EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
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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