December 10, 2012

Outstanding Member Award

Congratulations to the
2012 Outstanding Member
 Nancy Fitch

· Has attended and participated in meetings throughout membership period

· Has generously shared plants for extended period

· Exhibited in Art-In-Bloom Exhibition

· Shared extensive knowledge of plants and gardening

· Has served on executive

· Donated plants to BGA Plant Sales

· Volunteered as Hostess for Basin Floral Arts Show

· Worked regularly at Strawberry Tea

· Wrote original “History of Basin Gardeners Association”

· Has longest membership

· Is the only founding member with continuous membership

· Has reached an age unsurpassed by any other current member


December 01, 2012

Christmas Wreath Workshop

The November meeting was a fitting time to have a Christmas Wreath workshop organized and presented by Angie Corkum. Seventeen members enjoyed both the social time and the rewards of creating a wreath to decorate their door for the holidays. 
To view as a slide show, click the first image. To exit slide show, press  Escape "Esc"



November 28, 2012

Brenda H. just pulled her last parsnips from the garden and they will be the main ingredient in her delicious sounding recipe. 

Pepper Parsnip Soup

¼ cup olive oil

3 small onions roughly chopped

8 large parsnips, peeled & cut into chunks

3 sweet red peppers seeded & chopped

5 cups chicken broth/stock or vegetable stock.

1-cup water

¾ tsp. ground nutmeg

1.   Heat oil in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat.

2.  Add onions and sauté for 2 min.

3.  Add parsnips and cook for 5 min.

4.  Add peppers and stir for 1 min.

5.  Add broth, water and nutmeg

6.  Simmer covered for 15 to 20 min. until parsnips are softened.

7.  Put ½ the mixture in the blender

–Blend until smooth (remember to vent re: steam)

8.  Repeat with remaining – reheat and serve.


November 26, 2012

Benefits of Joining Basin Gardeners Association
(What you get for your membership fee.)

·       Meeting great people who love gardening

·       The sharing of information about all things gardening

·       Seven formal meetings with either a guest speaker or a workshop, refreshments,  and door prizes

·       Two social gatherings (summer and winter)

·    A  private garden tour in summer

·       Club contests ( ex. container gardens, NSAGC photo contest )

·       Plant sales and giveaways amongst members at meetings

·       No fee to enter the BGA Floral Arts Show

·       Participation in fundraising events - Plant sales, Strawberry Tea and Garden Tour

·       Social time working at  Anvil Park

·       Participation in the Babysitting Plant Program which promotes new plant varieties

·       Membership to the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs

·       Being informed about what other garden clubs are doing via the regional director

·       Discounts on purchases from a number of garden centres

·       Free plant for every member from NSAGC

·       Reduced entrance fee to NSAGC Convention

·       BGA subsidizes some of the fee to NSAGC convention

·       Subsidy for 'gardening' education courses (eg. Master Gardener courses)

October 16, 2012

Today's Harvest

  Brenda H. sent these photos  which I found to be a feast for the eyes as well as feast for the tummy.  Her comment was:
"Not a big harvest today but enough to compliment supper. We still have beets, carrots, parsnips, Swiss chard, and collards which are all pretty frost hardy."
Kohlrabi, beans, leeks, broccoli, and cucumbers

Gourds with Ground cherries -not yet ripe.

October 02, 2012

Floral Design Workshop

After our regular meeting in September, Myra Knight presented a most enjoyable workshop on Floral Design.

Click on this first picture to view all the wonderful creations.






September 10, 2012

Late summer gardens

Beautiful view of Brenda H.'s gardens in bloom.
Exciting things were happening in her gardens this summer.