral supply syndicate. Vase criteria for multiple bloom entries (5-6 inches across the top). We would prefer similar larger vases for display in the show. Dave Rynes will provide information on how the English national chrysanthemum society displays vases of 5 for their shows. This will help us determine the vases we need to purchase

10. Trophies – Continued discussion about trophies. Should we retire and replace some of the well-loved (and used) trophies? Sue will contact Larry Mayer who was identified as a great resource providing background information on past award/trophy purchases.

11. Proposed 2018 project bloom – Connie Mayhew

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm
Sue Joyner, Secretary

February Cultural Notes and to Do List

PLANT CULTURE – Continue to start plants for our public sale in April. Plants must be given protection for the first few months and carefully nurtured to establish strong root systems before potting or repotting. In February, take starts for the early blooming varieties. At this month’s meeting, the focus is growing plants, cultivar selection, materials and your reference books. Cultural recommendations are attached.

SUPPLIES – Supplies to be available at the February meeting.
· Plant Labels, White and Yellow 100 per pack.
· 2½” Plastic planting/starting cubes
· M&R Soilless Growing Media (Need enough orders to buy a pallet for a lower price). The cultural committee has decided to provide only M&R mix. It is a better product for mums than the mix used previously. This mix can be used for all pottings from the first 2 ½” pot to the 9 or 10” final pot.

January 2018 Newsletter

Hi All
Hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Celebration! Looking forward to seeing you Thursday January 11th, 2018 and in the New Year!

Our next meeting is Thursday the 11th of January @ Seattle Police Athletic Association small classroom to the north of the big hall @ 7 PM. See our website http://ecamumclub.org under “about” for a map & updated directions. Turn left at the end of the driveway fences. Classroom is on the right just north of the house.

SUPPLIES: (see notes in minutes) and please call Ronnie Elliot by Monday, January 8th to order M&R mix for both January and February meetings. We will have plant tags and twistems at the meeting.

Dues: Please pay your dues for 2018 at the January Meeting

NEW EVENT: Cutting College & Social
Jan 21st, 2018 12-2pm at Volunteer Park Conservatory Greenhouse.
Stool prep, cutting, and planting of #1’s and #2’s. Bring your stools and some food to share. More details to follow at the meeting.

2018 Project Bloom Suggestion:
Connie Mayhew

2017 NCS National Show in Portland:
Special Kudos to ECA Members Ron Elliot for 4 class wins and Tamara Bliley for 1 class win.
Link to Details

Two Million Hits to the ECA Website!!! We will be trying to link to our Facebook page and add more photos to this site in the next few months.

DRAFT MINUTES from ECA Meeting December 13, 2017.

ECA Meeting Minutes
Attendees: Kris Stephens, Ron Elliott, Richard Thompson, David Rynes, Erika Harris, Alva and Dennis Nishimura, Steve and Sue Joyner

Meeting was brought to order at 7:05 pm

Cultural Presentation – Ron Elliott
Care of your stools throughout the winter and growing new shoots for cuttings
Success for the coming year begins with the care of our stock so as to produce quality cuttings. It’s important that you identify your best plants from each variety and try to get your cuttings from those plants. Weak or diseased plants should be destroyed.
Cut back your plants to a 4 inch stem.
Remove all old leaves and new leaves on new appearing shoots.
Clean up your pots and set them outside and sheltered from wind, rain and slugs.
It is important for the stool to remain relatively cool during this short dormant period. This chilling will help produce much stronger cuttings for next year’s growing cycle.

Protect your plants from hard freezing (Lower than 28 deg.) Mums are hardy and most plants can stand a night or more of freezing temperatures, but 3 consecutive nights of hard freezing will probably kill all but the hardiest mums. During severe cold snaps a garage, shed, greenhouse, cold frame, or a tarp can be used temporarily to protect the plants till the cold subsides

Three to four weeks before the desired cutting times bring the stools into a heated area (60 deg. For example), water them and fertilize with a high Nitrogen fertilizer such as Miracle Grow (24-8-16) to stimulate new growth.

In general cutting will be taken from Jan. 15th and on.

Business Meeting:
October 12, 2017 meeting minutes were read by Sue Joyner. Motion to accept by Kris Stephens and 2nd by Steve Joyner. Approved by all in attendance

Agenda:
1. 2018 slate of officers was presented

President: Kris Stephens

Vice President: Steve Joyner

Secretary: Sue Joyner

Treasurer: Sydney Ogilive

3 year trustee: Chris Brookes

3 year Trustee: David Rynes

2 year trustee: Jill Aldrich

2 year trustee: Mas Tamekuni

1 year trustee: Ann Schriebe

1 year trustee: Mark Ross

Cultural: Mark Ross and Steve Joyner

A motion to accept the 2018 slate of officers was made by Richard Thompson and 2nd-ed by Dave Rynes. Approved by all in attendance.

2. Decision was made to order 50 planting trays. Sue Joyner to make a Steubers run to purchase 3 boxes white tags, 2 boxes, yellow tags and 1 box purple tags; 3 bottles of root tone and 1 bag of high nitrogen fertilizer. Also to pick up a box of pencils.

3. Trustee’s annual meeting
Kris Stephens will coordinate the trustee meeting for a January to February time frame. Kris wil contact Bob Ewing to secure a meeting location at Wesley Gardens.

4. Cutting and planning social/potluck
Proposed January 20th and February 24th for cutting and planting social/potluck. Proposed location is the Volunteer park conservatory. Kris to coordinate dates and location with VPC David Helgeson.

5. Proposed meeting dates
Jan 20th cutting/planting event will be in lieu of the January 13th meeting.Ed NOTE: False – still holding regular meeting January 11th)
February 8th regular Thursday evening meeting
February 24th second cutting/planting event.

6. Other proposed dates:
March 8th – first ECA member plant sale
April 12th – second ECA member plant sale.
April 14th – Public plant sale at VPC

7. Social Media Addition – add membership application

8. January and February discussion topic – strategies for deciding what plants to grow for the show. Challenges and vases containing multiple blooms display better at the show and would allow for more blooms in our limited display space

9. Vases – need larger vases for multiple bloom entries (5-6 inches across the top)
Erika Harris to contact a local wholesale florist for pricing/quantity discounts. We would prefer similar larger vases for display in the show.

10. Trophies – what are the various trophies? Should we retire and replace some of the well-loved (and used) trophies? It was suggested that Larry Mayer would be a great resource providing background information on past award/trophy purchases.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm
Sue Joyner, Secretary

December 2017 Newsletter

Greetings All

I hope everyone had mums at their Thanksgiving table!

Our December meeting is Thursday the 14th @ Seattle Police Athletic Association NORTH CLASSROOM @ 7 PM. See our website http://ecamumclub.org under about for a map & directions.

This is an important meeting as we determine officers for the coming year. Nominations are encouraged from the floor at the December meeting for all open officer and trustee positions. It is up to all of us to rotate as officers periodically to provide the club fresh ideas and new perspectives.Please plan to be there to discuss leadership opportunities for next season. There will be openings for Yearbook Publisher, at the minimum. We are an all volunteer organization – please step up if you are able.

Our Banquet was held again at Angelo’s in Burien November 15th..

2018 Club Dues
Members are encouraged to pay dues for 2018. Annual dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Checks made out to the ECA or cash should be given to Sydney Ogilvie, current ECA Treasurer.
If you wish to continue receiving the Newsletters and “To Do” Lists, you are encouraged to pay your dues for 2018 by January, so you are not dropped from our Database. The ECA By-Laws, Article 1, states that fees are due no later than the March meeting for members who have paid dues in 2017.

Draft Minutes from October Meeting by Sue Joyner:

October 12, 2017 meeting called to order 7:25 pm.
11 members present, Steve Backstrom, Jill and Rich Aldrich, Ron Elliott, June Kubo, Masako Kubo, Erika Harris, Richard Thompson, Bob Ewing, Mark Ross, Kris Stephens

(The meeting was delayed because the door to our room was locked upon our arrival.)

Ron’s cultural presentation focus:
Demonstrated how to use the green shingle stick to stabilize the bloom
Initial cut of the bloom stem is to be longer than the final length of stem for placement in the vase. Often you make your first stem cut 20 inches in length.
Always make 2nd cut of the stem under water before putting stem in vase.
If you mistakenly cut the stem too short, use a 2nd green shingle stick to act as a fake stem for length, or wad a bit of newspaper into vase to give stem more ballast.
Use of B-9. This is a personal decision, if you think the distance between the bloom and the first set of leaves is too great today (10/12/17), Paint the distance at full strength along the neck. This will retard the neck from growing even longer.
Discussed tools and techniques to primp individual blooms for the show.
-Primping refers to grooming the petals to lay ‘just right or as best they can’ , shaking the bloom upside down a few times to let it fluff, (add your thots here Sue/Steve ). Paintbrushes, Q-tips, narrow picks, (….Sue/Steve please add yours and Don’s tool recommendations to the list, thx Kris)
Water your plants sparingly. Flagged leaves are a good indicator for light watering.
Practiced filling out the actual Show tags.

Sept minutes read by S Backstrom Motion to accept by MRoss, 2nd by R Thompson. All agreed.
September Treasurer report read by S Ogilvie. Motion to accept J Kubo, 2nd R Elliott. All agreed.

New Business
Banquet date officially changed to occur Wednesday Nov 15, 2017.
6pm no host bar, 7 pm dinner. Steve Backstrom circulated the sign up sheet for dinner choices, Beef, Chicken or Vegan. If a member has a special request do contact Steve. He is the liaison between Angelo’s and our club. And Angelo’s is very accommodating to our requests so don’t hesitate to make your request.
Discussion ensued whether club would subsidize the banquets $25 per plate charge. Motioned by KStephens and 2nd J Kubo to keep price. $25 with no subsidy. All agreed.

Bob Ewing and Ron Elliott circulated a duties sign up sheet for the Fall Show:

Sheet #1: Hosting in two hour segments between Show hours of 10am-4pm sat/sun
and Friday after judging 12-4pm.

Saturday Nov 4 Hosting
8-10am Erika Harris ( hmm Show is not open then)
10am-12 pm not filled
12-2pm Ron Elliott
2-4pm. Ron Elliott

Sunday Nov 5 Hosting
8-10am Erika Harris- tentative (again Show is not open)
10am-12pm not filled
12pm-2pm Sydney Oglivie, Richard Thompson
2pm-4pm Mark Ross, Richard Thompson

Please notice that Friday was not included as a day for Hosting.

Sheet #2: Setting up on Thursday Nov 2. 10-4pm
Yes:
Bob Ewing and Roger 1pm
Kris Stephens 11am
Erika Harris
Jill Aldrich
Mark Ross 11 am
Richard Aldrich-maybe
(with their approx arrival times noted)
Jobs noted : fill water vases, arrange apply tablecloths, place watering cans, place classification cards on tables, etc.

Ron shared his visit as Speaker to a club in Tacoma called ‘ the Learners Club. He presented our growing technique and culture. Several of that club are visiting Rons home this wknd to see his Chrysanthemums in person. ECA flyers for our Show will be given to them.

ECA 2017 Show announcement flyers and postcards were brought in by Bob Ewing and the Aldrich’s. Several members took copies to post, and. to distribute to local gardening outlets. Contacts for public announcements are on que by the Aldrich’s.

Several questions came about while the sign up sheets were circulating. It seemed to us all that David Helgeson wud have the answers. To minimize confusion, and follow D Helgeson request for streamlined communication, all felt Steve Joyner contact David at the earliest convenience. Those questions were;

Wud VPC forklift bring the vases/tablecloths-basically the pallets holding our ECA show supplies up to the lower GH area in time for Thursday set up?
Can we set up any of the tables and vases prior to Thursday: specifically, as one example: cud June and her mom come to the lower GH to cut and tag their flowers into vases on either the M,T or Wed?, hence cud other members come to do same within VPC hours on the M,T, Wed?
At what time of day will the tables in seasonal display house be available to put vases on top of? {( Note: the original question was :when can the tables be moved into the seasonal display house – there was difficulty in reminding members that the tables are provided by VPC, ECA tables no longer exist exception is the winners/head table riser(s).}

4.Steve, please email DHelgesons replies to Steve Backstrom, he will cc all ECA members.

Ron advised each member choose and tag their blooms prior to transporting them to Volunteer Pk.

June Kubo has the list for the Banquet meal request. She will bring it to the Show to circulate. Also members may email Steve Backstrom directly with their meal request, and RSVP. Payment for your meal may be done at the banquet! Sydney will be present. $25.00 per person payable to our club.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10

2018 slate of officers:

President: Kris Stephens

Vice President: Steve Joyner

Secretary: Sue Joyner

Treasurer: Sydney Ogilive

3 year trustee: Chris Brookes

3 year Trustee: David Rynes

2 year trustee: Jill Aldrich

2 year trustee: Mas Tamekuni

1 year trustee: Ann Schriebe

1 year trustee: Mark Ross

Cultural: Mark Ross and Steve Joyner

December 2017 meeting agenda

Attendees will vote on nominated Officers to serve in 2018

Cultural discussion surrounding stool preparation for taking cuttings

Take your orders and payment for planting trays and it’s paraphernalia.

Discuss members’ preference for 2 “stool cutting & planting Social Potluck” dates and location.
Locations that are available to us are our SPAA room, or a Volunteer Park greenhouse.
(Because #1’s and #2’s like to be started in Dec/Jan and because #3’s, #4’s and so on are generally started in Feb, having 2 stool cutting and planting Social potlucks allows more members the possibility of participating in one or both.)
Regarding Volunteer Park, Kris is inquiring for greenhouse availability & the time of day or evening for Jan and Feb.

Set a Trustees meeting date for Jan/Feb or March to set/amend/update the 2018 calendar

ECA Banquet November 15, 2017 – Last Call!

Hi all

If you would like to come to the banquet Wednesday night at Angelo’s in Burien and have not signed up yet, please let me know at this e-mail address or by phone at 206-972-6109.

Angelo’s is at 601 – SW 153rd, Burien WA 98166.

No host bar at 6 pm with dinner served around 6:45-7 PM. Salad, entree choices of Steak, Chcken Parmigiana, Vegan Lasagna or Gluten Free. Coffee, tea and Spinoni for desert all for $25 per person. If you have not already paid Sydney Ogilvie, please try to pay by check or bring exact change.

Please bring any of your mums that look better, now 🙂

October 2017 Newsletter

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association

SHOWTIME!

MEETING OF THE ECA – is scheduled for THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2017 at
7:00 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We are meeting in the portable next to the big hall. This is an important meeting as we develop plans for our annual mum show and confirm plans for our award banquet.

ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW The E.C.A. annual flower show will be held Friday November 3rd, from Noon – 4 PM and Saturday November 4th 10 AM – 4 PM & Sunday, November 5th from 10 AM- 4 PM at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street in Seattle. Set-up is from 9 AM – 5 PM, Thursday November for entries & bloom prep from 9 AM – 5 PM. Tear down is Sunday from 4 PM – 6 PM. We must be out of the Conservatory by 3:30 PM Monday November 6th.

At our October meeting we will discuss details for setting up our show, entering blooms/plants and handling the mechanics of judging and staffing our event. We need all members to attend and volunteer to help with the Show even if you don’t have any flowers to enter. In addition to show set up on Wednesday, we need Judge’s Helpers on Friday and Hosting on Saturday, and Sunday. The Show provides a great way to get to know Club members and learn more about Chrysanthemums. Sign up sheets for this work will be at the meeting.

If you have any questions about the show, please contact Ron Elliott our Show Steward. We’ll have copies of the show rules, entry form and name tags for the show at VPC (and hopefully at our October meeting.)

Another note from Ron Elliot:
Does any one need the green cedar stakes to hold the mums up I could make some? I need to buy cedar shakes Gary and I could cut them. I will try to check on stain at homedepot. Please let Ronnie know ASAP if you are interested.

Draft Minutes from September Meeting
Minutes, ECA Meeting, Sept 14, 2017

The chrysanthemum club meeting brought to order at 7:05 PM. It was held in the portable next to the Hall.. Present were Mark Ross, Bob Ewing, Richard Thompson, Sydney Ogilvie, Heidi Garman, Erica Harris, Kris Stephens, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner, Rich Aldrich and Jill Aldrich.

Cultural Presentation:
Bloom Stage:
When plants have bud showing color
– Move plant away from sun into green house. Additionally if we start to get heavy dew you should also bring plants inside to protect the bloom

– Back off on water. Water about half as much as you do when plants are in the garden. Over watering will rot the bloom.

– Keep side dressing with your potting medium. Keep roots covered.

– Transition from mid-season to late season fertilizer (4-18-38). Too much fertilizer may cause the bud to pop

– Support the bud using a shingle with a tapered end. The larger end should be placed under the bud. Shingle should be 12 to 18 inches long.

Pest Control – shouldn’t be an issue this year due to the dry weather. If you have bug issues use Marathon.
Fungus control – use Actinovate, Serenade or Forge SP. David Helgeson has found Strike to be very effective
Business meeting:
Previous meeting minutes were approved by Bon Ewing and seconded by Kris Stephens
Treasurer’s report: Sydney Ogilvie reported a balance of $7215.24 in all ECA accounts – approved
She is preparing our annual report notice to be filed with the State of Washington to provide confirmation of our non-profit status
2018 slate of officers: The nominating committee is working on a slate of officers.
2017 Show and banquet dates and locations: Show dates – Nov 2nd – 5th at volunteer park conservatory. Banquet to be held on Nov 16th at Angelo’s in Burien
Volunteer Park report – On Aug 28th several ECA members attended a meeting with David Helgeson at Volunteer park conservatory.
Bob Ewing reported
– Plants can be brought to the staging house as early as Monday
– No charge to public
– Wine and Cheese Friday night meet and greet. Steve Joyner to present slide show.
– See David Helgeson email at end of minutes for specific show details
Show preparation:
– Bob Ewing to locate handbill and update for conservatory location
– 1000 handbills will be available for distribution at next meeting
– Distribute to horticultural societies, garden centers, newspapers, pea patches (Jill and Rich Aldrich have a distribution list)
– Show tags and entry pads were ordered and brought to the meeting. Kris Stephens has them.
– John Harden to order ribbons
– Sue Joyner presented a hand out to be distributed at the volunteer park reception. Need to contact Dave Helgeson to determine the number of participants for copy count.
– Steve Joyner presented a first draft of the slide show to be presented at the volunteer park reception.
– Meeting adjourned at 9 pm
8/29/17 Email correspondence from David Helgeson:
Hi Steve, the following is a re-cap of our meeting on Monday.

1.
Plants and materials for the show can be dropped off into the back greenhouse beginning Monday October 30th between 8am and 3:30pm. And can continue up until 12pm Thursday November 2nd.

2.
Set up for the show will begin Thursday November 2nd from 10am until 4pm the east wing (seasonal house) will be closed to the general public that day for set up.
3.
Judging will commence Friday morning November 3rd from 8am until 12pm when the show will open to the public. The conservatory will close at 4pm to the general public and the FOC will set up for an open house from 5pm to 8pm. Including ECA presentation.
4.
Show open to the general public Saturday November 4th and Sunday the 5th from 10am to 4pm 5. Take down begins Sunday afternoon November 5th from 4pm until 6pm (our goal will be to remove everything from the main building that evening and consolidate the remainder in the back greenhouse for completion the morning of
Monday the 6th)
6.
Final wrap up Monday November 6th
all members plants and show materials need to be cleaned up by 3:30 pm that afternoon as David will have a very tight schedule that week setting up for the Holiday Display!

I think that covers the
general flow of things. Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything. I assume that you will assign volunteers to help with the various aspects of set up. I intend to make myself available to help were needed throughout but may need to attend to my Conservatory duties as needed too. There is plenty of free parking in the park for members helping with the show. Please ask members not to park or block the service road behind the Conservatory, Thanks.
Please feel free to contact
me with any questions, thoughts or ideas between now and then. It would be helpful for me if one or two main folks could be designated for communication purposes to keep confusion to a minimum.

I really am looking
forward to hosting the ECA for this year’s first ever fall chrysanthemum show at the Conservatory!

See you all soon!

TROPHIES
Last year’s Trophy winners please bring your clean trophies and give them to Ron Elliot who will prepare them for this year’s Awards Banquet. If you have not given him your trophy yet, please contact Ron to make arrangements.

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET: NOTE: We may change the Banquet Date to Wednesday as the only ROOM Available on Thursday would be very tight for 30 people.

Our Annual Banquet is at Angelo’s in Burien, Thursday November 16, 601 SW 153rd, Burien, WA. Come at 6:00 PM for the Social Hour, Dinner at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening with good friends, good conversation and an excellent dinner.
Put it on your calendar – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 th 6-9 PM. Dinner choices this year are beef, Chicken Parmigiana, or a Vegetarian Lasagna. Dinner this year will cost $25.00/person and includes salad, bread, coffee or tea and dessert. A sign-up sheet where you list your meal preference will be available at the October meeting as well as at Furney’s Nursery during the Flower Show. Please pay the $25.00/person dinner cost to Sydney Ogilvie at the October meeting (checks made out to ECA). Please sign up by the end of the show (November 5th). If you have any questions regarding the Banquet, contact Steve. Also: BRING your late maturing blooms for display at the ECA awards dinner.

Plant culture The October meeting will be devoted to the care and how to prepare your mums for the show. Cultural recommendations are attached. With possible rain or showers, consider your sheltering options for your plants.

December Meeting – ELECTIONS OF NEXT YEAR’S CLUB OFFICERS:

We’re rapidly approaching the time once again to volunteer & vote for the 2017 ECA Board of Directors/Officers. Recent members are encouraged to fill positions and get involved; seasoned club members will provide assistance. Members will vote on new Officers during our Dec. 8th meeting.

October ECA Newsletter Inputs, To-Dos and others

Supplies:
We will have available the usual assortments of ties, 4’ 6” and 16” ties, LATE Fertilizer, and some soils for the all important top dressing.
You’ll need to continue supplementing you feed with sulphate of Potash.. It’s available in many garden stores in 1-2 lb bags so you can obtain the potash that way.

Show Materials:

Show materials will be available at the October meeting and at the show site. You will need: -Entry forms where you list all the entries you make at the show, -Bloom tags, and a -Show Rules book which guides you as to how and where you can enter your blooms. You might want to start with appendix 2 of the show rules as it is an overview of where you may enter your various blooms. i.e. It starts With Large Exhibitions (Class#1) and shows the various places you can enter #1 blooms. Then it shows the same for #2s, #3s etc. After you understand all the places available for entering your blooms, then you return to the show Catalogue page 7 and start filling out your entry forms and tags.
We will have several copies of the show rules book at the meeting. You should have received a copy of the show rule in the past couple of years, but in case you have misplaced it we will have replacements available.
Show vases are provided at the show site, but you must provide your own waterborne carrier system to get the blooms to the show.
An updated copy of “Chrysanthemum Judging For the ECA Show-2013” has been posted on the web site. You should study this to understand what the judges are looking for when they judge the blooms: hence for instance, if you have petal rot on a petal or two you should remove those petals.
Reclassification of varieties for 2012-2013 per the Ncs:

-Mt. Shasta has been Reclassified from section 1 to section 2–show this year as section 2.
-Keith Luxford has been reclassified from section 2 to section 1–Show this year as a section 1.
-All Fairweathers have been reclassified as section 5. –Show this year as a section 5. However per
published NCS rules, some #5s can be shown as #3S, but will be judged on the standards for #3s
-Connie Mayhew has been reclassified from a #5 to a #2. Since our ECA list of exceptions allows showing
Connies as #2s or #5s nothing changes.
-Lilly Gallon has been reclassified from #5 to #2.—Show this year as either a #5 or a #2.

September 2017 Newsletter

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY September 14, 2017 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

SEPTEMBER MEETING – This is a very important meeting as we begin to prepare for our annual show at Volunteer Park Conservatory which will take place on November 3, 4, & 5, More details at the meeting. This will be our first show at VPC.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mark your calendars for the following events:
National Chrysanthemum Society Show in Portland, OR October 26-29
For more details, see: http://www.mums.org/2017-national-convention-and-show/
Awards Banquet at Angelo’s in Burien November 16th, 2017.

PLANT CULTURE and SUPPLIES: – The September meeting will devote time to the care and feeding of the blooms as they develop. Place supply orders for specific items with Ronnie or John Harden by Monday September 11th. With possible rain or showers consider your sheltering options for September as we move to the latter part of the growing season.

Draft Minutes from August 10th ECA Meeting:
ECA August 2017 meeting minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by Steve Joyner, Vice president

Attending: Ronnie Elliot, Mark Ross, Bob Ewing, Kris Stephens, June Kubo, Erika Harris, Anne Schreibe, Richard Thompson, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner

Cultural presentation

Ron Elliot presented information on lateral control, disbudding and general plant care

Removing laterals – Chrysanthemums inherently want to be a bush. To prevent the bush effect and make the final bloom(s) stronger laterals must be removed. Laterals grow above the leaf nodes and must be snapped off to the side.
Taking the bud – A bud will form on the growing tip of the main stock of the plant. As soon as the bud is the size of a pea
Refer to the June and July cultural notes for more details

Business meeting:

July meeting minutes: read and approved

Treasurers report: Sydney Ogylvie was unable to attend this meeting
Last month she reported a balance of $7095.94 in all ECA accounts – approved

Nominating Committee update: Continues to work on filling the 2018 slate of officers

Volunteer park Conservatory update:
Aug 28th meeting scheduled at 10 am with David Helgeson to further discuss the details of show staging and set up. Those planning to attend the meeting Steve Joyner, Bob Ewing, David Rynes and Rich and Jill Aldrich.

Show preparation:
Sue Joyner has updated the ECA name tags and will have them ready for the show

Sue Joyner volunteered to order white and green show entry tags and pads of show entry forms

Steve Joyner volunteered to create and present a power point presentation for the Friday evening volunteer park conservatory “meet and greet”

Bob Ewing volunteered to chair the membership committee and take on the responsibility for getting the membership application cards updated for the show

At the September meeting we will be reviewing the process for entering flowers in to the show. Please bring a list of what you are growing. There will be show entry tags, entry forms and cultivar identification packets for use at the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9 pm

Respectfully submitted by Susan Joyner, ECA secretary

An “ECA Show Prep” meeting was held with David Helgeson at Volunteer Park Conservatory on Monday August 28th. ECA attendees were John Harden, Steve Joyner, Bill Fitzgerald(aka Car Pool Dummy), David Rynes, Jill & Richard Aldrich, Bob Ewing and a friend of Bob’s. Helgeson’s notes are below:
>> 1.
>> Plants and materials for the show can be
>> dropped off into the back greenhouse beginning Monday
>> October 30th between 8am and 3:30pm. And can
>> continue up until 12pm Thursday November
>> 2nd.
>>
>> 2.
>> Set up for the show will begin Thursday
>> November 2nd from 10am until 4pm the east wing
>> (seasonal house) will be closed to the general public that
>> day for set up.
>> 3.
>> Judging will commence Friday morning November
>> 3rd from 8am until 12pm when the show will open
>> to the public. The conservatory will close at 4pm to
>> the general public and the FOC will set up for an open house
>> from 5pm to 8pm.
>> presentation by ECA.
>> 4.
>> Show open to the general public Saturday
>> November 4th and Sunday the 5th from
>> 10am to 4pm
>> 5.
>> Take down begins Sunday afternoon November
>> 5th from 4pm until 6pm (our goal will be to
>> remove everything from the main building that evening and
>> consolidate the remainder in the back greenhouse for
>> completion the morning of
>> Monday the 6th)
>> 6.
>> Final wrap up Monday November 6th
>> all members plants and show materials need to be cleaned up
>> by 3:30 pm that afternoon as David will have a very tight
>> schedule that week setting up for the Holiday Display!
>>
>>
>> I think that covers the
>> general flow of things. Let me know if I’ve forgotten
>> anything. I assume that you will assign volunteers to help
>> with the various aspects of set up. I intend to make myself
>> available to help were needed throughout
>> but may need to attend to my Conservatory duties as needed
>> too. There is plenty of free parking in the park for members
>> helping with the show. Please ask members not to park or
>> block the service road behind the Conservatory, Thanks.
>> Please feel free to contact
>> me with any questions, thoughts or ideas between now and
>> then. It would be helpful for me if one or two main folks
>> could be designated for communication purposes to keep
>> confusion to a minimum.