President’s Message

Letter from the President, May 2021

I think we’re beginning to get the hang of this Zoom meeting thing.  Thank you to all who attended our April 28th virtual gathering.  What a marvelous program on honey bees by Beth Conrey!  I hope you all have her phone number on your speed-dial just in case you witness a swarm.  She’ll have her crew out there in no time to safely retrieve them.

Our annual plant exchange is this month, May 26, at JoAnn Dinser’s home.  Take Hover/95th south towards Arapahoe, her home is north west of that intersection.  Plan to bring 5 good plants from your garden surplus, to exchange for 5 good plants from other members’ gardens.  Don’t be deterred from attending if you don’t have any surplus to offer this year.  There are always leftovers at the end in need of new homes.  My first 2 years with the club I had nothing to bring, but went home with iris and daisies.  Last year I had 100 lilies and grape hyacinths to give away.  Whatever your situation this year, we’d love to have you come and enjoy the event.  It will be so good to be together in person again!  Along with your plant offerings, please wear masks and bring a chair and your own refreshments if you like.  See you there!

Our field trip to the Boulder Iris Farm was rained out last weekend, but Melissa has rescheduled for Friday, May 21.  Please contact Melissa if you’d like to join us.  I’m guessing that the iris will be in full bloom by then.  It will be spectacular!

Karen’s friend, Mary Jakob, is our newest member.  Welcome to Hoe & Hope, Mary!  We look forward to meeting you in person.

Anne-marie is very pleased with our fundraising efforts so far.  More than half the club has sent in a check or offered popular services or events.  Many members have made particularly generous donations.  We are especially grateful to Kay for her memorial offering.  We are well on our way to our goal of $1500 to fully cover our scholarship grants for next year.  If you haven’t yet gotten your donation in, please send your check to Sandy or let Ann-marie know how you would like to participate.

Jennifer and her scholarship committee have made their final choice of our 3 grant recipients this year.  They had so many worthy applicants to choose from, it was hard to pick just 3.  Especially after a year of hardship, our scholarships were deeply appreciated.  It is an important way that we support and invest in the future of our community.

Robin and Ruth are organizing a monthly outing called Explore Longmont the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Next Thursday, April 20th, we’ll enjoy strawberries in Thompson Park, and learn about its history and botanical diversity.  Be sure to let Robin and Ruth know if you plan to join us.

Our Civic Project leaders are scheduling cleanups and plantings.  I hope to see you at Callahan House this Wednesday, May 12, at 9.  If you can attend, please let Melissa or Karen know.  I also signed up for training to be a volunteer at the Roosevelt Rose Garden.  Betsy has sent out the links to get in touch with the Longmont Senior Grounds Maintenance folks to sign up and learn the ropes.  They are thrilled to have a more active volunteer roster from Hoe & Hope this year.  If you’d like to help out at the OUR Center, contact Dudley or JoAnn.  These Civic projects are an important aspect of being a Hoe & Hope Garden Club member.  Pick a project, and get involved!

  • Callahan House – Melissa Welsch, Karen Janata
  • Central Elementary School – Robin Ecklund, Sally Bootz
  • OUR Center – JoAnn Dinser, Dudley McBride
  • Rose Garden – Betsy Imig

Those of us who are transplants from the East Coast, with its overabundance of white-tail deer and Lyme disease, still find it surprising to plant tulips and watch them blossom gloriously rather than getting eaten.  After Robin’s presentation in March, I know just which bulbs to plant for years of enjoyment.  Spring brings rebirth and hope for a subsiding pandemic allowing outdoor activities and gatherings this summer.  Be sure to keep your eyes focused on the beauty of springtime in our colorful community, and stay curious.