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2017 January General Meeting

On Thursday, Jan. 12th we had a general meeting at Windermere Town Hall.

Our hostesses were Ceme C. and Tanya C. was the substitute hostess for Dayle B. who was ill. Also, President Bonnie B. provided some of the snacks.

L to R; Hostess Ceme C. and Substitute Hostess Tanya C.

L to R; Hostess Ceme C. and Substitute Hostess Tanya C.

 

Wonderful snacks provided by Ceme C., Tanya C. and Bonnie B. Floral design by Ceme C.

Wonderful snacks provided by Ceme C., Tanya C. and Bonnie B. Floral design provided by Ceme C.

 

Our program was mini talks by our University of Florida horticulture scholarship students and their advisers on their background, current studies, research projects and plans for the future. Afterward the meeting, there was a “dutch treat” lunch with at a local restaurant.

L to R: 1st VP Mary B., Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. and Scholarship Student Paula Brito

L to R: 1st VP Mary B., Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. and Scholarship Student Paula Brito

 

L to R: Treasuer Mary Ann B. and Scholarship Student Travis Marois

L to R: Treasurer Mary Ann B. and Scholarship Student Travis Marois

 

L to R: Member Sharon R. and University of Florida Professor Dr. Charles Guy

L to R: Member Sharon R. and University of Florida Professor Dr. Charles Guy

 

Amy Vasquez, University of Florida Advisor

Amy Vasquez, University of Florida Advisor

 

 

 

 

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2016 Jan. General Meeting

On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016,  Windermere Garden Club had its January general meeting at Windermere Town Hall.  Due to the Arbor Day Treeing planting occurring on the usual meeting day of the second Thursday in Jan., the general meeting was moved to the FIRST Thursday this month.

Our hostesses at the informal coffee before the meeting were Paula R., Joan P. and Cannon S. Great job ladies and thank you so much.

Hostess Paula R. on the left and Hostess Joan P. with the snack table's centerpiece which is a floral arrangement created by Joan P. Not shown is hostess Cannon S.

Hostess Paula R. on the left with Hostess Joan P. at snack table’s centerpiece which is a floral arrangement created by Joan P. Not shown is Hostess Cannon S.

Treasurer Mary Ann B. on the left and member Shirley M. enjoying some refreshments.

Treasurer Mary Ann B. on the left and Member Shirley M. enjoying some refreshments.

We had two  programs at this meeting. Garden Club member Theresa S.-M. presented a powerpoint presentation on growing amaryllis locally and she also spoke about caladium and amaryllis pioneer, Henry Nehrling. Next, both of our University of Florida scholarship students gave a powerpoint presentation on their ongoing research and studies. After the meeting, the scholarships students, Dr. Charlie G. and several of our members had an informal lunch at Westerly’s at MetroWest Golf Club.

University of Florida (UF) scholarship student Ray on the left with Dr. Charles G. in the center and on the right is UF scholarship student Allison.

University of Florida (UF) scholarship student Ray on the left with Dr. Charlie G. in the center and on the right is UF scholarship student Allison.

Our next general meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 11th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee will be at 9:30am. At 10am, the general meeting will begin with Lewis Brehm with Disney speaking on “Disney Horticultural Heritage”.

2015 January General Meeting

On Jan. 8, 2015, Windermere Garden Club had its January general meeting at Windermere Town Hall. Our hostesses were Cannon S., Carolyn R., and Carolyn G. They did a great job and the food was very tasty.

Our speaker was Charisse Santoro of Winter Garden and she is involved in the City of Winter Garden’s community vegetable garden plots which are on some currently vacant land. She spoke on vegetables and community gardening in Central Florida.

Charisse had many wonderful tips in growing vegetables in Central Florida. Kale is easy to grow and are wonderful baked in the oven to make “chips”. Watch out where you plant mustard greens as they reseed easily and can quickly take over. When growing lettuce in Florida make sure it does not get too much sun or the leaves will be bitter. One of the best soil for growing vegetables is “mushroom” soil which you can get locally at Monterey Mushrooms-Orlando Facility, 5949 Sadler Rd, Zellwood, FL 32798, 407-905-4000.

Also, at this meeting our two University of Florida scholarship students were our guests and spoke briefly about their studies and activities that they are involved in. Also, their advisor spoke as well. After the meeting, the scholarship students, their advisor, and many of our members went to lunch at Westerly’s located at MetroWest Golf Club.

 

Hostess Cannon S. purchased this beautiful arrangement for the refreshment table's centerpiece.

Hostess Cannon S. purchased this beautiful arrangement for the refreshment table’s centerpiece.

Two of our three hostesses enjoying the fruits of their labor. On the left is Carolyn R. and on the right is Carolyn G.

Two of our three hostesses enjoying the fruits of their labor. On the left is Carolyn R. and on the right is Carolyn G.

 

Hostesses Cannon S., Carolyn G. and Carolyn R.  did a great and yummy job with our refreshment table.

Hostesses Cannon S., Carolyn G. and Carolyn R. did a great and yummy job with our refreshment table.

Our speaker, Charisse Santoro speaking on vegetable and community gardening in Winter Garden, FL

Our speaker, Charisse Santoro speaking on vegetable and community gardening in Winter Garden, FL

 

L to R: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. UF scholarship graduate student Ray O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B. and UF academic advisor Amy A.

L to R: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D., UF scholarship graduate student Raymond O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B. and UF academic advisor Amy A.

President Peggy C. with our two UF scholarship students

President Peggy C. with our two UF scholarship students

Member Denise H. speaking with UF scholarship students

Member Denise H. speaking with UF scholarship students

Front row left to right: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. and UF graduate scholarship student Ray O.  Back row left to right: Member Barbara B. and UF advisor Amy A.

Front row left to right: Scholarship Chairman Jocelyn D. and UF graduate scholarship student Raymond O.
Back row left to right: Member Barbara B. and UF advisor Amy A.

Left to right: UF scholarship graduate student Ray O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B., their academic advisor Amy A.

Left to right: UF scholarship graduate student Raymond O., UF scholarship undergraduate student Allison B., their academic advisor Amy A.

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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2013 January 10 General Meeting

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Windermere Garden Club met at Windermere Town Hall on January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am.  Our program opened with speeches from the UF Environmental Horticulture students WGC sponsors every year and their advisor, Amy Alexander.   This year we are sponsoring two new students, as our previous students, Cody Monroe and Gina DeFalco, have graduated.  Amy updated us on what Cody and Gina have been doing.  Amy then introduced our two new students, Sheila Scalaro and Jules NeSmith, who told us about their horticultural studies, dreams and goals.  After the meeting, a few WGC members took the girls out to lunch.

Horticulture Students, Sheila Scalaro & Jules NeSmith with Advisor, Amy Alexander

Horticulture Students, Sheila Scalaro & Jules NeSmith with Advisor, Amy Alexander

Previous President, Peggy Collins, introduced her great-granddaughter, Cameron Gellhouse, who has attended Camp Wekiva several times.  WGC sponsors a few students to attend Camp Wekiva every summer and Cameron has been one of the recipients.  She spoke about her experiences with Camp Wekiva and told some entertaining stories about primitive camping and the critters they “ran” into.

Peggy Collins and her great granddaughter, Cameron

Peggy Collins and her great granddaughter, Cameron, Camp Wekiva attendee

Planning for the Crazy Card Party in March has already begun.  WGC reminds members to save their small tissue boxes to donate for table decorations and start thinking about items you can contribute to raffle baskets, door prizes and the silent auction.

Photos courtesy of Webmaster and Club Photographer, Donna Ditges.

2011 January 12 General Meeting

Gina DeFalco and Cody Monroe, our two University of Florida Students who each received a $1,500 Environmental Horticulture scholarship from the Windermere Garden Club, attended the January 12 General Meeting.  Both told us about their studies and their plans after graduation in 2012.  We also heard from their advisor,  Amy Alexander.   After the meeting, WGC treated them to lunch at Westerly’s Restaurant at the Metro West Golf Club.  They were accompanied by several WGC members.
 
WGC members,  Kitty Day and Maureen Tuber, provided delicious snacks and coffee. 
 
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A Camp Wekiva Attendee’s Letter of Appreciation

Below is an email received by WGC from Sarah Myers, daughter of member Theresa Schretzmann-Myers, who attended Camp Wekiva in the Summer of 2011:

“Dear Ms. Peggy and Windermere Garden  Club:

Thank you again for sending me to Camp Wekiva.  I can’t stop singing the camp songs and I think about my time there a lot.  I sleep with my Camp Wekiva tie-dye pillow that we made every night and can’t wait to go back again next year.  I am telling all my 4th Grade friends about how great Camp  Wekiva is and what I saw there.  I hope to have them come with me next year so they can see how much fun it is.  I learned so much and wrote about it in my journal which I am sending to you.

Thank you, Sarah Myers”

Below is an email from WGC Member, Sarah’s Mom:

“Ladies, I just had to pass this along so that you know how much your fundraising efforts touch the lives of our Windermere children.  Sarah has been singing her Camp Wekiva songs every night after saying prayers and I caught her on my recording device for my Blackberry spontaneously.  It was so sweet.”  — Theresa Schretzmann-Myers 

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If you’d like to put it on the Garden Club website that’s awesome.  To me it demonstrates exactly what we’re trying to achieve through our Garden Club fundraising.  That through our efforts we send children to wonderful environmental Camp Wekiva  and it stimulates their love for nature and awakens their curiosity.”   — Theresa Schretzmann-Myers