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MEMORIES: I REMEMBER WHEN
submitted by SWIMGA members
September, 2018

… the plant sale was held at The Homestead in Newburgh.

… the Plant Sale prep days were held in the Haller driveway.

… one of the picnics was held at New Harmony Park. We had a pig roast.

… the “transplant” days were held at Ann Goodman’s and Julie Mallory’s garages.

…the Master Gardener instructor was young and good looking!

… the Outlook Garden at the Display Garden was nothing but a heap of landscape fabric interwoven in a mound of mud and concrete.

… the membership was so small we held a meeting in lawn chairs at Kay Haller’s house.

… Julie and Ralph Mallory provided an area for the plant sale to heel in left over plants from the sales. When we were uncovering the plants the next spring, several had been eaten by voles. Darlene Chenowith encountered a live one and just about had a heart attack!

… we had the plant sale at the old farmers market on First Avenue. We were only allowed to have a few concrete 6 foot tables and were not allowed to display or sell anything on the floor or under the tables. Back up plants had to be held in vehicles in the parking area.

… we made the first SWIMGA cookbook. The cover was wooden and had to be stained. Then at another session, we had to collate the pages that had been printed separately. Judy S. Kron offered her playhouse for that session.

… we hand-wrote every label/tag for the plants for the plant sale.

…. we volunteered as interns for work day at the Display Gardens, I would bring my portable picnic table. Several of us would bring our lunch and work well past noon until we finished whatever we were working on that day.

… I was an intern in 2005 we had transplant days in Julie Mallory’s garage at her house on Boonville-New Harmony Road. It was cold (since it was in March) and we were dirty. The committee had prepared soups and sandwiches for lunch and it was served on card tables in the living room of her lovely home.

…we sowed the first cover crop at our Seed Sowing Ceremony for the MGDG in October 2005.

… we had our first Demonstration Day in 2007 at the MGDG.

… we chinked the cabin at the MGDG in 2007.

… we picked and cleaned bricks from the old state hospital building (2007).

… we planted our first vegetables in the Victory Veggie Garden 2008.

… we harvested our first fruits from the Berry Patch Harvest 2008.

… we planted our first pepper in the Victory Veggie Garden in 2007

… we were at Julie Mallory’s garage for my first transplant day in 2008. There was room for only 15 people potting. I was glad I was picked for that because several members were moving the trays outside on that chilly and lightly raining day. I was glad I had brought some good garden gloves with the vinyl palm because we used a compost manure mix they made up in a tarp on the driveway. Those who used the disposable gloves ended up with hands that really smelled!  As an intern, I expected to be treated like I didn’t know anything, but the plant sale committee quickly realized I knew what I was doing. I’d had a small greenhouse business in the early 80’s. This made me feel welcome and useful and part of the group. Later that year, they invited me to be on the plant sale committee, which I still enjoy.  Finally, my best memory of that first transplant day was breaking for lunch and enjoying our choice of many different types of warm homemade soup and getting to know some of our fellow members.

… I joined 20 years ago, there were only about 25 people at the meetings. A gal gave gag gifts at the awards night and gave extra awards to people for funny things that happened during the year.

…I came to my first meeting in January as a Master Gardener intern how welcome I felt. Over the years it has been wonderful to share my love for gardening with our members.