2015 January General Meeting

On Jan. 8, 2015, Windermere Garden Club had its January general meeting at Windermere Town Hall. Our hostesses were Cannon S., Carolyn R., and Carolyn G. They did a great job and the food was very tasty.

Our speaker was Charisse Santoro of Winter Garden and she is involved in the City of Winter Garden’s community vegetable garden plots which are on some currently vacant land. She spoke on vegetables and community gardening in Central Florida.

Charisse had many wonderful tips in growing vegetables in Central Florida. Kale is easy to grow and are wonderful baked in the oven to make “chips”. Watch out where you plant mustard greens as they reseed easily and can quickly take over. When growing lettuce in Florida make sure it does not get too much sun or the leaves will be bitter. One of the best soil for growing vegetables is “mushroom” soil which you can get locally at Monterey Mushrooms-Orlando Facility, 5949 Sadler Rd, Zellwood, FL 32798, 407-905-4000.

Also, at this meeting our two University of Florida scholarship students were our guests and spoke briefly about their studies and activities that they are involved in. Also, their advisor spoke as well. After the meeting, the scholarship students, their advisor, and many of our members went to lunch at Westerly’s located at MetroWest Golf Club.

 

Hostess Cannon S. purchased this beautiful arrangement for the refreshment table's centerpiece.

Hostess Cannon S. purchased this beautiful arrangement for the refreshment table’s centerpiece.

Two of our three hostesses enjoying the fruits of their labor. On the left is Carolyn R. and on the right is Carolyn G.

Two of our three hostesses enjoying the fruits of their labor. On the left is Carolyn R. and on the right is Carolyn G.

 

Hostesses Cannon S., Carolyn G. and Carolyn R.  did a great and yummy job with our refreshment table.

Hostesses Cannon S., Carolyn G. and Carolyn R. did a great and yummy job with our refreshment table.

Our speaker, Charisse Santoro speaking on vegetable and community gardening in Winter Garden, FL

Our speaker, Charisse Santoro speaking on vegetable and community gardening in Winter Garden, FL

 

L to R: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. UF scholarship graduate student Ray O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B. and UF academic advisor Amy A.

L to R: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D., UF scholarship graduate student Raymond O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B. and UF academic advisor Amy A.

President Peggy C. with our two UF scholarship students

President Peggy C. with our two UF scholarship students

Member Denise H. speaking with UF scholarship students

Member Denise H. speaking with UF scholarship students

Front row left to right: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. and UF graduate scholarship student Ray O.  Back row left to right: Member Barbara B. and UF advisor Amy A.

Front row left to right: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. and UF graduate scholarship student Raymond O.
Back row left to right: Member Barbara B. and UF advisor Amy A.

Left to right: UF scholarship graduate student Ray O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B., their academic advisor Amy A.

Left to right: UF scholarship graduate student Raymond O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B., their academic advisor Amy A.

2014 Christmas Luncheon

On Thursday, Dec.11th Windermere Garden Club had its Dec. general meeting/Christmas luncheon at Orange Tree Golf Club. We also collected food for the West Orange Christian Service Center.

Thank you everyone!

See the photos of the event below.

Join us on Jan. 8th when we return to Windermere Town Hall for our next general meeting with our speaker Charisse Santoro speaking on vegetable and community gardening.

 

Standing in on left is Barbara B. and on right is Angela W. Sitting on left is Jackie R. and right is President Peggy C.

Standing in on left is Barbara B. and on right is Angela W.
Sitting on left is Jackie R. and right is President Peggy C.

Amaryllis Door Prizes

Amaryllis Door Prizes

Members socializing at the Christmas Luncheon

Members socializing at the Christmas Luncheon

2014 Christmas Decorating Workday

On Wed. Dec. 3rd, Windermere Garden Club decorated Windermere Town Hall’s Christmas trees. One is a live tree inside the town hall and the other tree is on the back porch.

I was not able to attend, but from the photos taken by Maureen T. looks like a fun time was had by all. Thanks to everyone especially Chairman Carolin Warren.

 

Front Row L to R: Eleanor N., Joan P., Dale B., Denise H., Maureen T. Back Row L to R: Theresa, Vicki H., Paula R., Carolin W., Bonnie B., Carol W., Collen C.

Front Row L to R: Eleanor N., Joan P., Dale B., Denise H., Maureen T.
Back Row L to R: Theresa, Vicki H., Paula R., Carolin W., Bonnie B., Carol W., Collen C.

 

Paula R.

Paula R.

 

Joan P.

Joan P.

On top is Vicki H. and to the right is Carolin W. and to the left is Theresa.

On top is Vicki H. and to the right is Carolin W. and to the left is Theresa.

Beautiful blue and white Christmas Tree.

Beautiful blue and white Christmas Tree

Another wonderful Christmas Tree.

Another wonderful Christmas Tree

2014 Oct. General Meeting

Our Oct. 9th general meeting began with an informal coffee and a “white elephant” sale.  Our hostesses for the informal coffee were Anne T., Vicki H., Maureen T. and new member Arlene G. They did a great job and no one went away hungry. Carolin W. did a great job as chairman of the “white elephant” sale with many great donated treasures from many of our members.

Our speaker was Joyce Brown on hanging basket designs like creating “ball” shaped hanging designs used at Disney World. She makes sphagnum moss planters and plants not only in the center as traditionally done but on the sides and bottom of the planter. When the plants mature they create a “ball” of flowers or foliage. Hanging the planters using heavy duty fishing swivels, allows for fast watering and trimming as you can twirl the planter instead of moving your arms around the planter. See her website at http://yardfaery.wix.com/joy-pro#!dvdbaskets/c1yuy

Also, Joyce mentioned her other passion which is theatrical therapy for special needs young adults. See the website at http://yardfaery.wix.com/joy-pro#!special-productions/c17by.

Join us at our next general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee is at 9:30am and the general meeting begins at 10am with the assistant director at Leu Gardens, Keri Byrum, speaking on “The World of Succulents”. After the speaker, we have a short break and then a business meeting ending at about noon.

 

Left to right: Members Joan P. and Janet S. with Speaker Joyce Brown

Left to right: Members Joan P. and Janet S. with Speaker Joyce Brown with one of her planters

 

Our speaker Joyce Brown

Our speaker Joyce Brown

Joan Y. admiring the centerpiece created by one of our hostesses Vicki H. The beautiful floral arrangement was created almost entirely from materials from her own yard.

Joan Y. on left, admiring the centerpiece created by one of our hostesses Vicki H. next to the beautiful floral arrangement she created almost entirely from materials from her own yard.

 

Anne T. one of our hostesses

Anne T. one of our hostesses making preparations.

Centerpiece created by Co-hostess Vicki H.

Centerpiece created by Co-hostess Vicki H.

2014 Sept. General Meeting

On Sept. 11th, our club had our first meeting of the 2014-2015 club season.  It began as an informal coffee with Colleen C., President Peggy C. and our new Corresponding Sec. Eleanor N.  as our hostesses. Their snacks were very delicious  and plentiful. Thank you.

As usual for our season opener, one of our favorite speakers, FL expert Tom MacCubbin spoke to us about “Florida ‘s Best Plants that made Florida Famous”.

Tom was full of fun facts on Central Florida’s  horticultural pioneers and the different crops Florida produces.  He spoke about Dr. Nehrling and his work with caladiums  and the history of Apopka’s foliage industry.  Some interesting facts Tom MacCubbin spoke about our state’s produce production is that we produce 40% of the US orange and grapefruit crop. We are only second behind California in avocado production.  Also, that we are the leader in watermelon production with our season being from March until May as well as many more facts.

Using his handout on Sept. Florida gardening tips, Tom said that fall in Florida is a time when our  gardening season is just beginning  with summer/warm weather plants which will  produce soon and the cooler plants which are just starting to be planted.

 

L to R: President Peggy, Speaker Tom MacCubbin, 1st VP Jill T.

L to R: President Peggy, Speaker Tom MacCubbin, 1st VP and Program Director Jill T.

L to R: Colleen C., Eleanor N. and President Peggy

L to R: Colleen C., Eleanor N. and President Peggy

 

Quite a spread, great job hostesses

Quite a spread, great job hostesses

Member Leah D. consults with our speaker Tom MacCubbin

Member Leah D. consults with our speaker Tom MacCubbin

2014-2015 Club Season begins

The first Windermere Garden Club General Meeting for the 2014-2015 season will be on Thursday, Sept. 11th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee will be at 9:30 am and the meeting will begin at 10 am with our program “Florida’s Best Plants That Made Florida Famous”. Florida gardening expert, Tom MacCubbin, will be our speaker.

Windermere Town Hall is located at 520 Main Street in Windermere, FL. It shares a parking lot with the Windermere Branch of the Orange County Library.

Guests and new members are always welcome!

2014 Plant Exchange

Our club had its annual plant exchange on the back porch of Windermere Town Hall on Thursday, June 5th as part of National Gardening Week. Special thanks to 2nd VP Maureen T. for the photos of the event included in this post.

Member Carol W.

Member Carol W.Member Leah D.

Member Leah D.

Member Joan P.

Member Joan P.

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