Field Trips, General Meetings

October 2022 General Meeting

In October WGC members went on a field trip after a short general meeting. Members visited the Green Isle Gardens as part of this field trip.

Carolyn R & Margaret S were the hostesses for October. They provided a bag of treats & bottled water to all the members in attendance.

Members had a great time visiting the native plant nursery & shopping.

Field Trips

2017 April Projects Field Trip

On Wednesday, April 19th, we first attending the dedication of Windermere Elementary School’s Learning Garden. It was co-created by two student’s mothers, Amalie Skorman and Stephanie Gisler-Rashid. Amalie Skorman is a Windermere Garden Club member.

Windermere Elementary Learning Garden co-Creator and Garden Club member Amalie Skorman

Shown at the ribbon “cutting” are the two parents who were the founders of Windermere Elementary School’s Learning Garden. The one in long white pants is Stephanie G.-R. and the other one is Windermere GC member Amalie S.

Windermere GC members at the dedication of Windermere Elementary Learning Garden. L to R: Outgoing 2nd VP Maureen T., Diana L., Treasurer Mary Ann “Dale” B., President Bonnie B., Incoming Hostess Chairman Carolyn B.

Windermere GC Member Carolyn B. pointing out a plant in the Learning Garden to Windermere GC Community Garden Co-Chairman Vicki H.

Mrs. Frank with 4th and 5th grade chorus performing “Agents of Change”

Some of the supporters of the Windermere Elementary School’s Learning Garden. Windermere Garden Club members include on the far left Windermere GC President Bonnie B., Windermere GC Community Gardens Co-chairman Vicki H,, and on the right with the hat Community Gardens Co-Chairman Jackie R. and in the green shirt kneeling with black long pants Windermere GC member Theresa S.-M. and also kneeling in the green shirt with black skirt Windermere GC member Amalie S.

Volunteers setting up refreshments

Cabbage & Dill

Huge cabbage and dill

Tomato, basil and rosemary

Next, we visited the butterfly garden which was also on the school grounds.  Windermere Garden Club Community Gardens Co-Chairman Vicki H. gave us a very detailed tour.

Left side of butterfly garden at Windermere Elementary School

Right side of Butterfly Garden at Windermere Elementary School.

View of right side of butterfly garden at Windermere Elementary School

View of the left side of the butterfly garden at Windermere Elementary School.

Finally, we visited the wildflower garden at the school which was where the air conditioning units for the school were located before they were moved to the roof. Windermere GC member Theresa S.-Myers gave us the tour.

Finally, we drove over to the Windermere 1887 Historic Schoolhouse. Windermere GC’s Vicki Hearst has designed the landscaping and the club has donated both time and funds for this landscaping.

Community Garden Co-Chairman Vicki H. shows us the needle palm used by native americans for sewing needles at the 1887 Old Schoolhouse.

Inside the 1887 Old Schoolhouse in Windermere





Field Trips

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

Field Trips

Erinon Nursery Field Trip Scheduled

Windermere Garden Club’s Erinon Nursery field trip will be on FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2012. This could be our last field trip to this location before the toll road expansion closes this nursery forever. This nursery specializes in camellias.
For more information on Erinon Nursery go to
By request of the nursery, this will be an early afternoon field trip. We will leave Town Hall at 12:30pm, arrive at Erinon Nursery approx. 1:00pm, buy and/or enjoy until 3:00pm. Arrive back at Town Hall 3:30/3:45pm.
Sign up at the Jan. 12th general garden club meeting or contact Barbara Bochiardy before Jan. 15th to attend.
Field Trips

Stetson Mansion Guided Tour

Sorry, Everyone. The date & day didn’t correspond, and I changed it the wrong way. It should be TUES, JAN 3. Sorry for all the confusion.

On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, members of the Windermere Garden Club are invited to join Donna Ditges on a tour of the Stetson Mansion in Deland, FL.  Tours are $17 per person; however, if we have at least 11 people in our group, it will be $15.45 p.p.  The mansion must know the number of people in our tour ahead of time, so please R.S.V.P. by January 1, 2012. Email or call Donna (see below).

The mansion address is:  1031 Camphor Lane, Deland, FL 32720.  If you want directions from your house, click on the Directions link below the address at this link:

Here is a link to the Stetson Mansion website describing the Christmas Tours.  Be sure and watch the video at the bottom of the page for a peek at the mansion and what you will see and learn on the tour.

If you would like to carpool with Donna Ditges, you are welcome to come to Donna’s home which is off Hiawassee (first street next to 408).  Her address is: 407 Cinnamon Bark Lane, Orlando, FL 32835; mapquest will get you there.  Please email Donna at or call 321-662-1165 to verify you will be coming by January 1, 2012.  Also let her know if you are willing to drive.  It will take an hour to get to Stetson Manor from Donna’s house.  Plan to arrive at Donna’s between 10:30 and 11:00.  There is plenty of parking in Donna’s driveway and on Livingston Street.  If you’ve been to Donna’s house before, please plan to park on the left side of Livingston at an angle just like before.  There is a huge mound of sod to the left you will have to park around.  Only the carpool drivers should park in Donna’s driveway.  Donna will let you know the day before how many drivers we will need.

We will leave Donna’s house promptly at 11:00am.  We should arrive in Deland at 12:00pm.  We can find a place to lunch and afterwards head over to the Mansion by 1:00pm.  We will probably be at the mansion 2 hours, then return to Donna’s by 4:00 or 4:30pm, just in time to miss rush hour traffic.

If anyone knows of a place to eat in Deland that is close to I-4 or the mansion, please let Donna know.  Someone will contact those who are not carpooling with the restaurant location so we can meet before the tour.