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Berkshire News

Mary Tierney & Chris Stodden MG Co-Cordinators & Terry O’Brien, MG Representative

MAY 2019

Busy, Busy Berkshires!
We started the spring season  with being two places at once.  On both May 10 & May 11 we were at the Berkshire Botanical Plant Sale and the Springside Greenhouse Group Plant Sale.  Although we offered Soil Testing at both sales we didn’t receive any samples, most likely due to the continual rain and soggy soil.  But we did answer many questions and make certain the public was aware of the services of our Hotline for any future questions.
On May 14, 15, & 16 we worked on the gardens at Springside Park.  With the help of a crew from the House of Correction we tackled our own Display gardens and also over hauled the long neglected Aides Memorial Garden & Hospice Garden located behind the greenhouse.  It was a true testament to our teamwork in the Berkshires! We are so thankful for the men who helped us with this huge undertaking, and to Dot Forrest who orchestrated and supervised the entire project.  After finding out their favorite choices, Kathy DeVylder showed our appreciation by making not one but three different flavors of homemade cookies for the guys.  Chris Stodden followed suit the next day by treating us all to her homemade cookies.  In true Berkshire tradition the weather was cold and rainy for portions of the work party, but many Master Gardener volunteers still showed up to lend a hand.  The gardens are now weeded, edged, and mulched looking spectacular for the gala on May 22.
We will be planting the cut flower garden at Springside on June 8.  In a few weeks we will resume our once a week work parties at the gardens. 
We are working on the plans for the June 20 meeting at BBG.
We’re struggling to find volunteers for the Hotline this year which is surprising considering the accommodations!
Hoping for a good turn out for our first “project” in the park on June 15 at the Demo Gardens at Springside. Margy Gwozdz will lead the group in Building a Pollinator House. 
Scheduling soil testing dates at the Farmers’ Markets and hoping we can get a group of newly trained soil testers to help out. 
On a rare occasion we’ve even had an opportunity to spend some time in our gardens at home....we’re happiest in the dirt. Oops soil


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