New Corresponding Sec.

Due to the resignation of Eleanor N., our new corresponding sec. is Jackie R.

Many thanks to Eleanor for her service to the club and thank you to Jackie for stepping in as corresponding sec. to complete the club year.

Best wishes to Eleanor.

2016 Jan. General Meeting

On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016,  Windermere Garden Club had its January general meeting at Windermere Town Hall.  Due to the Arbor Day Treeing planting occurring on the usual meeting day of the second Thursday in Jan., the general meeting was moved to the FIRST Thursday this month.

Our hostesses at the informal coffee before the meeting were Paula R., Joan P. and Cannon S. Great job ladies and thank you so much.

Hostess Paula R. on the left and Hostess Joan P. with the snack table's centerpiece which is a floral arrangement created by Joan P. Not shown is hostess Cannon S.

Hostess Paula R. on the left with Hostess Joan P. at snack table’s centerpiece which is a floral arrangement created by Joan P. Not shown is Hostess Cannon S.

Treasurer Mary Ann B. on the left and member Shirley M. enjoying some refreshments.

Treasurer Mary Ann B. on the left and Member Shirley M. enjoying some refreshments.

We had two  programs at this meeting. Garden Club member Theresa S.-M. presented a powerpoint presentation on growing amaryllis locally and she also spoke about caladium and amaryllis pioneer, Henry Nehrling. Next, both of our University of Florida scholarship students gave a powerpoint presentation on their ongoing research and studies. After the meeting, the scholarships students, Dr. Charlie G. and several of our members had an informal lunch at Westerly’s at MetroWest Golf Club.

University of Florida (UF) scholarship student Ray on the left with Dr. Charles G. in the center and on the right is UF scholarship student Allison.

University of Florida (UF) scholarship student Ray on the left with Dr. Charlie G. in the center and on the right is UF scholarship student Allison.

Our next general meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 11th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee will be at 9:30am. At 10am, the general meeting will begin with Lewis Brehm with Disney speaking on “Disney Horticultural Heritage”.

2015 Holiday Decorations Workday

On Wed, Dec. 2, 2015, Windermere Garden Club decorated Windermere Town Hall for the holidays featuring two holiday themed Christmas trees.

Holiday Decorations Chairman Carolin W. did a great job organizing and providing great snacks and drinks and decorating the large tree inside town hall. Jackie R. was our dejay and brought very lively Christmas music to keep us all working hard.

The large live tree inside Windermere Town Hall featured paper chains made by several members and specially themed ornaments hand painted by Vicki H. for the theme “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Vicki H. also decorated the fireplace and mantel as well.

The artificial tree on the back porch was decorated in a lovely natural christmas theme.

Thank you to all of the club members who joined in for all their help in making these decorations possible. Note that not all the members who worked on the decorations are pictured or mentioned in this post. Great job!

Snacks provided by Holiday Decorations Chairman Carolin W.

Snacks provided by Holiday Decorations Chairman Carolin W.

Left to right: Vicki H., Phyllis M., Tanya C., Paula R., Janet S., Bonnie B., Carolin W., Theresa S-M, Jackie R.

Left to right: Vicki H., Phyllis M., Tanya C., Paula R., Janet S., Bonnie B., Carolin W., Theresa S-M, Jackie R. were SOME of the members who helped in decorating town hall for the holidays.

President Bonnie B. helping decorate the Christmas Tree on the back porch of town hall.

President Bonnie B. helping decorate the Christmas tree on the back porch of town hall.

Member Sandra W. decorating the tree on the back porch of town hall.

Member Sandra W. decorating the tree on the back porch of town hall.

Member Phyllis M. on the left and Recording Sec. Janet S. on the right.

Member Phyllis M. on the left and Recording Sec. Janet S. on the right.

Vicki H. decorates mantel and fireplace at Windermere Town Hall.

Vicki H. decorates mantel and fireplace at Windermere Town Hall.

A Charlie Brown themed Christmas Tree at Windermere Town Hall.

A Charlie Brown themed Christmas Tree at Windermere Town Hall.

Tree decorated on back porch of Windermere Town Hall

Tree decorated on back porch of Windermere Town Hall.

 

 

2015 November General Meeting

On Thursday, Nov. 12th, Windermere Garden Club had an informal coffee and general meeting at Windermere Town Hall.

Tanya C. and Angela W. were our hostesses for the informal coffee right before the meeting. Great job and thank you.

Snack table by Hostesses Tanya C. and Angela W.

Snack table by Hostesses Tanya C. and Angela W.

Flowers by co-hostess Angela W.

Flowers by co-hostess Angela W.

Our speakers were Rilla Tomyn, owner of Betty J’s florist in Ocoee and Mary Beth, a floral designer at Betty J’s. See the link below to Betty J’s website:

http://www.myorlandoflorist.com/

Left to Right: 1st VP Mary B., Betty J's Florist Owner Rilla Tomyn, and Mary Beth.

Left to Right: 1st VP Mary B., Betty J’s Florist Owner Rilla Tomyn, and Mary Beth.

Mary Beth had many helpful hints including using a floral knife instead of scissors to cut the flowers.  To cut, you need to move the flower stem and keep the knife still. Using a knife prevents the stem from crushing and allows water to flow more easily to the flower.

Mary Beth shows how to begin a Christmas floral arrangement with candles that have been trimmed at the bottom to fit more easily in the floral foam. (Photo by Maureen T.)

Mary Beth shows how to begin a Christmas floral arrangement with candles that have been trimmed at the bottom to fit more easily in the floral foam. (Photo by Maureen T.)

Mary Beth completed 3 arrangements. Two of the arrangements had an autumn theme and one had a Christmas theme.  Two of the arrangements were raffled off and one was given to past president, Peggy C.

1st VP Mary B. with complete Christmas arrangement by of Betty J's Florist of Ocoee, FL. Photo by Maureen T.

1st VP Mary B. with complete Christmas arrangement by Mary Beth of Betty J’s Florist of Ocoee, FL. (Photo by Maureen T.)

Autumn floral design by Betty J's Florist of Ocoee, FL. Photo by Maureen T.

Autumn floral design by Mary Beth (Photo by Maureen T.)

Angela W. accepts a donation from our club for Nehrling Gardens from President Bonnie B. (Photo by Maureen T.)

Angela W. on left accepts a donation from our club at this meeting for Nehrling Gardens from President Bonnie B. on the right. (Photo by Maureen T.)

Our next general meeting will be the FIRST Thursday of the month which is Dec. 3rd at Windermere Town Hall. It will be a business meeting at 10:30am with a Christmas potluck to follow. There will be no speaker or program.

If you would like to attend as a guest, please e-mail Tanya at tkchesire@yahoo.com by Tuesday, Dec. 1st.  You do not need to bring an item to share.

If you are a member, please contact Eleanor by Tuesday, Dec. 1st. and tell her what you are bringing to share.  Also, we are collecting non perishable canned or boxed food items for West Orange Christian Service Center.

Hope to see you there.

 

 

2015 Dec. General Meeting will be FIRST Thursday

Windermere Garden Club’s  Dec. general meeting/Christmas potluck will be the FIRST Thursday of the month which is Dec. 3, 2015 at Windermere Town Hall. It will be a business meeting at 10:30am with a Christmas potluck to follow. There will be no speaker or program.

If you would like to attend as a guest, please e-mail Tanya at tkchesire@yahoo.com by Tuesday, Dec. 1st.  You do not need to bring an item to share.

If you are a member, please contact Eleanor N. by Tuesday, Dec. 1st. and tell her what you are bringing to share.  Also, we are collecting non perishable canned or boxed food items for West Orange Christian Service Center.

Hope to see you there.

 

2015 Oct. General Meeting

On Oct. 8, 2015, Windermere Garden Club had its Oct. general meeting with informal coffee and “white elephant” sale at Windermere Town Hall.

Special thank yous to substitute hostess chairman and club president Bonnie B. and our hostesses Renda F. , Dorie B. and Anne T.

Also, a special thank you to Renda’s granddaughter, Morgan, who helped our speaker and the hostesses.

Our speaker was Windermere Garden Club member Vicki Hearst who spoke on butterfly gardens.

Thank you to Margaret S. for the following photo of our speaker:

Garden Member and our Oct. 2015 general meeting speaker-Vicky H.

Garden member and our Oct. 2015 general meeting speaker-Vicki Hearst

Thank you to “White Elephant” sale chairman Carolin W. and all the members who donated and purchased items at the sale.

See you at our next meeting on Nov. 12th at Windermere Town Hall with Ely Santos Torre of Efusion Botanicals in Winter Garden speaking on holiday floral arrangements.

2015 Sept. General Meeting

On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, Windermere Garden Club had its first general meeting of the 2015-2016 club year. Our 1st VP Mary B. conducted the meeting for our president who was absent.

Due to injures and family issues the regular informal coffee became more of a “potluck” coffee. Some of the members who helped and/or brought food and/or decorations were Diane L., Theresa S.-M., Tanya C., Janet S., Maureen T., Eleanor N. and Carolyn B. Thank you to everyone for stepping in at the last minute.

Our speaker was gardening expert and author, Tom MacCubbin. He spoke on fall planting for Florida and had many tips on planting both summer and winter flowers and vegetables.  For example, it is important not to plant pansies before Nov. 1st as Florida is too hot until that date.  Tom also gave out prizes to members who were able to answer Florida gardening trivial questions.

Beautiful arrangement of sunflowers by hostess Diane L.

Beautiful arrangement of sunflowers by Hostess Diane L.

Some of the great snacks that the hostesses provided the club.

Some of the great snacks that the hostesses provided the club.

1st VP Mary B. with speaker Tom MacCubbin

1st VP Mary B. with speaker Tom MacCubbin

Speaker Tom MacCubbin with Dianthus plant.

Speaker Tom MacCubbin with dianthus plant.

Speaker Tom MacCubbin adding dianthus to a fall planting.

Speaker Tom MacCubbin adding dianthus to a fall planting.

Speaker Tom MacCubbin creates a fall pot of herbs.

Speaker Tom MacCubbin creates a fall pot of herbs.

Jackie H. won a set of greeting cards.

Jackie H. wins a set of greeting cards.

Arlene G. wins a weed preventer.

Arlene G. wins a weed preventer.

Marlene T. wins a decorative pot created by our speaker's wife Joanne MacCubbin.

Marlene T. wins a decorative pot created by our speaker’s wife Joanne MacCubbin.

 

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