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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Check-in table arrangement created by Hostesses Marie H.

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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.

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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

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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!






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.



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 Plant Exchange

On Friday, May 5th, we had a plant exchange at Windermere Recreation Center (formerly Butler Bay Rec. Center).

There were alot of plants and it was a very pleasant but windy day.  Margaret S’s was called out of town at the last minute, so her daughter Jennifer P. attended and brought some plumeria tree cuttings for rooting to share. Not in the photos below but who also attended the exchange later in the morning was Community Garden Chairman Vicki H.

L to R: Leah D., Corresponding Sec., Special Events & Arbor Day Co-Chairman Jackie R., President Bonnie B., Jennifer P. , Member Denise H., Incoming 2nd VP Sherri A.

L to R: Outgoing 2nd VP Maureen Tuber, Website and E-mail Chairman Tanya C., Incoming Hostess Chairman Carolyn B.

Recording Sec. Janet S.






2017 Inspired Gardener Nominee

On Thursday, May 4th at the Dist. VII Spring Meeting, Windermere GC member Vicki Hearst was recognized as our club’s nominee for the “Inspired Gardener” for Dist. VII.  The Inspired Gardener award is for garden club members who are very active in gardening but who are not officers or chairman at the state or national level.

Vicki was not selected as the district’s “Inspired Gardener” but we are still very proud of her. Her work at the butterfly garden at Windermere Elementary School and designing the new landscaping at the 1887 Windermere Historical Schoolhouse, Crazy Card Party Fundraiser Decoration Chairman,  and many other club projects throughout the years has made her quite an asset. She not only was an asset for our club but to her church, friends, and family for floral arrangements she has created and landscaping advice she has given.

Our new District VII Director Sue Roberts recognizing Vicki Hearst as our club’s nominee for the “Inspired Gardener”.

L to R: Outgoing Dist. VII Director Owaissa Vanderberg, Vicki Hearst- Windermere GC, Outgoing FFGC President Arlene Rand, Inspired Gardener Winner Katy Daniell-Orlando GC, Emily Bader-Winter Park GC, Yvonne Wolfe-Lakes & Hills GC, Louise Gould-Sweetwater Oaks GC. Not shown Greta Kennen-Clermont GC.


2017 April Projects Field Trip

On Wednesday, April 19th, we first attending the dedication of Windermere Elementary School’s Learning Garden. It was co-created by two student’s mothers, Amalie Skorman and Stephanie Gisler-Rashid. Amalie Skorman is a Windermere Garden Club member.

Windermere Elementary Learning Garden co-Creator and Garden Club member Amalie Skorman

Shown at the ribbon “cutting” are the two parents who were the founders of Windermere Elementary School’s Learning Garden. The one in long white pants is Stephanie G.-R. and the other one is Windermere GC member Amalie S.

Windermere GC members at the dedication of Windermere Elementary Learning Garden. L to R: Outgoing 2nd VP Maureen T., Diana L., Treasurer Mary Ann “Dale” B., President Bonnie B., Incoming Hostess Chairman Carolyn B.

Windermere GC Member Carolyn B. pointing out a plant in the Learning Garden to Windermere GC Community Garden Co-Chairman Vicki H.

Mrs. Frank with 4th and 5th grade chorus performing “Agents of Change”

Some of the supporters of the Windermere Elementary School’s Learning Garden. Windermere Garden Club members include on the far left Windermere GC President Bonnie B., Windermere GC Community Gardens Co-chairman Vicki H,, and on the right with the hat Community Gardens Co-Chairman Jackie R. and in the green shirt kneeling with black long pants Windermere GC member Theresa S.-M. and also kneeling in the green shirt with black skirt Windermere GC member Amalie S.

Volunteers setting up refreshments

Cabbage & Dill

Huge cabbage and dill

Tomato, basil and rosemary

Next, we visited the butterfly garden which was also on the school grounds.  Windermere Garden Club Community Gardens Co-Chairman Vicki H. gave us a very detailed tour.

Left side of butterfly garden at Windermere Elementary School

Right side of Butterfly Garden at Windermere Elementary School.

View of right side of butterfly garden at Windermere Elementary School

View of the left side of the butterfly garden at Windermere Elementary School.

Finally, we visited the wildflower garden at the school which was where the air conditioning units for the school were located before they were moved to the roof. Windermere GC member Theresa S.-Myers gave us the tour.

Finally, we drove over to the Windermere 1887 Historic Schoolhouse. Windermere GC’s Vicki Hearst has designed the landscaping and the club has donated both time and funds for this landscaping.

Community Garden Co-Chairman Vicki H. shows us the needle palm used by native americans for sewing needles at the 1887 Old Schoolhouse.

Inside the 1887 Old Schoolhouse in Windermere