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April 2, 1991, Eastlawn, page 1

It had been a clear windy day preceding our first 1991
meeting. The temperatures had been in the 50's and there
was a frost and freeze warning on for the night. Despite
those chilling suguries we met at the Mannings' for their
first hosting of the Society. We shivered on their deck and
shared visions for the oncoming gardening season then
retreated to the house and a bountiful meal typical of what
we had missed during preceding months.

Absent from the gathering were the Rogers, Caroline Hussman,
Mary Seiler, and Tom Canby who was in the Middle East
surveying the ecological ravages of our recent (murderous)
involvement there. Our only guest for the evening was Mary
Manning's mother, Bonny Sillers.

We started off the meeting with the October 1990 minutes and
moved on to the reading of the By-Laws and realization that
elections of Society officialdom was due. Since the
standing president was absent, sick and supine we agreed to
leave that chore for the next meeting.

Priscilla Allen was the assigned reader and shared passages
from a personal anthology entitiled "My Garden in Baghdad".
Among the charming vignettes and useful tidbits was an
Islamic piece that said that God had put Man in the garden
to dress and keep what grows there....one wonders who gets
to do the other 90% of the workload involved with weeding,
harvesting, peeling and canning. Later with a more
occidental flavor we learned that pigeon manure is good
while that of geese is pernicious. Also a haha is named
such because in Britain one would take recognition of it and
say a-ha! One wonders if lower class hahas were ever called
blimeys. In the Arctic regions maybe they'd be called
whoops! (because you seldom saw them until it was too late).
In America they'd be called lawsuits.

Beth Bullard followed with an article by Barbara Cheney
entitled "Garden Blights". It dealt with the frustrations
of exhibiting one's garden to associates who avoid proper
respect and awe in a creative myriad of infuriating and
dispiriting ways.

Elizabeth Thornton followed with the minutes from a century
ago. We were reminded that the best way to keep chickens
from thieves is to lock both up separately.

Forethought involved the perennial situation of too much to
do and too wet outside to do anything anyway. All the same
it's a good time to plant trees and be sure to water new
plantings if the weekly rainfall is under 1 inch. Plant

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