Hill & Dale club meets in March

The first meeting of the 2019 year of the Hill & Dale Garden Club was held March 27 at New Beginnings in Sugar Grove.

President Ruth Ann DeVore welcomed everyone, including a guest and our new member, Annie Clement. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Peg read the devotions. Peg also had a drawing for maple syrup which was won by our new member Annie.

The minutes of the December meeting were read and approved.

A card was sent around for Priscilla, who is laid up, and several thank you cards were read.

Members with March and April birthdays were wished a happy birthday. The members sang “Happy Birthday” to our member Audrey, who just turned 90.

Now is the time to start working on the gardens. The Miles Marker and the Sugar Grove Park are both in need of mulch. The Northern Area is more of a planter and does not need much mulch. Wilcox Brothers also asked for the club’s help with the garden dedicated to our longtime member Eleanor Wilcox and offered a donation. Sally will check on prices for mulch. Carol has a couple of Rose of Sharon’s she would plant at the park and Miles Marker.

There was a discussion on some gardening programs with the Sugar Grove Library. The first program is a “Garden Party” at 2 p.m. April 17 which would be an exchange of gardening information and experiences.

The Sugar Grove Library is also having a program on “Invasive Species” and later a “Learn at the Library” about raised beds, which the club will help with.

It was brought up there was an article in the paper on the monarch butterflies, which was very informative.

Arbor Day is Friday, April 26, and there was a discussion on what the club could do for that.

Members were reminded that Garden Therapy at the Rouse Home will be June 10 and members are asked to bring small silk flowers for that. The picnic with the Warren Garden Club will be at the Audubon on Sept. 19. Also, there is a Garden Expo Saturday at the skating rink in Jamestown, N.Y.

Eleanor made the motion to adjourn. The meeting was closed so members could car pool to the Muncee’s Big Tree Maple for a maple syrup making tour.