Holiday Party Details!! One week away!

A message from our hostess:

The club party is only a week away and I have only heard from a few people. I know everyone is really busy. We certainly have been.

Here is what we have so far: (I hope I haven't missed anyone)
     Georgianne - fruit or veggie tray
     Janet - deviled eggs
     Sandy Hinrich - bars
     Kris - pumpkin cheesecake and a "crockpot of TBD"
     Becky - deli meat tray (she will be coming later)
     Mary - salad and will fill in whatever also I have plates, napkins, cups, coffee, tea, condiments
     Charlene - TBD, will fill in whatever is needed
     Pam Hot dish

It appears that we could use:
     hot dishes

Here are the directions to our house:

Coming from Siren or Grantsburg take County Road M north (it is about 1/4 mile east of the Dairy).
Go 2 miles to the T intersection.
Turn right onto County Road D.
Go @ 5 miles to the intersection of County Roads D and N. County N will go straight.
Stay on County D by turning left.
Go 0.4 mi.
We are on the left..fire # 9664, white house with wide front porch, set back from the road, split rail fence by the drive.

Note: GPS will put you about 1 mile north so if you pass Erickson Auctions on your right, you've gone too far.

Handicap parking in front of the garage...honk the horn and I'll open that door for you, otherwise we hope to have the drive well cleared for parking in the front and back and you may enter through either the front or lower, back doors.

We do have a very friendly Springer Spaniel who runs the house, however whomever lets him out has to chase him. 
2016 Holiday Party at Tim and Becky's
If anyone needs to carpool please let someone know. We don't want anyone to miss out for want of a ride!

Please let Mary know you are coming, who you are bringing with you and at least what type of dish you will bring if possible.

Voluntary Gift Exchange:If you wish to participate in the dice game gift swap, bring a gift of approximately $10.00 in value. Hand made gifts are especially wonderful. We will make a game of it! Everyone gets a gift at the end, even those not lucky with the dice!


Meeting Minutes: November 2017

Burnett Garden Club Meeting Agenda
November 9, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:32 PM

Secretary’s report was not available on blog. It was sent to Kris and showed up on Linnea’s "Sent emails” as sent. Kris was not at the meeting, and may have missed the email, as she was out of town for part of October.

Treasurer’s report by Charlene.  Detailed annual report handed out. Current balance $2383.12 .  All seems very organized and efficient.  No questions.
Committee Reports: Holiday in the Park can be set up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Lisa S. and Sandy H. are leads on this project.
No old business.
New business:  Decision to skip January meeting d/t fairly consistent weather issues in that month. Also, no meeting in May d/t planting and potting get-togethers.
Also, cannas were not dug at sign, but attendees at this meeting said that they had lots of bulbs to replace what was lost.
Brag time: Pam  went on a trip through Canada to Woodstock, NY. and  enjoyed herself. Charlene canned numerous quarts of carrots from her garden.
Next meeting:  Christmas party at Sandra Harmon’s home, Thursday, December 14, 6:00 PM. Sign up sheet for food was circulated.  Gifts can be brought to party for

PRESENTATION:  Mary Charmoli did an excellent job with telling us about Kokedama (Moss balls) and bringing the equipment and plants, so that we could all make
1-2 of them to bring home.  It was a fun and enjoyable event. Everyone seemed to have a good time, as evidenced by Pam’s photos. Thanks to Mary for doing this project and making it so interesting and fun!!!!

No refreshments, but no one complained.
Members present: Linnea S, Mary C, Pam D, Janet B, Becky T, Sandy H, Georgianne K.

Pam: motion to adjourn
Sandy H: 2nd

Meeting Minutes: October 2017

Burnett garden Club meeting agenda
October 12, 2017

Call to order at 6:45 due to technical difficulties 
Secretary report: on blog. Meeting minutes approved by Janet B, seconded by Linnea S.

Treasury report: Balance total: $2433.07 No announcements.
Committee Reports: tabled until next month.
                Yearly dues are due.
Old business: none
New business: Christmas party in December at Sandra Harmon's house.
            Charlene is unwell, card circulated to wish her a quick recovery!

November meeting: November 9--Kokedama class by Mary Charmoli—please let her know if you are attending.
Adjourned: 8:55 PM Motion by Janet B, seconded by Rhonda J
Refreshments: Janet B.


Once we got the technical difficulties under control, Konnie did an amazing presentation. So interesting. She does inspections, licensing, and issues health certificates for nurseries (dealers and growers), and Christmas tree farms.

She presented information on various pests and diseases that keep her busy identifying and dealing with pests and diseases that plague the State of Wisconsin.  She talked about the Gypsy moth, Pine Shoot beetle/moth, Emerald ask borer, Walnut Twig Beetle, Mountain Pine beetle, Sirex Woodwasp, Asian Longhorned beetle.  The biggest source of spreading insects is moving firewood.

Different level of rules for invasive plants. Some you cannot trade, sell or grow, transport. Some you are cautioned not to grow, some you are warned about growing, and some you should not grow (Danger). Some plants we discussed were Yellow Tansy, Blue Dames Rocket, snow on the mountain, Weeping Carragana, Barberry, Ribbon grass, forget-me-nots, some aquatic plants.

She also talked about Hosta virus x, cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), and tobacco rattle virus (TRV).

Worst invasive critter in our area is the Jumping worms.

Linnea Seume, Secretary


Kokedama Workshop, who knew it would be so easy!!

Mary Charmoli  presented a fun and informative workshop at the November meeting. "Kokedama, A Japanese Art Form." 

For those of us challenged in the creativity area, the workshop was a great ego boost! We all went home with lovey little gardens in a moss ball. Here are a few of the highlights of the evening.

Remember to click on the images for a larger view.

Mary was very organized with all her supplies in plastic tubs
as well as plastic for the table and a tub for each of us to
contain our mess! 

There are lots of ways to display the Kokedama. They can
also be hung from the string used to wrap them.

Proper mixture of potting soil and cactus soil, and just
the right moisture makes the ball stick together around the
little plant roots.

Soak store-bought moss so that it will lay nicely on the soil ball
then wrap with string to keep it all together.  

Watching and learning. Anxious to get started!

And here they are! aren't they great!
A really big thank you to Mary for this wonderful workshop and for all she does for our club!


Meeting Reminder: Thursday, Nov 9, 6:30

We will be meeting Thursday, November 9, 6:30 PM at Room 115 Grantsburg High School.

The program for the evening will be "Kokedama, A Japanese Art Form" a workshop by Mary Charmoli
We will also be collecting dues, planning for next year and electing officers for 2018
Refreshments will be provided by Rosemary and  Dakota

The "Kokedama, A Japanese Art Form" workshop by Mary Charmoli will be free of charge but please RSVP to Mary at 715-349-8388 or via email if you have not already done so. She will need a count to know how many plants/supplies to bring. She will bring extras but doesn't want to run out nor bring too many. Mary will supply gloves, basins, soil, string, plants, moss, etc so per Mary, no one needs to bring anything but a sense of humor!

As always, Garden Club meetings are open to the public. If you are bringing a potential member or are a potential member and wish to participate in the workshop, please call Mary at the number above to let her know.

Hope to see you all there!!


Nearly 30 Years of Sharing our Love of Gardening!!

Hey everyone! 2018 will be our 30th Anniversary as a club!! We need to celebrate!

Let's all put on our thinking caps and come up with some fun ideas to celebrate throughout the year. 

Share your ideas at the November meeting or send them to Kris or Mary or me. 

Also, think way back about when you joined the club, why you joined the club and what the club has meant to you over the years or any fun or funny anecdotes about the club or just about gardening in our wonderful corner of Wisconsin. Send these to me pameladavies@yahoo.com or put them in the comment section of this post and I will share them with the club (anonymously or not, as you prefer). Maybe we can work these into our celebration!

As for me, I joined in 2007 to meet people and learn about gardening in this new home of mine. I've made great friends and had a lot of fun learning about gardening, participating in projects and activities, creating this blog and just talking gardening with others who love it and struggle to be better gardeners!

October Meeting, Highly Informative

By all accounts (I was not able to be at the meeting) speaker, Konnie Jerabek from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, gave an information packed presentation on invasive plant species in Wisconsin. After a few unforeseeable glitches, the small group of attendees gathered around Konnie's laptop to follow along and to have all of their questions answered.

Konnie provided handouts which include Wisconsin Ch. NR 40 Invasive Species List--Plants only which can be found at the following web link:

And a color handout (reproduced below) on water garden plants including plants to avoid and attractive alternatives. Our waterways being a major source of the spread of destructive plant species, as we well know from the rapid spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil, it is important to be able to identify invasive species, avoid purchasing them or bringing them into Wisconsin, and to dispose of them properly to avoid being a part of the problem.

(Click on the images below for a larger view--from the larger view, right click and select "save as" to save image to your computer for printing)

Or check out this poster (specific to Minnesota but applicable to Wisconsin as well):

We hope that Konnie can return to speak to our club again to a much larger turnout as the information provided was important especially for gardeners!

Our presentation for November: "Kokedama, A Japanese Art Form" a workshop by Mary Charmoli