Greeting Hydrangea Friends,
As I write this, I thought spring arrived, with its daffodils, hyacinths, forsythia, and redbud trees, in full bloom in Atlanta. Unfortunately, my Hydrangea macrophyllas and Hydrangea serratas are leafing out too – just in time for three nights of temperatures in the low twenties. A spring frost! With luck, Gloria Ward’s article in the 2019 Winter Newsletter and demonstration at our February 25th meeting on late frost protection came just at the right time. Good luck to all of you who find yourself in the same situation of protecting your leafed-out hydrangeas, which bloom on old wood, from the freezing temperatures.
This year, 2019, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the American Hydrangea Society. We began our celebration with our February speaker, AHS member, Gary Starrett. Gary’s love and dedication to the genus hydrangea came alive as he spoke and presented his stunning photos.
Our celebration and reflection of the American Hydrangea Society continues at our meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019. We extend a warm invitation to all but especially to the Founding and Charter Members of the AHS to hear Dr. Michael Dirr’s program “Evaluating the newest macrophylla cultivars and reconnecting with the Heirloom Legacy/historical cultivars”. Some of you may recall Dr. Dirr was the speaker at the first AHS meeting in 1994; it is both appropriate and fortuitous he will be with us once again as we celebrate our twenty-fifth year.
The Twenty-Fifth Annual AHS Garden Tour is on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9am to 5pm – rain or shine! We have five beautiful gardens in Atlanta’s Sandy Springs and Dunwoody areas. Due to garden limitations, the tour is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Reminder! If you have not renewed your 2019 AHS membership yet, please do so at the April 22nd meeting by check or cash. Alternatively, you may purchase via the American Hydrangea Society website at https://americanhydrangeasociety.org/Join
Tour tickets will be handed out at the April 22nd meeting to current 2019 members and mailed to those who have paid but are unable to attend. Tour tickets will also be available on the day of the tour, at a location to be announced at a later date.
Lastly, we are always looking for ways to attract new members who share our interest in studying the genus Hydrangea. Do you have a friend, co-worker, family member or neighbor who you think would enjoy our meetings? If so, please invite them to join you and us on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Atlanta History Center’s Woodruff Auditorium in McElreath Hall. Our social time begins at 7:00pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm with the raffle drawing following the meeting. I hope to see you there!
With gratitude in bloom,