CMGA Members Elect Officers and Enjoy Guest Speaker Carole Miller at Annual Meeting

Saturday, December 1, 2007 --- Over 60 CMGA members braved chilly temperatures and snow squalls to meet at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park for the CMGA Annual Meeting .

After a tasty continental breakfast, CMGA President Billy Baxter began the business meeting, which included votes to approve next year's budget and elect officers. Billy Baxter and Sandy Myhalik will continue in their roles as CMGA President and Treasurer (respectively) for one more year. John Carlson was elected Vice President, replacing Carol Quish who stepped down after serving a two-year term. Barbara Mitchell was elected Secretary and will replace Diana Ringelheim, who has done a great job in that position for the last two years.

Past CMGA President Paul Grimmeisen gave an update on plans for the annual CMGA symposium, "Gardens by Design'" to be held at Manchester Community College on Saturday, March 29, 2008. The snow date is Sunday, March 30. HIlary Forsyth spoke about the Laurel and explorations into delivering the quarterly newsletter electronically. Amy Talbot encouraged people to register on the CMGA website and consider submitting content in the form of success stories, photos, and volunteer opportunities.

Leslie Alexander, State Coordinator of the Master Gardener Program, spoke about the bright future of the Master Gardener and Advanced Master Gardener Programs and explained a new HortPro certification for green industry professionals.

The business meeting adjourned around 10:00am and Billy welcomed guest speaker Carole Miller to the lecturn. Carole is the owner of Topmost Herb Farm in Coventry, Connecticut, and a 2006 Master Gardener graduate from the Tolland County Extension Center. During her discussion of "Ancient Herbs, Modern Uses", Carole spoke at length about historical and Biblical references to herbs that we still use today for culinary and medicinal purposes. She passed around samples of various herbs and concluded by answering questions from the audience on propagation, overwintering, and books for those new to herb gardening.

We invite you to join us for the next semiannual meeting and garden tour, which will be held in July. Watch for more news in the coming months!

Carole Miller
Billy Baxter