Are you and your family registered to vote? This QR code will take you to https://www.vote411.org/register . The Blackridge Garden Club encourages all citizens to vote. The vote411.org website is a good resource nationally. In PA, votespa.com can help you with info about all of our election reforms, and with many other things, such as early and absentee voting. The PA primary election will be held on April 28, 2020.
We were very sorry to learn of the passing of our dear member and longtime neighbor, Theresa Morgan. The members of the Blackridge Garden Club send our deepest sympathy to Theresa's family, especially to the Taylor family, who have been active in our Blackridge community for many years . Theresa's obituary and information about arrangements may be seen here.
I am in the process of making a spreadsheet to organize my volunteers for our February 19th tree program, and even though I got a really wonderful response (Our members are great!), because both Nancy and I will be out of town for a chunk of early/mid-February--which decreases my flyer delivery crew by 2, I am finding that I am having to assign too many houses to each member who has volunteered to distribute the "Tree Time" flyers, which we will give to Blackridge residents.
I plan to have the flyers in the hands of volunteers by Sunday, Feb 2, 2020, and will ask that they deliver them over the course of the following week--by Sunday, Feb 9, 2020, if possible.
I am therefore wondering if any friends of the BGC might each be willing to distribute flyers to some houses in Blackridge that week? If we have a few more volunteers, I could split the total among more people and could reduce the burden on some of my other volunteers, who currently have way more than my goal.
Thank you for your consideration!
Thank you to Nancy Del Presto, Jeanette Trauth, Nancy Bonga, and Diane Law of the BGC for continuing our traditional service project of decorating a Christmas tree at the Eastwood branch of the Wilkinsburg Library on December 3, 2019.
Those members and guests attending our 80th BD party on December 5th will be receiving one of these LIMITED EDITION commemorative mugs with a matching spoon, but we are also holding a MEMBERS ONLY PRESALE for $8.00 from now until after the luncheon. Then, they will be offered to our friends and neighbors. They have a 12 ounce capacity and the logo is printed on both sides. Here you see mug designer Tara Taylor enjoying a hot beverage. Please contact Judy or leave a comment below if you are interested in reserving one of these great stocking stuffers. Thanks!
The Verona Farmers Market from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm will be the location for Tree Pittsburgh's local tree giveaway. Please register and read the details here. Move quickly as a similar event in Monroeville is already sold out. You can plant the trees in your own yard, or donate them to our local Churchill rain garden, proposed mini-arboretum, or Churchill Commons garden. Please contact Judy Diorio for deets. Thank you!
We are disappointed to announce that we are going to take a break in 2020 from our popular May plant auction b/c we can't verify that the donations will be free of invasive Asian jumping earthworms, which we've seen in Blackridge. :( Please read this article and pay attention to the recommendations listed at the end.
Members and friends, thanks to those of you who have returned your Bloomin' Corners raffle tix! Good luck and I hope you win your favorite prize!
If you haven't returned your tickets or donations, please remember to do so by Thursday. Our live drawing will be broadcast on our BGC FB at 10 am Friday.
If you need more tix to buy or to sell, pls let me or Nancy know; we have some extras! These are really wonderful prizes, worth a minimum of 500 dollars each--and more importantly, you are supporting our prime directive--our corners!
here's an interesting article from the current Carnegie Magazine about the loss of our trees.
Thanks to Tim from Chapon's Greenhouse for installing our new "Cupressina" spruces at the Collins corners this morning, and to Chapon's for having the nice specimens to begin with! They are planted right next to the dogwoods we also purchased from Chapon's when we first redid those corners 7 or 8 years ago (in a drought!). We learned to carry lots of water that summer, and I've kept my handy dandy water buffalo for times like these!
Thanks also to those friends and neighbors who have supported our benefit through the years, which provides us with funds to maintain the corners and to be able to donate to other Blackridge organizations.
I've already gotten one volunteer to help water our new trees for the rest of the summer. Any other takers?