Diana kulaga 2011-12-17 07:10:08
x-no-archive:yes (does this work??)
Just thought I’d share this with you. Some of you have no doubt done this
before, but if not, it’s kind of neat. Full disclosure: I am no longer the
Veep here (whew! five years……), so it wasn’t my idea.
The president of our society bought two flats of Catt seedlings. We
advertised this exercise as an opportunity to adopt a seedling for $5.00.
She included a pot and media. We had several demo tables set up and lined
with newspaper, and after people got their plants they came to a table to
pot them up, some with help and some on their own. Each *midwife* got a
birth certificate to go with the plant.
It was rowdy, messy, chaotic, and a lot of fun. The newest members got first
pick, and there were enough for everyone who wanted to join in (most
everyone did, and there were about 80 people at the meeting).
In September, we’ll see how they’re doing. Death certificates will be issued
as necessary, LOL!
Good fun. Do this.
K barrett 2011-12-17 07:10:10
Does work in non-Kye newsgroups. Google Groups even don’t archive them
after 30 days.
I passed the idea along to our VP. Thanks!
Mombu 2011-12-17 07:10:11
Diana kulaga 2011-12-17 07:10:12
Yeah, but I hope I don’t end up with one of those death certs!
Bio-dex consul 2011-12-17 07:10:14
We did this several years ago with a compot of Dendrobiums. Was good fun but
unfortunately the group were far too dour to really get “into it” and
actually enjoy themselves.
Mombu 2011-12-17 07:10:18
Maybe they need a jigger or two of liquor as well…
— Chris Dukes
< davej> eskimos have hundreds of words for snow. I have two. Bullshit.
Nancy 2011-12-17 07:10:19
One of my friend’s society does something called “First Bloom Contest”
that works similarly; each member who wants to participate pays the
cost of the seedling plus another dollar or two. Then, whoever brings
the plant to a meeting first, in flower, is awarded the extra $25 or
so that was collected for the seedlings.
I cannot get my society to work up much enthusiasm for this
competition, but it sounds like fun.
Anyway, it’s never about the money!
Cheers – Nancy (arctic south Louisiana)
Bio-dex consul 2011-12-17 07:10:22
Believe ,e the thought had crossed my mind…. As I was at least 35 years
younger than their youngest member, I just found myself a new group
instead… Much more entertaining that way.
Diana kulaga 2011-12-17 07:10:23
Our people really got into this. There were plenty of laughs, and folks
learned, too. And it’s a good example of why new members are so important.
Everything is new and exciting, and that attitude brings the old timers
Sue erickson 2011-12-17 07:10:38
Denver does it as a first bloom contest. A couple of twists. $10 per
try. $50 prize for first bloom, $25 for second.
You have to prove the bloom so your encouraged to photograph and email
the pix to the pres or 1st VP. Because so many bloom close to each
other this became necessary when people would call and say it was
blooming and someone else would just claim “it opened on last
Each plant is put in a brown paper bag stapled shut so there is no
added experience/knowledge edge for the old timers in picking plants.
Thus the plants are all pre-potted by the supplier or the Pres’s
committee. It is the President’s choice of plant breeding. But it is
considered a necessity that it can grow on a windowsill.
Oh and NO tags are given out until the plant has bloomed. So it is
either “A PIG in a Poke or a Delightful surprise” when it blooms and
Diana kulaga 2011-12-17 07:10:39
Hey, Sue! Good to hear from you!