Fred and Leslie Bartok and Dave and Tricia Alesbury worked in the Memorial Garden today and divided plants from the main bed and placed them around the sign to soften it. Take a look at the photos – we think it looks good! Many more people are visiting the Memorial Garden and are all appreciative of the efforts of Garden Club. Thanks to Rita’s watering efforts, the transplanted Tabebuia tree is flourishing and has flowered well this year.
Twenty-one Garden Club members enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage at the Old Sugar Mill, De Leon Springs. We sat around hot plates and created our own pancakes, filling them with banana, blueberries or chocolate chips and then smothering them with maple syrup. After breakfast, we all embarked on a wonderful boat tour with a very informative guide. We saw various sizes of alligators, osprey, kingfishers, and lots of other wading birds. The guide told us about the history of the area and the inhabitants of the island. It was an excellent tour.
There was a service of Remembrance in the Memorial Garden. Garden Club members have worked hard to maintain and improve this garden for the benefit of everyone who has a relative or friend commemorated on the plaques on the twelve pillars. This was a moving and meaningful service. Tricia pointed out the significance of some of the plants we have planted and that the garden is flourishing in spite of deer and landscapers!
Garden Club presented the living flag filled with red and white petunias to the Veterans ceremony in Founders Park. Tricia gave a short speech and asked veterans to collect a plant to thank those who have served.
[cmsms_row][cmsms_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsms_text] Twenty Garden Club members enjoyed a buggy ride through Disney Wildlife Preserve near Poinciana. Our guide gave us amazing facts about the burn policy to protect the environment and the different stages of growth of the various plants. This was a 1.5hr conducted tour through the Preserve. Our guide Cody illustrated the benefits of controlled burns which occur every three years cyclically throughout the area. She detailed the wildlife in the Preserve, it was a fascinating tour. Unfortunately, towards the end it poured with rain, but we were able to shelter and eat our lunch in their teaching rooms. [/cmsms_text][/cmsms_column][/cmsms_row]
Shari Clark, President of Florida Bat Conservancy gave an illustrated and fascinating talk on bats. What amazing creatures they are! She brought a live bat for everyone to meet and corrected a lot of myths surrounding bats during her talk. How wonderful it would be to have bat boxes in Celebration instead of constant spraying with pesticides. Many communities throughout Florida have achieved this with Shari’s help.
[cmsms_row][cmsms_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsms_text] Following our talk from Robert, ten Garden Club members visited Classic Caladiums farm near Bradenton. We toured the fields in a buggy and had an informative talk from a member of staff. We were then asked to rate 15 new varieties of Caladium which the company are trialling. It was interesting to learn how new varieties are chosen and named. They are also growing cannas, and it was interesting to see one stem bearing flowers of two different colors. [/cmsms_text][/cmsms_column][/cmsms_row]
Eight Garden Club members visited Smiley Orchids in Clermont. Smiley is from Thailand and specialises in rare scented which she imports from Thailand and propagates. It was a fascinating nursery with orchids smelling of chocolate, banana, vanilla, coconut, pineapple and other scents. We then had lunch at Ovation Bistro in Posner Park, great food and great company!
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.