CHG Newsletter LVII Volume 10 February 2017

The Charlotte Herb Guild Newsletter 
LVII Volume 10
February 2017

The Charlotte Herb Guild
February 15, 2017
The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs

President Lana Andrews called the meeting to order at 7:30 and members approved the minutes of the January meeting and applauded hostesses Brenda Dills, Carol White and Linda MacDonald.  Lana thanked all those officers and committee chairs who worked with her this year and encouraged new members to get involved in the work of the Guild.  She wants to encourage members to volunteer for short Herb-of-the Month presentations at each meeting.

Membership Secretary Margie Orell introduced our guests: Debbie Bouton and Jimmy Spielman.  She again reminded members to submit their membership forms and dues, which must be in to Margie by the March meeting. 

Dixie Kelly showed members a detailed Treasurer’s Report indicating a current balance of $7,422.79.  Compared to last year the Guild has a profit of $294.22.  After expenses, the Farmers Market cleared about $1,000.  She also mentioned that our $100 contribution to a Davidson Symposium scholarship covered one student instead of two.

Hospitality Chair for 2017-1018 Stephanie Holden reminded members of their responsibility to help host at least one meeting during the year.  Although members can do whatever they like, the Guild is encouraging members to simplify refreshments.  These are the basic expectations:  refreshments that feature herbs, something savory, something sweet, and a hot or cold beverage. Council House utensils, dishes, and cups are available to us so there is normally no need to buy anything but paper napkins. Stephanie asked that members begin signing up in twos so all months are filled.

Susan Oleson will be the new Communications Chair beginning next month.  She asked hostesses to send their recipes to her electronically as soon as possible after the meeting.

Linda MacDonald reminded members that Wednesday morning Garden Council meetings are open to Herb Guild Members.  The February 22nd meeting features Pat Rodgers who will talk about adding beautiful edibles to your garden, and the March 22nd meeting is a garden-themed card-making workshop (reservations required). In April, Pat Linton will talk about container gardening. Details are at

The Council House is having a plant sale on Saturday morning April 22nd.  If the Herb Guild wants to have a booth, we can keep 60% of any sales. 

Outreach Co-Chair Mary Ann Nagel assured members that the Hezekiah Alexander House garden was sleeping happily.  She encouraged members to join the group who work on the garden as it awakens this spring.

Plans are underway for the Matthews Farmers Market on Saturday, May 6th.  Lynn is looking for a certified kitchen where we might prepare items for sale. Lana distributed sign-up sheets for volunteers to work on various items and projects.

Lana outlined the programs for the coming year.  In March, Amy MacCabe from the Savory Spice Shop will talk about vanilla and cinnamon and bring samples for purchase.

The April meeting will be at Adventures in Herbs on Saturday, April 8th at 10.  Brenda and Dixie will do a program on container gardening, and if you bring your own container, you can purchase herbs from Brenda to fill it.  Since the annual plant exchange is in May, this will be an opportunity to purchase plants for the exchange.

In June, Royal Gardens on Seventh Street will be the site for a program on fairy gardens.  Even if you don’t want to make a garden, come and enjoy the program.  The cost will be determined by what you select to add to your garden.  Although the shop will have planters for purchase, you may bring your own. Pots should be 8 to 12 inches wide. 

Brenda Dills has arranged with Vikki Tesar for a members-only tour of The Bowles Garden on Thursday, April 13th at 10 AM.  The garden is at 6725 Old Providence Road near the Matthews Murkland Presbyterian Church.  Members will need to RSVP to Susan Oleson.

The group thoroughly enjoyed Sandie Fenton’s program on cooking with herbs.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Beth Collins
Communications Chair

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