MRHS President's Message

Fall, 2019

Welcome to old and new members alike! Hopefully you all had an enjoyable summer and you are now trying to finish up any tasks that weren't quite completed yet. Quick before the snow flies!

It seems like it was kind of a different summer this year. After the winter that wouldn't end, we all seemed eager for warm weather and some relaxing down time. Wrong!! The summer started out with a bang when we had our combined AHS and MRHS convention in Green Bay in June. Although the combined venue meant only one convention in our region, it seemed like an awful lot was packed into it. Perhaps it seemed that way for me because after the unexpected death of our AHS President and MRHS member, Gregg Peterson, this last winter, I took over his position until we could elect a new President at the convention. Everyone really pulled together and now we are back on track. Now everyone's attention seems to be focused on getting our gardening tasks completed so we can just 'enjoy' for a while.

We will be back to two conventions next year- AHS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 11-13 and MRHS in Lisle/Naperville (Chicago), Illinois, July 16-18. Some of you will need to decide which one to attend, but I hope you choose both since they are both close by, in our region, and both have reputations of putting on stellar conventions!

But before that I hope you plan to attend our returning Winter Symposium on February 1 in Brookfield/Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I know you all are a little tired now, but we all know that we'll be itching for anything garden/hosta come February!

Jack Barta is again planning this event for us so it should prove to be a good time. We'll have speakers and a seed sale as usual, but I am also hoping to come up with some evening activities for those who travel from a bit further away and spend a night or two. A registration form can be found on the MRHS website.

I would like each of you to put your thinking caps on and come up with some ideas of where you want this society to go moving forward, how you would like some of our funds spent (we have a large balance right now and our mission is to promote the genus, educate, research, etc.), and how to increase our membership. Please share these thoughts with me or any board member. We thank you for that.

My mulch has all been spread, the hosta's all planted and now I've moved on to planting some peonies. Still a couple dozen to get in but then maybe, MAYBE, it will be time to relax!

Hope to see you all at our upcoming events!

Mary Schwartzbauer

MRHS President
17190 Neill Path
Hastings, MN 55033-8729

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