Happy New Year! Next Meeting and a new competition!!

Happy New Year to all our members and anyone else who visits us on this website. 2014 was an event filled year for our club and we have another full year planned for 2015. Check out our Calendar on the Calendar tab for the year's offerings.

We will get 2015 underway with our first meeting of the year on Thursday January 8, 6:30 PM at the Grantsburg High School in room 111.

Mary Charmoli will be presenting a slide show and talk on the Chelsea and Malvern Flower Shows. She will also provide some special refreshments in keeping with the theme!

Our agenda:

  • We will discuss the details of the February Victorian Tea and collect prepayment. The cost will be $15.00 per person. The club will cover $5.00 for members so be prepared with a check or cash for $10.00.  Non-members will pay $15.00 but will get membership with that amount if they so choose.  
  • If you will not be able to attend the January meeting, please make your reservation for the tea and send in your prepayment to Teresa, her address is in the 2014 and 2015 booklets. 
  • If you did not get a booklet for 2015 you can pick it up at the meeting or Mary will mail one to you. If you are not a member contact any of our officers for info on the tea and how to prepay. See the Officers tab on this blog. 
  • We will also be planning for the March seed planting workshop and discussing what plants have sold well at our annual plant sale so that we can be sure to have plenty on hand for the sale in 2015.

Now for the announcement of a new competion!!

Below you will see a picture of a piece of wood.

Your task if you want to win fabulous prizes! is to create something using this piece of wood. Anything. You can even use more than one piece of wood.

Get your piece of wood from Pam. You can pick one or more pieces up at any time you are in Grantsburg. They are outside the side door on the west side of the garage (my garage is at the dead end of Pine Street half a block past the post office in Grantsburg--216 N Pine Street). Stop by and help yourself, no need to call ahead.  I have plenty of these pieces of wood so take as many as you like.

We will also be using these pieces of wood to make quilt blocks in November but feel free to make quilt blocks if you so choose.

We are hoping the club can come up with some really fun ideas that we can use to make things to sell at Grantoberfest. The best ideas will win prizes so get creative, scour Pinterest and crafter websites and magazines or just let your mind go wild!! then get to work. You can incorporate anything you want to, to create your masterpiece, even electricity. But it must include at least one piece of wood (or part of the piece of wood or all of it cut in pieces or....)

Bring your finished product or products to the March meeting for show and tell and prizes!! You may submit up to 3 entries.

What will the fabulous prizes be you ask?  Don't know yet but I will let you know as soon as the Board decides!! That is, the Board of Directors, it is on the agenda for the January Board Meeting.

Happy New Year everyone. See you in 2015!


Food, Friends and Fun at the 2014 Holiday Party!!

We had a great turnout for the 2014 Annual Holiday Party at Kris H's house this year! I counted 18 people (13 members and 5 guests). We missed quite a few members and hope this photo display will help them feel like they didn't miss out on the fun!

 Gathering in the kitchen: Kris, Mary C and Janet with her back to the camera. Jen back there in the dining room. Click on the picture to get a bigger image.

 Gathering in the family room...

Before dinner snacks!

 After dinner treats!

 The main course! 

Audrey, Jerry, Kris and Lisa

 Gathered around the table: 
Linnea, Becky, Tim, Shirley, Rick, Lucille and Mary G tucked behind Janet!

 Jerry, Kris and Lisa

 Kris and Jerry

 Jerry, Audrey, Lucille, Georgianne, Linnea, Rick

 Tim, Shirley and Becky

 Jerry, Audrey, Lucille

 Georgianne, Linnea and Rick

Full tummies, relaxing after dinner--there's a better shot of Lucille and Mary!

Kris getting us started with the dice game. 

Thanks everyone for the fabulous food and the great gifts!

Mary C. handed out the 2015 programs. You can get yours at the January meeting at the high school. Watch the blog for the posting of the 2015 calendar for details. 

Have a great holiday!! See you all in 2015!!


Meeting Minutes, November 2014

Burnett Garden Club
Meeting Minutes
Date November 13, 2014

The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:45 PM.

In attendance were: Pam, Kris, Georgianne, Linnea, Becky, Mary G, Jacki and Jennifer

Secretary’s Report: Minutes posted on the blog, no corrections noted. Minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Georgianne reported a current balance of $1800.65. In preparation for our end of year audit, Pam and Georgianne will go over the books and present them for audit to a volunteer auditor or auditors from the club.

We received at thank you for participating in Grantoberfest. Next year’s date is set for September 19, 2015.
The holiday party for December 11 will be at Kris’ instead of Linnea’s due to renovations going on at the Seume house!!

Standing Committee Reports 

Plant Sale (Kris): nothing to report

Sign /Memory Lake /Library project report (Pam):
Update on Library project, we have approx $1300.00 from the village approved for the new gardens.
There will be a sculpture of a bench with children reading in the garden-donated by a Friend of the Library. Georgianne will donate flagstones for stepping stones to the scuplture for children to feel welcome to sit on the bench
Linnea to check with Wayne Lake about large rocks.
Will use Karl Forester grass from sign plantings in the library garden.
Will be looking for other plant donations. Kris offered day lilies

Holiday in the Park (Lisa): 
Lisa not present. We talked about purchasing a trailer to use for the display and maybe to use for a float for parades!! Would need a place to store it.
Trailers can be expensive. Need to decide on what we are willing to spend if we want to do this.
Lisa arrived later for the workshop and said she might have a loaner trailer to use this year.
Single axle trailers do not need to be licensed!!

Planning/Yearbook (Kris/Mary C): 
The new officers and committee chairs will form the planning committee for 2015. All members welcome to attend.
Will meet Sunday, Nov 23 6:15 at Pam’s. To attend Pam: Georgianne, Kris, Mary C, Wanda, Audrey, Lisa and Rosemary, open to membership.
We will consider all ideas put forth and brainstorm new ideas for the program for 2015. We need programs for Jan, Feb, March, April WRGC preview, May Tea Party if the Byers sister are willing. Sept. Oct, Nov, December is the holiday potluck. So we will need 6 programs.
Volunteer and suggestion sheets are in the back of the room.
Special Committee Reports:
Tours (Rosemary): Rosemary not present. We have Sandra Harmon and possibly Sharon Danielson for the local garden tour. We will discuss other options at planning meeting.
Grantoberfest (Georgianne): nothing to report other than date for next year, Sept 19.

Old Business: 
Placques for gardens: Rather than purchasing signs for the gardens we maintain and plant, we are discussing a sign-making workshop. Mary C has old pallets to use for the wood.
press releases will be done by information officer, Pam
Georgianne’s ideas
1) More meetings held in various locations such as the library. We will look at planning a meeting at the library and maybe look at resources the library has for gardening as part of the program.
2) Develop a list of resources that club members have that they are willing to lend and a system for lending. Library may already have a lot. We could donate to the library.
3) Garden Club display at the library and possibly a permanent garden club shelf with books the club donates.

New Business:
Election of Officers: Since there were no contested offices we approved the slate presented: President, Kris; Vice President, Wanda; Secretary, Audrey; Treasurer, Georgianne; information officer, Pam.

Any Other Business: 
A new competition was announced! Pam handed out pieces of cedar (approx 9 X 8 X 1) to be used in any creative way and brought to the January meeting for showing and prizes!!  One or more pieces can be used. Pam has lots of these pieces. They can be picked up at her house. We could use the finished pieces to sell at Grantoberfest or as models to make more to sell at Grantoberfest.
Pam taking donations of gardening related items for next years Grantoberfest. She will store them at her house.

Sharing Time: 
Kris brought some sedum plants that were needing a new home.
Mary G announced earlier that she has a new kitty, Phoenix, and that her Christmas at the cabin will be held on December 6th.

Next Meeting: December 11, 6:00 at Kris’ Holiday Potluck and optional gift exchange.  Sign up sheet for what you will bring.  Arrive any time from 6:00 on.

We adjourned at approximately 7:25 for refreshments provided by Mary G, Kris, and Becky, and the program.
Program: Willow weaving workshop with Jacki Bedworth!

Thanks to Linnea for taking the notes in Audrey’s absence.


Another great willow weaving workshop by Jacki Bedworth

Eight of us participated in Jacki's willow weaving workshop and had a great time making bottle caddies.

Jacki is available to do private workshops. Kris and Linnea and maybe Wanda will be going over to Jacki's on Thursday, November 20 at 10:00 AM to make more bottle caddies for gifts. Check with Jacki if you would like to  participate or to arrange another time with her.  Cost is $7.50 per caddy.

Here are some pictures of the evening's endeavors.

Getting started 

Bend this this way but be sure it...

We all need a little help!

Trimming off the excess

Lisa hard at work

Lisa's unique creation!

Finishing off the top

A unique use for the bottle caddies, cell phone holders! 

From left to right, front row: Pam and Mary G; back row: Jacki (our instructor), Lisa, Sandy, Linnea and Kris!
Georgianne is behind the camera, Jen got away before our final picture.

Thank you Jacki for another great workshop!

Jacki shared with us examples of her baskets, at least what was left over after her very successful sale at the Depot Art Show at Taylor's Falls' last weekend (pictured below). 

2015 Officers

Presidents-Kris Henning 715-689-2333 Frederic henning@grantsburgtelcom.net
Vice-President-Wanda Biorn 320-358-3858 Rush City, Mn wanda.biorn@grantsburg.k12.wi
Secretary-Audrey Edmunds, Grantsburg audreyedmunds@gmail.com
Treasurer-Georgianne Kleiss, 715-463-3343 Grantsburg georgianne@kleissgears.com
Historian-Lucille Danielson, 715-689-2288 Grantsburg lumd@grantsburgtelcom.net
Notification, promotion and blog admin-Pam Davies, Grantsburg pameladavies@yahoo.com


Treasurer Guidelines

Office of Treasurer, Burnett Garden Club

From the current by-laws: The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds of the Club and shall pay expenditures approved by the Executive Board or a simple majority at a regular meeting. Treasurer shall make financial report at every regular meeting, a yearly financial report at the Annual meeting, and be subject to an annual audit in October by the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall receive dues from the members, be in charge of filing membership reports to MSHS, and keep an up-to-date membership record at all times.

When the treasurer receives the books from the previous treasurer, an audit of those books should have been done and signed off on by the executive board. The treasurer must insist this be done before accepting the books. Hand off should be in November or early December as our year begins with the December meeting.

1. The old treasurer will accompany the new treasurer to the bank to get the new signature card made out and the old one destroyed. The new president if there is one will also needs to be added to the signature card and the old one removed.

2. The treasurer will receive: the check book and all registers current and archived, any ledgers that have been kept in hard copy or digital (should have 10 years as an archive), the yearly audit report with signatures of the executive board and auditors, all archived receipts in bundles by years for ten years.

3. The treasurer maintains the club checkbook recording all checks, whether issued or voided, in the check register with check number, date, who to (and for what if room permits or note on check what it was for) and the amount as well as a running balance. (Any voided checks should be marked VOID and added to the invoice/receipt archive).

4. The treasurer keeps invoices or receipts for every check written. Any missing receipts must be replaced with a written and dated explanation and signed off on by the president or vice president. Price tags do not constitute receipts. These receipts will be bundled for the year and labeled and kept as an archive for ten years.

5. When paying a presenter for materials or fees, a signed receipt must be received from the presenter with an explanation of the costs or fees. This can be drawn up by hand by the treasurer and signed and dated by the presenter or can be made up by the presenter.

6. Honoraria in the form of gas cards (as has been the custom of this club where appropriate) must be documented in the ledger as to who received it, the amount, the date, and the presentation. (A column or columns can be added to the spreadsheet for this purpose)

7. The treasurer will keep a supply of thank-you cards and prepare the thank-you card with the gas card for the speaker for each meeting to be given at the time of the meeting.

8. The treasurer will balance the monthly bank statements against the check register filling in any omitted information into the register and adjusting the running balance accordingly.

9. The treasurer will make checks out to cash only to supply change for the cash drawer for the plant sale (or other official garden club event requiring cash). Cash will be immediately returned to the account after the event.

10. The treasurer shall keep a ledger, either a hard copy or digital spreadsheet, that will record all transactions including a detailed description of each expenditure and who approved it, whether common expenditure or approved by the executive board/committee or a vote of the club.

11. The treasurer will confer with the executive board/committee on any questions or issues that arise. The treasurer should ask for help from the previous treasurer or the executive board if they are ever feeling overwhelmed by the duties.

12. The treasurer will participate in the year end audit to be conducted in October or early November prior to the November meeting or as soon as possible after the close of the year. The audit will be overseen by the executive board but can be conducted by 2 or more members in addition to the treasurer.

The club thanks the treasurer for their diligence as this is a hard job!!

created 11/8/2014


Willow weaving workshop with Jacki Bedworth!! Please RSVP!

This lovely fall I have been looking around at all the wonderful natural materials from the wild and from the garden that could be made into beautiful and useful objects to adorn our homes and give as gifts. At our next meeting on November 13 we will have a chance to put some of this natural material to use!

Willow weaver, Jacki Bedworth, has come up with a fun project for us to work on.  She will teach us how to make a bottle coaster as pictured below.  We will use a premade, drilled wooden base. We'll weave with white willow and a variety of natural materials (daylily leaves, iris leaves, tamarack twigs and maybe some dogwood twigs).

Jack said she will look for some other pictures. I will share what she sends me in the meeting reminder email next week!

Cost of this project for materials is $7.50.  I will plan on about 10 participants but it would be good to know who is planning to participate in the workshop so Jacki knows what materials to bring if we go over ten participants. There may also be materials available to purchase for those wishing to make more coasters. Hope to see you all there!!

If you do not plan to participate in the workshop, please come to the meeting and enjoy refreshments and communing with other gardeners!!


Meeting Minutes, October 2014

The October Burnett Garden Club meeting was called to order by President Pam Davies at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  The meeting was held at Harvey Allen Outdoors in Grantsburg.  Each member introduced themselves, as new member, Deb Norling was there.

Secretary Report
The minutes from the September meeting were posted on the blog.  It was discussed that the Plant Sale next year may only be on Saturday.  Other than that, the minutes were approved and seconded.

Treasure Report
Georgianne Kleiss has a summary of the budget year to date.
Grantoberfest profit is about $112.50; which has $30 deducted for the booth rental.
June Plant Sale  The cost of signs is $85.00 which will come out of the general budget.  The total income for this sale is to be calculated.  The revenue was low due to the rainy weather.
Membership fees of $5 each person should be paid to Georgianne as soon as possible.
HORT magazine dues need to be paid to Georgianne by October 20 for those who are interested.

UW North Country MG Training is on October 11 in Spooner, WI.  If you want to attend this please let Pam know as soon as possible.
MSHS speaker roster – if anyone is interested in this, please let Kris Henning know.

Standing Committee Reports
Plant Sale (in June) – Kris brought up the concern if it is worth having the sale on Friday.  Georgianne will break down the income for each day, and this will be discussed next year before the sale.  Also, discussion was held about individually pricing plants, possibly with a colored tag, so that it will be easier when people purchase them.

Planting gardens in community areas
- Memory Lake Park – This area was planted in the late spring, using $350.00 from the Village of Grantsburg.  Some of the plants will mature, and annuals will be planted again.
- Library – Pam and Georgianne met with people this week about estimating costs for various flowers to be in their garden.  How this garden will be maintained is to be determined.  The garden will have 90% perennials.  Plans are for the library to have a grand opening in April, 2015.  What will be planted in the spring of 2015 is to be determined by the budget.
- Holiday In the Park – Anyone who has items to donate for this should let Lisa Slater or Audrey Edmunds know, as they are the chair’s of this committee.  It will be set up the week after Thanksgiving, or possibly earlier to get a good spot.

Planning/Yearbook Committee
Kris Henning and Mary Charmoli are working on the yearbook, and will try to have it done by the December meeting.  A sign up for refreshments, and another for meeting ideas was passed around.  Also, there will be a sign up for weeding to be done by the Grantsburg sign on Hwy. 70, which will need to be cared for next spring and summer.

Special Committee Reports
Community Garden Tour - Teresa Halls headed this up in 2014.  Linnea Seume will take over doing this in 2015. It is suggested that we tour 4 – 5 gardens.  Everyone enjoyed touring Sandra Harmon, Becky Lake and Mary Charmoli’s gardens this past summer and would like to see them again in 2015, along with possibly Sharon Danielson’s.

Grantoberfest – Georgianne stated this is the second year that the Garden Club has had a booth/tent at this event.  Two members joined at this event this year. Various donated items were sold, but the sales were not stated yet.  It is suggested that we start bringing items to sell to Pam Davies’ house at any time, to collect for the sale, and possibly sell some items at the Plant sale in June.

Burnett County Fairground Plant Boxes – Lisa Slater advised that the Jr. Fair kids maintained theses boxes, after flowers and plants were planted by Pam Davies, Audrey Edmunds and Lisa Slater.  Donna Chell donated many flowers and vegetables for this.  It was discussed making signs to put by the planters to acknowledge who donated the plants and who helps maintain them.  The sign making is a possible project for an upcoming meeting.

New Business  
The election of new officers will take place at the November meeting.  Nominations are:

President – Kris Henning
Vice President – Wanda Biorn
Secretary – Audrey Edmunds
Treasure – Georgianne Kleiss

There will be a new committee to handle press releases and social media.  Pam Davies and Lisa Slater are willing to chair this.
Planning/Yearbook Committee – Kris Henning and Mary Charmoli
Grantoberfest – Georgianne Kleiss
Holiday In The Park – to be determined

New Ideas
*It was discussed to possibly have meeting in various locations around the area.  We don’t want to loose the room that we have at the High School, but may hold a few more meetings at other locations.
*Someone may compile a list that shares resources that Club Members have.
*The Garden Club may collect and display a shelf area with gardening/plant books at the Grantsburg Library.

Food and refreshments were then served.  Lisa Slater demonstrated barn quilts that she makes, and gave everyone a tour of the Harvey Allen facility.

The next Garden Club meeting will be held on November 13 at the Grantsburg High School.  The nomination of club officers will take place, and a Willow Workshop will be held.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Submitted by Audrey Edmunds


Highlights of the October 2014 meeting! A great time was had by all!

The October meeting at Harvey Allen Outdoor Store was fun and productive.  Over 12 members were present including new member, Deb Norling!! Great refreshments were provided by Rosemary and Janet.

Lisa gave a tour of the metal fabrication and wood shop at the Harvey Allen Outdoor Store where husband Charlie produces specialty spa water fixtures, deer stands, and hunting shacks. Lisa produces barn quilts out of the shop as well. She talked about her interest in barn quilts and how she goes about making them. The process is exacting and time consuming. Lisa offers a large number of designs and various sizes of barn quilts and provides mounting services.  She dreams of one day being able to create a barn quilt tour in Burnett County.

On the business end:
We put together the slate of nominees for 2015 officers. They are:

  • President: Kris Henning
  • Vice President: Wanda Biorn
  • Secretary: Audry Edmunds
  • Treasurer: Georgianne Kleiss
  • Information officer: Pam Davies

The election will be held at the next meeting. If you would like to stand for any of these positions, please put forward your name as soon as possible.

Dues are coming in for 2015. Please get your $5.00 dues in to Georgianne. If you want to join or renew with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society and subscribe to Northern Gardener please get a check to Georgianne for $37.00 made out to MSHS before October 29 so she can get these mailed in.

Standing and special committees are forming. If you'd like to help out on any of these, send in your name.

  • Plant Sale: Kris, chair
  • Community Planting: (Grantsburg sign, Memory Lake garden, new library addition gardens, fairgrounds planters) Pam/Georgianne/Lisa co-chairs
  • Holiday in the Park: still looking for a chair in 2015
  • Planning/Yearbook: Kris/Mary C co-chairs
  • Tours: Linnea, chair
  • Grantoberfest: Georgianne, chair
  • PR/correspondence: Pam/Lisa Slater co-chairs

Refreshments calendar is being set up. We will post the list soon so others can fill in where needed.

If you have any program ideas or would like to volunteer to be on the garden tour in 2015 please let me or Kris know.

Jacki Bedworth will be doing a Willow Weaving Workshop at the next meeting on November 13, Thursday, 6:30 PM room 111, Grantsburg High School.This is always a fun workshop. Jacki will determine a good project we can do in an hour. Watch for further information.

If you haven't visited the Memory Lake Garden, here are a couple of pictures taken on October 5. Notice the  marigolds grown from seed and planted here by Georgianne!! They are huge!! Click on the pictures to get large view.


Meeting Reminder, October 9, 6:30 PM Harvey Allen Outdoors Store!!

Our next meeting:

October 9, Barn Quilt Presentation by Lisa Slater 6:30 PM at Harvey Allen Outdoors Store on Hwy 70 west of town!!

Agenda: dues/planning for 2015/signup

Presentation by Lisa Slater of her fabulous barn quilts. She will show us how she makes them! Lisa creates custom barn quilts and handles installation as well. If you've ever thought of adorning your barn or other out buildings with a fabulous work or art, now is the time to learn more about it!!

Refreshments will be provided by Rosemary and Janet

Hope to see everyone there.

Meeting Minutes, September 2014

September 11, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:45 pm. by Kris Henning. Pam was not present for the meeting.

May 2014 was our last meeting official meeting. The minutes from that meeting are online. Janet made a motion to approve the minutes from the May meeting and Wanda seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.

The treasurer was not at the meeting so there was no treasurer's report. Kris stated that we should have about $1500 in our club account.

Grantoberfest will be held at the Grantsburg Fairgrounds on Sept. 20th. The garden club will have a booth. We still need donations of items to sell at our booth. We have a nice mixture of items so far.

We discussed the plant sale that we had in June. This year we had the sale start on Friday eve for a couple of hours and then again on Saturday for quite a few hours. We will need to speak to the treasurer to find out how much money was raised this year. Also need to discuss if we think it was profitable to have the sale both Friday evening and Saturday.

We discussed the excursion to Wanda's home in Rush City earlier this year. Only three people showed up for this. Wanda put a lot of time and effort into getting ready for this tour. Attendance was disappointing.  Do we want to try this again next year? Maybe that day just did not work for most members?

The local garden tour in July was a great success. We had over a dozen people for the tour. First we went to the home of Sandra and Butch Harmon. Sandra has many small  gardens and very interesting features in her gardens. Next, we went to the home of Becky and Wayne Lake. Becky has LOTS of HUGE gardens that were filled with many varieties of perennials, annuals, grasses and wonderful features that spark a lot of interest and conversation. The final destination was at the home of Jim and Mary Charmoli. Mary has many beautiful gardens, also, including a large veggie garden, which included a tomato plant that bears BLACK tomatoes. Wow. It will be interesting to find out if they are as tasty as the usual ones. Mary has many varieties of hostas, daylilies and other perennials. We got to see her wonderful potting shed, too. We had our treats in their very lovely home. A big THANK YOU to all of the garden hosts. We all had a great time.

We have information from Kevin Schoessow, Spooner Ag. representative,  about Master Gardener classes that will be offered in Grantsburg and Spooner this Fall, Winter and next Spring. Please check your email for details from Pam and forms to sign up.

Next meeting we will need to discuss the weeding schedule. If the schedule from this year worked for everyone, we may be able to keep that one for next year. We may tweek it a little if we get new members.

Lists were passed out to write down our ideas for future speakers and ideas for future meetings. The list will get passed around a couple more times to give enough ideas to choose from for next year. The officers will review our ideas, get speakers lined up and the booklet will be printed later.

The October meeting will be at the Harvey Allen Outdoor Sports, just outside of Grantsburg, on Hwy 70 on October 9th at 6:30 pm. Lisa will do a demonstration on how to create a barn quilt. Sounds very interesting and lots of fun! Janet and Rosemary will provide the refreshments.

Refreshments tonight were provided by Linnea and Sue A. Yummy.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Wanda and seconded by Sue A.

Our feature presentation is a slide show of the daylily convention in Ohio that Kris Henning attended. Kris did a wonderful job of creating this slide show with many photos of fabulous gardens full of daylilies and other perennials. It had been very hot and dry there prior to the tour so some of the gardens were not at their peak, but they were all very interesting to look at with lovely plants. Thanks so much Kris for a great presentation and guiding us through the tour.

Thank you,
Janet Byers


Master Gardener Training has commenced!! But it's not too late to join in!

The North Country Master Gardener Association which serves Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties has started Master Gardener Training. I have started training with this class and found the first class very engaging and informative. We met at the UW Extension Service Ag Station just east of Spooner on Hwy 70 on Saturday, September 27, at 9 am. Half the class was spent inside and half was outside. The weather couldn't have been better!!

The training will consist of both online videos and classroom work.  Classes meet at various locations and times and options are available.  We received a 300 plus page loose leaf notebook textbook with chapters related to what we will be learning in class and on the videos.

If you missed the Sept 10 informational meeting (which I missed) and the first class on September 27th you might still be able to start the training this fall by attending the Saturday, October 11, class at the Spooner Ag Station from 9am to 1pm.  If you are interested, I will be attending that class so we can carpool. You will want to contact Kevin Schoessow  (715) 635-3506 or 1-800-528-1914) leave  a message if he does not answer. He will get back to you. Cost is $120.00. You may not have to pay all at once. And remember, the garden club has a scholarship available for part of the tuition once the program is completed.

If you are interested but not sure, email me and I will send you the tentative schedule of classes. You can also check out the website for the video classes at   http://blogs.ces.uwex.edu/mgvlevel1/

Here are some pictures of our time out doors at the ag station discussing site location, plant structure and pest and disease issues.

Come and join the fun!!


Back in meeting mode!! Our regular meetings resume in September

Our next meeting is:

September 11, Thursday, 6:30 PM room 111, Grantsburg High School
Chelsea Flower Show presentation-Mary Charmoli
Annual club plant exchange, bring plants, cuttings, and seeds to share with the club
Agenda: 2015 dues and planning/signup (we start in Sept as this is a long process)
Grantoberfest: volunteering to help with setup, manning the booth and cleanup
Refreshments, Becky T and Linnea S

I believe Becky was looking for someone to take refreshments for her since she will not be available.

Please bring items you want to donate to the Garden Club Grantoberfest sale. New or lightly used items.

Hope to see you all there


Grandma Kleiss's Peach Cake Recipe!

From Georgianne,

Here is the recipe we discussed at the picnic last night. It's surprisingly easy. You can cut down on the sugar; I know that 3/4 cup is plenty.

Peach Cake

Mix until crumbly:
1 stick butter (1/4#)
1½ c all-purpose flour
1 c sugar
½ t baking powder

Beat and mix in:
1 egg

Add a little milk if necessary.   Pat into greased, 9x13” pan.

Peel and slice about 5 or 6 peaches; arrange on dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Dot with butter if desired.

Bake at 375F for 10 min, then 350F for about 45 min.

Yummm! This sounds great! I will add this to our recipe links on the right side. Scroll down to see what other great recipes we have there.


Spooner Ag Station annual Twilight Garden Tour Tuesday, August 19 4PM to dusk

Check out this link for details on this year's garden tour.

Great time at the annual summer pot luck!

Nine members enjoyed the delightful weather and lovely surrounding at Lisa Slater's on Big Trade Lake tonight. Here are a few snaps of the event.

Our Hostess, Lisa Lover of Roosters!

Grilling on the Deck

Always a fabulous spread

Digging In!

Chowing down!

We had four container garden entries

And four entries in the cut flowers category

And our winners are Kris, 1st place in container garden and Lucille, 1st place in cut flowers, 2nd place in container garden. Congratulations to everyone who participated!!

Our evening included a wonderful spin around Trade Lake on the Slater pontoon boat. Thanks so much Lisa for hosting the event and the boat ride and thank you to everyone who brought fabulous dishes!


Thank you Lisa Slater for organizing the planting of the Fair Grounds planters

And thank you to Wood River Floral and Garden Store for donating annuals and vegetables for the planters.

Lisa, Audrey and Pam struggled to fit all the fabulous plants into the new planters built and painted by the Junior Fair Board and filled with soil by Audrey's fiancee, Jerry. Thank you to the Junior Board and to Jerry for a great job on the planters!

Thank you to Wyatt of Living Hope Church Bible School for taking the pictures of us and for providing the mustaches!!