General Meetings, Scholarships

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.


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.


General Meetings, Scholarships

2011 January 13 General Meeting

On January 13, 2011, the Windermere Garden Club met at the Windermere Town Hall.  Networking began at 9:30 am and the general meeting began at 10:00 am.  The topic today was  “African Violets”  by speaker, Tammy Cambre of Rainwater Violets Nursery, Geneva, Florida.  Tammy gave an excellent presentation about African Violets as well as a very informative Q&A. She also brought many African Violets for members and guests to purchase.

The two University of Florida Students who each received a $1,500 Environmental Horticulture scholarship from the Windermere Garden Club attended the meeting today.  They are Gina DeFalco and returning student, Cody Monroe.  Several WGC members treated them to lunch at Westerly’s Restaurant at the Metro West Golf Club after the meeting.

Meeting Hostesses,  Joan Prasky, Paula Rodgers and Jocelyn Deprez provided refreshments and a delicious buffet of breakfast snacks.  Hospice Flowers were supplied by Mary Black and Fran Jarolimek.  Photos are provided by Donna Ditges:

Speaker, Tammy Cambre
Scholarship Students: Gina DeFalco & Cody Monroe
Crazy Card Party & Luncheon

2010, March 25 Crazy Card Party

The Crazy Card Party was held at Windermere Town Hall on March 25, 2010.  This is our biggest fund raiser of the year.  We raised approximately $5,000 with proceeds going towards:

  • Two $1,500 scholarships to University of Florida students in Environmental Horticulture;
  • Financial support for elementary school children to attend the Wekiva Youth Camp, sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs; and
  • Windermere Arbor Day and Elementary School plantings including the popular butterfly garden.

Photos courtesy of Donna Ditges