Field trip reminder – 10 July

Just a quick thank you to the folks who have sent their RSVP for the field trip tomorrow!  And a reminder, we will meet up at the Mills Fleet Farm, 35W & Lexington @2:30.  From there our guide will lead a caravan to the parking area.  We will wait in the parking lot until everyone who has sent their RSVP has arrived, or for 15 minutes.  To be respectful of everyone’s time, we will not wait any longer than that.  Looking forward to the trip!

Stomp’n in the Swamp

We will go looking for carnivorous plants in the Blaine Preserve Scientific and Natural Area.
Date – July 10, 2016
Time – the usual, 3:00 pm

How to get there?
Parking is on the gravel road just north of Lexington Memorial Park, behind the baseball diamonds.  We will meet up at the Mills Fleet Farm, 35W & Lexington @2:30 and our guide will lead a caravan to the parking area.
There are NO trails, so plan to walk softly, despite the subject line.
Plan to get wet, probably no more than mid-calf, but no promises.
Long pants and real shoes are recommended, as the area has insects and lots of plants that will attack given half a chance.

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

Hope you can all make it!

A little slow this month

Sorry the update from the meeting has been a bit slow, and for the short notice!

Let’s start with the short notice: This Sunday, 12 June at 3pm we will have a social gathering at Indeed Brewing in Minneapolis!  Sorry for the late notice.  Hopefully you can all be there, if even for a short while.  When you walk in you’ll see a table with out sign on it – that’ll be us!

Last month our programmed meeting at the Watershed was a nice small group, and it allowed for some great discussion on a very well researched talk about highland Nepenthes.  Below you can see the official meeting summary.

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order by the president.  No introductions were necessary as all the faces were familiar.  Club business was discussed, including the State Fair Show, our continuing efforts to live broadcast our meeting to folks across the region, and the prospect of a July field trip to see out native carnivorous plants in habitat.  The president noted that we will be seeking volunteers from our membership to operate our table at the Minnesota State Fair, and that the society will pay entry to the fair for those members working our table.  Treasury report was was not available at the time, but is posted below.  Floor was opened up for questions.  Then, the business meeting was concluded by the president.  We then had our presentation on highland Nepenthes, during which there was a good deal of discussion about a range of topics from conservation, to taxonomy, cultivation.  Finally we open up for plant sales, commission sales, and socializing.

Treasury Report:

Treasury report for May 2016

1 new membership paid. $10.00
Plant sales at May meeting. $10.00
Gesneriad Society plant sales. $291.55
Current treasury balance of $1213.41

 

This Sunday – Highland Nepenthes talk!

This Sunday our program will be about highland Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants), by our club president and expert grower, Bill.  Here is the snippet:

Sunday, 15 May, 3pm to 5pm – Highland Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants): royalty among carnivorous plants (plant group presentation – you don’t need to know anything about plants to enjoy this presentation)

We’ll be meeting at our new home at the Ramesy-Washington Watershed in Little Canada.  This is going to be a can’t miss talk!  Plus, we’ll be discussing our plans for the State Fair this summer.

Note: there will be some carnivorous plants for sale – though no Nepenthes are planned to be offered for sale.  The topic of highland Nepenthes relates to the presentation, not the sales.

Any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at our yahoo.com e-mail address, username: umcps.

Want to buy a carnivorous plant?

If the answer is “yes”, then are you ever in luck!  This coming weekend, Saturday the 30th of April, and Sunday the 1st of May 2016, we will be joining the the Twin Cities Gesneriad Society as they host a plant show and sale at Bachman’s on Lyndale in Minneapolis.  We will be there with plants to sell, grown by our own members, and suitable for beginners.  So, if you have been interested in carnivorous plants and wanted to try growing them, this is the perfect opportunity!

Stop by on Saturday from 9am-5pm or Sunday from 10am-4pm and pick up a plant.  Or two!

And don’t forget, our next meeting will be on Sunday the 15th of May starting at 3pm at the Watershed.  The topic will be highland Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants).  Come learn from a local grower about some of the most impressive carnivorous plants that exist.  You can also buy plants and some growing supplies at all of our programmed meetings – so if you miss us this coming weekend, come to the meeting!

We hope to see you all there!

Programming change and sale reminder

Hello carnivorous plant enthusiasts!  Fresh off our social today, we are letting you all know about a slight programming change for the next programmed meeting on the 15th of May.  It was scheduled to be about Utricularia (bladderworts), but because of an unavoidable scheduling conflict, our November speaker can’t make the November date.  Fortunately, he has graciously offered to move his presentation up to our May meeting.  This now means that:

Sunday, 15 May, 3pm – Highland Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants): royalty among carnivorous plants (plant group presentation – you don’t need to know anything about plants to enjoy this presentation)

And now:

Sunday, 13 November, 3pm – The genus Utricularia (the bladderworts): we’ll talk about the largest group of carnivorous plants and their various adaptations, including their marvelous and mysterious bladder traps (plant group presentation – you don’t need to know anything about plants to enjoy this presentation)

Not too dramatic of a change, but we thought everyone would like to know.  Of course, both meetings will be at the Watershed.  But before all of that, there is the sale!

We’ll send out another reminder with more details, but Saturday the 30th of April, and Sunday the 1st of May, we’ll be hanging out with out friends of Twin Cities Genseriads at Bachman’s on Lyndale in Minneapolis.  So, mark your calendars to come out and buy some little carnivorous foliage friends and maybe a UMCPS t-shirt.  See you there!

March Meeting Summary and next Social

Well our first meeting at the Watershed was a solid success, judging by all the cool new folks we met!  A few even decided to become new members.

And to all of our new members – Welcome to the club!  We are so glad to have you!

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order by the president.  We did a round of introductions.  Club business was discussed, including the upcoming sale at the end of April at Bachman’s Nursery, our continuing efforts to live broadcast our meeting to folks across the region, and the prospects of becoming a 501(c)(3).  Treasury report was given by the treasurer.  Floor was opened up for questions.  Then, the business meeting was concluded by the president.  We then had our presentation on Mexican butterworts (Pinguicula), after which we did a leaf propagation workshop where everyone had a chance to try out the technique, and go home with some new plants.  Finally we open up for plant sales, commission sales, and socializing.

Treasury Report:

5 new memberships paid.  $50.00
Plant sales at meeting. $35.00
Current treasury balance of $990.86
April Social Event:
The next time and place we’ll all be getting together will be on Sunday, the 10th of April at 3pm in the Northgate Brewery Taproom, in northeast Minneapolis.
If you have any questions, as always the easiest way to get in touch with us is to send us a note on our yahoo.com e-mail address, username: umcps
Hope to see you all in April!