October Yard of the Month is in Green Valley

The Clermont Garden Club’s pick for October 2021 yard of the month is 14951 Green Valley Blvd in the Green Valley neighborhood.  Patsy and Benny Pederson, and their son, landscaped the entire yard several years ago to attract bees, birds, and butterflies. The front yard has red fountain grass, sweet almond, pentas, heliconia, Buddha belly, hibiscus, jatropha, assorted begonias, and many, many more. Under the oaks and magnolia trees around the house are also four o’clock plants, firebush, shrimp plants, firecracker fern, crotons, orchids, ferns, angel trumpet, copper plant, philodendron, and assorted lilies.  This is the yard to check out for plant ideas for all new Florida residents.  These are the colorful plants and flowers to grow here where the northern flowers do not thrive.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us!                                                                                                              



A Plant for the Library

Elaine Hogan shared an Alocasia plant this month with Cooper Memorial Library.  She is pictured with Library Assistant, Dylan Levy.

Genus: Alocasia  Family: Araceae

Common Name: Alocasia reginula

Alocasia plants are native to tropical forests and jungles where they grow on the forest floor. Because they grow on tropical floors,

they only do well outdoors in USDA zones 10-12.

Alocasia are easy to grow indoors with bright, indirect sunlight. Preferably an East or West facing window in a South room. Insufficient

light will cause the plant’s growth to slow down and the leaves to turn yellow or die.

Potting mix needs to be loose and moist. Small amounts of water on a regular basis rather than letting the soil partially dry out

is needed for the Araceae to prosper.

October City Hall Plant Loaned by Pam Molesky

Pam Molesky shared a Fall themed container garden with the Clermont City Hall. She is pictured with Receptionist, Rose Ford.

The arrangement includes a Lucky Bamboo, Buddha Belly and a Mammy Croton.

Focusing on the Mammy Croton:

Croton houseplants need bright light to maintain their colorful leaves.  If there is insufficient light, new leaves are green not predominantly yellow, red, or orange.  Too much direct sun causes phototoridation, a condition that makes Croton leaves gray and dull looking.

Allow the top 205%-30% of the soil to dry out before watering.  Crunchy leaves indicate over-watering.  Leaves become soft and droop when your plant needs water.  When a croton is severely over or under-watered leaves drop off.

Crotons prefer temperatures between 60-80 F. High humidity is a plus.  A rich potting soil that is loose and drains well is suggested.

Create a Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece!

The Clermont Garden Club will present a fun workshop to create a succulent pumpkin centerpiece.
Participants will add live succulent plants to the top of a pumpkin to create their own Fall centerpiece.
The event will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Clermont Garden Club.
The cost is $45.00 for all materials and those interested can sign up at Eventbrite:
The Clermont Garden Club is located at 849 West Ave, Clermont, FL  34711

Plant Arrangement Loaned to Cooper Memorial Library for August 2021

Library Assistant, Dylan Levi, is pictured with Clermont Garden Club member, Linda Lauletta, with a bromeliad arrangement at Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont, FL.

Clermont Garden Club member and Recording Secretary, Linda Lauletta, loaned an arrangement of bromeliads to the Cooper Memorial Library for the month of August.  The arrangement consists of one pink earth star and two zebra earth stars surrounded by light green moss.

Cryptanthus Bromeliads (Earth Stars)

Genus:  Cryptanthus     Species:  zonatus   Family:  Bromeliaceae

The Cryptanthus grows from a flattened rosette. The leaves are wavy and feature a striped pattern.  They are typically available in various shades of red, green, white, and pink. Cryptanthus are terrestrial bromeliads i.e.,  grow in the ground.  Height: 0 ft. 6 in. – 1 ft. 0 in.    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. – 1 ft. 4 in.

Water and soil – Keep them moist. But do not rest them in standing water. Bromeliads are surprisingly tolerant of short periods of drought. Don’t pour water into the rosette. Always water the soil, as water can get trapped in the leaves and cause mildew or fungal growth.  The  Cryptanthus likes  Acid Soil, pH 4.0-6.0.

Temperature and Humidity – Cryptanthus bromeliads grow outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11. Also as an ideal houseplant keeping them around 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit will allow these bromeliads to thrive.

Sun Requirements – Perennial plant that requires full sun to partial shade.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems; Mealybugs and scale are occasional problems.  The ASPCA lists Cryptanthus as non-toxic to both cats and dogs.

Fun with Flowers Workshop: Succulent Birdhouse

example of succulent birdhouse, not actual birdhouse to be used

You are invited to our first Fun with Flowers Workshop of 2021 on Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 10 am – noon.

This workshop is limited to 22 people.

You will learn to cover the roof of an 8 inch birdhouse with moss and succulent cuttings
to create your own unique succulent covered birdhouse.  With occasional misting the cuttings will root. When the cuttings become too large for the birdhouse simply remove them to a pot for continued enjoyment.
Materials included: 8 inch high wooden birdhouse, moss, succulent cuttings, glue gun and instructor led workshop.  Cost is $45 per person.
Great for the whole family! Each paid attendee will receive the materials necessary to create this project.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite:

Open House at the Garden Club on Wednesday, August 18, 2021!

Join current members and officers for a casual Open House at our clubhouse on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 where prospective members will get an overview of what the Clermont Garden Club stands for.
A presentation will describe our relationship to the National Garden Club, our General Meetings and Field Trips, our Fundraising efforts and our participation in festivals sponsored by our club and the City of Clermont.
This event will follow the format of the General Meetings, held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through May. Light refreshments 9:30 – 10 AM and a presentation followed by Q&A beginning at 10 AM.
All are welcome!
Tickets are free and will allow us a count for seating and refreshments.


Plant Loaned to Cooper Memorial Library for July

The plant for the month of July 2021 was presented to the Cooper Memorial Library by Pam Molesky (right), a member of the Clermont Garden Club. Receiving the plant is student library assistant Kierston Bradley.

The DIFFENBACHIA Plant is a popular indoor plant that does well in shady conditions, but appreciates bright light. Loves fast-draining, well-aerated potting mix. They are generally green with splotches of creamy white through the leaves. The Diffenbachia grows well with soil that isn’t overly moist. Droopy leaves are usually a sign that the plant needs to be watered. It thrives in temperatures between 60-75*F. Houseplants like the Diffenbachia are scientifically proven air purifiers.

The Clermont Garden Club shares plants on a monthly basis with the library in order to foster community awareness and to connect the public to our programs, civic activities and community outreach.

Clermont Garden Club Members Volunteer at Wekiva Youth Camp

Members of Clermont Garden Club volunteered at Wekiva Youth Camp during the 2nd week Session, June 27 – July 3rd.

WEKIVA YOUTH CAMP is a residential nature camp for 3rd thru 8th Grade youngsters sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC) for the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the REAL Florida in our youth through nature study, conservation, and protection of our environment for the future of our state and our planet. Wekiva Youth Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Pictured (L-R) are Carolyn Schaag,  Vincent Mercandetti (husband of Denise Mercandetti), Denise Mercandetti, and Gwen Carter.

Plant Loaned to Clermont City Hall for July

For the month of July, Clermont Garden Club member, Gwen Carter, shared a potted plant of succulents containing Haworthia {Asphodelaceae), Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae), Echeveria (Crassulaceae), Graptopetalum  (Crassulaceae), Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis), and Moon Cactus or Chin Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) with Clermont City Hall. The plants were accented with 2 American Flags in celebration of Independence Day, July 4th.  City Hall Receptionist, Ray San Fratello accepted the plant.

Succulents are members of the family Crassulaceae and are characterized by very thick fleshy leaves and by water storage tissues in the leaves and stem.  Cactus is simply a succulent that can store moisture but is placed in a separate category, Cactaceae.   Conversely, not all succulents are cactus.

Care of your succulents:

  1. Make sure your succulents get enough light about 6 hours per day depending on the succulent.
  2. Rotate succulents frequently to discourage leaning.
  3. Water when the soil is dry. Overwatering can kill succulents.  Water the soil directly until water runs out drainage holes.  Do not use a spray bottle to water succulents.  Misting can cause brittle roots and moldy leaves.
  4. Best Temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit – 90 degrees Fahrenheit not lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Succulents are excellent starter plants because they are low maintenance.

Ray San Fratello accepts Gwen Carter’s loan of a succulent planter to City Hall for July