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and projects for enhancing yards and landscaping
in our community through the use of various
flowers, shrubs and trees. This group of local
residents meets monthly to select the “Yard of
the Month, listen to Guest Speakers and enjoy
the wonderful social aspects of the groups
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in March was very informative. Ruth Oliver hosted the
program with a lot of information on various topics such
as seeds in the garden, both flowers & vegetables. She
spoke on bulbs of different varieties & passed out
information from the Farmer's Almanac. Ruth had gifts of
wall plaques with flowers & short poems painted on them.
There were enough gifts for every member in attendance.
Next month we will meet as usual on the 1st Thursday in
April at the Wedgefield Club. Connie DeVries will be the
program hostess. If you have interest in gardening
please join us.
pleased to meet again on February 4th, at the Country
Club. Kathy Bruce and Norma Hallburg were our
presenter's today. They gave us Garden Fun Facts and
Home Remedies by Jerry Baker. Also, a printout of Thomas
MacCubbin's newspaper article with the Spring planting
guide. They also had many garden themed door prizes to
award. We had a good time!
we will meet on March 3rd. Ruth Oliver is preparing a
program now and will give us details as they become
available. Come and join us for another great program!
The Green Thumb Garden Club met for our first meeting of
the New Year on January 7th. Some new members are
Heather Cowley who has land in need of landscaping. She
has interest in container gardening as well as
hydroponics. Carmen Scallan loves to garden, wants to
learn and share. Linda Alberico is another new member
who loves to garden! Cindy McIntire is a returning
member, so glad to have her back! Our program was
provided by Rosemary Curtis. She arranged for Ed Thralls
to come and give a talk on Integrated Insect Control, Ed
Thralls is from The Extension Center. Yard of The Month
was brought up; the hiatus will end on March 1st when
the Yard of the Month will start up again. Kathy Bruce
has agreed to head up that project this year.
Our next meeting will be February 4th, come and join us
for an educational program, enjoy the company of other
gardeners! We will meet at the Country Club meeting room
at 11 am. See you there!
A very good
time was had by the ladies who came to The Green Thumb
Garden Club Christmas party! The ladies brought food and
gifts to exchange. We feasted and had fun exchanging our
gifts, a bronze wind chime was passed several times!
Sylvia Cox brought a poinsettia decorated cake, other
gifts were garden inspired.
Adelaide Catania opened her home to us and her home is
large and attractively decorated. Thank you, Adelaide!
meeting will be January 7th. We will meet at the Country
Club for a program, Rosemary Curtis is in the process of
preparing that program. If you are interested in
Gardening, please come and join us for these educational
and inspiring programs. Door prizes are sometimes
available, you may win!
The Green Thumb Garden Club of Wedgefield met on 11/5
for an outing to Rockledge Gardens Farm for a program on
Hydroponics. Aaron Raines was our instructor and one of
the resident farmers at the Farm. Hydroponics is used
when there is poor soil or nematodes and uses 1/10 the
amount of water in soil culture. A tower system is one
of the forms of water culture, it can be expensive, but
more affordable if you do it yourself! The medium used
can be Vertigrow, plastic pellets coconut fiber, or pine
bark which is cheaper but must be finely ground 3/8 of
an inch or below. Perlite is not used, as it develops
algae. The pesticides and fungicides they use are Copper
Fungicide, Insecticidal Soap, Bitanigarde and Neem oil
for white fly.
After the program, we went to the Garden's and made our
purchases, then met at a pizza parlor near the river,
called Ryan's. Rosemary Curtis was the host of the
program and she brought garden themed tools, for door
prizes. It was a lovely time for all, lovely weather,
somewhat hot in the sunshine but we spent most of the
time in the shade.
Don't forget our Christmas program which will be at
Adelaide Catania's house on Bancroft. Everyone who
intends to go, must call 407-568-0282 and RSVP, by
November 30th, also let her know what dish you are
bringing. Bring a $15 dollar garden themed gift for the
gift exchange, if you wish to participate. The date is
Thursday the 10th of December, the second Thursday
rather than our usual First Thursday.
What a great time we had at the
Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting on October first! Sylvia
was in charge of the program this month. She brought
Jennifer from the Orange County Extension Center to
speak on fall color in the garden.
Some fall blooming perennials are
Siberian Iris which also has a yellow with brown center
variety, garden mums also have great fall color. Great
for humming birds and butterflies is the Cigar flower.
Shady areas may like Leopard plant, it has the look of a
Hosta, which does not grow well here.
Fall blooming annuals are good
for 3-6 months, Calibrachoa has blooms like a miniature
petunia and is a better alternative.
Hanging baskets is where it is
Our next meeting will be a field
trip to Rockledge Gardens, we will car pool to
Rockledge, meeting at the Country Club parking area at
10 AM on November 4th. Shopping time will be
allotted, depending on space in your transport what can
be bought. Lunch will also be in Rockledge. Rockledge
Gardens is a great outing, come join us for this field
and Adelaide Catania were resourceful when a change in
program necessitated a new one. They presented a program
on Orchids on short notice! They talked about the
growing care of orchids and emphasized filtered sun
lighting requirements. They recommended a frequent
application of diluted orchid fertilizer and to water
when dry, about every 10 days is suggested. Two
Phalenopsis orchids were given as door prizes.
Connie DeVries and Martha Bradford won!
Our next meeting will be October 1st, we will meet at
the Country Club meeting room. We are able to meet here
if most of us stay to eat lunch. So plan to stay! Sylvia
Cox will be our presenter and she has asked Jennifer
from the Orange County Extension Center to talk about
flowers in the fall garden, perennials etc., which will
do well in Fall temperatures. There will be discussion
about the Holiday Party, which is our December 2nd
meeting. This is a great time to join the Garden Club,
Come on out!
Our August meeting was appropriately about
xeriscaping which is about conservation of water through
creative landscaping. Our hot weather, in August, result
in extra water use if we don't plan by using water wise
and drought resistant plants. Dulce Rodriguez presented
this program on xeriscaping and pointed out some plants
to consider: Succulents and cactus. Annuals: marigolds,
mexican sunflower and pentas.. Shrubs: Heather and
Honeysuckle. Cacti was also awarded as door prizes.
Janis Thaw and Shirley Hagen, were the door prize
winners, this month.
In September, there will be a Field Trip to the home
of a previous winner of Yard of the Month. The gardener
in this family has a great many orchids and other lovely
plantings, which will be seen on this outing. On
September 3rd, meet at the Clubhouse to car pool over to
the house. Meet at 11, in the Clubhouse parking lot. The
plan is to return to the Clubhouse for lunch, about
12:30. We hope you will join us for this outing!
The recent meeting of the Garden Club was on Thursday,
July 2nd. Jennifer Pellum came from the
Orange County Extension Center to give us a program
which was appropriate for this time of year. She talked
about colorful flowering plants which beat the heat
through our hard summers. She also brought cuttings of
flowering plants that they grow at the Extension Center.
Some of the plants she recommended was Vinca, Penta,
Marigolds and Lantana. She pointed out the difference
between annuals and perennials, annuals last about a
year or a season, Perennials last longer, but still just
a few years, versus forever. She also talked about
propagation by cutting a stem and sticking it in the
ground! Door prizes were provided, decorative planters
with seed packages inside. So many were provided, most
everyone was able to get one.
Our next meeting will be held on August 6th
in the Club House meeting room, as usual. Dulce
Rodrigues Is planning a program about xeriscaping, which
means gardening without supplemental water. Xeriscaping
is not about zeroscaping, it is a form of sustainable
gardening where native plants are often used...
Wedgefield, has expensive water, we need to watch our
water use. Come out and join us for this interesting
The Garden Club met on Thursday June
4th, in the Country Club meeting room, at 11:00. Connie
Shepard prepared a program on terrariums. She showed the
steps to assemble a terrarium: Add charcoal to purify
water and provide filtration, Add half of an orchid mix
for drainage and aeration, Add soil formulated for
terrariums, Add moist moss, Add gravel, then larger
rocks and a decorative accent. Now it is time to add the
plants! Make a slit in the moss and insert your plant.
The base of the plant should line up with the top of the
moss. Add the orchid mix around the plant avoiding the
rocks, now it is time to water. Spray the sides to
remove dirt, but do not overwater! The moist moss is
enough moisture to sustain it’s ecosystem.
Our next meeting will be July 2nd.
Rosemary Curtis has made plans to have a program from
Rockledge Gardens, possibly on Hydroponic culture. Come
join the Green Thumb garden club
for another interesting and informative topic.
Spring has come to Wedgefield! Our program prepared
by Rosemary Curtis was from Keri Byrum, who is from Leu
Gardens. She brought slide’s and hand-outs about
gardening for Butterflies! One plant she talked about
was the Red Passion vine. The root system of this
particular Passion vine does not travel as other’s do.
She also said that more colors attract more varieties of
butterflies. She also said that if you need to kill
caterpillars which don’t grow to butterfly’s, you may
use BT which is all natural and does not harm Bee’s.
Some other plants she mentioned were the Coontie palm,
penta, Milkweed, Zinnias, plumbago, salvia, lantana,
We have a great new program being prepared for June!
Connie Shepard is going to talk about Terrariums and
wants you to bring a project to work on at the meeting.
She also asks that you bring newspaper to keep things
clean. Janis Thaw will be leading this meeting, too.
Come out and join the fun! June 4th at the Country
Club meeting room.
The Spring or Vernal Equinox came on March 20th, so we
are in the first month of Springtime in Wedgefield. The
Green Thumb Garden Club met on April 2nd in the Country
Club meeting room. Connie DeVries presented the program
on Fern’s that grow well locally and Garden ornaments.
A bottle tree was one ornament that was very
interesting. Connie brought 2 potted Kimberly ferns for
Next month, Rosemary Curtis is preparing a program
possibly on “Gardening for Butterflies”. It is a work in
progress, so whatever the subject we will be pleased.
Make plans to attend on May 7th! We look forward to
seeing you there. The clubhouse makes great lunches and
we hope you can stay for lunch.
The Green Thumb Garden Club of
Wedgefield met on March 5th at the Country Club meeting
room. Adelaide Catania was presenting our program on
Tomatoes and composting. Handouts included a chart
giving the uses for spices that we can grow at home
along with directions to “Make Your Own Compost”. This
is a simple plan that anyone can do. Compost adds
nutrients to your plants without cost!
Next month, Connie De Vries will give a program at the
April 2nd Thursday meeting. Please come out and support
your local garden club! You will all be welcomed! Mark
your calendar for April 2nd at 11:00. Please come. See
February 5th the
Garden Club of Wedgefield met at the Country Club
meeting room. Lee Breedlove, leader of the year, was
the presenter this month, also. After business and
orders were taken for lunch, Lee told all about the
origins of the pink grapefruit in Manatee Co., FL., and
the subsequent discovery of the red grapefruit in Texas.
It was interesting to discover that the red grapefruit
can be propagated from a seed! Several forms of
grapefruit were given as door prizes, Janis Thaw brought
cuttings from a cactus and Lee had packages of white
sunflowers to give out, as well.
Next month, Adelaide Catania will
give a program on Tomatoes and composting. Please come
out and support your local garden club with you
attendance! We welcome you! Mark your calendar for
March 5th at 11:00. Please come early so we
can start on time. See you then!
On, December 11th we met at the home of Adelaide
Catania. Most brought a dish to share and a gift which
was garden related. The food was delicious, the Garden
Club cooks went all out with their contributions. The
gift exchange was fun, too. We traded around with other
people’s gift, so everyone seemed to take home a gift
they would enjoy.
The January meeting was held on Thursday the Eighth,
rather than the usual first Thursday meeting, it was a
2nd Thursday meeting, this month only, due to New Year’s
Day falling on the first Thursday. Leader Lee Breedlove
passed out a couple Yard of the Month articles which
didn’t get into the Newsletter, though they were
available On-Line. We then listened to a few people
discuss what they a growing this winter. Rosemary Wolfe
gave a report on Yard of the Month and gathered some
people to work on redoing our maps. Other business was
addressed, as well.
Next month’s program will be presented by Lee Breedlove
whose topic will be the pink grapefruit. Please come and
No January Article
Our Green Thumb Garden Club meeting was held on Thursday
November 6th. Our hostess was Martha Bradford. Martha
contacted the Orange County extension center for
Jennifer Pelham to do a program on Holiday Plants.
Dulce Rodrigues told the meeting about the Garden Club
organizational meeting, held recently. We elected a new
leader, Lee Breedlove, who will begin serving at the
Plants that were presented by Jennifer were,
Poinsettia’s, Christmas cactus, Stromanthe Triostar, and
Ornamental Peppers. She also discussed Kalanchoe and the
Desert Rose, a succulent from Africa. She told us that
the Poinsettia was named for the person who brought the
plant to America, Joel Poinsett. She had a slide show to
complement her program. Martha brought several holiday
plants to give out.
December 11th we will meet at the home of Adelaide
Catania. We will bring a dish to share and a gift which
is garden related. If you plan to attend, please call
Adelaide to RSVP, 407-568-0282. The Green Thumb
Christmas party will start at 11:00, Thursday the 11th.
See you there!
Our Green Thumb Garden Club meeting was held on Thursday
October 2nd. Our hostess was Sylvia Cox. Her program was
on Fall Flowers. Our leader, Dulse Rodrigues started the
meeting by recognizing first time visitors. We welcomed
Laura Aviela, Norma Butcher and Rosemary Curtis. Joan
Smith came especially by invitation, on this day.
The Landscaping of the new school was discussed. The
school will have 52 acres to be filled with trees. The
Garden Club may take on the mission of helping with the
Landscaping. Sylvia Cox began her program handing out
monthly gardening plans put out by the Extension
Service. She told us to “talk to your plants”. She said
if we don’t pay attention to them, they will die. Sylvia
also said to, “Water at the toes rather than the nose or
the clothes”. Several Mums plants were door prizes, as
well as basil plants and leaves, and also many lily
plants were brought to give out.
November 6th we will meet again at the Country Club
meeting room. Martha Bradford will be our hostess for a
program on Holiday plants. Come and join us at 11:00am!
The Green Thumb Garden Club had a
special treat on our regular meeting day. A group of
ladies met in the parking lot of the Wedgefield Country
Club, at 9 am on September 4th. Destination
was Leu Gardens in Orlando! Kathy Bruce was the hostess
for this event and was able to arrange a guide to show
the ladies through the Garden. Some of the plants that
were seen were Cyprus trees and Magnolia’s which were in
bloom, Figs trees were also noted. Some roses were
still blooming in the Rose Garden. There were tropical
plants that were also blooming. The Traveler’s Palm was
admired and the creek that was on the property was lined
with Wandering Jew on the embankment, was very
attractive. The ladies also took the tour of the home on
Our next meeting will be held on
October 2nd. Our hostess will be Sylvia Cox.
Her program will be on Fall Flowers. Sylvia has invited
the manager of the Lowes garden department. She will
have fall flower plants for door prizes. Come and join
us for this meeting at the Country Club, October 2nd,
Garden Club met on the first Thursday of August, the
7th. We met at the meeting room in the Wedgefield
Country Club. Adelaide Catania and Shirley Hagan were
the hostesses of this meeting. Club Leader Dulce
Rodriguez opened the meeting and introduced Lee
Breedlove who was representing Firewise in place of Mary
Prescott. Lee shared information about keeping your home
safe from fire danger by planting fire resistant plants
near your home and keeping oily plants to the outside of
your property, if you plan to grow them. A pamphlet
about protecting your home from fire was shared with
those present. Also, a bookmark.
on September 4th, we plan to meet at the Country Club
parking lot at 9 am to carpool to Leu Gardens, Kathy
Bruce is hosting this event. At least 10 people need to
attend, to have a guided tour. More than the needed 10
signed up at the last meeting, but we still want you! I
will send out an email to everyone who has an email
listed. Watch your email! Then meet us at the Country
Club parking lot, 9am on September 4th.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
5th meeting, will be held at the home of Adelaide
Catania, 4304 Bancroft on the corner of Peobody.
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.
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
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, email@example.com.
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
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.
meeting presenter is Rosemary Wolf. Join us on November
7th for this program.
meeting, the 5th, will be held at the home of Adelaide
Catania, we will have a pot luck and a gift exchange
are available to answer your gardening questions. Come
to a meeting or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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,
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,
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.
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
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, email@example.com.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Facilitator was welcomed; Karen Syed will replace Janis
Thaw who has headed up the club since the club began
about two years ago.
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
Thursday, will be our next meeting. Information about
this meeting is still being planned.
Come and join
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.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post the
questions and answers here every month.
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.
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!
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.
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.
will be our next meeting, presented by Kori Blowers.
No January Article
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.
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
meeting will be on Thursday, January 3rd.
will present the program.
Janis Thaw's topic will be The Yard of the Month
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thaw at 407-568-6563
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
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
Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563
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.
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
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
Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563
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
We are still seeking help in keeping the front entry
beautiful. Please donate time, plants or money toward
Contact Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563
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
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.
us keep the front entry beautiful by donating time,
plants or money toward that purpose, please Contact
Janis Thaw at 407-568-6563