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.

2014 May 9th Orchid Field Trip

On Friday, May 9th we went to the home of member Marge F. to see her huge backyard orchid greenhouse.  She and Pam F. were our hosts.

Marge gave us many useful hints on the care of orchids. She said the watering depends on the orchid type and that regular hydrogen peroxide can cure crown root in orchids.

Also, Marge also showed us her large fossil collection which most came from Tennessee and other areas outside of Florida.  However, she also showed us her collection of fossilize shells that are found in Florida.

Also, some very delicious refreshments were served.

Thank you Marge for inviting us to your home.

Margie F.'s Backyard Orchid greenhouse

Margie F.’s Backyard Orchid greenhouse

Another view of Margie F.'s backyard orchid greenhouse

Another view of Margie F.’s backyard orchid greenhouse

Left to right: Ann T., Leah D., Jackie R. and our host Margie F.

Left to right: Ann T., Leah D., Jackie R. and our host Margie F.

Fossilized shells from Florida. Just a small part of Margie F.'s fossil collection

Fossilized shells from Florida. Just a small part of Margie F.’s fossil collection

2014 May 8th-Officers’ Installation Luncheon

On Thursday, May 8th, we had our installation of the 2014-2015 officers with a general meeting and a lovely luncheon at Westerly’s at MetroWest Golf Club. Members attending donated many bags of nonperishable food to the West Orange Christian Service Center.

Windermere Garden Club’s former president and current Nehrling Society President Angela Withers was our installation presenter. She gave each officer a bag of caladiums courtesy of the Nehrling Society.

 

Left to Right: Presenter Angela W., Interim President Peggy C., Corresponding Sec. Eleanor N., Recording Sec. Joan Y., 1st VP Maureen T., Jackie R. for 2nd VP Jill T., Treasurer Mary Ann b.

Left to Right: Presenter Angela W., Interim President Peggy C., Corresponding Sec. Eleanor N., Recording Sec. Joan Y., 1st VP Maureen T., Jackie R. for 2nd VP Jill T., Treasurer Mary Ann B.

 

L to R: Presenter Angela W., Interm President Peggy C., Corresponding Sec. Eleanor N. , Recording Sec. Joan Y.

L to R: Presenter Angela W., Interm President Peggy C., Corresponding Sec. Eleanor N. , Recording Sec. Joan Y.

L to R: 2nd VP Maureen T., Jackie R. for 1st VP Jill T., Treasurer Dale B.

L to R: 2nd VP Maureen T., Jackie R. for 1st VP Jill T., Treasurer Dale B.

Horticultural Chairman Barbara B. enjoying the installation luncheon.

Horticultural Chairman Barbara B. enjoying the installation luncheon.

L to R: Mary S., Joan Y. and Denise H.

L to R: Mary S., Incoming Recording Sec. Joan Y. and Denise H. enjoying the social time with each other.

2014 June 12th “Change over” BOARD Meeting

The “Change Over” BOARD Meeting has been changed to the 2nd Thursday of June which is June 12, 2014 at 9:30am at Windermere Town Hall. This BOARD meeting is for new, retiring, and continuing officers and chairmen. Our first summer lunch at a location to be announced will take place right after the BOARD meeting. Any garden club member may attend the lunch.

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