A group of Garden Club members visited Wekiva Youth Camp in the grounds of Wekiva Springs State Park. We had a guided tour of the camp facilities by camp counsellors, all of whom had attended camp when they were younger. They were all really enthusiastic about life for 3rd to 8th grade youngsters, the activities that were available and the wonderful atmosphere at the camp. We were all impressed by their approach and obvious enjoyment in providing a wonderful experience for the children. We are hoping to sponsor several children to attend camp this summer and in future years.
A great social meeting – Diane Finney gave a very informative illustrated talk about lavender, the many varied uses for lavender through the ages. Judi Nelson had prepared delicate floral bags, printed with our Club logo. Members filled the bags with aromatic lavender flowers and stitched them to create little sachets. Another group looked at pictures and a plan of the Memorial Garden, they then discussed ways to improve the area.
A group of seventeen members drove along the seven mile Black Point Wildlife drive. Chet Blazek told us about the birds along the way. Birds showed off their plumage to attract a mate and others were preparing for their long flights north for the summer months. After the drive everyone enjoyed a wonderful fish lunch at Dixie Crossroads restaurant, Titusville (highly recommended), followed by a visit to the Merritt Island Visitor Center and the Canaveral seashore. Two highlight sightings were the Roseate Spoonbill and the fairly rare Sora Rail.
GARDEN CLUB TRIP TO BUSCH GARDENS Jan 28th Twenty eight Garden Club members and partners were entertained by Joe Parr, Director of Horticulture at Busch Gardens. We watched how metal structures become living statues filled with sedums, what a fascinating and time-consuming process. We saw the wonderful array of bedding plants, brightly coloured violas in yellows and purples, red and green chard, petunias and begonias. We toured the greenhouse housing a wide selection of cacti and succulents and numerous trays of sedums. Finally the highlight of the tour was to learn how in six to eight weeks, all the prunings from the plants and the manure from the animals is converted to dark rich compost. It was fascinating! Many thanks …
Theresa Schretzmann-Myers gave us a fascinating talk on how to care for and propagate amaryllis. She described her childhood growing up on a farm in Florida and how her interest in amaryllis was learned from her mother. She showed us how the sex organs of the plant can be used to either conserve that bulb or cross its characteristics with another, giving interesting results. She has studied the work of Henry Nehrling and showed us his formula for fertiliser and seed compost to ensure a healthy plant. Everyone who attended enjoyed her talk and will no doubt be waiting for their amaryllis to flower to try out her techniques!
A wonderful holiday luncheon was prepared by Judith Rankine, hospitality chair and her team, Denise Lacey, MargeHudec, Pat Levinson. Pam Smith, Sharon Veley, Debi Jackson and Pat McGoldrick. The theme for the event was snow-globes, and each member received a snowy ornament as their place marker. Dave Alesbury prepared a boneless ‘chicken- stuffed turkey’ and carved it for everyone. Sharon Mantia and her daughter presented a Christmas quiz, winners received a snow globe too. It was a very jolly, festive occasion, which everyone enjoyed.
Twelve Garden Club members made a pre-Christmas trip to the Barn to enjoy everything that the Barn has to offer at this time of year. Lots of seasonal gifts and decorations were displayed in their extensive barns. We enjoyed a lovely lunch served in wooden hampers in their Back Porch Tearoom. A great way to buy Christmas gifts.
[cmsms_row][cmsms_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsms_text] 2014-11-22 Garden Re-dedication [cmsms_button button_link=”https://celebrationgardenclub.org/project/memorial-rededication-2014/” button_target=”self” button_text_align=”center” button_font_weight=”100″ button_font_style=”normal” button_padding_hor=”20″ animation_delay=”0″]View the Gallery From the Event[/cmsms_button] [/cmsms_text] [/cmsms_column][/cmsms_row] Celebration Foundation organised a re-dedication of the Memorial Garden. This garden was established in 2002 as a place where Celebration residents could remember their loved ones who have passed away by purchasing an engraved plaque. In spite of the rain, many Celebration residents attended the ceremony. Garden Club donated a yellow tabebuia tree which will flower early each year and brighten the area. Rev Susan Bubbers gave a eulogy, Gary Pinkstone played several songs and several Celebration residents said what the Garden meant to them.
Picture taken by Jim Seigel of the Living flag presented by The Garden Club of Celebration to the Veterans of Celebration on Founders Day weekend November 8th 2014. Red and white petunias kindly provided by Davey Tree. Garden Club presented a living flag to the Veterans Ceremony. GC members gathered early in the morning to fill the flag stand with red and white petunias and handed them out to the audience at the end of the ceremony.