New Year's Activities
We have several new things to talk about on this second day of the New Year.
First of all, let me wish you and your families all the best for the new year ahead of us. There are lots of horticultural activities ahead to help us plan for the advent of spring. Believe it or not, we will start seeing some of its first signs -- snowdrops and witch hazels, in only another eight weeks or so. We can make it!
There has been lots of activity behind the scenes on both the website and this newsletter. We have outgrown the server that faithfully handled both these for the last several years and have transferred the website to a new hosting service. This should be seamless now, but you may have encountered a glitch or two (hopefully minor) over the past few days.
The email newsletter, too, will be moving to a new service (this issue is a first trial). Please be sure to let me know of any problems you encounter by mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following are some items of immediate interest.
We are very excited to announce our first annual photo contest this spring for high school students. Professional photographers will judge the entries, each of which must focus on Plants and People, Landscape and Macro. Winners will receive prizes and all entries will be exhibited in our gallery.
Entries are due no later than May 31. The rules and lots more information are to be found here. Please be sure to let any high schoolers you know of this great event.
Friends New Years Party
Please register now for the Friends New Year's Party to be held on Sunday, January 9th.
Cabin Fever Movie Series
We also have some wonderful movies scheduled this winter in our "Cabin Fever" movie series, just $5 per person which includes refreshments! The January 23 movies are for children -- see the program listings for complete details.
Tu B'Shevat Celebration
Speaking of children, mark you calendars for the January 30 Tu B'Shevat program featuring a concert at 1pm, crafts and tree planting to follow!
The Friends are going to Scotland from May 26th to June 5th of 2011 and we would like to have you join us.
Full details are on the Scotland section of our website, including maps, pricing and the full itinerary. Just click on the headline or the image at right to go there now.
For us to maintain our fabulous pricing, we have to get your signup by no later than January 20th. By the way, if you are planning on traveling alone and would like a roommate. We would be glad to pair you with another adventurous gardener.
We will be seeing botanical gardens, private gardens, castles, historical houses, beautiful scenery and so much more. Sign up soon and don't get left behind!
Save the Dates!
Many other programs are listed in our Events Calendar, but here are two you may want to check out and add to your calendar:
- The 16th Annual Friends Plant Sale - Members-only Preview & Sale - Friday May 6th.
- The 16th Annual Friends Plant Sale - Public Sale - Saturday May 7th.