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September 14, 2015 Newsletter


Good Morning,

Our next meeting is this Wednesday at 10:30 at the library. If you cannot attend please click Projects on our web site,, and see what we're up to. If you have an idea about how to get something done or have a new project please follow the instructions you will find there or reply to this email. One of the items for discussion at the meeting will be crowdfunding.

The Master Gardener and I weeded the Fire Station planters on Saturday in preparation for planting. We hope to have the project finished in time for their Open House.

September 11, 2015 Newsletter


Good Afternoon,

Our next meeting will be Wednesday at the library at 10:30. At the meeting I will be showing a short video on crowd funding. If you've had experience with crowd funding please email me.

Here's today's recipe:

Grape Salad


4-5 Cups fresh red and green seedless grapes

1- 8oz package cream cheese

1- sm. jar marshmallow creme

1cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped


Wash and remove grapes from stems and dry.  Beat cream cheese

September 7, 2015 Newsletter


Good Morning,

Happy Labor Day! Today would be a great time to enjoy nature in our parks. In First Capitol Park the Discovery Garden has beautiful Firebush, Plumbago, and Texas Star Hibiscus in full bloom.

Beginning today we have a new feature--recipes from Donna Loggins! These will feature vegetables, fruits, and nuts and will be easy.



1 lg. bunch fresh broccoli, separated and trimmed

1 small purple onion chopped

1/2 Cup raisins

September 3, 2015 Newsletter


Good Morning,

The Columbia Blooms Committee met yesterday at the library. The minutes will be posted to our web site soon.

One of the ideas we are pursuing is to print post cards and calendars to be sold by local merchants as a fundraising activity. If you are someone who is unable to come to meetings you can help us by emailing images you may have of flowers and the city. Please make certain that the images are not copyrighted.

August 28, 2015 Newsletter


Good Morning,

I hope that you have not suffered a power failure this morning. It didn't last long, but I was in the middle of composing this email and had to start over.

The weather has been nice, hasn't it? This is a wonderful opportunity to get out and enjoy nature at the Discovery Garden in First Capitol Park and to walk along our little downtown area.

August 25, 2015 Newsletter


Good Morning,

If you are a stay-at-home parent and suddenly have free time since school has started, getting out into nature and enjoying the Discovery Garden at First Capitol Park or a visit to our little downtown area with beautiful plants may just be what you need. Plants can nourish the soul. To learn more about Horticulture Therapy see the American Horticultural Therapy Association.

August 21, 2015 Newsletter


Good Morning,

According to the Weather Underground weather station in Gayle Estates we've received about 1.5 inches of rain. This will cause the grass to green up, wildflowers to appear, and wilted leaves on other plants to recover.

Civic engagement is what Columbia Blooms is about. We want to encourge everyone to particapate in our activities and, ultimately, to become more enaged in local government. What is Civic Engagement? Here's a wonderful definition from Wikipedia.


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