Priscilla spoke about the different choices of orchids for different locations, sunny, dark, dry, moist environments. She also talked about fertilising and water requirements of the different species. Priscilla is an expert in orchid care, she was head of the study group at the Greater Orlando Orchid Society and now runs Orchid Nanny. This is a local business selling various orchids and plants. She grows different orchid species, hybrids, mericlones, potted mounted and bare-rooted. Attached is a summary of Priscilla’s notes and recommendations. The fertilizers I use are as follows:fall & winter = 10-30-20= 1/2 tsp/gal waterspring & summer = CalMag or MSU fertilizer = Apply every watering. Flush witith straight water evry 3rd or 4th watering.Here’s an outline of …
Don Kendzior, of Noah’s Notes gave an illustrated, fascinating talk on hummingbirds, how to help them in your gardens and their interesting life cycle. Don is a naturalist, environmental communicator and president of Noah’s Notes, a non-profit environmental organization with a mission to save nature. His speaker fee was donated to the Australian bush fire disaster.
Our Christmas luncheon was held at Artisan Park Clubhouse. Bill McFadden and his staff created a lovely meal, members enjoyed a quiz and a raffle of the lovely centrepieces created by Jeri Lambdin and Patti Match. Donations of towels were delivered the Help Now Shelter in Kissimmee. Sixty-three members attended the luncheon.
Margaret Fitzpatrick created five wonderful floral designs for the holidays, including a turkey for Thanksgiving created from chrysanthemums and bird of paradise flowers. Margaret is a Master NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge, FFGC Floral Design instructor and enjoys presenting Floral Design programs and teaching her love of floral design. She is currently serving as FFGC Chairman of Epcot Flower Show at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. She is a member of Creative Floral Arrangers of the Americas and has served on its Board of Directors as Flower Chairman for over 12 years. Dottie Neuberg, our oldest member, celebrated her 90th birthday and chose one design as a gift from the Club. The other designs were raffled to …
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.
Robert Hartman, CEO of Classic Caladiums gave an excellent illustrated talk on the care and propagation of caladiums. He gave every member a wonderful specimen plant to take home. Robert has created and patented more varieties of caladiums in the past 5 years than the entire industry in the past 150 years. The variety of color and leaf shape is amazing.
Sixty Garden Club members enjoyed a buffet picnic lunch at Artisan Park Club house. The food was great and Sylvia and Beverley created a wonderful punch. Patti and Rita had created lovely tablescapes and great centrepieces which were raffled during the luncheon. Each person received a painted pot containing a marigold or an ageratum. Before the luncheon Tricia presented a check for $1000 to our scholarship recipient, Maya Lanzone. Maya plans to study veterinary science at either University of Texas or University of Florida. She was delighted to accept the award.
We had two speakers to talk about what we could and could not bring into the United States when we travel. The Don’t Pack a Pest program has been running for several years at the main points of entry for horticultural products in Florida and California. Our speakers were Holly Hughes, Social Media Coordinator, Division of Plant Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Eunett R James-Mack, Florida Agriculture Liaison with the Agriculture Oversight and Engagement/Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison Office of Field Operations/US Customs and Border Protection. The talk was informative and entertaining.
Linda Price, President of Central Florida African Violet Society gave a fascinating talk on the care and propagation of African Violets, the variety of colors and leaf shape was amazing. It was an entertaining and informative talk. At the end of the meeting Linda sold lots of wonderful plants to members. Francesca Wellard, Garden Club Vice President presented a check for $1000 to representatives from Creative Village School for the creation of a hydroponic garden in the school. Photos of the children creating the towers are in our Gallery.
At our February monthly meeting, we were delighted to welcome Tom and Joanie McCubbin to the Club once again. Tom gave a very informative presentation on planting seeds successfully and propagating cuttings. Everyone went home with marigold seeds (which have now germinated ) and cuttings of many different plants. Thank you once again Tom for your entertaining meeting