A Note from our Presidents, Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West

2018-2019 Co-Presidents Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West and their Executive Committee

2018-2019 Co-Presidents Bonnie Sipe and Penelope West and their Executive Committee

In all the years that I have been gardening in La Jolla, I don’t think there has ever been a cool season like we have experienced this year. It may have been cooler than usual, but oh that rain! Seemingly it kept coming, gently, week after week, soaking deep into the ground, restoring our trees, sprouting wildflowers everywhere, and allowing me to turn off my garden water for an unprecedented four months.

There is an energy to April. We see it in the plants around us, and experience it in our Club’s activities. This is a busy month, with the Healing Garden holding a spring work party; the Farm to Table field trip rescheduled after a rain check in February; the Members’ Garden Tour in Point Loma, which is sure to be a treat; and a workshop on the art of Ikebana floral arranging, that will follow our Club meeting. It is truly amazing what our club has to offer.

Amazement is also the word to describe last month’s Expressions in Art and Flowers. Susan and Elaine deserve accolades for their leadership in organizing this show that could rival any museum event. Every year the words “best ever” come to mind, but I really think each and every year we are “wowed” as our members surprise and delight us with fresh, intriguing and beautiful floral interpretations of members’ art work. I must also mention that this year’s Refreshment table was itself a work of art – a “glass act” beautifully decorated with flowers and wonderful finger food, for which each donor received a charming little thank you gift.

April is a critical time for our club, because membership renewals and new applications are due by the end of the month. Renewing online is most helpful to our Yearbook editors; but forms can be downloaded from our website or picked up at the membership table. Most importantly we will be voting on the new Slate of Officers for next year. As you fill out your membership renewal I hope you will be thinking of ways in which you can contribute to the success of our club, lending your skills, ideas and time to our various committees.

Penelope West and Bonnie Sipe, Co-Presidents