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2012 February 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

Donna will be taking photos again at the March meeting for those who missed the February meeting.  Also, if you are not pleased with the photo of you taken at this meeting, you may try again at the March meeting.  Everyone is encouraged to update their photos.  They will be published in the 2013 Yearbook only and will be removed from Foto Flix Photography’s website after the April meeting.

Our speaker today was Brett McCallister – Public Relations at Orange County Parks & Recreation.  The topic was “Death to Lawns.”  We were informed about Florida’s water shortage and encouraged to reduce or eliminate lawns and to plant more native plants to reduce their water consumption.  We received handouts indicating resources for information on native plantings.  Your webmaster will attempt to post this information at a later date under our Resources links found on this website.

Speaker, Brett McCallister

Jackie Haddock was recognized for achieving her accreditation as Master Flower Show Judge.  Congrats, Jackie!

February 26, 2012 will be an Open House for Camp Wekiva.  Anyone who wants to see what it is all about is encouraged to attend.  Counselor volunteers are needed and can sign up at the Open House.  For more information, please contact WGC member, Mary Brett, Jackie Rapport or Tanya Chesire.

Thanks goes to Hostesses Carolin Warren, Dee Smith and Fran Jarolimek for delightful snacks, coffee and juice.


General Meeting – speaker will be JoAnn Gatlin, Master Gardener and the topic will be “The Master Gardner Program.”  Hostesses will be Colleen Casey, Darlene Lohse & Tanya Chesire.

Club membership dues are due on March 1, 2012.

Our Crazy Card Party fund-raiser is on March 22, 2012.  Doors open at 10:15, starts at 11 am. Tickets cost $20.00. Check should indicate “player” or “donation.” Your check is your receipt; please make it payable to Windermere Garden Club. If you plan on eating, make a donation of at least $20.00. Other donations are up to the giver.

It’s beautiful weather for gardening!  Bend your knees while lifting, make your surroundings more beautiful and above all, have fun!

2011 January 12 General Meeting

Gina DeFalco and Cody Monroe, our two University of Florida Students who each received a $1,500 Environmental Horticulture scholarship from the Windermere Garden Club, attended the January 12 General Meeting.  Both told us about their studies and their plans after graduation in 2012.  We also heard from their advisor,  Amy Alexander.   After the meeting, WGC treated them to lunch at Westerly’s Restaurant at the Metro West Golf Club.  They were accompanied by several WGC members.
WGC members,  Kitty Day and Maureen Tuber, provided delicious snacks and coffee. 
Enjoy the photos below from the meeting:

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Newcomers Brunch Feb 2 2011

We all enjoyed meeting new members: Carolin Warren, Connie Black, Cannon Stoffell and 3 potential new members: Susan Carter, Karen Ann Blonn, Danielle Mikolaitis at the Newcomers’ Brunch.  The brunch was hosted by WGC member, Maria Hawke at her lovely home in Orlando.  The members brought food, we all networked briefly, then we all moved to the pool veranda where each Chairman of her Committe or Project presented her duties and the purpose of her Committee.

All new members are encouraged to get involved with the club activities.  Involvement in your garden club will ensure the utmost experience and you will get to know the other members quicker.

Enjoy the slideshow from the brunch provided by Donna Ditges:

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2012 January 19 – Arbor Day Event with Children

The Windermere Garden Club (WGC) hosted the Annual Arbor Day Ceremony for local pre-school children; serving cookies & Apple Juice furnished by WGC members. With a nip in the air, the day began at 10AM with Windermere Mayor, Gary Bruhn, reading the Arbor Day Proclamation and the Windermere Police Department leading the color guard. Windermere Union Church Pre-school children sang songs followed by ISA Florida Arborists from Tree Climbing Concepts Training Team demonstrating safe tree climbing which was available for patrons to try at the Windermere Treebute & Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, January 21. Trees furnished by Windermere Garden Club and Tree Board were planted by Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town Manager Robert Smith, WGC President, Peggy Collins and WGC Corresponding Secretary and Arbor Day Tree Planting Chairman, Jackie Rapport. The event concluded with refreshments served by the WGC members. Enjoy the slideshow of photos furnished by WGC member, Donna Ditges:

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2011 December 8 General Meeting and Christmas Luncheon

Today we had a very informal meeting; no hostesses and no speakers.  Hospice Flowers were provided by Joan Yancey & Elaine Wilson.  We met at Ruth’s Chris on Sand Lake for a wonderful lunch served by the Ruth’s Chris staff.

Donna Ditges proposed a trip to Stetson Mansion in Deland, FL to tour the old mansion and to see their fabulous Christmas decorations.  It will be decorated until January 15, 2012.  We need a group of 11 people to get the 1 hour & 45 minute guided tour.  A separate post with details will be posted soon.

Enjoy the photos of members and guests present at the luncheon courtesy of Donna Ditges:

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2011 Flower Show

The Windermere Garden Club held their Flower Show at Windermere Town Hall on September 29-30, 2011.  The show was a huge success!  Enjoy the slideshow below prepared by Donna Ditges.  Photos courtesy of Donna Ditges & Jackie Haddock.

A Camp Wekiva Attendee’s Letter of Appreciation

Below is an email received by WGC from Sarah Myers, daughter of member Theresa Schretzmann-Myers, who attended Camp Wekiva in the Summer of 2011:

“Dear Ms. Peggy and Windermere Garden  Club:

Thank you again for sending me to Camp Wekiva.  I can’t stop singing the camp songs and I think about my time there a lot.  I sleep with my Camp Wekiva tie-dye pillow that we made every night and can’t wait to go back again next year.  I am telling all my 4th Grade friends about how great Camp  Wekiva is and what I saw there.  I hope to have them come with me next year so they can see how much fun it is.  I learned so much and wrote about it in my journal which I am sending to you.

Thank you, Sarah Myers”

Below is an email from WGC Member, Sarah’s Mom:

“Ladies, I just had to pass this along so that you know how much your fundraising efforts touch the lives of our Windermere children.  Sarah has been singing her Camp Wekiva songs every night after saying prayers and I caught her on my recording device for my Blackberry spontaneously.  It was so sweet.”  — Theresa Schretzmann-Myers 


If you’d like to put it on the Garden Club website that’s awesome.  To me it demonstrates exactly what we’re trying to achieve through our Garden Club fundraising.  That through our efforts we send children to wonderful environmental Camp Wekiva  and it stimulates their love for nature and awakens their curiosity.”   — Theresa Schretzmann-Myers

2011 September Flower Show

Pictured below are a few of the many Windermere Garden Club members who recently attended an organizational meeting for a flower show “A September Celebration”. The public may view the show on Thursday September 29th from 1 PM to 4 PM and on Friday September 30th from 10 AM to 3:30 PM at Windermere Town Hall.  Pictures courtesy of Maureen Tuber.

Barbara B., Tanya C., Jackie H., Pam F., Joan P.

Paula and Joan

Diane, Dot, Jackie

Mary B., Barbara B., Pam F.

WGC Flower Show Information

Windermere Garden Club will be having a Flower Show on September 28, 29, and 30, 2011 at Windermere Town Hall. 

Listed below are the general rules to follow if you would like to enter a design in the event.

The Three Classes are:



Class 3 – “HAPPY DAYS”

The photos below are examples of those three Classes: 

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General Table Information:

  1. All table classes must relate to the service of food.
  2. All components must be in good taste, consistent with an appropriate atmosphere for the service of food.
  3. Schedule must always be specific as to size (of table or frame of reference), mode (Functional if Exhibition), and purpose of table (occasion or title).

Mode of Tables:

A.  Function, for two or more Persons

  1. Table exhibit planned and set for actual service of food, capable of functioning for dining as displayed.  Convenience and a sense of order must prevail.
  2. The exhibit must always include a decorative unit (a floral design, with or without candles or other accessories).  A container-grown plant alone is not a design.
  3. Typically includes dishes, beverages container/s, covering/s, and napkin/s.
  4. Coordination of all components must be balanced within the allotted space.

 B.  Exhibition

  1. An artistic arrangement of table components, within an allotted space, to provide a creative effect without consideration for functional placement.  All components chosen must be suitable for use on a dining table.
  2. Schedule may not specify table components appropriate to manner of dining, class title and/or occasion.
  3. Exhibition table may be:

                  a.      Type I  – Must include a decorative unit/s

b.      Type II – May not include a decorative unit/s but must include some plant material placed where needed to carry rhythm, repeat color/s and overall degree of formality.

i.      Container/s or items substituting for containers may be used, but they must not provide a receptacle for completed design.

ii.      All plants, including container-grown plants, are not designs and therefore may not be used.

 C.  Alfresco

  1. Dining out-of-doors, on table, ground, bench, tailgate, etc.
  2. May be any degree of formality with appropriate appointments for the chosen manner.  Schedule class title or description may dictate manner.

If you have any questions, please contact either Joan Prasky, Floral Design Show Chairman or Jackie Haddock, Co-Chairman. Please see your Yearbook for their contact information.

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