General Meetings, Scholarships

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.


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.


General Meetings

2013 Nov. 14th General Meeting

November 14, 2013 general meeting was very interesting. Becky Nix, a resident of Windermere, spoke on her nighttime “moon” garden. She spoke about how her garden changed over the years with her lifestyle by using photo slides of her garden and other similar gardens. She also had a large list of the plants that have done well in her nighttime garden that bloom or show up well at night.

Our speaker, Becky Nix, was great.
Left to Right-Unknown Fellow Gardener, Elly Bissen,  Nancy Nix, Jill Thompson, Becky Nix, Sally Caffey, Peggy Collins, Carrie Caffey

A great job by our hostesses!

General Meetings

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!


  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.

Visit Tom MacCubbin online at:


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Club Business, General Meetings

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

General Meetings

2012 December Christmas Luncheon

Member, Barbara B., as Mrs. Claus at Nehrling Gardens event
Member, Barbara B., as Mrs. Claus at Nehrling Gardens event

The Windermere Garden Club December General Meeting was informal and held at Westerly Restaurant at Metro West Golf Club. The food was delicious and lots of comraderie with friends was enjoyed by all. Enjoy the photos courtesy of Club Photographer, Donna Ditges. Click on photo to enlarge.

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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General Meetings

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!

General Meetings, Scholarships

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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Arbor Day

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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