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.


Meeting Reminder, Thursday, April 13, 6:30 PM, Room 114 GHS

Regular Meeting Thursday, April 13, 6:30 PM at Room 114 Grantsburg High School.

Wow with this great weather I know I'm having a hard time leaving the garden alone to thaw. Have to occupy myself with my cuttings and seedlings in the house for a while yet!

Our next meeting of the Garden Club is coming up next week. This will be our last "regular meeting." We will have the potting party at Kris' in May and will take care of any club business at that gathering rather than having an actual May meeting. Then we have community gardens to tend to of course we have our summer activities and events including the plant sale the first weekend in June.

So, be sure to attend the April meeting for updates on our whole summer of activities!

The April meeting will feature Mary C on "Orchids." Sure to be a great program!

Refreshment will provided by Kris and Ruth

Hope to see you all there!

Orchids on display at the Quito airport
Ecuador, 2017


March Meeting, Fun and Informative

The Thurday, March 9, meeting was not only educational but fun as well. Of course, we always have fun at Garden Club!

Kris ran a fast and efficient meeting so we would have plenty of time to learn about gardening for pollinators. 

Kim Wheeler, previous of Crex Meadows, now working with Fort Folle Avoine Historical Park, gave a very interesting and informative talk and slide show on ways to cater to pollinators in our gardens including avoiding pesticides whenever possible, allowing some debris to accumulate in the garden for habitat, planting in larger clumps to make it easier for pollinators to find the food they love and planting more native species that tend to have more of the nectar that pollinators need to survive and thrive. We hope Kim will be back in the future to teach us about harvest and preparing wild foods from the forest and prairie. 

A big thanks to Georgianne and Rhonda for the great treats!
We started eating before the meeting stated--always a good sign!

And a big thanks to Wanda for always making sure our room is available and open for us. 

Georgianne enjoying a laugh with friends!

Kim getting started with her talk 

The group listening intently to every word!

Thanks Kim for a great presentation.

Meeting Minutes, March 2017

Burnett Garden Club:  March 9, 2017
Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM

No visitors or new members

Secretary’s report from February 2016. Minutes posted on Blog by Kris Henning for secretary Linnea Seume. Motion to approve the posting by Janet Byers, second by Charlene Strabel —Correction on last months minutes.  The club DID vote to continue their membership in the Chamber of Commerce and Charlene has paid the dues. (As of posting, correction has been made to the February minutes).

Treasurer’s report by Charlene,  Current balance:  $1910.43 No discussion.  Report stands as reviewed. $50 went to the Chamber of Commerce, 4-$25 gift certificates purchased from Village Floral for guest speakers.

Announcements: List of upcoming events/seminars posted on blog.

Committee reports:
  •     Community plantings—plants have been ordered. Flagpole, library, fairground plantings need some additional clean-up this spring.
  •     Grantoberfest—September 16, 2017—We made $191 last year
  •     Holiday in the park—nothing new
  •     Plant sale—Linnea needs gallon size pots
  •     Tours—Nothing new to report
  •     Spring garden party:  Theme: Country, "Denim and Plaid", June 22—Baked beans and sloppy joes will be provided by hostess, Charlene Strabel.

Old business—Cookbooks—let Mary Charmoli know if you want to sell some at an event.  Janet B. said that she would try to sell
    some at her upcoming garage sales.

    Club logo and sign— Mark not available

New business—none
Brag time:  Georgianne and Pam just returned from Ecuador—they would be willing to present their trip at a future club meeting.

Next meeting—April 13, 6:30 PM, “Orchids”—by Mary Charmoli.  Kris and Ruth have refreshments.

Presentation—Kim Wheeler, “Native and Cultivated Plants for Pollinators”
Refreshments provided by Rhonda Johnson and Georgianne Kleiss

Members Present:  Linnea S, Kris H, Rhonda J, Janet B, Georgianne K, Charlene S, Pam D, Lisa S, Wanda B.
Linnea Seume, secretary


Meeting Minutes, February 2017

DATE: February 9, 2017  6:30 pm

Meeting called to order at 6:35 PM

Thank you to last year’s Officers and Committee Chairs *January meeting was cancelled due to illness and bad weather.  The meeting topics will be offered at this meeting.

Welcome—no new members or visitors

Secretary’s report from November 2016 by Kris H. posted on the Blog.  Motion approved: Pam D. Second: Janet B. Vote: approved

Treasurer’s report:  Charlene S.
Current balance: $2080.55

Announcements: Kris reviewed upcoming events:  Master gardener training, Burnett Dairy Beekeeping workshop and Raising chickens, Burnett C. Tree and Shrub sale, etc.

Committee Reports:  All reports were deferred as too early to report much.  More discussion as we move closer to Spring.

Old Business:  48 cookbooks remaining. Contact Kris if you want to purchase one.
            Mark unable to attend to discuss Logo—hopefully he will be able to be at the next meeting

New Business:  *Short discussion re: Chamber of Commerce—Georgianne reported that the chamber seems to be dwindling due to lack of interest and leadership. Moved, seconded and approved to continue our membership in the Chamber for 2017.

* Vote on January meetings: Most years we end of cancelling the meeting because of weather, so the club voted to cancel future January meetings.

Brag time:  Mary Griesbach brought in her 30 year old Paphioedilum Venustum orchid!!
          Wanda Bjorn has a tomato plant growing in her home, with a tomato forming!!

Next meeting:  March 9—Program on Native and Cultivated Pollinators, Kim Wheeler

Meeting adjourned at 7:05

Presentation:  Linnea Seume on “Growing Long day Onions” and Tips on Potato Growing.
              Kris Henning on Longwood Gardens

Refreshments—Pam Davies and Teresa Riewestahl

Members Present:  Sandra and MacKenzie Harmon, Wanda Bjorn, Charlene Strabel, Pam Davies, Rhonda Johnson, Linnea Seume, Janet Byers, Becky Tessman, Mary Charmoli, Mary Griesback, Kris Henning, Georgianne Kleiss, Theres Riewestahl


Meeting Reminder, Thursday, March 9, 6:30 PM, Room 114, Grantsburg High School

Regular Meeting Thursday, March 9, 6:30 PM at Room 114 Grantsburg High School.
  • The program for the evening is "Native and Cultivated Polinators" by Kim Wheeler
  • Refreshment by Rhonda and Georgianne
Hope to see you all there!!