Archive for September, 2013

Changes to Our Website Operation

written by Donna Ditges, Webmaster

Effective immediately, Tanya Chesire will be writing posts on the WGC website.  We plan to add our byline to our articles to avoid any confusion.  Tanya will post announcements and news directly related to Windermere Garden Club.  She will continue to inform us of other garden club events through email. Tanya will gradually transition into the Webmaster position, but she will be writing Club news while she is learning how to operate the website.

Donna Ditges will continue as Webmaster until a full transition to Tanya takes place.

2013 September 12 General Meeting

Written by Donna Ditges

Our first meeting of the 2013-2014 year kicked off with our usual first speaker, Tom MacCubbin, Florida Gardening Expert and host of many Central Florida shows and articles.  See links to Tom’s websites at the end of this post as well as photos provided by Club Photographer, Donna Ditges.

Hostesses Cannon Stoffel, Bonnie Baum and Peggy Collins provided wonderful snacks of deviled eggs, sandwiches, orange cake, fruit and coffee, juice and tea.  Thank you, Ladies.  It was delicious and above-and-beyond.

PROGRAM:  Tom’s topic today was  ”Eco-Friendly Treatment of Garden Pests and Diseases,” accompanied by a very informative handout “September in the Garden 2013” (click here to download as a pdf).  He also added a trivia contest and gave several door prizes for correct answers.  The winners of the door prizes were Angela Withers (gardening book), Carol Wolfe (garden hat), Joan Prasky (flower pot of goodies) and Anne Theiss (garden theme notecards).

50/50 DRAWING:  This month we had a plant from the hostess table entered into the drawing.  An arrangement for give away is not a requirement of hostessing; this was an unexpected addition.

  • Tanya Chesire won the 50/50 drawing and
  • Joan Prasky won the beautiful bromeliad hostess centerpiece.

SMART PHONE APP FOR THE GARDEN TIP:  Vice President, Jill Thompson, had a very interesting tip for us.  There is an app for smartphones that will help you with your gardening. It is called “Beesmart”.  Just search on your smartphone for the app.  It will help you decide on plants for your garden, i.e., search your zip code, then amount of light, then amount of water, then shrub, tree or plant; then flowering, etc.  You get the idea.  GREAT TIP JILL!


  1. Joan Prasky and Maureen Tuber will be hosting a one day flower arranging class.  Details have not been decided yet.  Check the website often for the latest developments.
  2. Beginning October 2013, everyone is encouraged to bring their plant cuttings or new plants they have started to the monthly meetings.  These plants will be left at the front door for anyone to take.  We suggest leaving a $1 donation that will go to the Garden Club.  There is no requirement to bring a plant to exchange … there are plenty of members who have more than enough they would rather give away than throw away.  You know how we gardeners are.
  3. Request that you bring any plastic nursery pots to the meetings.  Many members need them to start new plants.

Visit Tom MacCubbin online at:


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Habitat for Humanity – Home at Last


Dist. VII’s  Habitat for Humanity (H for H) Chairman Theresa Schretzmann-Myers of Windermere GC in the center of the photo made possible  with Dist. VII’s H for H funds the purchase and planting of two large live oak and other plantings at the new home of Cpl. “CJ” Barnes in Oakland which is part of H for H’s Home at Last project for  combat wounded soldiers.  Other WGC members who volunteered that day were:  Jacqueline Rapport, Maureen Tuber and Tanya Chesire.

Windermere Garden Club New Year 2013-2014

Dear Members:
We hope everyone had a great summer and is ready to enjoy another great year with the Windermere Garden Club.  Please check the monthly Meeting & Event Agendas to remind yourself if you have Hospice Flowers or Library Flowers or Hostess duties and for information on speakers and topics of each General Meeting. 
Unfortunately, the website is only partially updated.  The Meeting & Event Agendas are current through the end of 2013.   We hope to have the 2014 events calendar completed soon.  Check back monthly for updates and current events; especially if you missed the last meeting. 
Also, please send potential new members to our website to see what we have been doing through the years and to find out what we are all about.  Membership Application in .pdf format is now available for download under the Membership section. 
We look forward to seeing everyone at our first General Meeting of the 2013-2014 year on September 12, 2013 at 9:30 am.
Donna Ditges, Webmaster