Winter Doldrums


2019 Calendar of Events

February 17th
Winter Doldrums Party –
Sunday Barbara Melera
will speak on The Victorians:
How They Forever Changed
the Garden 11:30 am –
Coop. Ext., Voorheesville

March 23th – meeting will
be held at the Capital District
Garden and Flower Show at 10
am at HVCC

April 20th – Kathy Purdy will talk
about Colchicums

May 11th – Members’ Sale

June 15th – Babysitter Distribution

July 10th – 13th
National Convention,
Middleton, WI

July 13th – picnic

July 19th – 20th
Regional Meeting

August 17th – Annual Sale
at Faddegon’s

September 21st – TBD

October 19th – TBD

November – TBD

December 14th
Holiday Party with UNYHS.

The Albany Co-Cooperative Ext.
is located at 24 Martin Road,
Voorheesville, NY. 12186.
Meetings begin at 10 am
unless otherwise noted.

The William K Sanford
Town Library is located at
629 Albany Shaker Rd,
Loudonville,NY 12211.
Meetings begin at 10am
unless otherwise noted.

The daylily in the heading is
Spacecoast Velvet Valentine
by Kinnebrew, 2010

Winter Doldrums

Our Winter Doldrums Party will be held Sunday, February 17th at 11:30 am at the Albany County Cooperative Extension, Martin Road, Voorheesville. Anyone who would like to help set up should arrive at 10:00. Many of us look forward to this gathering – it comes at a time when we are all happy to get out of the house and talk gardening with friends. It is one of the few times each year when the Capital Hudson Iris Society, the Upstate NY Hosta Society and the Hudson Adirondack Daylily Society all get together to share good conversation and good food. Please bring a friend and a dish to share – contributions for the Door Prize table will be very welcome.

The speaker is Barbara Melera who will be speaking on “The Victorians – How They Forever Changed The Garden.” When it comes to widespread impact on gardening practices, the discovery and worldwide proliferation of plant species, the way humans at every socio-economic level thought about gardens, it can be argued that of all the cultures, civilizations, and historic periods, none rivals the 90 year span known as The Victorian Era. The Victorians used flowers as a non-verbal language, transformed the garden from a symmetric, formal regiment into a frothy disarray of cottage informality and were mesmerized by the exotic plant material being discovered in the far away jungles of darkest Africa, the dashingly remote valleys of the Himalayan highlands, the plains of the Amazonian rainforest and the arid plateaus of Australia and the Andean Mountains. This talk provides an overview with some interesting vignettes about one of the most exciting periods in the history of horticulture and agriculture.

Barbara Melera is advisor to Harvesting History, a new horticultural company founded in 2016 to provide its customers with the finest quality horticultural and agricultural products available today. Its horticultural and agricultural products are largely heirloom varieties that can be reliably offered to customers year after year or designs