Welcome to one of my favorite months of the year! Although you might think of Valentine’s Day or Presidents’ Day, I think of it as my birthday month. February is also the time to start planning any changes you want to make to your garden. Roses will soon be available to buy in quantity, annuals and perennials are in stores, and many nurseries are getting the spring stock. While you are heading to different nurseries, stop by for one of our many Pruning Demonstrations. Kathy Schach has set up several throughout February and March in the Portland area for everyone to learn about roses. Stop by to learn, volunteer, or just say hello.
If you’ve been up to the Portland International Rose Test Garden recently, you may have seen some changes. The accessibility ramps and passages are lovely, providing access to those who were previously unable to visit the Garden. Over in the Gold Award Garden, there is a lot of construction going on. Our project to refurbish that section is finally coming to fruition and new concrete pathways are ready to be put in. Also happening in the Garden is the spring pruning undertaking. Luckily, Rachel Burlington has the Friends of the Garden and other volunteers, to help make that a manageable event. Soon there will be blooms!
Additionally, if you haven’t yet gotten a chance to complete the membership survey, I will have more at the next meeting. You can also follow this link to take the survey online. https://bit.ly/2UfScOg This gives a better understanding of the current member base for the board moving forward.
I hope to see you all at the next meeting to learn about what makes our fertilizer unique.