2020-05-23 Memorial Day

This morning we had a very safe and beautiful Memorial Day flag ceremony at Founders Park. Good social distancing was observed and if town hall runs their future programs the way this one was run, we will be in pretty good shape. The weather was great for this moving ceremony.  The Garden Club supplied a wreath honoring our fallen service men and our own Marge Hudec gave a very nice speech presenting the wreath to the town.  Thank you Marge!!  And thank you other Garden Club members for coming to this event and supporting our veterans, honoring those that gave their lives in defense of our country and supporting Marge. July 4th events are cancelled in the town and our next …

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02-19-2020 Orchid Nanny – Care and rescue of orchids

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 …

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02-15-2020 Memorial Garden

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.

02-10-2020 De Leon Springs Old Sugar Mill

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.

01-15-2020 Don Kendzior

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.

12-11-2019 Christmas Luncheon

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.

11-23-2019 Service of Remembrance

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!

11-20-2019 Floral Designs for the Holidays

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 …

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11-16-2019 Memorial day – living flag

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.

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