Archive for January, 2012

2012 January 19 – Arbor Day Event with Children

The Windermere Garden Club (WGC) hosted the Annual Arbor Day Ceremony for local pre-school children; serving cookies & Apple Juice furnished by WGC members. With a nip in the air, the day began at 10AM with Windermere Mayor, Gary Bruhn, reading the Arbor Day Proclamation and the Windermere Police Department leading the color guard. Windermere Union Church Pre-school children sang songs followed by ISA Florida Arborists from Tree Climbing Concepts Training Team demonstrating safe tree climbing which was available for patrons to try at the Windermere Treebute & Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, January 21. Trees furnished by Windermere Garden Club and Tree Board were planted by Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town Manager Robert Smith, WGC President, Peggy Collins and WGC Corresponding Secretary and Arbor Day Tree Planting Chairman, Jackie Rapport. The event concluded with refreshments served by the WGC members. Enjoy the slideshow of photos furnished by WGC member, Donna Ditges:

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Calendar Changes to January & February 2012

Apologies for some errors on the website January calendar.  The date of the Arbor Day event with the pre-school children at Town Hall has been changed to January 19 at 10am.

The Newcomer’s Tea is scheduled for February 2, 2012 at 10am.  See February calendar for details.

Donna Ditges will be set up at the February meeting to take headshots for the Yearbook.  Both old and new members are encouraged to get your photos taken on this day.

2012 Arbor Day Event

Dear Business Neighbor:

The Windermere Tree Board will be hosting the 8th Annual Treebute, Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 10 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. in Windermere Town Square and we are looking for participation from our local neighbors. The purpose of the event is to celebrate Florida Arbor Day, to encourage tree planting, tree care and to expand knowledge of our Urban Forest.

This exciting event features a professional tree climbing competition with men and women climbers from 22 States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia.

There is a tree climb and traverse line that allows children to experience the wonder of tree climbing up high with supervision of professional arborists and the safety of tree climbing ropes, harnesses and helmets.

In Windermere Town Square, there will be available for adoption and sale Florida native hardwood, fruit and flowering trees and plants. Also featured will be an “Ask the Arborist” booth, Smokey Bear, various vendors, artists, music, food, environmental educational groups, child friendly activities, prize drawings and a silent auction.

Educational presentations throughout the day by ISA arborists, Division of Forestry, IFIS and “Enchanted Walk-Abouts” will demonstrate nature education, environmental conservation practices, horticulture advice, proper tree care, pruning and care of mature trees.

Windermere Tree Board would like you to join us in presenting a family friendly Arbor Day festival on January 21, 2012, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Set-up time for vendors is 7:00 a.m. the day of the event. Break-down time is 4:00 p.m. Display booth space is available to showcase products from companies, environmental efforts, artwork, crafts, outdoor events or green services. We encourage food vendors and exhibitors to think green and vend products in containers that are recyclable and use recycled products for your marketing materials Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to sharing a beautiful Windermere Treebute & Arbor Day Festival together.


Theresa Schretzmann-Myers
Windermere Tree Board Chairman
407-876-4524 (o) 407-579-4621 (m)
Booth Spaces and Sponsorships Available

Stetson Mansion Guided Tour Final Details

Sorry, Everyone for all the mix up on the tour date. The date & day didn’t correspond on the website, and Donna changed it the wrong way. It should be TUES, JAN 3. Sorry for all the confusion. Here is the Agenda:

  • 10:30AM- arrive Donna Ditges’ house for carpool.
  • 11AM – The carpool will leave Donna’s house promptly at 11.
  • 12 NOON – We will stop for lunch at the Boston Coffeehouse at 109 E. New York Ave. DeLand, FL 32724.
  • Approx. 1:00 PM, we will go over to Stetson Mansion for the 2.5 hr guided tour.
  • Please call Donna Ditges at 321-662-1165 OR email at by  Monday noon on Jan 2 if you would like to meet us at either the Boston Coffeehouse Restaurant or Stetson Mansion so she can give each a headcount for faster service. Thank you.