Archive for January, 2014

2014 Florida Arbor Day

Our 2014 Florida Arbor Day tree planting was on Thursday, Jan.17th in front of Windermere Town Hall. We planted a Florida native cedar tree which will be used by the Town of Windermere as an outdoor Christmas tree going forward. The children of Windermere Union Church’s Preschool performed again this year and helped mulch the tree. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this a great tree planting especially co-chairmen Jackie Rapport and Peggy Collins.

Windermere Union Church Preschoolers with Windermere's  20 Year Tree City flag.

Windermere Union Church Preschoolers with Windermere’s 20 Year Tree City flag.

Members preparing refreshments for children

Members preparing refreshments for children

Jackie Rapport at the microphone. Jackie and President Peggy Collins were co-chairmen of the tree planting
Co-Chairman Jackie Rapport at the microphone.

2014 Arbor Day-Cedar Tree
Florida Native Cedar Tree we planted.

2014 January General Meeting

Article written by Donna Ditges; Photos by Donna Ditges

The January General Meeting held at Windermere Town Hall was well attended. We had a full agenda with a wonderful presentation by Merle DeLand, Vice President of Tampa Bay Begonia Society and a visit from the UCF students who received WGC’s horticultural scholarship.

Presentation: Begonias

If you missed this meeting, you missed some great information on Begonias. Merle DeLand told us everything we need to know about begonias and ¬†sold several different varieties for $5 each. Some valuable tips I learned is that they thrive in humidity, cooler temperatures and they must not have wet feet. They don’t like our hot summers, but they will do well outside if placed next to a pond waterfall or fountain and in shade, of course.

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Hostesses:
After the presentation, members enjoyed a short break with refreshments provided by members Denise Harbin, Carol Wolfe & Carolyn Gross.

Bonus Presentation:
Next, the recipients of the Windermere Garden Club Horticultural Scholarship, Sheila Scolano and Jules NeSmith, told us about their studies and projects. They were accompanied by their advisor, Amy Alexander. After the meeting, members of WGC took the students out to lunch at Westerly’s Restaurant in Metro West.

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