Another Successful Grantoberfest!!

Grantoberfest 2016 was another fun event for the garden club. We had our usual spot between the barns and the vendor hall, under the green canopy. This year we sold plants donated by Janet's perennials and other members. We also sold garden club T-shirts and cookbooks as well as other misc items! All totaled we made $191.00 for our coffers. But more importantly we signed up 3 new members!!  We also made contact with some serious young gardeners particularly interested in succulents! 

Thank you so much to Georgianne and Mary C for organizing our booth, setting up, representing the club during the all day event and of course cleaning up at the end. Phew!! Big job. And thank you to everyone else who helped at the booth and donated items to sell--that would be Rod K., Pam, Charlene, Mark, Alice E!

Can't wait to meet our newest members!

Click on the images below to get a bigger view.

Mary and Georgianne (showing off the garden club tshirt)

Mary arranging succulents in wagons

Georgianne goofing off!! Or goofing for the camera!


A big Thank You from our Community Gardens Committee Chair

From Kris Henning, our Community Gardens Committee Chair:

Special thanks goes out to all members who worked on the planting/weeding/watering crews this summer. You make the gardens look so pretty and help the Garden Club hold its head high in the community. We couldn’t do these gardens without you! Thank you!

Gardens cleanup will be Sept. 29th @ 5:30 PM. Meet at the sign and we will strategize from there. Bring rakes, totes/tubs, gloves, etc., for cleaning garden debris.

Fun and informative meeting on Sept 8!

Mark Riewestahl gave a fun an informative presentation on succulents on Thursday, Sept 8. This was our first regular meeting after an active summer of gardening. It was great to see everyone again and enjoy Mark's enthusiastic talk. We learned about how easy it is to propagate various types of succulents, the huge variety of succulent available, how easy they are to care for and the variety of ways to use them in planters, fairy gardens and in the garden.

Mark presenting to the group

Mark's hanging planter creation. 
Thank you to Mark, and to Mom for helping out with the PowerPoint. 

We also shared seeds and plants among members, an annual event at our September meetings.

Meeting Minutes, September 2016

Burnett Garden Club
Secretary’s report for Sept. 8, 2016
General meeting, Grantsburg High School @ 6:30 pm.

Program –Mark Riewestahl presented a program on Succulents before the business meeting. His slideshow was very informative and showed the various types, shapes, colors and textures and how to care for these drought-tolerant plants. He brought samples of his succulents for display and some for sale. He also makes clay Fairy Garden accessories for sale and brought some to sell.
There was a short refreshment break before the meeting.
Meeting was called to order by President Mary Charmoli on Sept 8 at 6:32 PM.
President welcomed guests.
Secretary’s Report from May 12 by Kris Henning. Charlene moved, Pam seconded to approve the minutes as posted on the Blog. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report for August emailed to Kris from Jackie. August 1 beginning balance was $2,018.99; August 31 ending balance was $1,949.52. Treasurer’s report stands.
Committee Reports:
  1. Community Planting – Pam. Library needs funds; she has been potting up plants to sell and asked members to do the same. Kris reported that the sign garden is looking great and discussed some income/expenses on it from the Treasurer. A cleanup date for all gardens was set for Sept. 29 @ 5:30 pm. Meet at the sign and we will strategize from there. Bring rakes, totes/tubs, gloves for garden debris.
  2. Fairgrounds Planting – Lisa. No report. Plantings look good, per Janet.
  3. Plant Sale – Kris. Treasurer Jackie sent a report on the sale with a net of $863.34.
  4. Tours – Becky. Two tours went well. Suggestions for future gardens—Clara Liljeberg’s son (2 houses south of Kozy), Pine City man who visited the plant sale (but we didn’t get his name), and Sandy Hinrichs’ garden.
  5. Fair Float – Pam. Didn’t happen.
  6. Grantoberfest – Mary in lieu of Georgianne. Set up will be from 4:15-6 PM on Friday (we really need help) and from 7:30-9:00 AM on Saturday. Need Pumpkins, dried flowers to decorate or for sale, potted plants for sale, other items to sell; contact Mary if you have some.
  7. Holiday in the Park – Lisa. No report.
  8. Cookbook – Jackie (report on sales). No report.
  1. Events – sheet passed around
  2. Next Meeting: Oct 13 – “Yard/Garden Pest Control” by Kevin Schoessow
  3. Sign-up for offices/pay dues – Kris. Kris passed around the signup/suggestion sheets for 2017 and collected dues.
New Business
  1. Change in the Constitution – Mary. The Extension Office sent a letter to us and it basically states that their requirement for working with groups is that the groups be non-discriminatory. Mary had proposed changing our constitution, which is very broad and general, to match their wording, which is quite specific and might change again. Kris motioned to send in what we have now and if they don’t like it, then we can address it next year. Mark seconded. Motion passed.
Other Business-none.
Brag Time.
Becky thanked all that entered in the fair—it really does make the fair better; there will be a Fairy Garden classification next year. Charlene told us about her houseplant she’s had since 1981.
Adjournment. Charlene motioned, Kris seconded to adjourn. Motion passed.

Members Present:
Mary C., Charlene, Linnea, Mary G., Rhonda, Kris, Janet, Mark, Teresa, Pam, Wanda, Becky.


Meeting Reminder: Thursday, September 8 6:30 PM Room 115 Grantsburg High School

Regular meetings begin again on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM in room 115 at Grantsburg High School. The evenings presentation will be on succulents by our own Mark Riewestahls!

We will also have our annual plant and seed exchange. Bring your overflow seeds and plants to share with club members.

Dues for 2017 are due by November but why not get them paid early!! We will begin collecting dues this month so bring along a $5.00 bill or a check!! Cheap at twice the price!

We will also begin circulating signup and suggestion sheets.

Refreshments will be provided by Linnea and Janet.

Lots of prizes for garden club members at the Grantsburg Ag Fair!!

Georgianne and Pam documented this years prize winning entries in the Grantsburg Burnett County Ag Fair with photographs. They are posted in alphabetical order by member's first name. Click on the pictures to get a larger image. Apologies if an entry was missed.

No comments are needed as these wonderful entries speak beautifully for themselves!! Congratulations to Becky, Linnea, McKinzie and Sandy Hinrichs!

Becky's prize winners

Linnea's winning entries

McKenzie's winning fairy garden entry

Sandy's winning entries!