On Feb. 9th, we had our general meeting with an informal coffee. Maggie K. and Marlene G. were our hostesses and they did a great job!
Some of the yummy snacks provided and set up by our Hostesses Marlene G. and Maggie K.
Left is Hostess Maggie K. and right is Hostess Marlene G.
Beautiful floral display at our snack table by Hostess Maggie K.
Our speaker was Robert Bowden, Director Leu Gardens. We all had a great time and he had a very informative program on container gardening. He had many great hints on plant selection and had many wonderful examples of the simple but classy container styles used now days. No more painted pots or funky bathtub plantings etc…
Left is 1st VP Mary B. and right is our speaker Robert Bowden
Our next general meeting will be the FIRST Thursday in March which is March 2nd. Our annual crazy card party and luncheon fundraiser will be the second Thursday in March which is March 9th. The cost is $25/person and advance reservations are required. Click on the”annual crazy card party and luncheon” tab link on this website’s home page for more information.
On Thursday, Jan. 19th our club with Windermere Tree Board had an annual Arbor Day tree planting near Windermere Town Hall. It was a beautiful, sunny, and warm day and began with a Windermere Police honor guard to present the colors.
Windermere Police Honor Guard
Jackie Rapport welcomed the attendees and introduced Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn who read an Arbor Day proclamation and Pastor Barton Buchanan who gave the invocation. Theresa S.-M. a member of the Windermere Tree Board and our club made some remarks as well.
Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn (speaking) and Arbor Day Co-chairman Jackie R. Not present but who were missed are Windermere Garden Club President Bonnie B. and Arbor Day Co-chairman Peggy C.
Pastor Barton Buchanan, Windermere Union Church
Then, the students of Windermere Union Preschool presented a musical program, help plant our oak tree and then had some cookies and apple juice provided and served by our club. After their snack, they saw a demo by professional tree climbers.
Windermere Union Church Preschool students with their teachers and Arbor Day co-chairman Jackie Rapport
L to R: Arbor Day Co-chairman Jackie R.; Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith; Mayor Gary Bruhn; Council Member Allen Pichon; Windermere Tree Board/Windermere Garden Club Theresa S.-M. are helping to plant our oak tree.
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.
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: Treasurer Mary Ann B. and Scholarship Student Travis Marois
L to R: Member Sharon R. and University of Florida Professor Dr. Charles Guy
Amy Vasquez, University of Florida Advisor
Jan. is a busy month for the Windermere Garden Club. See below the events that you are encouraged to attend as our guest.
Thursday, Jan. 12th
Our general meeting will be at Windermere Town Hall. At 9:30am, we will have our informal coffee and at 10 am our general meeting begins with presentations by our two scholarship students for the University of Florida with their advisor Dr. Guy. After the meeting, we will be having a “dutch treat” luncheon with the students and their advisor at the Black Rock Restaurant near the intersection of Conroy-Windermere Rd. and Apopka-Vineland Rd. Please call Jackie at 407-876-5789 if you wish to come. You will be ordering off the menu.
Thursday, Jan. 19th
There will be an annual “Arbor Day Tree Planting” hosted by Windermere Garden Club and Town of Windermere Tree Board near Windermere Town Hall. The program featuring a musical program by local preschoolers and a ceremonial tree planting will begin at 10 am. Afterward, light refreshments will be served by our club.
Saturday, Jan. 21st
Our club will hold a camellia sale at the popular Windermere’s annual “Treebute” from 9am-4pm, while supplies last. Come early for the best selections.
On Thursday, Nov. 3rd, we had our general meeting at Windermere Town Hall. This was on the first Thursday of the month due to a scheduling problem with the second Thursday in November.
An informal coffee was held at 9:30am with Shirley M. and Carolyn R. as our hostesses. Great job ladies, thank you!
Hostess Carolyn R. on the left and Hostess Shirley M. on the right.
Yummy snacks provided by our hostesses. The mums and special teas were provided by Hostess Carolyn R. and the baked muffins were homemade by Hostess Shirley M.
Our meeting began at 10 am with our speaker Kelly Greer, Residential Horticulturist at UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. She spoke on succulents both as houseplants and as outdoor plants in Florida. She was very informative and had some great ideas on keeping them healthy. For example, it is important for them to get sunlight for several angle otherwise they will be misshapen as they stretch toward the sun. They need to dry out between waterings. When grown outside it is best for the succulents to get some light shade as our Florida sun can be to intense. Also, for controlling pest in areas of the plant that are very tight, you may use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. These are just a few of the useful hints she gave us during the presentation.
Our speaker Kelly Greer on the left and 1st VP Mary B. on the right
Member Leah D. on the left discusses the use of ferns and succulents with Member Darlene L.
Our next general meeting on Dec. 8th will be a short business meeting with a Christmas themed catered luncheon at the home of one of our members. You must contact Jackie at 407-876-5789 by Dec. 1st in order to attend and get more information. Parking will be limited. Cost is $15/person. The start time will be 11:30 am.
Due to a situation beyond our control, Windermere Garden Club’s next GENERAL meeting will be on the FIRST Thursday in November which is Nov. 3rd at Windermere Town Hall.
The November general meeting will NOT occur on the usual 2nd Thursday of the month. This is for November ONLY. Our program will be on succulents presented by Kelly Greer, Residential Horticulturist at UF/IFAS Extension Orange County.
On Thursday, Oct. 13th at Windermere Town Hall, we had general meeting with an informal coffee and “white elephant” sale.
Our hostesses were Peggy C. and Diana L. They did a great job with our informal coffee. The halloween themed decor and food was wonderful. Thank you.
Our hostesses: Peggy C. on the left & Diana L. on the right
Hostess Diana L. with her arrangement
Yummy snacks and creative decorations
Some of the yummy snacks and halloween decorations and floral designs
A newer member Dayle B. held the “white elephant” sale which was great. Thank you.
Our speaker was Member Vicki Hearst. She spoke on using plant material from our own yard and our neighbors after asking permission. They will like the free trimming of their landscapes. Some of her great hints included making sure to wash and soak any plant material to prevent disease and pest spread. To make small arrangements and use everyday items for vases like fancy soap dishes and ceramic toothbrush holders etc… When using bromeliads in arrangement do not get them wet as they will rot. Wonderful hints and thank you.
Our speaker and member Vicki H.
Small arrangement by our speaker and member Vicki H.
Member Linda H. enjoying one of our speaker’s floral arrangement featuring bromeliads and opened bird of paradise flowers.
Left to Right: President Bonnie B., Speaker & Member Vicki H. and 1st VP Mary B.