Purple Martin birds are the topic this month. The lecturer is Steph Gasper and she has done a number of studies on this bird. She has been on the board of a local Audubon Society group and is now back in school to get another degree. She has also been on the board of the Pine Lily Native Plant society. She is an engaging person and this should be a fun lecture. I know we all enjoyed the hummingbird lecture a few years ago.
Please join us for a fascinating look at something that has been right under your nose for a long time – but you probably neveknew was there! We will be visiting Celebration’s Creation Village World School, right next to the Fire Department. This tour includes the School’s hydroponic garden-financed by the Garden Club several years ago – and still in productive use yielding abundant vegetables, herbs and edible plants used in the School’s cafeteria.
Also, there other extensive gardens grounds with a wide assortment of fruit trees, raised gardens beds and a solar powered roof rain collection and recycling system. And even more surprising is the School’s 4H program’s animal husbandry operations including raising chickens and even goats! You’ll get a unique view of how the horticultural operations and environmental educational programs have been integrated into the school’s curriculum for their student’s education and engagement. Come and see how our “future gardeners” are being introduced and educated about the wonderful world of plants and gardens! Some of these future gardeners May be leading us on our tour. They are very excited about their garden creations.
We will meet at Heritage Hall at 9:50 on Friday, February 17 and drive over to Creation Village School for a 10:00-11:30 tour.
If you haven’t already done so, please email Brad that you plan on attending.
A Japanese floral arranging technique known as Ikebana is this months topic.
The lecturer/designer is Irene Gomulka and she has been involved with this floral art form for a number of years. She has lectured to other clubs on this and teaches classes in the Ikebana form at Leu Gardens. She heads up the local Ikebana group and is well known for her deep knowledge of the subject. She will use flowers and other nature items to make several arrangements for us.
This field trip will be to the Discovery Gardens in Tavares. This garden is a teaching/viewing garden that is run by the Master Gardeners of Lake County. The staff will give us a tour. There are 20 small gardens that cover 3.5 acres that show what can be grown here in Central Florida and how to grow it. Respond by March 10 if you wish to go so we can arrange lunch reservations. We have a 10:00-12:00 tour set so we need to leave at 8:30 for a 75 minute drive to Tavares. We will leave Heritage Hall as usual. The only cost is for your lunch.
This will be our annual excursion to the blueberry farm at Southern Hills a half hour from Celebration. We will leave Heritage Hall at 9:00 and pick berries, eat Blueberry donuts and lick at our blueberry ice cream. Let’s carpool if possible and have a good time eating different varieties of blueberries. Very easy to pick these berries as they are at waist level and don’t they stain your hands or clothes. The only cost is for the blueberries you buy.