Events & Happenings

2015-03-24 Gaylord Palms

A group of Garden Club members were given a tour of the indoor garden at Gaylord Palms Hotel. Bethany Lahey, horticulturist, took us around all parts of the wonderful hotel giving us lots of information about the plants and how they care for them. She told us about the development of the hotel from it’s opening in 2002 and the rare plant specimens such as Percy that inhabit the garden. We admired the displays of tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, hyacinths and tete a tete miniature daffodils in borders around the pathways.  The edible garden was interesting with specimens of coffee, nutmeg, bay rhum and other trees.

2015-03-19 Give Kids The World

Our second working party at Give Kids The World, we cleared and tidied another section of the butterfly garden, cleared around the pond and prepared the garden for the planting of lots of new plants.

2015-03-18 Hummingbirds

Don Kendzior gave a wonderful presentation on hummingbirds, where they fly from and to and what attracts them in our gardens. He talked about how climate changes are affecting the birds and also changes to our environment. His statistics on the numbers of birds lost nationwide to glass windows and cats were horrifying. He showed us which hummingbird feeders to use in our gardens and which ones not to use. Lots more information can be found on his website –

2015-03-15 Give Kids The World

A large group of members volunteered to work early in the morning in the butterfly garden at Give Kids The World. This garden was once an oasis for the children but had become overgrown and uncared for. Using their gardening skills, Garden Club members and some husbands cleared and pruned overgrown shrubs, cleared areas of invasive ferns and Mexican petunia and tidied neglected areas. We replanted the three raised beds with herbs and some flowers.  It was a great morning’s work. Picture will be available on the website at the end of the project. Before and after!!

2015-03-09 shhh! Surprise party

Judith Rankine and many Garden Club members organised a surprise luncheon for Dave and Tricia to show the Club’s appreciation of their efforts in taking the Club forward. They were both overwhelmed and delighted by the event and the wonderful gifts of the door wreath, hydrangea and garden plaque.  Thank you to everyone! Check out the pictures in the gallery.

2015-02-22 Wekiva Camp

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.

2015-02-18 Lavender

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.

2015-02-16 Black Point Wildlife Drive

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.

2015-01-28 Busch Gardens

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 …

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2015-01-21 Amaryllis

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!

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