FGCV MEMBERS, HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HERE'S TO THE
BEST OF GARDENING IN THE NEW YEAR
During these winter months when we yearn for some sunshine or at least some wonderful clean white snow, let's take some time to organize our thoughts and plan for what our spring and summer gardens will look like. For those of you planning on starting some seeds, how about putting in some wonderful magnets for our endangered friends, the butterflies and birds. Our pollinator and amphibian populations are both threatened and we need to recognize the importance of education and action in the fight to conserve them. NGC is actively engaging its membership and the general 'public' in this endeavor through the Million Garden Challenge partnership with National Wildlife Federation, Monarch Watch, North American Butterfly Association and The Center for Plant Conservation.
My primary project for Vermont is to have each of our seventeen clubs plant at least one pollinator garden, whether it's 4 feet square or 40 feet square. These gardens can be planted on your porch in pots, on your patio in raised beds, or right in your flower gardens. They can be planted on a street corner, under a town sign, or in a vacant lot. Their purpose is the same for any site....... help our pollinators survive. As you plant these gardens, share your pictures with all FGCV members by sending them to me to put on our website. These will be sent on to be added to all the gardens that NGC members plant, a MILLION gardens!
Our spring meetings will be held the second week in April in all three districts. The pertinent information will come from your District Directors about time and place. Please plan on sending representatives from your club to these get-togethers.
Our Annual Meeting will be held on June 17th at Shelburne Museum at the Pizzagalli Museum. Our NGC President Sandy Robinson will be present as well as other New England Region officers. We hope to have a great turn out for this event.
Thank you all for JUMPING IN on our FGCV projects. Please let me know of any concerns you might have.
Sue Hinkel, FGCV President
Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont, Inc. provides education, resources and statewide networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility.
* May 1-8, 2016 NGC 87th Annual Convention, Grand Rapids, Michigan
* June 5-11, 2016: National Garden Week
* June 17, 2016: FGCV Annual Meeting, Pizzagalli Museum at Shelburne
* June 25, 2016: Garden Club of Manchester Garden Tour