A Call to Arms, and Beer

First up, we will have a social meeting on Aug 13, at Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 1121 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN. The usual time of 3 pm.

Well, it is that time of year again. We need to plan our presence at the great Minnesota Get Together (or Sweat Together, which ever.) We will be there Aug 24 & 25th.

First thing, this year we will be in the AVSM wing, not the MSHS wing. There are a bunch of member that belong to AVSM (African Violet Society of MN) or affiliated societies, and they offered us a great deal. Free fair tickets! Plus more space than we have had in the past.

So, to fill the space we need plants. Even if you do not want to volunteer, please consider sending your plants. Alex at the CBS Greenhouse can hold plants for a few days. I am willing to hold plants on the north side. Feel free to contact us and make arrangements. If you are willing to bring plants for show, let us know what you might have so we can plan the space accordingly. Anyone that has some larger nepenthes would be appreciated.

We also need volunteers to explain the wonders of carnivorous plants to the unwashed masses (depending on the day, very unwashed masses.)
We will be doing the Venus fly trap feeding again this year. We will need speakers and cricket wrangles for each show. No fear, if you do not want to be involved in that circus, we can still use general table help.

Get in contact and let us know if you are willing to help and score free tickets to the fair!
email – umcps (at) yahoo.com or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/

June 11th Field Trip

Well, it is time to start planning for next weekend’s expedition to the northlands in search of the elusive sarracenia flower. Which, in truth, will never inspire poets as, say, the rose has.
Still it should be a fun time looking in a swamp near Sandstone MN. Hopefully we will find a few other Minnesota rare plants as well.
Note – Swamp. Dress appropriately to get wet and spare, dry shoes will make the trip home a bit more comfortable.

Given the distance and lack of parking at the site, car pooling is advised. Contact us for the meeting spot, in Ham Lake. Assembly time should be about 1 pm, arrival at Sandstone about 2.

As always contact us at the usual places: umcps (at) yahoo.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/

Meeting Sunday and Eating Pitchers

Well, people are creative. Here is a group that uses nepenthes pitches for a cooking vessel for rice. At least they leave the plant alive.
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170502-where-people-eat-carnivorous-plants

Last reminder, meeting this Sunday, May 7th. The lecture will be on heliamphoras.
At the usual location,  Ramsey-Washington Watershed () office in Little Canada.
At the usual time of 3pm.

Hope to see you all there.

Next meeting – May 7th 2017

A reminder that the next meeting has been moved to May 7th to avoid the usual conflict with Mother’s day.
Mike will be presenting a program on heliamphoras. A group of pitcher plants from South America.

The field trip is still scheduled for June 11 in the Sandstone area.

Contact us at the usual places: umcps (at) yahoo.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/

Spring is here!

UMCPS will have an exciting week.

First, we will be showing plants at the AVSM show in Northtown Mall, Friday 4/7 and Saturday 4/8. We probably will have a few things for sale.
Expect a few winter growing plants on display. Things that are dormant come state fair time.

Sunday 4/9, we will have another social meeting. Back at Insite Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave. The usual time of 3pm.

Questions to our yahoo.com e-mail address, username umcps.

UMCPS Reminder: Hands on meeting, March 12th

One week and we will be planting seeds! At the Ramsey-Washington Watershed () office in Little Canada on March 12th @ 3pm. (Don’t forget to change your clocks, the 12th is the start of daylight savings time.)
Matt will run a hands on program about sowing drosera (sundew) seed. Expect to go home with a sample planting.