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.
Events & Happenings
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.
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.