Calling All Green Thumbs

Green Thumb Garden Club

August Article

July 3rd, the Green Thumb Garden Club met again at the Wedgefield Country Club meeting room. There was not a great attendance since it was the day before Independence Day! Dulce Rodriguez opened the meeting sharing information she had gathered.  Janis Thaw was our presenter at this meeting and she shared a lot about Flowering plants, shrubs and trees, most of which she grows on her own property.  She gave out many plants and Dulce also gave out some books. A good time was had, I hope you will join us!

 

Thursday August 7th will be our next meeting. Shirley Hagan and Adelaide Catania will be our presenters.  The topic will be Firewise plants. Plants which are resistant to fire. Our community has the potential for fires started by lightning.  Plants which are resistant to fire will protect our homes. Come join us in the community room at the Country Club, we stay for lunch after the meeting.  We would love to have you join us!

 


July Article

The June garden club presenter was Lee Breedlove, she brought information about the flowering plants of Hawaii. There were pictures and information especially about O’ahu. For the door prizes, Lee brought a pound of Coffee made in Hawaii, a colorful calendar featuring flowers of Hawaii, a box of Chocolate Macadamia nuts and two coasters featuring a Pineapple.
 

July’s program will be with Janis Thaw as presenter. She is going to give a program about Flowering Trees, Plants and Flowers.
 

Come and join us on the first Thursday of each month. We will meet next on July 3rd at 11:00. You are invited to stay for lunch in the Country Club meeting room.


June Article

Duce Rodriguez opened the meeting with information she had compiled including the May Gardening Calendar reprinted from the Orlando Sentinel. She introduced Connie DeVries who was our May Garden Club presenter. As usual, we were meeting in the Country Club meeting room at 11:00 am. Connie DeVries told us of many local gardens worth visiting and gave details of what each garden offered.

Some of the Gardens she mentioned were the Melbourne Florida Institute of Technology, The Mead Botanical Garden and Leu Gardens.

Some more gardens that Connie told us about were the McKee Botanical Garden and a historical landmark The St. Petersburg Sunken Gardens. In Sarasota, there is the Marie Selby Botanical Garden, and another is Pinellas Botanical Garden which has native wildlife.

Join us at our next meeting on June 5th, we will meet again at 11:00 in the Country Club meeting room.  Lee Breedlove will bring a presentation on plants native to Hawaii that might be grown here in Central Florida.  Come and join us!


 

May Article

 

We met on Thursday April 3rd at our usual meeting spot, the Clubhouse meeting room. Facilitator Dulcie Rodriguez opened the meeting.  The presenter, Connie Shepherd, a Master Gardener, told us about her research on the Christmas cactus. She had pictures showing glorious examples of blooming Christmas cactus and she brought plants to be given out to those whose names were pulled. We had a very good attendance at this meeting!

 

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet again on Thursday May the 1st. We will meet at 11:00 am. Connie DeVries will give a presentation on the many different Florida Gardens.  Come out and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow gardeners. You might learn something and if you have questions, contact us, one of our educated members may be able to answer your question. 


April Article

Our March 6th meeting was well attended. Our presenter, Carmen Mercado, used her teaching skills to put on a great presentation about Green Houses. She showed a variety that started at under $100. One member noted that Tractor Supply has one that is affordable. Thanks to Carmen for this informative presentation!

 

Coming up on April 3rd, we will look forward to a presentation from Rosemary Wolfe. She will be researching the Christmas cactus and will give us the benefit of her research.  Come out and join us for this presentation!  We meet the first Thursday of the Month at the Country Club. We meet at 11:00 and usually stay over for lunch, which the Country Club prepares. 


No March Article


February Article

We met on Thursday, January 2, 2014. We did not have a program scheduled, so we spoke about various subjects that were brought up. One item on the agenda, was starting a Bunko game. The game rules of play was presented by those who had already played the game. The game day was chosen: the last Monday of each month. The time of day will be 11:00 and we will plan to have lunch at the Country Club. We will meet for the first time on January 27th.

Our February meeting will be on Thursday the 6th. A program will be presented by Ruth Oliver. We will meet at 11:00 at the Wedgefield Country Club, in the
meeting room. Please join us!


No January Article


2013 Articles

December Article

The November 7th meeting was hosted by Rosemary Wolf. She brought Ed Thralls from the extention Center. Ed presented a program on getting prepared for Winter and answered many questions from the audience. Rosemary had a drawing for several mums which she provided.

 

Our December 5th meeting, will be held at the home of Adelaide Catania, 4304 Bancroft on the corner of Peobody.

 

Members have signed up to bring a pot luck. Adelaide has planned to provide the entre. There will also be a gift exchange, a gift inspired by gardening.

 

January 2nd will be our next meeting. A member is currently preparing for this meeting. Check the next newsletter for more information about this meeting. Remember you can bring us your questions to the meeting or you may email me at lbreedlove@hughes.net.

 


November Article

The Green Thumb Garden Club met October 3rd. The meeting is held at the Country club meeting room. The program was prepared for us by Janis Thaw. She gave a presentation on Landscaping and brought many landscape plants to share among the membership. She talked about the process of planting her own property, which is very lovely.

Our November meeting presenter is Rosemary Wolf. Join us on November 7th for the program prepared by Rosemary. Our December 5th meeting, will be held at the home of Adelaide Catania, we will have a pot luck and a gift exchange. Remember we are available to answer your gardening questions. Come to a meeting or email me, lbreedlove@hughes.net.


October Article

The Green Thumb Garden Club met on September 5th. The program was brought to us by Dulce Rodriguez. She gave a program on Cold preparation and keeping our plants alive during the cold weather.


October 3rd, we will meet again at the Country Club for a new program prepared by Janis Thaw. The topic she plans to cover is Landscaping. Please join us for this informative meeting. We will be in the Country Club meeting room, at 11am. We meet on the first Thursday of the month.

 

Our November meeting presenter is Rosemary Wolf. Join us on November 7th for this program.

The December meeting, the 5th, will be held at the home of Adelaide Catania, we will have a pot luck and a gift exchange
 

Remember we are available to answer your gardening questions. Come to a meeting or email me, lbreedlove@hughes.net.


September Article

Connie DeVries presented the program at our August 1st meeting. We met as usual in the Country Club meeting room at 11:00. Connie showed us different plant propagation methods for common landscape plants. She presented gifts from her garden which she had propagated. Some of the methods she spoke about were Seed Sowing, Plantlets or Offsets, Division, Cuttings, Layering and Grafting. Thanks to Connie DeVries for this informative presentation!

 

Our next meeting will be September 5th. The program will be brought to us by Dulce Rodriguez. She will bring a program based on Cold preparation and keeping our plants alive during the cold weather.

 

October 3rd, we will meet again at the Country Club for a new program. Please join us for these informative meetings. We will be in the Country Club meeting room, at 11am. We meet on the first Thursday of the month. Remember we are available to answer your gardening questions. Come to a meeting or email me, lbreedlove@hughes.net.


August Article

Our July meeting would ordinarily be scheduled for July the Fourth. Our Nations birthday and national holiday. We are planning to meet later in the month, on the third Thursday July 18th., for a field trip. We will meet at the Wedgefield Country Club parking lot at 10 am, then travel to Rockledge Gardens. We will tour the gardens then go to lunch at an Italian restaurant called Truscello's Pizza. Come and join us for this fun outing!

 
Connie DeVries is planning for our August 1st meeting. She will be instructing different plant propagation methods for common landscape plants. Please join us for this informative meeting. We will be in the Country Club meeting room, at 11am. We meet on the first Thursday of the month. Remember we are available to answer your gardening questions. Come to a meeting or email me, lbreedlove@hughes.net.


July Article

On June 6th we met again at the Country Club for a program prepared by Shirley Hagan and Adelaide Catania. Shirley and Adelaide gave information about Garden Pests and Poisonous Plants. One of the garden pests Shirley Hagan mentioned were snakes and Adelaid Catania presented garden pests and poisonous plants like Angel's Trumpet.

 

Our July meeting would ordinarily be on July the Fourth. The Nations birthday. We are planning to meet later in the month, on the third Thursday July 18th., for a field trip. We will meet at the Country Club parking lot at 10 am, then travel to Rocklegde Gardens. We will tour the gardens then go to lunch at a Italian place called Truscello's Pizza. Come out an join us for this fun outing!

 

Connie DeVries is planning for our August meeting. Please come to the Country Club at 11am and join us. We meet on the first Thursday of the month. Remember we are a source to answer your gardening questions. Come to a meeting or email me, lbreedlove@hughes.net.


June Article

We met again at the Country Club meeting room, on May 2nd. Lisa Haas prepared the program for our May Meeting. She brought one of the owners of "Twigs and Berries"at 300 Cheney Hwy, Titusville. Steve Korpacz gave a talk about Florida's fruiting plants and trees, especially, he talked about Florida's stone fruit; the peaches, plums and pears. Several plants and trees were given as door prizes. Steve was available to answer questions from the membership.
 

June 6th we will again meet for a program prepared by Shirley Hagan and Adelaide Catania. Shirley and Adelaide are planning to talk about Garden Pests and discuss Poisonous Plants. Come and join us for this informative presentation.
 

Our July meeting would ordinarily be on July the Fourth. The Nations birthday. We are working on a plan to meet later in the month, probably on the third Thursday July 18th., for a field trip. So, look for more details, in the next newsletter.


May Article

Green Thumb Garden club met on Thursday April 4th at the Wedgefield Country Club meeting room. The program was presented by Martha Bradford. Keri Leymaster came to give a program on Spring Flowers and Flowering Vines. In her program she brought out the Yellow Jessamine which grows wild in various parts of Wedgefield. Also mentioned was the Trumpet Honeysuckle vine. A couple spring flowers Keri told us about were Gallardia or Blanket Flower and Penta's. One colorful leaf plant she praised was the Caladium's, which are great for the tropical look.
 

May 2nd, Thursday, will be our next meeting. Lisa Haas is planning to bring the owner of "Twigs and Berries", Steve Korpacz. He will give a talk about Florida's fruiting plants and trees, especially, he will talk about Florida's stone fruit; the peaches, plums and pears. He also specializes in Organic Gardening and Consulting. He has chicken's and may be able answer questions about the new poultry craze that is happening in Orlando. Please join us for this informative program at 11 AM at Wedgefield Country Club meeting room. We usually have an opportunity to answer questions, so bring your problems to us for the possibility that someone else knows how to help.
 

June 6th we will again meet for a program prepared by Shirley Hagan and Adelaide Catania. Join us!


April Article

March the 7th we met again for Green Thumb Garden Club, 11 AM Thursday at the Wedgefield Country Club. Kori Blowers planned the meeting. She brought her husband Matt Blowers to speak about water conservation. His work is connected with Water Conservation. He talked about Reclaimed Water and told us of the Floridian Aquifer. He directed us to a website, www.Floridafriendlylandscape as a source to locate information on what grass to install or what plants to add to our landscape.

 

Janis Thaw gave us an update on the Entrance way. She said that annuals will be delayed by the cleaning of the wall and new fiber optic lighting to be installed on the wall.

A new Facilitator was welcomed; Karen Syed will replace Janis Thaw who has headed up the club since the club began about two years ago.

 

Our next meeting will be Thursday April 4th at the Country Club meeting room. The program will be presented by Martha Bradford. She has asked for Keri Leymaster to give a program on Spring Flowers and Flowering Vines. We usually have an opportunity to answer questions, so bring your problems to us for the possibility that someone else knows how to help. Please join us for this informative program at 11 AM at Wedgefield Country Club meeting room.

May 2nd, Thursday, will be our next meeting. Information about this meeting is still being planned.

 

Come and join us!

 

Yard of the Month Program
Rosemary Wolfe volunteered to lead the Yard of The Month program. Voting will begin in April, during the first week of the month. Judging will be done by 3 people on a criteria of the best yards viewed and voted on during the viewing time. A yard sign will be awarded to the winning yard. That sign will be picked up and presented to the next month's winner.

 

Gardening Questions?
Email us at lbreedlove@hughes.net and we’ll post the questions and answers here every month.


March Article

The 7th of February we held our Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting, Thursday at the Wedgefield Country Club at 11 am. Janis Thaw presented the program, The Yard of the Month. Helping Janis, was Carla D. McClendon who is the project coordinator for Orange County. She is from Neighborhood Services and heads up the county wide Yard of the Month. She provided signs for the program and other help aids. Janis told us of her plan to divide Wedgefield into 8 sections. We will then begin judging in April and will judge for 8 Months. The judging will be in the first week of the month. Members signed up to help, 3 members will act as judges each month. Let's all make Wedgefield the best place to live, attractive neighborhoods can make a difference.

 

March 7th is our next meeting. The program will be presented by Kori Blowers. Her program is about Water Conservation and her husband Matt Blowers will give the presentation. His work is connected with water conservation.

 

Please join us for this informative program at 11 AM at Wedgefield Country Club meeting room.

In April, at our meeting on the 4th, Martha Bradford has arranged for Keri Leymaster to present a program on Spring Flowers and Flowering Vines. Come and join us!


February Article

Our meeting on the first Thursday of the month was on January 3rd. We met at the Country Club at 11am. Kathy Bruce facilitated the program by contacting Keri Leymaster from the Extension Center. Keri gave a power point program on Lawn care. She told about the pests that inhabit our yards and the weeds that seem to take over the yard. She told us to use Atrazine on broad leaf weeds, like dollar weed. Chinch bug control needs to have the active ingredient varied so the chinch bug doesn't become immune to the control. It was a very informative presentation. Kathy Bruce gave out several spring products to persons whose names were drawn. A new member was Pat Smith, who has just retired and is now able to rejoin the Garden Club. Pat was a past president of the former Garden Club.

 

The February meeting will be on the 7th of February. The meeting will be held at the Country Club at 11 am. Janice Thaw will present the program, The Yard of the Month. This is a countywide program that we will implement within Wedgefield in the coming months.

 

March 7th will be our next meeting, presented by Kori Blowers.


No January Article


2012 Articles

December Article

November 1st we met again on the first Thursday of the month, at the Country Club, 11am. Karen Syed gave the program. Her topic was "Gardening In a New Era", She told us about books, magazines, and the internet. A couple websites she told us about was Dave's Garden, http://davesgarden.com, and Square Foot Gardening, http://squarefootgardening.org/home. A couple magazine's she found valuable were "Garden Gate" magazine and "Fine Gardening" magazine.

 

The next meeting, December 6th, we will meet at Karen Syed's house at 11am for a Christmas Luncheon put on by Karen Syed and Kathy Bruce. We will have a gift exchange, ten dollar maximum and Garden themed. We will meet at the Club house at 10:45 to car pool to Karen's house in "The Reserve".

 

Our January meeting will be on Thursday, January 3rd.

Kathy Bruce will present the program.

 

Febuary 6th Janis Thaw's topic will be The Yard of the Month


November Article

Ruth Oliver presented our program at the October 4th meeting. She showed a number of seasonal crafts using dried flowers, stamping and sponging on pots and using egg shells for pots. The crafts were gift giving ideas. Most of her ideas were given as gifts to many of the members.

 

November 1st we will meet again on the first Thursday of the month. We will meet, as usual, at the Country Club at 11am. Karen Syed will give the program. Her topic will be Gardening Research in books, magazines, and the internet. She will also give tips on how to use these tools.

 

Coming, December 6th, we will meet at Karen Syed's house at 11am for a luncheon put on by Karen Syed and Kathy Bruce. We will have treats of the season and a gift exchange, too! Karen lives in the Reserve and will bring maps to the November meeting.


October Article

The subject for our September 6th meeting was "Knockout Roses". Janis Thaw was our host and Duane Sieffert, from Seiffert's Nursery, was our presenter. He brought a "Knockout" Rose and a "Drift" Rose as door prizes. Also presenting, was Carla McClendon who told us about the Yard of the Month program. A group of people have signed up to be judges. The Wedgefield community will be divided into area's which will be judged during the top growing season in Florida, Spring through Fall. So, watch for the Yard of the Month sign in your neighborhood beginning in Spring!


At our next meeting on October 4th, Ruth Oliver will be showing us some easy crafts, from the garden. We will be able to use these ideas for our seasonable gift giving. We meet each month on the first Thursday of the month, and we meet in the Golf Club at 11am. There is usually time to have your question's answered, after the program. So, bring your cuttings or question's and perhaps you will get an answer.
 

Thanks again to Janis Thaw and her volunteers for the wonderful landscaping at the Maxim entrance. Hopefully, this will bring greater pride to our neighborhood. A big Thank You to the County and to the Wedgefield Home Owner's Association for their support in this project.


September Article

Our regular meeting, this month, was held on August 2nd. We met, as usual, at the Wedgefield Golf Clubhouse. Connie Shepherd, a Master gardener, gave the program on the Japanese Pagoda plant. Names were drawn for several specimens. She told of the ease in growing the plant, but to be aware of the "runners". We meet the first Thursday of each month at 11 AM in the Wedgefield Golf Clubhouse. Join with us as we hear about many topic's related to Gardening.


Everything will be coming up Roses at our September 6th meeting! Janis Thaw will be our host and her topic will concern Roses. As always, we will usually have time for a round table discussion about anything regarding gardening. So, this is the time to, perhaps, get an answer to your question's.

 

Thanks to Janis Thaw and her volunteers, the Wedgefield community has received a county grant to upgrade the landscaping at the Maxim entranceway. The work should be completed by the end of August. This will hopefully go a long way toward enhancing community pride. We want to send out a "thank you" to Orange County and our own homeowners board for their support.


August Article

July 5th the Green Thumb Garden Club met at the Wedgefield Golf Clubhouse for Janis Thaw's program on tree's. She presented a Magnolia tree and a Red Maple tree to member's whose names were drawn. Brent McCallister brought a video presentation showing his home, designated as a "Wildlife Refuge". He also pointed out the xeroscape aspect of his property and use of Native Plants. He gave us his website: www.brentsnaturedesigns.com, which has a native plant reference as well as other topic's of his interests. Please come the first Thursday of each month. We meet at 11 AM in the Wedgefield Golf Clubhouse. Join with us as we learn about the many topic's of Gardening.


Our next program, we will meet at the Golf Clubhouse, again, on August 2nd. Connie Shepherd will be our host and the program will be about the Pagoda plant, scientific name, clerodendrum paniculatum. If time allows, we will have a round table discussion about anything regarding gardening. So, this is an opportunity to perhaps get an answer to your question's.

 

Janis Thaw and her volunteers are keeping the front entry beautiful. We can use your help with time, plants or money toward the goal of keeping our entry ways attractive. Janis has been successful in applying for a grant to be used for the beautification of the entry.
 

Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563


July Article

Green Thumb Garden Club met on June 7th at the Golf Club. Shirley Hagan and Adelaide Catania brought Mary Kinington to present our program. Mary Kinington is a Master Gardener with the Orange County Extension Agency. Mary gave us a book containing information on keeping a "Healthy Home" and discussed air and water quality with emphasis on triggers that aggravate Asthma and Allergies.


Next month, August 2nd, Janis Thaw's program will discuss Knock Out roses and give other information regarding roses. We meet on the first Thursday of each month. We meet at 11
AM at the Wedgefield Golf Clubhouse. Please come and join with us as we learn about Gardening.


Janis Thaw and her volunteers have been keeping the front entry beautiful. We always need help with time, plants or money toward the goal of keeping our entry ways attractive.
Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563

 


June Article

Thursday May 3rd, the Green Thumb Garden Club met on our usual first Thursday of the month. We met at the Wedgefield Clubhouse. Our program was facilitated by Rosemary Wolf. She brought David Webb from Webb's Honey, which is located on Highway 520. He talked about pollination and provided an opportunity to buy some products. Rosemary presented several forms of honey as door prizes. We were all better informed about the business which is so conveniently located to Wedgefield.

 

Next month, we will meet on June 7th. Shirley Hagan has arranged for Mary Kinington to present our program. Mary Kinington is a Master Gardener with the Orange County Extension Agency. Her topic will be, "Healthy Living with Plants".

 

In the coming months, we will have programs on Knock-Out Roses, and Terrariums. Please come and join us on the first Thursday of each month. We meet at 11 AM at the Wedgefield Golf Clubhouse on the first Thursday of the month. Mark your calendar and we will be glad to have you there!

 

Janis Thaw and her volunteers have been keeping the front entry beautiful. We always need help with time, plants or money toward the goal of keeping our entry ways attractive.
Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563


May Article

Green Thumb Garden Club met recently on Thursday April 5th. Nancy May arranged our program. She invited Ed Thralls, a Master Gardener from the Orange Country Extension and Education Center to come and speak about the many different services and classes which are offered at the Extension Center. He also answered many questions from the audience. He told us we can access much information through website www.solutionsforlife.com. The phone number and snail mail address to reach the Extension Center is 407-254-9200, Orange County Extension Education Center, 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando, FL 32812

We will welcome David Webb, on May 3rd. Mr. Webb is the head beekeeper at Webb's Honey. Rosemary Wolfe invited the owner of Webb's Honey located at 217777 SR 520. Mr. Webb will talk about pollination and the many products available, made from Bee's honey and the process of honey production. The Webb's Honey's produced are Orange Blossom, Saw Palmetto, Mixed Wildflower and Tupelo.

We are still seeking help in keeping the front entry beautiful. Please donate time, plants or money toward that goal.

Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563


 April Article

 

March 1st, we met at 10:30 and traveled to South Seminole Farm & Nursery. 14 garden club members were given a tour of the farm by the owner Jim Hunter, who is also a Master Gardener for Seminole Co. His nursery specializes in Organic Produce and practices Green Garden principles, using organic pesticides and fertilizers on all his plants. His website is www.sseminolefarmandnursery.com, and his address is 2010 E. Lake Dr. Casselberry, Fl 32707. Mr. Hunter presented each of us with a daisy plant and a pen. Several people purchased plants to take home.

 

Afterward, we met at CiCi's pizza near Tuscawilla road.

 

At our next meeting on April 5th, Ed Thrall, a Master Gardener from the Orange County Extension and Education Center, will be the keynote speaker. He will talk about the services and classes that are available at the Extension Center.

 

Coming on May 3rd, we will welcome David Webb, owner of Webb's Honey at 217777 SR 520. He will talk about pollination and the many products available, made from Bee's and the process of Honey making. Mr. Webb is the head beekeeper at Webb's Honey. The Webb's Honey produced are Orange Blossom, Saw Palmetto, Mixed Wildflower and Tupelo.

 

Please help us keep the front entry beautiful by donating time, plants or money toward that purpose, please Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563

 


 
 
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