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Posted Friday, April 11, 2008, at 8:08 AM

We seem to have trouble getting the meeting publicized so PLEASE talk it up and bring a friend.

We try to drift in around 6:30, eat if we are so inclined and then start as semi-organized meeting at 7:00. Where? In the Hong Kong Restaurant meeting room on Madison Street in Shelbyville.

At least some of the free plants or cuttings to be shared will be African violets, rosemary, garlic chives, another kalanchoe plant, Opuntia cactus, lemon mint, watercress, and catnip. Who knows what might show up? Those bringing plants do not want to go back home with the same cuttings they brought, so please plan on taking something home with you.

We will also try our first PowerPoint discussion on composting and if time allows, worm composting. Got some experience with this? We would love to hear your experiences.

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Hey ya'll,

I might not be able to make it tonight. :(

My husband is still in Nashville and it is 5:38pm.

If I do come, it will be really late, but will try to make it.

I have been looking forward to the meeting all week, and the composting presentation. :(

-- Posted by Mary on Fri, Apr 11, 2008, at 5:43 PM

Boy, it was just the BEST presentation you could ever hope for. Well, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but we missed you and hoped all is well.

We had another good meeting and everyone was ready to set the next date for March 25, same place, same faces with some new ones expected.

In addition to the composting, and vermi-composting (worms)we covered our plants popping up, methods to beat the frost predicted for early next week, swapped plants, and discussed some plants brought in for viewing. Some beautiful African violets were displayed as well as a new attendee's bonsai tree.

Of particular interest was developing a presentation on "enabling gardens" and the possibility of putting one together for a local nursing home. The enabling garden is one specifically aimed to help people of advanced age, or disabilities.

I presented some of the tools used in such gardens a few years ago. A Canadian mail order company was nice enough to loan them to me for the presentation. Maybe we could do that again.

Is anyone aware of an enabling garden in Middle Tennessee? Norther Alabama? I visited the enabling garden in Chicago a few years ago and one in Southern California. Pleasant and thought provoking.

I also visited a butterfly garden on Vancouver Island in British Columbia that would be a GREAT attraction for our area. Maybe someone with an underused greenhouse would consider the idea.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 11, 2008, at 10:13 PM

Steve, I totally forgot about the composting presentation - Jeremy and I were interested in that. We also had an interest in some of the cuttings, that we forgot about. And, we both agreed that we thought your mother in law was so cute!

Can you really have your own butterfly garden in a regular greenhouse? I went to a butterfly house in Indianapolis, it was really cool.

-- Posted by cfrich on Fri, Apr 11, 2008, at 10:29 PM

Early morning roll calls can affect your memory. Let me know what you were wanting and I will cut some just for you.

My mother-in-law it quite a pleasure to have living with us. There are many jokes about mothers-in-law, but she proves them all wrong.

Butterfly gardens require work and climate control, but from what I learned in my visits to them, they are possible here.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:58 PM

Do we have an experienced Bonsai person out there? Some questions were raised about the art and only a few of us had "book" knowledge, not practical experience.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 11:37 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.