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Re: now plant clubs- Reverse sexism?!

When I first came to Quincy, IL, the only garden club was primarily social. With the encouragement of the extension office, interested gardeners started an educationally oriented organization. We are affiliated with the National Council of State Garden Clubs, but are constantly resisting the (considerable) pressure from the state organization to hold "flower shows". Our membership is interested in "dirt gardening" (horticulture?) not flower arranging, and learning more about the care and raising of plants that still have their roots.

On Sunday, January 26, 2003, at 07:46 AM, Donna wrote:

I belong to a few plant clubs / societies. Found some that I have
enjoyed for years are now under new 'management' (i.e. exec board) and
may not renew. I prefer the groups that offer knowledge exchange between
membership rather than only certain individuals. Some socializing is
important, but not the dominant concept. I realize that business
agenda's have to be there, but not for the entire meeting.. or that is
all they are offering. :(

Also enjoy the ones with community service programs. You learn so much
more with the hands on applications of designing and maintaining an
area. What does everyone else look for in a plant group?

IL, Zone 5, where it is a bit warmer, 10F, but feels like -1 with the
wind chill, but also snowed last night.... adding an additional blanket
for the plants :)
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