PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, November 2022

Dear ODCS members,

On November 13th, 2022, the Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society held the annual meeting and luncheon at Sampan Café in Springfield, Virginia.  There were 30 attendees including friends and family of members.  We enjoyed great food and company.  The nominated candidates were voted in, the continuity of the club was ensured.  The officers for 2023 are Camilla Ng as President, Ed Mascali as Vice-President, Galen Goss as Treasurer and Janice Chen as Correspondence Secretary.  Thank you everyone for giving us the privilege to serve you.

Janice Chen was presented with the ODCS Member of the Year Award. The award letter read, in part: “You stepped up this year to learn about the organization and to help at many activities.  Your contributions have been at our potting activities, plant sales, and at our show.  Your entries in the show were excellent as evidenced by the ribbons you won, including two entries that were on the top awards table.  You attended many of the Youth Program mentoring sessions to further your own knowledge of growing and caring for mums.

Your enthusiasm and willingness to learn and contribute serve as an inspiration to us all.”  Congratulations Janice!

Galen emailed the Plants Order Form and Membership Form and image files of Garden, Pot and Heritage mums to everyone on November 14th.  A reminder that your Plant Orders, Membership Form and check must be post marked by December 3rd, mailed to Farhad Nourbakhsh.  If you are a new member, you have already paid the 2023 membership dues.  Just mark on the Membership Form “dues paid, New Member”.  All others who are renewing, please add your $30 membership to the total of your Plant Order, in one check, written to ODCS.  Your Plant Order will not be processed unless the 2023 membership duesis included. 

We will take a winter hiatus and resume our monthly Zoom meeting on the second Sunday of the month starting February.  Please save-the-date, Sunday, February 12th, 2023, 2:00PM.  Zoom Meeting information will be emailed to you as the date draws near.

Wish everyone a merry and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, October 2022

Dear ODCS members,

At the September 10th Zoom Meeting, we screened the Pat Stockett Johnston’s short video on “September/October Tasks” and David Eigenbrode’s “Magic with Mums, Part 3” (on cutting and showing).  The link of the recorded session was emailed to all members on September 10th by Galen.The volume of the Eigenbrode video is extremely low, but all the pertinent information that Eigenbrode said was captured textually on the screen.  Following the videos, I reviewed the criteria of NCS Spray in a presentation.  Not all cultivars that may be grown as sprays would produce NCS quality sprays.  The Classification Handbook, a reference tool that is available on the NCS website, identifies cultivars that may be grown as NCS sprays. It is advisable to perform due diligence, to help in your future cultivar selection for sprays.

We have received notice from King’s Mums that the 2023 group order date will be earlier than in past years.  We will have the plant order forms to you in early November.  Stay tuned.

I hope many of you will enter your blooms for the 2022 Chrysanthemum Show.  We will have participants from the Garden Clubs for designs.  In addition, Ikebana International, Chapter 1 is participating with us with a special exhibit of different styles of ikebana arrangements, a first in the history of ODCS. 

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, September 2022

Dear ODCS members,

It is September. By now, the plants that are shaded for 12 hours should begin to show signs of bud setting.  With bated breath, we watch with anticipation.

At the August Zoom meeting, Ed Mascali reviewed the week response and shading information.  Per interest from some members on growing sprays, I gave a presentation on “NCS Sprays.”  Growing sprays is an advance skill as it requires disbudding each axillary bud that grows from the leaf on the stem.  Judging criteria for NCS sprays were reviewed.  If you have missed the August Zoom Meeting, you may watch the recording until September 10th, 2022.  Galen has sent the recording link to everyone by email on August 14th.  

Sunday, September 10th will be our next Zoom meeting.  Pat Stockett Johnston’s short video on “September/October Tasks”and David Eigenbrode’s “Magic with Mums, Part 3” (on cutting and showing) will be screened.  We will also review the pertinent information in the show schedule.

There will not be a general meeting in October, but we look forward to seeing you and your blooms at the Chrysanthemum Show. 

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, August 2022

Dear ODCS members,

I am happy to announce that we have a venue for our 47th Chrysanthemum Show.  It will be held at the James Lee Community Center (JLCC) in Falls Church.  The Director of James Lee Community Center very kindly not only offers us the use of the spacious Monroe Gym, but also opens the Center on Sunday October 30th specifically for our event.  The Center normally does not have operation hours on Sunday.  This is indeed good fortune for ODCS since Merrifield Garden Center, the venue where we have held many shows, is not renting the space.  The gracious community spirit of JLCC is deeply appreciated.

Please mark your calendar and save the dates, Saturday and Sunday, October 29th and 30th for the Chrysanthemum Show.  Bloom entries will be accepted on the afternoon of Friday, October 28th.  As this will be our first Show since 2019, we hope many of our members will participate in the show to share the beauty of the  blooms.  Stay tuned. 

Our next Zoom meeting will be on Sunday, August 14th, 2:00 p.m.  The topics will be shading and sprays.  Shading practice usually begins by the second week in August for some cultivars. This is a timely topic and should not be missed.  To encourage more growers to grow sprays, we will review what makes a spray. Please save the date and join us.

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, July 2022

Dear ODCS members,

The June 12th Zoom meeting screening was the first half of Part 2 of David Eigenbrode’s “Magic with Mums” on pinching. Due to the low volume of the original video which made it difficult to hear, we summarized David Eigenbrode’s notes, recapped by Ed Mascali. As before, the recorded meeting link was forwarded to everyone in the email sent on June 13th from Galen Goss. The recording will be available until our next Zoom meeting in August.
You may also like to watch on your own the “July Tasks” with Pat Stockett Johnston video on the National Chrysanthemum Society’s Video Gallery. No password is needed. Ctrl-click on this link: Video Gallery – The National Chrysanthemum Society Inc. USA

A reminder, the potluck Picnic is on July 9th, at Mason District Park, Shelter B, 3 P.M. Come on out for food and fun. Please use the Signup Genius APP created by Van Avondolio to RSVP.

It was unfortunate that we had to destroy the “Mystery challenge” plants due to the discovery of Chrysanthemum White Rust on several of the plants of that cultivar. We notified members who purchased the Mystery challenge mums immediately, to trash the plant in double bags. We advised this even if the plants looked healthy, as a precaution to avoid any outbreak. Galen will make refunds for the Mystery challenge mums. Let Galen know if you want a refund.

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, June 2022

Dear ODCS members,

On behalf of ODCS, I like to thank all the volunteers one more time for your generous gift of time and energy helping out with potting and public sales. In face of adversity, be it inclement weather or shipment delays, you stepped forth in number, rose to the occasion to do what was needed and succeeded with flying colors. It was wonderful to see the cooperation and camaraderie amongst the members. Thank you also to the Supply team, Dick and Gary, for filling our supply orders, and Tim for hosting potting at his backyard. Each of you make this village a thriving mum community. I especially want to acknowledge and thank Galen for pulling the lion’s share of the potting and public sales responsibilities. From handling the numerous correspondence and coordination with plants wholesalers, supply ordering and booking sales venues, to creating a method to the madness in printed order labels and cross check order tables, and reshipping plants to out-of-state members. All the behind-the-scenes details that Galen tended to, made the process on the days of potting and pick up ran like clockwork. And don’t we all rather sleep in on a cold rainy Saturday morning? Galen set up shop for the Ayr Hill Gardens Club Sales, on such a rainy day, 7 A.M., while others were still California dreaming. A week later, on a milder misty morning, Galen arrived at Green Spring Gardens at 7:30 to discover that our neatly assembled tables, tent and trays of plants that we have set up the day before, were disassembled and moved by the Green Spring Gardens staff! By the time I arrived at 8 A.M., Galen had all the tables and tent reassembled, single-handedly. Each time, in face of adversity, Galen dealt with what had to be done, never wasted a moment on negative word towards heaven or men. This is a person of true grit. I am very lucky to have Galen as a mentor, as ODCS (and NCS) is lucky to have Galen in leadership.

With plants and supplies orders fulfilled, it is now up to the grower to nurture and train the young plants according to their styles. Our next Zoom meeting will be June 12th, 2 P.M. “July and August Tasks” with Pat Stockett Johnston videos will be featured. Discussion on pinching will follow the short clips. Reminder that the recording of the April meeting is available till June 11th. The link to the recording is in the May newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom.

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, May 2022


Dear ODCS members,

The April nor’easter brought us the last blast of winter for several days. Even though it was relatively mild in the MidAtlantic compared to the foot of snow in Pennsylvania and New York areas further north, we had to protect our winter overed mums against damages from the cold rain.

At the April meeting screening of Part One of David Eigenbrode’s “Magic with Mums”, we learned the effects of the different sizes of the containers for propagating cuttings. David shared with us the meticulous design of his in-ground disbud beds and shading structure. Note that his flower beds are open to the elements, it is not a greenhouse.

There will not be a Zoom Meeting in May. We will resume our monthly Meeting in June. Please be sure to save the date June 12th, for the screening of the “July and August Tasks” with Pat Stockett Johnston.

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, March 2022

Dear ODCS members,

By the time you read this newsletter, Winter has not many days left as the official end of winter is March 20th.  Gardeners are planning actively for Spring growing season to start.

The program on March 13th will be on propagating mum cuttings.  We will also go over the Supply Order.  The Supply Order Form is attached with this newsletter email.  Please mail your Supply Order Form and check to Alice Buch post marked by March 16th, 2022.

At the February 13th meeting, Ed Mascali and I gave an educational presentation on fertilizers, Pro-Mix, and the ODCS feeding schedule.  The presentation was emailed to all the members.  If you have questions on the fertilizers, please bring your questions to our next meeting or email to OldDominio@mums.org.

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, February 2022

Dear ODCS members,

A belated happy New Year and happy upcoming Lunar New Year. 

First off, I like to thank everyone for your support and encouragement to me to accept the position as President of ODCS for 2022.  During the last two years of service as Co-President, I have gained a deeper understanding of the enormity of tasks that need to be performed in-order to fulfill the objectives set forth in the ODCS By-Laws. Thanks to the contribution from you, these goals were met.  For the chapter to continue to thrive, your continuous volunteerism and support are most needed and appreciated.  

The Board members of 2022 are Ed Mascali as Vice President and Galen Goss as Treasurer.  The Executive Board is comprised of the elected officers and the Standing Committees – Lisa Romano as Membership Chair, Dick Waldschmidt for Supply Order with Gary Holliday as Assistance, Jim Dunne for Public Relations and Publicity with Janice Chan as Assistance, and Dorothy Pines as the Newsletter Editor – plus Rosemary Smith as the Immediate Past President.  The ODCS website Webmaster is Van Avondolio.   I am grateful to each of you for staying on as officers of the Board and Committee Chairs, providing continuity and services to chapter members. 

The Corresponding Secretary slot is still vacant.  The duty of the Corresponding Secretary is to conduct general correspondence of the Society, send cards to members as deemed appropriate. Anyone who is interested please email me at OldDominion@mums.org.

A gentle reminder to members to renew your membership if you have not done so.  Please send in your 2022 membership dues made payable to ODCS and the Membership Form to Lisa Romano, the Membership Chair.  The Membership Form is attached in the Newsletter email.

President,
Camilla Ng

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PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE, December 2021

Dear ODCS members,

On November 14th, we had a slide show of the photos of blooms grown by our members.  Ten members submitted with a total of 110 photos.  More than delights to the eyes is to recognize that the growing skills of our members continue to improve with great results. Ed Mascali provided valuable educational information on cultivars and on ways to transport blooms.

King’s Mums advised the NCS chapters that due to high demand, we should submit our orders prior to yearend.  With Christmas season coming up, we need to up the date of the mum orders.  We ask that our members send in their mum orders post marked by December 15th to Rosemary Smith.  The December meeting is moved to December 5th at 2:00 p.m. We will go over the 2022 season order form and cultivars selection.

The ODCS Board is still looking for new officers for 2022.  Please consider volunteering either as President or Co-President.  The viability of the club depends on members participation and volunteerism. Awards will be given out to members in recognition for their services. We need all members to attend this meeting. 

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