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Monthly Shout Outs


Tudesday, June 9, 2020 at 11:32 AM

Subject: Required Vote


Dear Garden Club members -


We have two board positions that require a membership vote for the 2020/2022 fiscal years.


Your nominating committee has presented a slate of officers to the current board for approval and we are happy to announce that the following positions have been approved by the board and now require your vote!


VP/Membership - Janet Quimby

Treasurer - Leslie McIntosh


Please vote YAY or NAY via an email to   by end of day, Friday, June 12.  We will tally all votes over the weekend and let you know the results.  If you have any questions or concerns - please contact Nominating Committee Chair, Linda Stemer.-- --

Cathie Crouse

VMIGC President 2019-2021


Sun, Jun 7 at 10:09 AM

Subject: SHOUT OUT

  • Dear Peggy,


    I hope you were able to watch the Virtual Scholarship Ceremony last week.  If not I want to let you know the name of the student who was awarded the Kay White/Garden Club Scholarship.   His name is Elliot French.


    If you want to know a little about him there is a link on the scholarship website (  with the scripts that were read about each graduate during the ceremony.  Go to the banner on the home page of our website.  It has a  link called “Scholarship Recipient List” if you want to find it.


    My thanks to everyone in the Garden Club for providing such a generous scholarship each year.


    With Kind Regards,

    Ellen Call

    VCSF Treasurer 

     Social Distancing Garden Tour (3).pdf

     In addition to free samples of probiotic food created from island okara (the “waste” from tofu manufacturing), you can stroll the Pollinator Garden, already starting to pop with blooms from Garden Club members and the community.  It’s located west of the hoop houses.

    Julia Lakey


    Cathie Crouse

    VMIGC President 2019-2021


Tue, Jun 2 at 9:27 AM

Breast Care Center Watering/Maintenance for Summer

Summer months are here, so asking for volunteers to signup for a week of watering/maintenance at the Breast Care Center at Sunrise Ridge.


The week(s) will start on Sunday, beginning on June 7th and run until the following Saturday (in this first week, until June 13th), through the end of August.   Just send me an email for which week you would like to volunteer, and I will pencil you into the calendar.


As far as our Garden Project at Vashon Community Care (VCC), the new Maeve”s Memory Garden planting is complete, with some bulb planting to take place in the Fall.  I want to thank Jane Rosen and Judy Lorance for being part of the steering committee that planned and executed this club project.


Also to further acknowledge the brave crew who worked for two days in January in the rain and mud as we cleared the existing plants and shrubs:  Nancy Kappelman, Lisa Lucke, Jan Goucher, and Sue Damon.


The additional good news is that the garden now has sprinklers on a timer (Yay!).  As far as maintenance,  the facility wants to continue to keep foot traffic at a minimum, so VCC staff will be keeping the space maintained this summer. 

Look for an article to appear soon on our website regarding this project..


Thank you all, 

Joan Costa-- 

Cathie Crouse

VMIGC President 2019-2021

Mon, Jun 1 at 2:55 PM

Hi everyone,
Very suddenly and unexpected, Mary Wubbold passed away in her sleep last night. Mary had been a member of the club since 2008  so the impact of her passing is huge. We have sent Joe flowers from VMIGC. I know she had many friends in VMIGC and thought you should all know this sad news.--

Cathie Crouse

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:36 PM
Subject: Shoutout

Dear Garden Club members:


Your Plant Sale team would like to thank you all for your generous patronage of our first ever online Plant Sale.  We are very happy to report that the sale netted $7533.46!  


We were also able to donate extra plants to the following island organizations: The Memory Care Garden at VCC, the vegetable garden at VCC, Vashon Food Bank and  the Land Trust Habitat Pollinator Garden at Matsuda Farms.


There were so many helping hands and many hours involved that we want to  say a huge THANK YOU for all who helped make this sale such a success!


June marks our final month in the Garden Club fiscal year - so please let Lisa Lucke know if you have any IGA or Thriftway receipts to add into this years total.


We will also have two positions open on the board for 2020/2022 . Please send your nominations for Treasurer and VP/Membership to Linda Stemer by May 24 for consideration as the Nominating Committee meets to prepare the slate of new officers.


Stay well, enjoy your gardens and thank you!!!



Thu, May 14 at 6:22 PM

Hello friends,

Steve has been asked by the Senior Center to do a virtual Zoom talk about Vashon Rocks. He will present and answer questions about Vashon's beach rocks, faults and geologic history. His talk is tomorrow and here is the link. Please share with friends and family. Cheers, Mary

Virtual Talk: Steve Bergman on Vashon Geology

WhenFri, May 15, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Wed, May 13 at 2:01 PM


Wed, May 13 at 2:01 PM

Hi Everyone,

I'm excited to say the plant sale went very well. We don't have the numbers yet but I will let you know when we do. Thank you to everyone. There was a lot of hard work putting this sale together  and making sure everyone received their plants and it was worth it.Many many thanks to all.

Lisa Lucke is taking your Thriftway and IGA receipts by mail at this time. We are only $28.00 away from out goal of $1000.00. You can put your name and phone number on the receipts less than a year old and mail them to Lisa at 20502 Chautauqua Beach Rd. SW Vashon WA. 98070


Trudy is offering her friend's native garden again this year. I went last year and it is fantastic.


  • Hi Garden Club Members


      Dear Garden Club Members.

      After touring the Mukai Haiku Competition using social distancing with friends, I think I have figured out how I can host a visit to the Healing Gardens if you wish. The Trillium & the Red Flowering Current have finished BUT the Camus, native Rhododendron, Allium, false Solomon Seal, Star Solomon Seal, false Lily of the Valley, Vanilla Leaf, Meadowrue, Fairybells, Bleeding Heart, Columbine and lots more are in full flower. See attachment to start the visit. 


      The Gardens will be open Wednesday, May 20  with scheduled times for no more than 4 people. I will say hi but not lead you on the tour. You will have a map and a list of flowers to look for featuring a  new Meadow in a packet left on the porch by the red door. 


      Please send your request to Trudy Rosemarin <> .  2 options would be good in case your first choice is taken.  Please plan to stay no more than 1 hour. You can drive in as there won’t be many cars. Directions attached. Times each day are:

      9, 11, 1, 3


      I hope this gives you an opportunity for a safe outing. Just email Trudy with your time requests.       See you next week,       Jane


Fri, May 8 at 5:29 PM

Dear Garden Club members -


Thank you so much for your orders!  


We are arranging pick ups and deliveries and that seems to work well so the Sunrise Ridge pickup on Saturday is cancelled and you will be contacted for plant distribution arrangements.


There is still time to shop but after tomorrow the greenhouse plants will not be available - so get those last minute orders in and don't forget Mother's Day is Sunday!---- --

Cathie Crouse

VMIGC President 2019-2021



Tue, May 5 at 8:16 PM

It's almost time to shop!   Garden Club Plant Sale will go live at 8 am on Wednesday, May 6th!    You may shop online Wednesday and Thursday.  Accepted forms of payment are Paypal and checks.


PLEASE NOTE : Greenhouse flowers and veggies will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 9th at Sunrise Ridge and perennial plants will be picked up at Debi and Gary's Frog Holler Farms by appointment.   YOU WILL BE CONTACTED  with all pickup instructions AFTER your order is received

As with our regular sale, plants will sell out quickly - you might have something in your cart and it could sell out before you check out!  Thank you for your understanding.



Go to,  click on the plant sale link and enter the  password :     greenw2020


Happy shopping and thank you for your support!-- -- --

Cathie Crouse

VMIGC President 2019-2021

Feb 3 at 2:35 PM  - ShoutOut

Our next meeting  is on Monday, February 10 at the Lutheran Church  - 18623 Vashon Highway Southwest. -check in at 9:30 am followed by our business meeting at 9:45 . Our program begins at 11:30. Our speaker this month will be Jo Robinson --The Fresher the Better 

Key fruits and veggies to grow in your garden or buy from a farmer’s market


New research shows that twelve of our most nutritious fruits and veggies start losing their nutrients and fresh flavor within hours after harvest. By the time you buy them from a conventional store, they may have lost their flavor appeal and, more important, their ability to enhance your health. Robinson explains that these foods are best grown in your garden or purchased from a farmer’s market. She details how to handle them once you’ve picked them or brought them home from the market so you can enjoy all they have to offer. Great advice for this year’s garden!

Remember to bring your grocery receipts.

Bring all sized pots you can spare to the meeting. Dan will pick them up for us. Thanks, Dan

Don't forget your mugs and water bottles

Feb 1 at 1:06 PM - ShoutOut

Just a friendly reminder about our seed workshop. Vashon-Maury Garden Club seed starting workshop at Matsuda Farms - Saturday, Feb 8, at 1 pm -  $5 for non-members.

Trudy Rosemarin will teach you how to get a head start on your vegetable and flower starts by seeding them indoors on a sunny window sill or a greenhouse. You will leave with a six pack of vegetable seeds and a six pack of flower seeds ready for the coming spring planting season.

Please RSVP to Linda Stemer -


From Deborah Teagardin

I have a cute 3 bedroom 1 bath view home in Ellisport for rent. All new interiors, appliances, floors, paint, carpet. No pets. One year lease. $2000/mo. 

Deborah Teagardin

FROM Emma Newby-Letstu

Hello dear Garden Club members and friends,


Before leaving to Switzerland permanently the 20th January, I want to thank you for your friendship during all these years. Without all of you I would not have been able to settle in my new country but now duty calls me in Geneva for several years.


I learned a lot about gardening with the Club and also had so much fun, all of you are so outgoing and caring and I am not sure I will find this attitude in my own country.


We are thinking to settle in Valais/Wallis where there are the ski resorts such as Crans-Montana, Verbier and Zermatt. The reason is that it is a sunny, simpler style of life than in the cities and also cheaper. Maybe it is the closest to Vashon that I can find.


May be not an "adieu" but an "au revoir", who knows what/where leads me in the future.


Happy New Year and all the best for 2020.

Emma Newby-Letstu-- 



Jan 23 at 11:56 AM - ShoutOut

Good Morning fellow gardeners,

Trudy Rosemarin is having a seed workshop at Matsuda farms on Saturday ,Feb. 8th from 1:00 until 3:00. Please RSVP to Linda Stemer

Impact Bioenergy and the Rural Energy Development for Washington Program invite you to attend a “Closing the Loop” event on January 27, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Matsuda Farm and Vashon Bioenergy Farm at Island Spring Organics tofu factory, on Vashon Island.


The open house event will feature Island Spring Organics’ new anaerobic digester, which processes organic food “waste” into organic biofertilizer (“REDEW”), ultra-low carbon organic renewable natural gas (“ORNG”) for clean fuel and energy. The event will also highlight trials at Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust’s Matsuda Farm, who are applying the nutrient-rich biofertilizer from the digester to their fields.


Raspberry starts available, they are mixed yellow and red varieties. All yummy! Some canes may produce this year. Please bring your bags, boxes or pots to transport them.

Call: Carolina Nurik   206-463 7216 or email me at carolinanurik@

Jan 21 at 9:59 AM - VCC Memory Care Garden Change in Dates

The work parties at VCC has been changed to Wednesday 1/29 and Friday 1/31.Please bring gloves, tools and be ready to remove old plants. VCC will provide lunch so please RSVP to Joan Costa 


Jan 16 at 1:02 PM

Next Wednesday and Thursday January 22 and 23 from 10:00 until 2:00 there will be a work party at VCC. We are helping create a new garden with the help of many people in the community.All of the existing plants in are garden will be removed. Please bring gloves, shovels and other garden tools that will be needed. VCC will provide lunch each day. RSVP to Joan Costa -- -- -- -- ---


Jan 6 at 3:29 PM - Shoutout

Our next meeting is on Monday, January 13 at the Lutheran Church - 18623 Vashon Highway Southwest. -check in at 9:30 am followed by our business meeting at 10:00 . Our program begins at 11:30. Melissa Schaffer is our special speaker this month. Her topic is Maintaining the slopes with native plants.


Don’t forget your grocery receipts and coffee mug.


There are many great books from our library that have not been returned. Please return them at this meeting.


It turns out we have very few pictures of the Awards Banquet. If you have any please share them with Denise St. Dennis.


We all want to congratulate Julia Lackey and her team for certifying Vashon as a Wildlife Habitat Community. Well done Julia, Shirley Kinzer and Linda Milovsoroff.


Big sale at Former Dig Nursery Sale Date: Saturday, January 18, and Sunday, January 19 Time: 10-4 both days

Place: Former DIG nursery, 19028 Vashon Hwy SW Contact for questions: Autumn Russel, Proceeds of the sale go to benefit the Vashon Resettlement Committee


Here is a link for those who are on Facebook to see all the photos:¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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