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President's Message – Winter 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

President's Message – Winter 2020

Dear AHS Members,
With the year 2020 a new decade begins and with it the American Hydrangea Society will begin its twenty-sixth year of sharing our interests and love of hydrangeas with others. With so many new hydrangeas announced each year one wonders what will be introduced to the horticultural world in this new decade? What better place to learn of these new hydrangeas than by being a member of the American Hydrangea Society and taking advantage of our meetings and newsletters.

For a gardener, each new year brings new hopes and new ideas for our gardens. During the winter months, most gardeners take time to reflect on their past garden successes, their not-so-successful garden attempts or even, at times, complete failures. In winter we begin researching for our “wish list” of new plants and making plans for the new upcoming garden season. My years of gardening taught me that the quiet winter garden offers the perfect opportunity to reflect and take a good look at the structure of your garden. Do you need to add a focal point, a pathway, maybe an artisanal Japanese maple tree or evergreen tree, and of course a new or old favorite hydrangea(s)? What plant(s) would make the perfect companion for your existing hydrangeas?

On Monday, February 24, 2020 the AHS is pleased to host horticulturist, author and nationally known speaker Erica Glasner. Erica’s talk is perfectly timed to aide you in planning your garden. Her topic for the evening is “Hydrangeas for Every Garden” ~ Incorporate a variety of these versatile plants into your garden. For best effect and a long season of bloom and leaf colors, combine them with perennials, ground covers and other trees and shrubs. Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener, Erica’s insight and knowledge will benefit us all. Erica’s talk will begin at 7:30 pm, with social time beginning at 7:00 pm. This leaves enough time for you to visit with other hydrangea enthusiasts and purchase a few raffle tickets before the meeting begins.

Our April 27, 2020 meeting will be a little different from our normal speaker forum. We will host a panel of horticultural experts and gardening enthusiasts to answer questions and discuss specific topics. To help the panel prepare for the evening, we will send out an email to all AHS members asking you to submit questions or topics you would like to have the panel answer or discuss. Questions will also be taken from the audience that evening. Please be on the lookout for the upcoming AHS email and send in your questions and suggestions.

Saturday, June 13, 2020 will be the American Hydrangea Society’s Garden Tour. Tour Co-Chairs, Gloria Ward and Dörte Wohmann-Schmieta, have discovered five beautiful gardens in Roswell, GA for you to enjoy. As always, it takes many volunteers to have a successful tour so please contact AHS Volunteers Chair, Liesl Marmon to offer to help as a docent.  Remember the perks of being a docent are attending the AHS Tour Appreciation Party and the extra day of touring the gardens.  Liesl can be reached at volunteers@americanhydrangeasociety.org   

I would like to thank all those who this past year have supported AHS by volunteering for our work days at the Atlanta History Center. If you have not yet had a chance to join us, we have upcoming opportunities on Tuesday, March 10 and on Tuesday, April 14, both are from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Additional Atlanta History Center work days will be announced this coming autumn. Please contact Liesl Marmon at volunteers@americanhydrangeasociety.org to volunteer. Helping in the beautiful gardens at the Atlanta History Center is a wonderful way to spend a few hours with fellow AHS members.

On Monday, October 26, 2020 Carol Reese will join us as our Fall speaker. Carol is an Extension Horticulture Specialist housed at the University of Tennessee’s West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. You will not want to miss this highly entertaining speaker.

As you can see, 2020 is a busy, educational, and entertaining year for AHS members. To help keep you informed and to share AHS information, Jennifer Sheppard has graciously agreed to be our new Social Media Chair. Thank you Jennifer! Please “like and follow” our Facebook page, The American Hydrangea Society, and follow us on Instagram @americanhydrangeasociety. Both will have information sporadically about AHS news and hydrangea care.

I look forward to seeing you at the February 24, 2020 meeting. Bring a friend or coworker who you know would enjoy and benefit from Erica’s talk. We will distribute the 2020 AHS Garden Tour tickets at the April meeting so please join or renew your membership early at the February 24 meeting to help expedite the process. You can also join online through our website and PayPal Click JOIN.

2020 AHS membership dates are from June 9, 2019, the day after the 2019 tour through 2020 tour day June 13, 2020. For questions please contact Membership Chair, Melinda Mischik, at membership@americanhydrangeasociety.org

Kind regards, 
Eva Kinney, AHS President

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