Ten Garden Club members visited five gardens on the annual Lakes and Hills Garden Club tour. This tour celebrated 70 years of the Club. The gardens were varied, colourful and interesting in a variety of locations in Mount Dora. We then had lunch at The Goblin restaurant in Mount Dora, always a favourite.
Fourteen intrepid Garden Club members made the journey to Sarasota to visit Marie Selby Botanical gardens. We had a guided tour of the 15 acre botanical garden located in the grounds of the former home of Marie and William Selby of the Texaco Oil Company. The gardens contain banyans, bamboo, mangroves, succulents, cycads, bromeliads, a butterfly garden, dry garden, edible garden and a koi pond on a site bordering Sarasota Bay. It was a fascinating tour and we enjoyed a lovely lunch together in a restaurant on St Armands Circle.
Fifteen Garden Club members spent the morning working in the Butterfly Garden at Give Kids the World. The Garden has come a long way since Garden Club started working there in February 2015. It is now flourishing and is colourful and well cared for. Lorna Sauter works hard keeping everything looking special, take a look at the photos to see!
Eight Garden Club members worked in the Memorial Garden on a rather warm morning. We weeded the center bed and then planted bush daisies, bulbines, and society garlic in the beds on either side of the steps. Dave took cuttings from the Ty plants and planted them behind the bromeliads. Brad divided a couple of bromeliads and then planted variegated liriope and flax lily in place of the wandering jew which had died. The irrigation system and drainage needs some attention. Celebration Foundation have presented the Club with a plaque in recognition of the efforts of Garden Club in improving and maintaining the Garden. We placed it on a stand in the center bed. The Garden now looks colourful and …
A group of 24 Garden Club members travelled to Lakeland, we enjoyed lunch at Frescos in Lakeland and had a conducted tour of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There are 13 buildings at Florida Southern College, the largest collection of his buildings in one location. It was a two and a half hour tour and the guide was incredible, full of facts and anecdotes about the buildings and the architect himself. We toured inside some of the buildings and marvelled at the architect’s vision.
A group of Garden Club members travelled to Brevard Zoo and toured the various enclosures. This 75 acre zoo opened in 1994 and has over 900 animals. Our very own Lorna helped get this zoo started and so it has a special place in her heart.
Over sixty Garden Club members enjoyed a wonderful festive buffet luncheon at Artisan Park Clubhouse. There were games and prizes and a punch, everyone had a great time. Towels were donated by members and given to Help Now Shelter for domestic abuse in Kissimmee. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare this fun event.
Last year we worked with Bradley Band and his Eagle Scout troup and improved the border alongside the hedge under the trees. The ty plants and ginger have flourished, but the shrimp plants did not survive and the golden sedums we planted along the front of the border did not like the damp conditions during the summer. We have now underplanted with dark red leaved Caladiums which should spread through the border. This is really a ‘hot’border The center border was filled with Mexican petunia surrounded by box hedging. The box was attacked by a fungus so during the summer the landscaper removed it and then killed off the Mexican petunia leaving us with a lovely empty bed. We wanted …
Garden Club President Patricia Alesbury presented the living flag filled with red and white dianthus to the Veterans Day ceremony at Founders Park. We watched the flypass by two warbird planes and the lowering and raising of the flag by Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Celebration Troop 125. It was a very special ceremony.