Happy New Year 2015

I was sitting at my kitchen table and looking at the snow-covered garden in front of the window thinking about what had happened the last year as I am always doing these days shortly after New Year’s Day and probably a lot of other people do, too. So, how was the year 2014 for the Chagrin Valley Herb Society?

After that extraordinary cold winter 2013/2014 the gardens looked very sad. I remember our garden planning meeting in April, when everybody was concerned about the plants and how many may have survived that winter. Only one month later nature has recovered and at our annual plant sale in May, which went as well as always (except a smaller number of member plant contributions due to the hard winter), all looked pretty well.

Founded in 1989, it was the 25th anniversary year of the herb society. We celebrated this with a gorgeous party at Kathy Catani’s in July.

The fall rewarded us with lovely weather especially in September and brought a lot of fun and nice looks of the garden and also enjoyable CVHS meetings with very interesting presentations. Although Louise Reiling of Auburn Pointe Nursery made a rather bad forecast for the upcoming winter 2014/2015 being as cold and snowy as the previous one at her presentation “Putting the garden to sleep”. We all hope she will not be right.

Last but not least the herb society went online in its anniversary year with its own website chagrinvalleyherbsociety.org. This is another great opportunity to bring information and news about our society to the public. The website currently has a number of 135 visits a month after 11 months of existence.

This is the first post of the herb blog, a new feature of the website designed to publish informations, interesting stories or simply thoughts abouts herbs and our gardens and for the first time really to interact with the public, because people are able to comment on our posts. I want to strongly encourage every CVHS member to send everything she thinks should be published (recipes, tips around the garden, own experiences, nice stories, memories or thoughts, and more). There are no limits. Let us see how it will work and if we will get a community of followers and interested people.

Happy New Year 2015!

By Dagmar Held

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