President’s Message Mar-Apr 2023

President Patty Burnside’s Message

March – April 2023

Greetings Gardeners and Garden Lovers.  Spring is fully upon us with trees, shrubs, and bushes budding and with flowers (and weeds) popping up everywhere, neighbors have begun their spring yard cleanups, blowers and mowers can be heard through our open windows and screen doors.  It is time to put out lawn furniture and ornaments, check that propane tanks on grills are filled, reattach our hoses, check which plants may not have survived the winter and rejoice for the ones that are appearing, spread grub control, turn over mulch, and on and on.  And don’t we all love visiting our local nurseries?  Such colors and smells!!  What an exciting and highly anticipated season!  I hope you are enjoying nature’s annual rebirth.

Please go to the Mar-Apr WNF&GA Newsletter on the website to read the full Newsletter.  The password to open the Protected: Members Only section is the one which Michigan uses for member-only content, or is  available in the Fall Magazine. Ask your president if you do not remember it.

President’s Greetings Jan-Feb 2023


That is – – along with snowflakes.  We can pretend they are winter flowers just a bit colder.  And it is a beauty to behold when fresh, sparkling snow covers our lawns and landscapes.  The deep, pure silence gives us time to pause and be grateful for a brief respite.  However, Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to start ordering plants and seeds while planning our gardens and day trips to visit some of our favorite local gardens or discover outstanding gardens presented by the various WN branches for their garden walks.

This month you’ll find this website has been updated. It is a work in progress, but some areas are ready with useful news and information.  Go to the various sections on WNFGA.ORG where you will find specifics about the following:

HOME page

  • President’s Greetings


  • Updated information and hyperlink to application form (nominations due soon)


  • Updated information
  • Frysinger International Project Fund


  • Updated descriptions and hyperlinks to application forms


  • National Meeting 2023


  • News from National (a new section with current information)
  • Directories of officers, chairpersons, directors, division, and branch presidents

Wishing all of you the many joys of Valentine’s Day – hugs, kisses, candy, cards, flowers, romance, enjoying loved ones.

Patty Burnside

WNF&GA President, 2022-24

Greetings Fellow Gardeners

Greetings Fellow Gardeners and Garden Lovers

Now that the holidays are behind us and we survived the first big blizzard of winter, we return to our normal days.

This includes getting energized for all the wonderful experiences afforded to us through WNG&GA.

There are projects to continue or start; friendships to make or renew; interesting speakers to hear; gardens to plan, remediate, or maintain; volunteer time to schedule on our calendars; meetings to attend; commitments to be made; and joy to be experienced through the myriad WNF&GA opportunities.

My Saginaw Branch has adopted a recruitment slogan from Holly Furlo, one of our branch members: “IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO DO, WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU!”

Hats off to 2023. May we all have good health, supportive family, loving friends, and glorious gardens.

Patty Burnside, WNF&GA President 2022-24 or 989-284-3455)