Ground Cover September 2013

Fall Edition September 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Administrative Board Jack Frick, President Wylie Bledsoe, Executive V.P. Howard McLean, Secretary Mel Graves, Treasurer Norma Denlinger Dennis Hoyer Jim Trannel Steve Ulstad Operations Board Milt Avenarius Jim Barth Marlyn Bausman Judy Curnan Fran Hedeman Claire Hermanson Dennis Hermsen Mary Reuland Jim Schwarz Lloyd Streif Dick Weitz Jim Welbes EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sandi Helgerson GROUND COVER EDITOR Bev Kolz Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a non-profit organization supported by tax exempt gifts and contributions. All work is accomplished by volunteers…there is no paid staff. Every tree, shrub, plant and seed is gifted from arboretums and botanical gardens, nurseries, growers and friends from all over the world. BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE FROM THE PRESIDENT We had wonderful crowds at our concert series this summer, averaging around 1,500 people per concert. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them. Our flowers, annuals and perennials are still in full bloom and in their prime. We invite you to come out and enjoy them. All our volunteers put in a tremendous amount of hours this summer, working every day of the week. Don’t forget to come to our Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, September 4, either at Noon or at 5:30 p.m. in the Packard Pavilion. On a sad note, we have lost one of our great volunteers, Gary Vogel. He will be remembered by DABG forever. ~ Submitted by Jack Frick, DABG Board President FROM THE DIRECTOR I find it hard to believe that we are already getting towards the end of the summer season and our busiest time of the year. Our themed Monet gardens in lovely pastels look amazing right now. I am a proud volunteer of one of the AAS Annual Garden beds, along with two of my friends who are fellow Master Gardener interns with me this year. Once in a while, they let me get out of the office to get my hands dirty! In our last issue, we talked about the main visions of the DABG Strategic Plan. We are not letting that gather dust as often happens. We are in the middle of creating new partnerships, developing a long-term marketing plan, and raising funds for a sustainable future. We invite you to “Come Grow with Us,” our new motto. Submitted by Sandi Helgerson, DABG Executive Director Ground Cover is published quarterly for the benefit of DABG members. 1