Annual Themed Garden Party! Denim and Plaid! Thursday, June 22, 5:30 PM

Our annual Garden Party will take place on Thursday, June 22, 5:30 PM

Bring a guest! This is an opportunity to bring new people to the club.
We also welcome anyone new to our community who wants to join our club to come to this event--membership is still only $5.00!

Potluck party at Charlene Strabel's home at 9705 County Road D in Webster
Dress appropriately for the theme "Denim and Plaid"
Bring a dish suggested by the theme!!

Directions: HWY 70 to Range Line Road, north on Range Line, east at D to 9705.


Very Busy Start to Summer!!

We had a very busy start to the summer season beginning with community garden planting and of course our plant sale.

Kris, Mary C and Sandy planted the HWY 70 sign on Thursday June 1. It was a big job and took the three of them a few hours to complete. Kris went back and laid the soaker hose. Mulching is left to do. The planters at the fair grounds got planted as well with Ruthie taking the lead on that. A big thank you to them for all their hard work.

HWY 70 sign garden

One of 10 planters at the fair grounds

Kris, Mary C and Lisa got the plant sale setup Friday evening June 2. Kris brought the hay wagon and a load of plants that she has been taking care of since the potting party. Lisa and Mary C brought loads of plants as well from Kris'. The hay wagon was set up behind TDawg. 

The plant sale setup got started promptly at 6 am on Saturday June 3. The hay wagon was put in place, tables set up and covered with paper to make cleanup easy. We had fewer plants than in previous years but they looked good and we had a good variety. Could have used more tomato plants and maybe some annuals.

Sales were steady beginning even before opening at 8 am. Despite fewer plants, sales were right in the ball park with previous years with net sales just under nine hundred dollars!  We all looked great in our Garden Club t-shirts!

Nori and Jim came to see us as well as Audrey!! It was great to see them.

Great to see Lisa at the plant sale
Rick Seume came by with Shirley Nelson. We all extended our sympathy to them and Linnea for the loss of their cabin which will not be saved.

A big thank you to Kris, Mary and Jim Charmoli, Lisa, Charlene, Sandy, Georgianne, Rhonda and Pam for their hard work on plant sale day! (let me know if I missed anyone).

Please check the weeding schedule on the blog for your week to keep the gardens looking their best!

The Memory Lake Flagpole garden has also been planted, by Georgianne and Pam, with annuals to add some more color for summer. Watering with buckets from Memory Lake still remains a bit of a problem but the garden is looking good. It will need mulching and weeding as well.

Memory Lake flagpole garden

The Library Garden was thoroughly weeded and planted with a few new items. We need more river rock and larger rock for the rain garden. Georgianne will be adding appropriate plants to the edges of the rain garden though the quantity of water that comes off the roof of  the addition is quite a torrent and precludes planting in the catch basin of rock least the plants be washed away. No pictures of the library garden at the moment.

We have a big summer ahead of us still. June 22 is the Denim and Plaid garden party at Charlene's. In July we have our Annual Community Garden Tour and in August we will be at Lisa's for our Annual Summer BBQ!  Look for detail in coming posts.


A big hug for Linnea and Rick

The wonderful Nelson/Seume family cabin on Big Wood Lake that has been the venue for many of our club summer BBQs has been badly burned in a fire. We are all just sick about it especially knowing how much the cabin means to our members Linnea and Rick Seume and Linnea's mom, Shirley. No word yet on the extent of the damage and if rebuilding will be possible but we are all hoping this wonderful cabin can be saved. It is a gem of a mid-twentieth century cabin. Not many of those left anymore. It was filled with memories and memorabilia. Our hearts go out to you Linnea, Rick and Shirley.  

Gear up for the Annual Plant Sale, Planting the Sign Garden, Newly Posted Weeding Schedule

Two potting parties on consecutive Thursdays have yielded a great collection of plants for our Annual Plant Sale! Thanks to everyone who helped out, and thanks to everyone who brought treats and beverages! As usual, we had a great time and got lots of work done!! (Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the second party but here is a picture from the first!)

Kris, Georgianne, Sandy and Mary C. 
Others who potted were Ruth, Sue, Pam, Rhonda and Charlene. Did I miss anyone?

We will definitely need more plants so pot plants up at home if you have them. If you need potting soil, Kris still has some left at her house, give her a call.

We have done well with veggies and annuals so if you have any extras from seeds you started in the spring, we would love to have them!

The plant sale will be held on June 3 as part of Big Gust Days festivities. We will again be in the parking lot of TDawg's. Here are the particulars:

  • Friday June 2 around 4:00 Kris will bring the hay wagon and leave it behind TDawgs. Deliver plants to the wagon. She will also need help transporting plants from her house to TDawgs on Friday and Saturday. Let her know if you can help with that.
  • Hang on to any flat boxes you have for the sale. They are great for our customers to fill up and transport their purchases home! We go through lots so bring what you can.
  • Sale setup is at 6:00 am at TDawgs on Sat June 3. We will be setting up canopies, tables and arranging and price plants. We will need lots of help so please let Kris know if you will be available for setup. The big plus about helping with setup, you get first pick of plants!! 
  • We will need help throughout the sale answering customer's questions, getting them checked out and helping them carry their purchases to their vehicles.  In between helping customers you can shop for yourself!! 
  • We will need help with clean up after the sale. Noon to 1:00 (usually done by 12:30 or so). Plants go on half-price sale at 11:00 AM so come for cleanup and take advantage of sale prices!!
  • The plant sale is our only fundraiser. We depend on this income throughout the year so let Kris know what shifts you can take and what additional plants you will be bringing. 
The plant sale is a lot of fun!! But if you can't volunteer, be sure to at least stop by and do some shopping!! Our members are some of our best customers!! 

Planting the sign garden will take place on Thursday June 1 at 5:30 or whenever you can get there. We will have lots of beautiful annuals to plant and we will have burgers (or whatever) at Dreamers afterward on the club. (You must buy your own beer though 😏). So come and get dirty and have a burger!!

Keeping the community gardens weeded throughout the year is a big chore but if we all pitch in it is a breeze. The weeding schedule is posted on the blog under Weeding on the menu bar so have a look at your assigned week. If you have an issue, try to trade with someone or contact Kris. 


Reminder, Annual Potting Party, Thursday, May 4, 5:30 PM at Kris Henning's

A beautiful day is in store for the potting party this year--sunny with a high of 61 degrees!!
Tuesday and Wednesday will be perfect as well for getting those plants dug up.

Prepping plants ahead of time for the plant sale makes a big difference in the quality of the product we provide our long time customers. The annual plant sale is the major source of fundraising from our club.

If you have plants to be potted but can't attend, drop them at Kris's or Pam's house any time between then and now.

Dress to get dirty!
Bring extra plants from your own gardens to be potted up for the plant sale
Bring any extra 4", quart and gallon pots you can spare
Potting soil provided by the club
Refreshments by Kris and Mary C

This is always a fun event!

If you can't come on 5:30, come when you can! There will be plenty to do!!


Last meeting before summer activities commence

The April meeting was our last before our summer of fun begins! Start digging up those perennials for potting up on May 4 at Kris' annual potting party in preparation for our annual plant sale! Then get ready for some garden cleanup on May 11 and planting the Grantsburg sign garden on June 1. The Big Gust Days plant sale will be June 3. 

Mary C gave us a great presentation on orchid culture. She has become a near fanatic for these beautiful plants in a year and a half, and has learned and shared with us her knowledge and experience as an aficionado. Most are relatively easy to grow and seem to thrive on benign neglect so long as they have the right growing medium, a large enough but not too large container, indirect sunlight and are not over watered. That said, Mary had some very nice specimens to show us and a thorough presentation with a very useful handout. 

Mary C presenting on Orchids at the May meeting

Thank you Mary for a great presentation and thanks to Kris and Ruth for sumptuous refreshments!

Meeting Minutes, April 2017

APRIL 13, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:35 PM

Kris welcomed all members.

Last month’s treasurer report had a typo. This was corrected to $1910.47—Report on blog was approved and seconded by Pam and Ruth.

Report given by Mary C. as Charlene was “birthing calves.”
Current balance: $1910.47

Passed sign-up sheet for weeding at sign this summer. Please DO your week of weeding if you signed up.


  • Potting party at Kris’s May 4 (Thursday)  6:00 PM
  • Clean-up at library—May 11 (Thursday) 5:30 PM. Bring treats if you’d like. Beer or wine is okay.
  • Community planting—June 1 (Thursday) 5:30 PM  T-Dawgs afterwards.
  • Plant sale—June 3 (Saturday) 6:30-8 AM set-up.  8-12 sale
  • Tours—July 13 (Thursday) more info to come as summer gets here.


  • Cookbooks still available through Mary C.  Village Floral also is selling them for us.
  • Spring garden party at Charlene’s, June 22 (Thursday), 5:30 PM “Denim and Plaid”
  • Logo—nothing new


BRAG TIME:  Daffodils are blooming at Ruth A’s house.
                       Linnea has an “attack robin” that is making a mess all over her porch windows.


  • No general meeting May-September d/t so many other activities.
  • Club picnic at Lisa’s on August 10, on Trade Lake at 5:30 PM. Club provides meat, buns and paper goods.
  • Next general meeting is September 14 at 6:30 PM.  Presentation on “Putting your garden to bed.” Annual plant/seed exchange. Member sign-up.

ADJOURNMENT: 7:12— Pam and Ruth made the motion and second.

PRESENTATION: Mary Charmoli presented on Orchids. She has a “growing" interest in raising orchids. She shared what she has learned from books and forums. She has 10-12 orchids of her own.
She talked about 9 different varieties of orchids—species and common name.  She gave general care tips for growing orchids—Buy plants in bloom, consider your growing conditions—Orchids need
temperatures greater than 65 degrees, humidity, light, but no direct sunlight, plenty of room to grow,  and  they can’t sit in water. Orchids prefer to grow in small pots, NEVER pot in potting soil.  She included a
2 page handout. Mary assured us that they are affordable, and can be raised in NW Wisconsin , even without a green thumb.

REFRESHMENTS: Kris and Ruth brought goodies. Thanks

MEMBERS PRESENT: Rosemary B, Becky T, Linnea S, Mary C, Ruth A, Georgianne K, Pam D, Kris H. Wanda B.