Yard of the Month Winner

Windermere Garden Club member Joan Y. has again received Orange Tree’s yard of the month. See the photo below of Joan with fellow members.

Left to Right: Mary S., Carol W., Joan Y. with dog, Clare D.

Left to Right: Mary S., Carol W., Joan Y. with dog, Clare D.

2014 March general meeting

We had a great time at our March general meeting listening and viewing Jill Thomas of Biosphere Nursery in Winter Garden’s slides on attacting pollinators to our gardens. See his website at http://biospherenursery.com/ for some great ideas.

Speaker Jim Thomas of Biosphere Nursery makes a point on attracting pollinators to the garden.

Speaker Jim Thomas of Biosphere Nursery makes a point on attracting pollinators to the garden.

Refreshment table floral design by member Darlene L.

Refreshment table floral design by member Darlene L.

Left to right: President Peggy C., Speaker Jim Thomas, Jim's associate Zen Silva, 1st VP Jill T.

Left to right: President Peggy C., Speaker Jim Thomas, Jim’s associate Zen Silva, 1st VP Jill T.

2014 Newcomers’ Event-March 14th

On Friday, March 14th, at the home of Marie H. our club had a newcomers’ event for all the new members who have recently joined our club. The officers and several of our committee chairmen provided the refreshments for the event. Thank you to everyone and especially our hostess Marie H. for allowing us to use her beautiful home.

Left to right: Hostess Marie H., Corresponding Sec. Jackie R., 2nd VP Maureen T., and new members Margie F. and Barbara A.

Left to right: Hostess Marie H., Corresponding Sec. Jackie R., 2nd VP Maureen T., & new members Margie F. & Barbara A.


New members at the 2014 Newcomers' Event. Sitting down is Kim F., center is Janet S. and on right is Barbara A.

New members at the 2014 Newcomers’ Event.
Sitting down is Kim F., center is Janet S. and on right is Barbara A.

Yellow sweater is new member Denise H., Center is 1st VP Jill T. and behind plant is Recording Sec. Clare D.

Yellow sweater is new member Denise H., Center is 1st VP Jill T. and behind plant is Recording Sec. Clare D.

President Peggy C. at Newcomers' Event 2014

President Peggy C. at Newcomers’ Event 2014

Newcomers' Event Hostess Marie H.

Newcomers’ Event Hostess Marie H.

ECO Saturdays

Please click on the link below to view a copy of the ECO Saturday’s Feb.-May 2014 events at the Tibet-Butler Preserve and Vera Carter Environmental Center that our 1st VP Jill T. discussed at our March 13, 2014 general meeting. Tibet-Butler Preserve and Vera Carter Environmental Center are located at 8777 County Road 535, Orlando, FL 32835. These programs are usually are free and are presented by Orange County Parks and Recreation.

http://www.orangecountyfl.net/Portals/0/Library/Culture-Recreation/ParksModule/docs/Feb14-May14%20Eco%20Sat%20Flyer.pdf

2014 Crazy Cards Announcement

We encourage the public to attend our annual scholarship crazy card party and luncheon. This year the theme is “Fiesta-Party with a Purpose” and it will be on Thursday, April 3rd at Windermere Town Hall.

Doors open at 10:15am and cost is $20/person. It includes a lunch featuring Peggy’s famous chicken salad, crazy cards rounds of play (bridge without bidding), silent auction and drawings. Reservations are required. Click on the link for more information on the fun event.

WGC CCP 2014 Poster

2014 Feb. General Meeting

At our meeting on Feb. 13th we had a great time and learned a lot about Florida soil and that with the right plant and care we CAN grow roses in Florida. Thanks to our speaker Tom Burke. Tom is member of the American Rose Society, Central Florida Rose Society, Orlando Area Historical Rose Society, and a Florida Master Gardener in Seminole County. After a long career as manager of Communications and Computers for The Wall Street Journal in Orlando with roses as his passion, he now works part time at Lukas Nursery in Oviedo, FL and several nights and weekend days each month traveling, speaking, and demonstrating gardening and rose growing throughout central Florida.

Here are some tips we learned from our speaker:
We need to buy the roses that are grafted onto the Fortuniana rootstock where the roots spread out at least 18 inches and most of the time a lot wider instead of having a tap root which mainly goes straight down like most roses do. Also to water and feed often but make sure to do it where the roots are in Fortuniana grafted roses which is far from the rose. To plant, make the hole the diameter of a large outdoor garage can lid and no deeper than the rose is in the container from the nursery. With the right knowledge, roses can grow well in Florida.

Speaker Tom Burke with 1st VP/Program Chairman Jill T.

Speaker Tom Burke with 1st VP/Program Chairman Jill T.

2014 Jan. 30th Fun with Flowers

We had a “Fun with Flowers” workshop on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at Windermere Town Hall. It was a great time for the first time guests as well as the experienced garden club member floral designer.

Theresa S.-M.

Theresa S.-M.

Jackie H.

Jackie H.

Maureen T.

Maureen T.

Joan P.

Joan P.

Carolin W. with fellow student

Carolin W. with fellow student

Janet S.

Janet S.

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