Posts Tagged ‘Windermere Town Hall’

2014 Christmas Decorating Workday

On Wed. Dec. 3rd, Windermere Garden Club decorated Windermere Town Hall’s Christmas trees. One is a live tree inside the town hall and the other tree is on the back porch.

I was not able to attend, but from the photos taken by Maureen T. looks like a fun time was had by all. Thanks to everyone especially Chairman Carolin Warren.

 

Front Row L to R: Eleanor N., Joan P., Dale B., Denise H., Maureen T. Back Row L to R: Theresa, Vicki H., Paula R., Carolin W., Bonnie B., Carol W., Collen C.

Front Row L to R: Eleanor N., Joan P., Dale B., Denise H., Maureen T.
Back Row L to R: Theresa, Vicki H., Paula R., Carolin W., Bonnie B., Carol W., Collen C.

 

Paula R.

Paula R.

 

Joan P.

Joan P.

On top is Vicki H. and to the right is Carolin W. and to the left is Theresa.

On top is Vicki H. and to the right is Carolin W. and to the left is Theresa.

Beautiful blue and white Christmas Tree.

Beautiful blue and white Christmas Tree

Another wonderful Christmas Tree.

Another wonderful Christmas Tree

2014 Florida Arbor Day

Our 2014 Florida Arbor Day tree planting was on Thursday, Jan.17th in front of Windermere Town Hall. We planted a Florida native cedar tree which will be used by the Town of Windermere as an outdoor Christmas tree going forward. The children of Windermere Union Church’s Preschool performed again this year and helped mulch the tree. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this a great tree planting especially co-chairmen Jackie Rapport and Peggy Collins.

Windermere Union Church Preschoolers with Windermere's  20 Year Tree City flag.

Windermere Union Church Preschoolers with Windermere’s 20 Year Tree City flag.

Members preparing refreshments for children

Members preparing refreshments for children

Jackie Rapport at the microphone. Jackie and President Peggy Collins were co-chairmen of the tree planting
Co-Chairman Jackie Rapport at the microphone.

2014 Arbor Day-Cedar Tree
Florida Native Cedar Tree we planted.

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 September 12 General Meeting

Written by Donna Ditges

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Request that you bring any plastic nursery pots to the meetings.  Many members need them to start new plants.

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2013 March General Meeting

The Windermere Garden Club meeting today was mostly discussing our annual Crazy Card Party (“CCP”) planning. The CCP is be held on March 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Windermere Town Hall.

Officers were elected for the 2013-2014 season. The officers are as follows:
President – Peggy Collins
1st Vice President – Jill Thompson
2nd Vice President – Maureen Tuber
Treasurer – Maryann “Dale” Boardman
Recording Secretary – Clare Durante
Corresponding Secretary – Jackie Rapport

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.

2012 October 11 General Meeting

The Windermere Garden Club general meeting was held at Windermere Town Hall on October 11, 2012.  Our guest speaker, Dena Wild, Master Gardener, gave a very informative presentation on Cool Weather Herbs.  TIP:  Did you know you can lay a piece of cardboard in the garden (the back of a cereal box will do) to catch pesty snails?  You must do “snail patrol” every morning. Dispose of the snails by scraping them into a bucket of soapy water to drown them.

We also had our bi-annual “White Elephant” Sale.  Members bring items from their homes to sell with proceeds going to the Garden Club for club projects.

Refreshments were provided by Joan Yancey, Clare Durante and Linda Gidel.

Photos below are provided by Donna Ditges.

Speaker, Dena Wild, Master Gardener

Dena Wild, Speaker and Connie Black, 1st Vice President