President’s Message

Letter from the President, September 2020

Thank you, Connie and Janell, for a perfect venue and amazing African Violets program last month.  My mother always had beautiful African violets, but I never knew much about them.  Now I feel like an expert.  Melissa Shopnitz of the Loveland Sweetheart Violettes Society provided us with not only a delightful demonstration and presentation, but also with detailed handouts and gifts of violet plants to take home and try our luck.  I’m not sure I’ll turn into a violet addict as she is, but I’m pretty happy with how well my little plants are doing so far.  What a fun and inspiring morning!  And what a beautiful garden Connie has, very impressive!  Thanks so much for hosting us.

This month’s meeting is at Zucca Italian Restaurant in Louisville.  Wednesday morning, September 23, at 10:30 am we will be meeting at one of the Three Leaf Farms restaurants, Zuccas, at 808 Main Street in Louisville.  They are open to the public for dinner service only, so we will have the whole space to ourselves, with everyone at their own socially-distanced table.  Masks are required, please don’t forget yours.  Sara Martinelli of Three Leaf Farms, herbalist and farmer, will be offering a presentation about cultivating, harvesting and blending delicious and nutritious herbs in Colorado to make refreshing and healthful herbal teas. We won’t be eating, but you may  want to bring your water bottle for surreptitious sips during the presentation.

A few of us are planning dinner at Zuccas this week to check out the menu/venue.  It has gotten rave reviews.  I have certainly enjoyed the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder and the Chautauqua Dining Hall in the past, also run by Three Leaf Farms.  You might want to check out Three Leaf Farm website:  I’m particularly intrigued by the “Magical Herbalism:  Folklore & Witchcraft” workshop in October.

I hope you will join us for this adventure.  Since the Lutheran Church on 3rd is not planning to reopen until the end of the year, we’re being creative with meeting spaces.  If anyone would like to follow another car to this location, we could meet at the Kohl’s parking lot near Chili’s at 10:00.  We’ll take 287 (Main Street) to South Boulder Road.  The restaurant is a bit south-west of there.  Please give me a call if you’d like to caravan.

Field Trip to The Gardens at Spring Creek this Saturday, September 19.  Please be sure to email Melissa if you’d like to join us:  She will send instructions for buying tickets beforehand.  If you went to visit these gardens earlier this summer, you know how splendid they are.  Although the vegetable gardens suffered a bit with our early freeze last week, the perennial gardens are still going full tilt, and will be beautiful.

Nominating Committee and Leadership for 2021  Anne-marie has agreed to head the Nominating Committee to tap leadership for next year.  This year’s Board Treasurer, Vice President, President and one of our At-Large Board Members have agreed to stay on for another year, if membership agrees.  We have 2 new volunteers for At-Large members, and we’re looking for a new Secretary.  If you’d like to be considered for the Secretary position, please let Anne-marie know.  We will vote on the slate of officers at the October meeting.

Don’t like the weather in Colorado?  Just wait a few hours.  To go from 90 degrees to 30 overnight  with snow is pretty dramatic!   Although the trees and plants in my garden were looking rather sad last Tuesday, by Wednesday everything perked up again and now they’re looking pretty good.  At least the snow offered some much-needed moisture, slowed down the fires and cleared the air. I’m so grateful to live in such a beautiful place, where the power of nature never ceases to amaze and surprise me.  Be sure to keep your eyes focused on the splendor all around us, and stay curious.