Saturday, August 27, 2011

CSSM Adds a Link to Garden Guys Green Revolution Radio

The CSSM website, cssm.org, has added the Garden Guys to their links, click on "plant info". Sam & Layanee are live on Sunday mornings on 96.9 FM answering garden related questions from their listeners. They endorse environmentally friendly products like "Garden Neem" an alternative insecticide & fungicide that is safe for the environment and "Mother Nature's Cuisine" a fertilizer.

Our CSSM member, Art Scarpa will be interviewed on the show September 11th about our Society Show and Plant Sale on the 17th & 18th. Listen in, ask a question and possibly win one of their Green products. More details to come.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vounteer Schedule for the 2011 CSSM Show

This is the schedule so far. X's indicate a volunteer is needed in that time slot. Please let Wesley know if you can do so at wesleye68@aol.com
This is OUR show and we need all members to pitch in and help to make it a success! 

Set-up/Breakdown - Fri & Sat
     Set-up Fri 3-7 PM & Breakdown Sun 4-6 PM
        Alan Guenther
        Jeff Kelly
        Wesley Eldridge
        Carol Englender
        Walter Rice
        Margot Hammer
        Glen Lord
        Art Scarpa
        Paul Carlberg
        Bryan ?
        Suzanne Tait
Show Entries/Passing/Staging
     Fri 3-7 PM & Sat 7- 9 AM
        Glen Lord
        Art Scarpa
        Paul Carlberg
Clerks
Membership Table     x indicates a volunteer is needed
     Sat 10 AM- Noon                     Noon - 2 PM                                 2 PM-5 PM
     Helen Greet                              x                                                     Helen G.
     x                                               Maria Kawka                                 Maria K.
     Helen Cuddy                            Helen C.                                         x

     Sun 10 AM- Noon                   Noon - 2 PM                                 2 PM - 4 PM
     Ann O' tool ???                        Ann O.                                          Ann O.
     Maria K.                                   Maria K.                                        x
     Helen C.                                   x                                                    x
CSSM Plant Sales Table
     Sat 10 AM- Noon                    Noon- 2 PM                                  2 PM- 4 PM
     x                                               Fanny Iuster                                  Fanny I.
     Linda Macguire                        Linda M.                                       x
     Suzanne Tait                            Suzanne T.                                    x

     Sun 10 AM- Noon                   Noon- 2 PM                                  2 PM- 4-PM
     Fanny I.                                    x                                                    Fanny I.
     Suzanne T.                               Suzanne T.                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x  

Beginner's Potting Table
     Sat 10 AM-Noon                     Noon- 2 PM                                  2 PM-5 PM
     Jeff Kelly                                 x                                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x 
     x                                               x                                                    x

     Sun 10 AM-Noon                    Noon-2 PM                                   2 PM- 4 PM
     Jeff K                                       x                                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x

Auction Helpers
     none

Tour Leaders
    Glen L./Art S./Dan D.

Security
     Sat 10 AM-Noon                     Noon- 2 PM                                   2 PM- 5 PM
     Carol Englender                       x                                                     Carol E.
     Alan Guenther                         x                                                      x     
     Bryan                                       x                                                      x
     x                                              x                                                      Tom Cuddy

     Sun 10 AM-Noon                   Noon-2 PM                                     2 PM- 4-PM
     Carol E.                                   x                                                      x
     Alan G.                                    x                                                     Alan G.
     Bryan                                       Bryan                                              x
     Tom C.                                    x                                                      x 

Roaming Helpers 
     Suzanne T.
     Margot H.

Anyone at the show who can help fill the x's and/or sit in for vendors so they can
 take a break would be greatly appreciated!


        

        

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

SHOW PLANNING MEETING RECAP

Glen will make sure an accurate schedule of show classes for 2011 is available.
Passing Committee (approval of plant naming, condition, etc.) We will ask Matt Opel if he will head this committee. Any help will be appreciated.
Demo/lecture tentative schedule:
      Show Tours (Glen/Art/Dan) - 1PM & 3 PM
      Dan Downey's trough making & planting demo - 12 noon
      Art Scarpa'a Cactus & Succulent growing for beginners - 1:30 PM
      Auction - 2:30 PM
      Paul Carlberg's Haworthia talk - 3:30 PM
Advertising/PR - We will work with Tower HIll, we need to find out if they have a list of Eastern MA freebie publications & will get a list of where TH places ads. We are also going to make a note of reciprocal plant organizations that will provide free entry to TH for the show, particularly Mass Hort. We also need to get a list of CSSM/CSSC members before the show. It was also suggested that the membership secretary have a stamp showing the renewal date on club membership cards.
Plant Order - We agreed to spend $150 per nursery order (not including shipping). Paul will take care of the Steve Hammer order, Art the C&J order, Devan the Miles2Go order & Margot the Out of Africa order. Plants will be shipped the last week of August bare root & there will be a planting party either that week or the next at Bonsai West.
Website - Suzanne & Margot are having trouble accessing the website to make corrections & additions. We will post more show info including entry tickets & class schedules & request for member plant donations for the auctions & CSSM plant table. Additionally, we will post that there are plant organizations that have a reciprocal relationship with TH & provide free entry.
Chris Allen Display - Glen will check to see if he is interested in doing a display similar to last year's. The club will reimburse him for travel, etc.
Vendors - We wil hold a lottery for space, assigning the vendors a number drawn from a hat. We will also provide a map with the spaces numbered & vendors can choose one when their number comes up. We will standardize the number of tables & work with TH around the oil painting show that is happening concurrently to our show.
Volunteers - Wesley is the volunteer coordinator & will provide a spread sheet of what is needed & when, etc.
Plant Donations - Since most of our profit from the show derives from the sale of plants, we are asking all members to donate plants that we can sell at the CSSM table. If possible use 3 1/2 or 4 inch pots for unity. We also need specimen/rare plants for the auctions.

Monday, August 1, 2011

CSSM Show in September

CSSM will have a society plant show Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th. We will be setting up for the show Friday, the 16th. All members are asked to help with making the show a success. There is much to do and many volunteers are needed. If you have not already done so, please contact Wesley who is the volunteers co-ordinator at WesleyE68@aol.com


There will be a show planning meeting on July 27th at Bonsai West in Littleton, MA at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting especially members who are chairmen. Glenn Lord is the Show Chairman, Margot Hammer is the Event Chairman & the Liasion with Tower Hill, Lau Magner is the Security Chairman, Devan Parker the Vendor Co-ordinator and Wesley Eldridge is the Volunteers Co-ordinator. They will all need volunteers to help them get the job done and make the show a success.

A Plant Society Show is very educational and fun. We get to see so many different genuses, species and cultivars of our favorite type of plants: cacti & succulents! Please help make this show a success and enter at least one plant in the show. 

SHOW PLANNING MEETING RECAP

Glen will make sure an accurate schedule of show classes for 20011 is available.

Passing Committee (approval of plant naming, condition, etc.) We will ask Matt Opel if he will head this committee. Any help will be appreciated.
Demo/lecture tentative schedule:
      Show Tours (Glen/Art/Dan) - 1PM & 3PM
      Dan Downey's trough making & planting demo - 12 noon
      Art Scarpa's Cactus & Succulent growing fro beginners - 1:30PM
      Auction - 2:30PM
      Paul Carlberg's Haworthia talk - 3:30PM
Advertising/PR - We will work with Tower Hill, we need to find out if they have a list of Eastern Mass freebie publications & will get a list of where TH places ads. We are also  going to make a note of reciprocal plant organization that will provide free entry to TH for the show, particularly MassHort. We also need to get a list of CSSM/CSSC members before the show. It was also suggested that the membership secretary have a stamp showing the renewal date on club membership cards.
Plant Order - We agreed to spend $150 per nursery order (not including shipping). Paul will take care of the Steve Hammer order, Art the C&J order, Devan the Miles2Go order & Margot the Out of Africa order. Plants will be shipped the last week of August bare root & there will be a planting party either that week or the next, at Bonsai West.
Website - Suzanne & Margot are having trouble accessing the website to make corrections & additions. We will post more show info including entry tickets & class schedules & request for member plant donations for the auction. Additionally, we will post that there are many plant organizations that have a reciprocal relationship with TH & provide free entry.
Chris Allen Display - Glen will check to see if he is interested in doing a display similar to last year's. The club will reimburse him for travel, etc.
Vendors -  
we will hold a lottery for space, assigning the vendors a number drawn from a hat. We will also provide a map with the spaces numbered & vendors can choose one as their number comes up. We will standardize the number of tables & will work with TH around the oil painting show that is happening concurrently to our show.
Volunteers - Wesley is the volunteer coordinator & will be providing a spread sheet of what is needed & when, etc.
Plant donations - Since most of our profit from the show derives from the sale of plants, we are asking all members to donate plants that we can sell at the CSSM table. If possible use 4 or 3 1/2 inch pots for unity. We also need specimen/rare plants for the auction.