By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair, October 21, 2021.
It’s October: summer blossoms give way to flaming leaves that light up the landscape; a warm summer breeze turns to a chilly wind just in time for football games, and those once delicious memories of strawberry shortcake fade into oblivion as we savor Halloween treats and pumpkin spice lattes.
Mill Creek Garden Club President Lyndal Kennedy, without the usual witches’ cackle, opened the October Zoom meeting with a warm welcome and foretold of an in-person November meeting at Shawn O’Donnell’s! A spooktacularly exciting announcement!
We will continue our November tradition of donating non-perishable food items to the Mill Creek Community Food Bank. Local families in need continue to grow and Garden Club members have a history of answering the call.
We bid a fond auf Wiedersehen to Uta Drueen, who with her husband, is moving to Virginia to be closer to family. We will miss Uta and her wonderful artistry with a camera. She assured us she will share photos of her new garden overlooking the Shenandoah Valley.
Do carrots really love tomatoes? Kind of a weird question. But guest speaker Diane Decker-Ihle, a Snohomish County Master Gardener, presented an informative program on Companion Planting in the Home Vegetable Garden.
Diane suggested we mix crops from different families; she illustrated how choosing good plant partners adds to the overall sustainability of our gardens. When a garden is sustainable, it does not require much chemical pesticide or fertilizer. She graciously answered questions following her program.
Once again, our techie Zoom host April Guentz formatted a wonderful Halloween wheel of names. She whispered, “hocus pocus” and gave it a spin. When the wheel came to a screeching halt, Linda O’Brien was the lucky October Raffle Winner. Ghoulish Congratulations Linda!
Thank you to Pamela Burke, who donated the raffle basket. She put together a bewitching Halloween “cauldron” with Phantom wine, Pumpkin Spice coffee, Halloween-themed towels, cupcake liners, a LED light up Jack O’ Lantern and more. It was very spooky and full of treats for Linda and her family!
As the meeting ended, we hopped on our brooms with green thumbs and garden buckets in hand, and with screams heard for miles, we wished everyone a freaky good October.
May your Halloween candy last until Christmas. Ha!
October 2021 Raffle Basket donated by Pamela Burke. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.