On Sept. 13th, we had an informal coffee and general meeting at Windermere Town Hall. Our hostesses for our informal coffee were Diana L. and Debra N. Thank you for the wonderful snacks and beautiful tables.
Our hostesses-Left to Right: Debra N. and Diane Lambert
Hostess Debra with flowers she provided for the refreshments’ table.
Our speaker was Tom MacCubbin and his subject was “Tom’s Talk in a Bucket” which is a 5 gallon bucket with cuttings from his own yard. He told the back story on all of his cuttings and how they are doing in his personal yard. Thank you to Past President Peggy C. for contacting him every fall to be a speaker for a program.
Tom MacCubbin with caladiums from his own yard.
Tom MacCubbin with 1st VP/Programs Chairman Mary B.
Our members inspecting Tom’s cuttings. Many took cuttings to start their own plants in their yards.
Our next general meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 11th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee and a “white elephant sale” will begin at 9:30am and the general meeting with speaker will begin at 10 am. The speaker will be representative from St. John River Management regarding the riverkeeper program. Visitors and new members are always welcome. You do not need to be a Windermere, FL resident.
On Sept. 8, 2016, we had our first general meeting of the 2016-2017 club year at Windermere Town Hall.
We began with an informal coffee. Members Carolin W. and Vicki H.were our hostesses. They provided us with great food and snacks including homemade blueberry basil water. Thank you, ladies.
As it has become an annual tradition, Tom MacCubbin was our first speaker for our 2016-2017 club year. He had many live plants and went over many garden tips for this time of year. He also awarded some of the members some of his wife Joani’s plant themed craft items for answering correctly FL plant capital questions.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, Windermere Garden Club had its first general meeting of the 2015-2016 club year. Our 1st VP Mary B. conducted the meeting for our president who was absent.
Due to injures and family issues the regular informal coffee became more of a “potluck” coffee. Some of the members who helped and/or brought food and/or decorations were Diane L., Theresa S.-M., Tanya C., Janet S., Maureen T., Eleanor N. and Carolyn B. Thank you to everyone for stepping in at the last minute.
Our speaker was gardening expert and author, Tom MacCubbin. He spoke on fall planting for Florida and had many tips on planting both summer and winter flowers and vegetables. For example, it is important not to plant pansies before Nov. 1st as Florida is too hot until that date. Tom also gave out prizes to members who were able to answer Florida gardening trivial questions.
Windermere Garden Club will have its first general meeting for the 2015-2016 club year on Thursday, Sept. 10th at Windermere Town Hall. An informal coffee will be at 9:30 am and the general meeting will begin at 10 am. Our speaker will be gardening expert, Tom MacCubbin, who will speak on “What to Plant for Fall”. New members and guests are always welcome! Hope to see you there!
Returning members, please do not forget to bring your “labels for education/box tops for education”, used stamps, and plant donations for the “on the steps mini plant sale”. Also at this meeting, we will be handing out the new 2015-2016 yearbook book pages hot off the press so be sure to bring your binder.
On Sept. 11th, our club had our first meeting of the 2014-2015 club season. It began as an informal coffee with Colleen C., President Peggy C. and our new Corresponding Sec. Eleanor N. as our hostesses. Their snacks were very delicious and plentiful. Thank you.
As usual for our season opener, one of our favorite speakers, FL expert Tom MacCubbin spoke to us about “Florida ‘s Best Plants that made Florida Famous”.
Tom was full of fun facts on Central Florida’s horticultural pioneers and the different crops Florida produces. He spoke about Dr. Nehrling and his work with caladiums and the history of Apopka’s foliage industry. Some interesting facts Tom MacCubbin spoke about our state’s produce production is that we produce 40% of the US orange and grapefruit crop. We are only second behind California in avocado production. Also, that we are the leader in watermelon production with our season being from March until May as well as many more facts.
Using his handout on Sept. Florida gardening tips, Tom said that fall in Florida is a time when our gardening season is just beginning with summer/warm weather plants which will produce soon and the cooler plants which are just starting to be planted.
Our first meeting of the 2013-2014 year kicked off with our usual first speaker, Tom MacCubbin, Florida Gardening Expert and host of many Central Florida shows and articles. See links to Tom’s websites at the end of this post as well as photos provided by Club Photographer, Donna Ditges.
Hostesses Cannon Stoffel, Bonnie Baum and Peggy Collins provided wonderful snacks of deviled eggs, sandwiches, orange cake, fruit and coffee, juice and tea. Thank you, Ladies. It was delicious and above-and-beyond.
PROGRAM: Tom’s topic today was ”Eco-Friendly Treatment of Garden Pests and Diseases,” accompanied by a very informative handout “September in the Garden 2013” (click here to download as a pdf). He also added a trivia contest and gave several door prizes for correct answers. The winners of the door prizes were Angela Withers (gardening book), Carol Wolfe (garden hat), Joan Prasky (flower pot of goodies) and Anne Theiss (garden theme notecards).
50/50 DRAWING: This month we had a plant from the hostess table entered into the drawing. An arrangement for give away is not a requirement of hostessing; this was an unexpected addition.
Tanya Chesire won the 50/50 drawing and
Joan Prasky won the beautiful bromeliad hostess centerpiece.
SMART PHONE APP FOR THE GARDEN TIP: Vice President, Jill Thompson, had a very interesting tip for us. There is an app for smartphones that will help you with your gardening. It is called “Beesmart”. Just search on your smartphone for the app. It will help you decide on plants for your garden, i.e., search your zip code, then amount of light, then amount of water, then shrub, tree or plant; then flowering, etc. You get the idea. GREAT TIP JILL!
NEW GARDEN CLUB DEVELOPMENTS:
Joan Prasky and Maureen Tuber will be hosting a one day flower arranging class. Details have not been decided yet. Check the website often for the latest developments.
Beginning October 2013, everyone is encouraged to bring their plant cuttings or new plants they have started to the monthly meetings. These plants will be left at the front door for anyone to take. We suggest leaving a $1 donation that will go to the Garden Club. There is no requirement to bring a plant to exchange … there are plenty of members who have more than enough they would rather give away than throw away. You know how we gardeners are.
Request that you bring any plastic nursery pots to the meetings. Many members need them to start new plants.
Better Lawns & Gardens streaming radio show Tom MacCubbin has hosted the “Better Lawns & Gardens” radio program for more than 15 years and is heard every Saturday morning on more than 20 radio stations throughout Florida.