General Meetings, Scholarships

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.

General Meetings

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
General Meetings

2012 September 13 General Meeting

The 2012-2013 first meeting of Windermere Garden Club was held on September 13, 2012 at our regular meeting place at Windermere Town Hall.  Tom MacCubbin, Florida Gardening Expert, was our guest speaker, and as always, gave a very entertaining and enlightening presentation with valuable gardening tips.

Member, Angela Withers won the door prize provided by Member, Teresa Myers.  Refreshments were provided by Members, Carolin Warren, Minora Hand and Elizabeth Rizzi.

All photos in the slideshow below are provided courtesy of 2nd Vice President, Maureen Tuber.

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Crazy Card Party & Luncheon

2012 Crazy Card Party

In March, the Windermere Garden Club hosted their annual Crazy Card Party with the theme “Spring Fling”.  This is our biggest fund raiser with proceeds going to our Scholarship Fund for two Agriculture students at University of Florida.

Please enjoy the photo montage courtesy of member, Donna Ditges, Photographer and owner of Foto Flix:

General Meetings

2012 March General Meeting

Before the meeting and during the break, our club photographer, Donna Ditges, set up a mini studio and took professional headshots of all members for the 2013 Yearbook. All members who had their portrait taken can find their photos on Donna’s website. The password to enter is “garden club” with no quotes and all lowercase. Click on this link: Foto Flix Photography. If anyone has trouble getting onto the site, please email Donna at

These photos will be published in the 2013 Yearbook only and will be removed from Foto Flix Photography’s website after the April meeting.  If you want to use a different photo in the 2013 Yearbook, please notify Maureen Tuber before July 2012 and provide a digital photo you would rather use.

Our speaker this month was JoAnn Gatlin, Master Gardener and the topic was the Master Gardner Program.

Thank you to our Hostesses, Colleen Casey, Darlene Lohse, Tanya Chesire for wonderful snacks and coffee.

Please enjoy the following photos provided by Donna Ditges:

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