2015 March General Meeting

On March 5, 2015, Windermere Garden Club had a board and general meeting at Windermere Town Hall. Usually, our general meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of the month however, due to our annual scholarship fundraiser known as “Crazy Card Party and Luncheon” (CCP) occurring the 2nd Thursday of March this year, the March general meeting was moved to the 1st Thursday in March right after our board meeting.

Our hostesses at the coffee between the board and general meeting were Denise H., Carol W., and Bonnie B. They did a wonderful job celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and our 20th anniversary of the CCP. The food was great.

Left to right: Recording Sec. Joan Y., Hostess Carol W. and Hostess Denise H.

Left to right: Recording Sec. Joan Y., Hostess Carol W. and Hostess Denise H.

Hostess Carol W. and her floral arrangement centerpiece

Hostess Carol W. and her floral arrangement centerpiece

Cake which was part of the refreshments at the March general meeting which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Crazy Card Party and Luncheon (CCP) fundraiser.

Cake which was part of the refreshments at the March general meeting, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Crazy Card Party and Luncheon (CCP) fundraiser.

At this meeting in celebration of Crazy Card Party and Luncheon’s 20th anniversary,  President Peggy C. and member Dot B. were made Windermere Garden Club Life Members. Peggy and Dot were the members who first started this annual fundraiser. Without their hard work in creating this event, our club would not be able to offer annually two University of Florida scholarships and several school aged summer camp scholarships to Florida Federation of Garden Club’s Camp Wekiva as well as other community projects.

Life membership awarded by current CCP Chairman Bonnie B. to Member Dot B. on the left and President Peggy C. on the right

Life membership awarded by current CCP Chairman Bonnie B. to Member Dot B. on the left and President Peggy C. on the right

Co-creator and member Dot B. on left remembering the past 20 years of Crazy Card Party and Luncheon (CCP) with President Peggy C. on the right the other co-creator of CCP

Co-creator and member Dot B. on left remembering the past 20 years of Crazy Card Party and Luncheon (CCP) with President Peggy C. on the right the other co-creator of CCP

2015 Feb. General Meeting

On Feb. 12th, Windermere Garden Club had its Feb. general meeting. Our usual informal coffee was hosted by Tanya C., Mary B. and Janet S.

Our program was presented by Katy MOSS Warner who is President Emeritus American Horticulture Society and Former Director Disney Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives.

She spoke on Windermere residents’ influence on Disney World’s early horticultural history.

In addition, she spoke on the America in Bloom National Awards Program (AIB). AIB is a program to improve the overall quality of life in towns, universities, and military installations and other areas though “on-site, one-on-one mentoring and coaching by a team of experts”.

http://www.americainbloom.org

Wonderfully Valentines' themed snack table. Floral arrangement by one of our hostesses Janet S.

Wonderfully Valentines’ themed snack table. Floral arrangement by one of our hostesses Janet S.

One of our hostesses Mary B.

One of our hostesses Mary B.

New member Sherri A. enjoying the snacks

New member Sherri A. enjoying the snacks

Members socializing during the informal coffee before the meeting

Members socializing during the informal coffee before the meeting

Our speaker Katy Warner

Our speaker Katy Moss Warner

Speaker Katy Warner on the left and President Peggy C. on the right

Speaker Katy Moss Warner on the left and President Peggy C. on the right

Left to right: 1st VP Jill T., Speaker Katy Warner, President Peggy C.

Left to right: 1st VP Jill T., Speaker Katy Moss Warner, President Peggy C.

 

2015 Newcomers’ Social

On Feb. 13th, we had our newcomers’ social for garden club members who recently joined our club. Thank you to Marie H. for having the event at her home.

Members who are chairman/officers welcomed the new members and informed them of the many projects our club is involved in including small bedside floral arrangements/small plants that are donated monthly by members to hospice patients, our annual scholarship fundraiser crazy card party and luncheon, and weekly floral arrangements/plants that members loan for display at the Windermere Branch Library.

Maria H. our newcomers' event hostess

Maria H. our newcomers’ event hostess

Yummy snacks at the 2015 Newcomers' event

Yummy snacks at the 2015 Newcomers’ event

Great group photo of some of our new members taken by 2nd VP/Membership chairman Maureen T. Left to Right: Margaret S., Andrea M., Dorie B., Maria M., Charisse S., Sherri A.

Great group photo of some of our new members taken by 2nd VP/Membership chairman Maureen T.
Left to Right: Margaret S., Andrea M., Dorie B., Maria M., Charisse S., Sherri A.

Enjoying refreshments at the Newcomers' Social Left to right: Charisse S., Carolin W., Bonnie B., Diane L., Paula R., Maureen T., Janet S.

Enjoying refreshments at the Newcomers’ Social
Left to right: Charisse S., Carolin W., Bonnie B., Diane L., Paula R., Maureen T., Janet S.

Carolin W. on the left with new member Sherri A. on the right

Carolin W. on the left with new member Sherri A. on the right

New member Maria M. with Special and Arbor Day Chairman Jackie R.

New member Maria M. with Special Events and Arbor Day Chairman Jackie R.

President Peggy C. on the right and new member Andrea M. on the left

President Peggy C. on the right and new member Andrea M. on the left

 

 

2015 Jan. 29th “Fun with Flowers”

On Jan. 29th, Windermere Garden Club hosted a “Fun with Flowers” workshop. Both the general public and garden club members took the class. Everyone had a great time and went home with their own arrangement that they each did themselves with the help of our instructor and member Joan P.

Co-chairmen Joan P. in blue and 2nd VP Maureen T. in red

Co-chairmen Joan P. in blue and 2nd VP Maureen T. in red

 

Great job on your floral arrangements everyone!

Great job on your floral arrangements everyone!

Member Janet S.

Member Janet S. with her arrangement

 

2015 Arbor Day Tree Planting

On Jan. 15, 2015, Windermere Garden Club along with Windermere’s Tree Board hosted an annual Florida Arbor Day tree planting with the students of Windermere Union Church Preschool providing the entertainment.

Windermere Garden Club and it’s members provided and served the refreshments which included cookies with apple juice.

An oak tree provided by the Windermere Garden Club and Windermere’s Tree Board was planted between town hall and the library. It will be replacing aging trees in the area.

There was a tree climbing demonstration as well.

A great time was had by all.

 

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn looks on as the children of Windermere Union Church Preschool perform at Windermere Garden Club's FL Arbor Day Tree Planting at Windermere Town Hall.

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn looks on as the children of Windermere Union Church Preschool perform at Windermere Garden Club’s FL Arbor Day Tree Planting at Windermere Town Hall.

Some of the family members of the preschoolers who attended the tree planting

Some of the family members of the preschoolers who attended the tree planting

Windermere Police Honor Guard

Windermere Police Honor Guard

Co-chairmen of the tree planting committee President Peggy C. in black and Jackie R. in white.

Co-chairmen of the tree planting committee President Peggy C. in black and Jackie R. in white.

Left to right- President Peggy C., Dori B., Janet S., Bonnie B., Vicki H., New Member, Angela W.

Left to right- President Peggy C., Dori B., Janet S., Bonnie B., Vicki H., New Member, Angela W.

Left to right: Pastor Barton Buchanan, Town Manager Robert Smith, Mayor Gary Bruhn, Co-Chairman Jackie R., Co-Chairman President Peggy C. , and Member of Windermere Garden Club & Windermere Tree Board Theresa S.-M.

Left to right: Pastor Barton Buchanan, Town Manager Robert Smith, Mayor Gary Bruhn, Co-Chairman Jackie R., Co-Chairman President Peggy C. , and Member of Windermere Garden Club & Windermere Tree Board Theresa S.-M.

Tree Climbing Demo

Tree Climbing Demo

Tree Climbing talk and demo

Tree climbing talk and demo

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Crazy Card Reservations

2015 CCP Symbol

WINDERMERE GARDEN CLUB’S
CRAZY CARD PARTY & LUNCHEON
March 12, 2015
Windermere Town Hall

Since the Crazy Card Party inception in 1995, this event has allowed us to donate a great deal over the years to local causes. Because we rely exclusively on donations for our silent auction and drawings, over 90% of the proceeds go back into supporting our community projects. Silent auction and drawing items include restaurant gift cards, golf packages, original art, plants, beautiful gift baskets and more.

Enjoy a delicious lunch and a crazy card game with no experience needed.

Proceeds go toward scholarships for UF Horticulture students , Camp Wekiva Summer Camp participants, Nehrling Gardens, Windermere’s Historic Schoolhouse, Arbor Day plantings, Windermere Elementary teaching gardens, and more.

JOIN US FOR THE FUN RESERVE EARLY!

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This year we are excited to offer a special raffle for a 3-day get-away at the luxurious Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast Travel & Leisure’s Top 50 “World’s Best Awards”

Doors open at 10:15 AM. $20.00 per person. Reservations required, please.

For reservations send with check made out to “Windermere Garden Club” P. O. Box 502, Windermere, FL 34786-0502. Please include name and phone number of each of the attendees. Paid guest list at check-in.

Contact Dale at 407-876-3121 for more reservation information or Bonnie at 407-205-3655 for other information.

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.

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