Doranne Bigelow

South End Bedtender of the Year Doranne Bigelow in her award winning garden. Bigelow tends beds no. 157 and 158.

Fran Streeper / Submitted

The last general meeting of 2017 was held at the Community Center on Monday. We take a break until March so that snowbirds can fly, locals can batten the hatches, and everyone can stay warm throughout the winter months. That does not mean we don't do anything though. We are planning a trip to Longwood Gardens in December. We will be painting rocks for a special game to play next season. The board will be planning some ideas for next year based on the ideas generated by the member discussion of brainstorming ideas. Good discussion!

Bed tenders, be sure to take in your Garden Club signs no later than Oct. 30. They need to be protected from the elements of a harsh winter. If you know now that you will not be tending your bed or pot next year, please let your coordinator know ASAP. Thanks for a beautifully blooming season.

Welcome to the board goes to Randa Minton. We know you will be an enthusiastic addition to the board. We all look forward to working with you and hearing your fresh ideas for next year.

The club will be sponsoring a scarecrow in the second annual Scarecrow Contest. Please cast your vote for our entry. Last year after a very close and exciting competition, we won second place.

Donna Cowhey was away on a trip when the President's Cup winner for 2017 was announced at The Gathering in Sept. So the presentation was made at the meeting. Donna, we appreciate your hard work on behalf of the club. Congratulations.

Thanks to the members who participated in the last beach clean up: Linda Mantello, Randa Minton, Fran Streeper, Gina Bergin, Doretta Lupinacci, Debbie Pucci, and Bill Wolko. Thanks to everyone who participated all summer; the club received a stipend for your contribution of time and effort.

The Garden Club will be participating in the School Environmental Fair 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Email Johanne if you have any interesting ideas for a fifteen minute presentation for children of all ages. Interest in gardening can start at any age.

If you missed the meeting but have some ideas of places to visit on a trip, email Kathy Skimmons. Thanks going out to Kathy for a really fun visit to Winterthur last week.

If you need a safety vest, contact Debi Ples. Please always wear your vest when working on your bed. Safety first!

Garden Top: This one comes from Felder Rushing on HGTV.com, "I always throw old compost onto the top of new material, to "inoculate" the fresh leaves and grass clippings with beneficial bacteria to help jump-start the composting process." Great suggestion!

"If money did grow on trees, autumn would be the best season ever!" -- jokes4us.com I love corny puns!

Visit us on Facebook for more tips and pictures. Email us at brigantinegardenclub@aol.com . Our voicemail is 266-3685. The next time you visit the library, be sure to look down on the bottom floor to see our memorial tree. Applications can be picked up there and mailed to P.O. Box 53, Brigantine, NJ. Donations are always welcome.

Thanks for a great season.

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