Events

10-25-2019 Trip to Disney Wildlife Preserve

[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]

10-16-2019 Bats myth busting by Shari Clark

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.

10-04-2019 Trip to Calladium farm

[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]

05-26-2019 Memorial Day

Sylvia Cocks, Marge Hudec and Lois O’Donnell presented a lovely floral wreath at the ceremony on behalf of Garden Club in recognition of all those who had served.  The wreath was then taken to Windsor at Celebration, Senior living community to be a centerpiece for their commemorative display.

04-22-2019 Visit to Smiley Orchids

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!

03-30-2019 Visit to Mount Dora gardens

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.

03-09-2019 Memorial garden Drains

Dave and Fred decided to tackle to drains in the Memorial Garden. It was hot and messy work but they managed to unearth some buried drains and clear routes so that when it rains and the irrigation works, the pathways are no longer flooded.

03-04-2019 Trip to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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.

02-27-2019 GKTW

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!

02-25-2019 Memorial Garden working party

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 …

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