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2018 Feb. General Meeting

On Thursday, Feb. 8th, we had our usually general meeting at Windermere Town Hall. The informal coffee was hosted by Peggy C. and Tanya C.  There was a St. Valentine’s theme table featuring delicious  sandwiches by Peggy. Peggy also brought the centerpiece and some wonderful orchids from her home. Thank you to Tanya and Peggy.

2018 Feb. General Meeting Photo # 2

Our hostesses: Tanya and Peggy. Peggy is wearing a red shirt.

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Beautiful orchids at the sign in table from Hostesses Peggy’s yard.

2018 Feb. General Meeting Photo # 4

Corresponding Sec. Jackie R.

Our program was a presentation by Jennifer Mitchell from St. Johns River Water Management. She explained that water bottlers and soda companies use on 1% of the water usage in the water district and of that 99% are used by companies that sell bottled water. Also, she explained that state law makes it easy for water bottle companies to get rights use Florida water. I was also surprised to find out that each Floridian household uses up to 91 gallons of water daily.

2018 Feb. General Meeting Photo #3

Left to Right: 1st VP Mary B. and our speaker Jennifer Mitchell


2018 Jan. General Meeting

On Thursday, Jan. 11th, we had an informal coffee and general meeting at Windermere Town Hall.

The hostesses for the informal coffee were Maria H. and Dayle B.  The tables and floral arrangements were beautiful. Also, the food and drinks were very yummy.  Great job and thank you.

2018 Jan. General Meeting Photo #3

Hostesses Maria H. on the right and Dayle B. on the left are at the snack table. The floral arrangement in the photo was created by Dayle B.

2018 Jan. General Meeting Photo #1

Check-in table arrangement created by Hostesses Marie H.

2018 Jan. General Meeting Photo #2

Floral Arrangement was created by Hostess Maria H. for the beverage table.

Our program were the scholarship students and their advisors giving powerpoint presentations on their studies and events at the University of Florida at Gainesville and Apopka. After the meeting, the club treated the students and faculty to a lunch  at Seasons 52.  For the garden club members joining them,  it was “dutch treat” for them.

2018 Jan. General Meeting Photo #6

L to R: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D., Apopka Campus Academic Advisor Angela Colonna, Scholarship Student Travis Marois, Assistant Professor Brian Pearson, Scholarship Student Paula Brito, Main Campus Academic Advisor Amy Vasquez

2018 Jan. General Meeting Photo #8

A small sample of the plants that Scholarship Student Travis Marois gave to the club members attending the meeting to try out in their gardens and indoor pots. Many thanks to Travis.

Our next general meeting with informal coffee will be on Thursday, Feb. 8th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee will begin at 9:30am and the general meeting will begin at 10 am with a program presented by Jennifer Mitchell of the St. Johns River Water Management District.

As always, guests are welcome to attend!






Jan. 11th Meeting Announcement

On Thursday, Jan. 11th, Windermere GC will be having a general meeting at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee will be at 9:30am and the program will begin at 10am. Our scholarship students and their advisor will be speaking.

There will be a “dutch treat” lunch at Season 52 after the meeting  with our scholarship students and advisor. At the beginning of the meeting, we will be taking a count of members who wish to attend the lunch so we can make a reservation at a restaurant.

2017 Oct. General Meeting

On Thursday, Oct. 12th, our club had our first general meeting of the 2017-2018 club year, as our Sept. general meeting was canceled due to power outages and tree damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Our hostesses for the informal coffee before the meeting were Margaret Scoleri and Denise Harbin who took Maria Hawke’s place as one of our hostesses. They went over the top with the very tasty and large amount of snacks.

Our hostesses. Margaret Scoleri is in blue and the other hostess is Denise Harbin. Centerpiece by Margaret Scoleri.

We received our new yearbook pages and had our semi-annual “white elephant” sale. See “white elephant” chairman on the left below with new member Jill Knight in the photo below:

Our speaker was Ed Thralls of the Orange County Extension Service. He gave a great presentation on the types of grasses that grow well in central Florida and how to care for them.

He informed us that we should use 15-0-15 fertilizer and homeowners are not allowed to fertilize lawn grass from June 1st-Sept. 30th unless they take an online class and pass a test.  (Currently the course is being revised.)  Also, do not fertilize in late fall/winter because frost can harm the grass if  it has new growth that was encouraged by the fertilizing.

Ed described the different grasses that grow in Central Florida. St. Augustine is still the best turf grass as long as you do not cut it lower than 3-4 inches.  A popular replacement for St. Augustine, Zoysia grass has alot more pests than St. Augustine grass.

Also, Ed said that the grass that has turned brown due to storm debris being piled on top of the grass will recover.

Our speaker Ed Thralls with 1st VP Mary Black

Our next general meeting will be on Nov. 9th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee will be at 9:30 am and the meeting begins at 10am. The program will be presented by two Windermere GC members, Joan Prasky, Accredited Master Flower Show Judge and Maureen Tuber, Accredited Flower Show Judge. They will be demonstrating how to create beautiful fall floral designs.

Guests and new members are always welcome.




Due to the hurricane causing tree damage etc… in the area of Windermere, our Sept. 14th general meeting with informal coffee on Thursday, Sept. 14th has been canceled.Please spread the word to everyone because power, internet, and phone service is sketchy at this time.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. Be safe.

2017 May Officers’ Installation Luncheon/General Meeting

On Thursday, May 11th, we had a 2017-2019 officers’ installation luncheon/general meeting at the Orange Tree Golf Club. This is the first time our club has installed officers’ for a two year term instead of just a one year term.

Our installing officer was our new District VII Director Sue Roberts. She gave an wonderful installation program which included giving flower corsages to all the incoming/continuing officers with colors representing their offices.

L to R: New 2nd VP Sherri A., 1st VP Mary B., Recording Sec. Janet S., Corresponding Sec. Jackie R., Treasurer Mary Ann “Dale” B., President Bonnie B., District VII Director Sue Roberts

After the installation and business meeting, we had a tasty buffet. At was a wonderfully social event and included 8 caladium plants as door prizes.

In the front L to R: Member Ceme C. and Member Dayle B..
In the back L to R: Recording Sec. Janet S.. District VII Director Sue Roberts, and 1st VP Mary B.

2017 May Meeting/Officers’ Installation Luncheon- Time of Day Correction

Our May 2017 general meeting/2017-2019 officers’ installation luncheon will be on Thursday, May 11th at 11:15 am at the Orange Tree Country Club at 7540 Woodgreen Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 and their phone number is 407-351-4034. It is located in Orange Tree Subdivision in Southwest Orange County.
We will also have a food drive for West Orange Christian Service Center. Please no glass or perishable items. Advance reservations are required. Cost is $25/person. We have to meet a minimum number attendees so friends and family members are encouraged to attend.
Please do not arrive before 11 am.
Special note: Our new incoming District VII Director Sue Roberts will be installing our officers.
If you did not sign up and pay for your reservation at the general meeting on April 13th, then you need to mail in your check made out to “Windermere Garden Club” . Please call 407-876-5789 for the address & for more information by April 27th.