April’s City Hall Plant

Rose Ford, on left, receptionist at Clermont City Hall, accepts Dracaena marginata bicolor
plant from Clermont Garden Club member, Tina Worrell.

Dracaena marginata bicolor is medium sized plant consisting of multiple thick cane stems and thin variegated swordlike leaves.

Dracaenas are generally rugged, carefree houseplants with a robust and tropical appearance. They are widely used for both home and office plantings.

Most dracaenas grow best in bright, indirect light, but many are also tolerant of lower light. If a plant that has been growing in dim light is moved to a brighter spot, the new leaves will be thicker and stronger and growth rate will increase.

Allow dracaenas to dry slightly between waterings. Wait until the soil surface is dry to the touch, then water them thoroughly. Avoid watering with cold water.

Dracaenas are best grown in normal house temperatures of 60 to 75 °F (16-24°C) during the day.

If the humidity in the house is below 30 to 40 percent (it probably is during winter), plants will benefit from an occasional misting of their foliage.

A standard commercial houseplant potting mix may be used. Feed dracaenas with liquid foliage plant fertilizer. Time release fertilizer pellets may be used also.

If the plant’s stems become too long and bare, cut them off at the desired height and new leaves will soon appear.

Dracaenas are easy to propagate by air layering, tip or stem cuttings, or by the removal and rooting of basal shoots in spring or late summer.

In the home, plant diseases are very rarely a problem. Too much or too little water plus insects and mites are the main problems. Root rot usually results from a soil mix that does not drain quickly or overly frequent watering. Scale insects and mites are the most common insect pests of dracaena.

Dracaena is very sensitive to fluoride. Symptoms include yellowing of the tips or margins of the leaf or dead, scorched areas. Avoid potting soils that have a high percentage of perlite and keep the soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5 to prevent fluoride from causing injury. Do not use fertilizer which contains superphosphate since it often has high levels of fluorine.

 

A Clermont Garden Club member shares a potted plant with the City of Clermont,  each month to promote horticulture awareness and civic beautification.

 

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month,  except for scheduled field trips,  Holiday Luncheon,  and End of the Year Luncheon, at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcome.

 

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

CLERMONT GARDEN CLUB’S 2nd SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL, MAY 1, 2021

Clermont Garden Club is looking for Vendors for our 2nd SpringFestival!

 

The Spring Garden Festival is Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.   Specialty plant growers, plant nurseries, artisans & crafters of garden art, garden & nature related products and services will be available.

 

Vendor contract located on our website’s menu.   Deadline to sign up is Friday, April 2, 2021.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month,  except scheduled field trips,  Holiday Luncheon,  and End of the Year Luncheon,  at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcome.

 

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

MARCH YARD OF THE MONTH

The Clermont Garden Club’s choice for March 2021 yard of the month is 11228 Summer Wind Court in the Lake Crescent Hills neighborhood.

 

The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simon, have installed a foundation of Burford hollies, loropetalum and azaleas.  The front walkway leading to the door is framed with yellow bush daisies, blue salvia, various colors of pentas and blue daze.  The house is flanked with Ligustrum trimmed in the classic umbrella style.  Surrounding the robellini palm in the courtyard are bromeliads and blue flag iris.

 

Congratulations on creating a yard that is pleasing to the eye and relaxing to the spirit.
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and ever-changing  landscape.
Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month,  except scheduled field trips,  holiday luncheon,  and end of the year luncheon,  at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcome.
Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

S.E.E.K. CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

 

 

The Clermont Garden Club is sponsoring S.E.E.K. Scholarships (Save Earth’s Environment through Knowledge) for South Lake County students entering grades 10 – 12 for the 2020-2021 school year.

S.E.E.K. is an Environmental Conference sponsored by 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.

S.E.E.K. Conference will be held at the University of Florida from Sunday, June 28, 2021 through Wednesday, July 1, 2021.  For more information about S.E.E.K., check out S.E.E.K. Program under our Gardening Links.

Interested students, please contact Gwen Carter, dabney50@aol.com., Now!

WEKIVA YOUTH CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

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The Clermont Garden Club sponsors Summer Camperships to Wekiva Youth Camp for South Lake County students who are in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.

WEKIVA YOUTH CAMP is a residential nature camp for 3rd through 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. The Campership is for one week. Details and pictures for the camp may found at www.WekivaYouthCamp.org.  Applications for Camperships must be received NO LATER than March 25th. For more information call Gwen Carter at 352-223-2456.

For application click on site document below:

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CERTIFIED BUTTERFLY GARDEN

Pat Richardson, Clermont Garden Club Grounds Chairman, is pictured with the North American Butterfly Association Certificate.

 

The  North American Butterfly Association has named Clermont Garden Club as a “Certified Butterfly Garden.”  Clermont Garden Club’s Demonstration Garden provides resources that increase the world’s population of butterflies.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month, except scheduled field trips, holiday luncheon,  and end of the year luncheon,  at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcome.

 

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

 

 

March Plant for Clermont City Hall

Elaine Hogan, Clermont Garden Club member,  shared a Kohleria plant with Clermont City Hall for the month of March. It is in the Gesneriaceae family which also includes violets. It is a rapid, prolific grower and is a rhizome. Lots of light (no direct sun-South or West facing window) and soil to be kept moist but not overwatered.  Kohleria can grow very tall and may need staking up or it can be kept smaller by pruning the stems.   Ray Sanfratello accepts the plant for the city.
Clermont Garden Club shares a potted plant with Clermont City Hall each month to promote horticulture awareness, civic beautification,  and community outreach.
Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month,  except scheduled field trips,  holiday luncheon, and end of the year luncheon,  at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcome.
Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

March Library Plant

 


Clermont Garden Club member, Gwen Carter, shared an Elephant Bush Plant (Portulacaria afra) with Cooper Memorial Library for the month of March. Pictured with Gwen is Student Library Assistant, Kierston Bradley, on the left.
The Elephant bush is a favorite food of elephants in South Africa. You can grow outdoors if you live in a warm climate that occasionally dips to no lower than 30 degrees Fahrenheit and can be grown indoors.

.The Elephant bush resembles a dwarf Jade plant. It is a slow grower and has a somewhat sprawling/cascading habit. Like most succulents, elephant bush thrives on neglect. Plant it in full sun in sandy soil so it dries quickly, and the roots do not rot. If you are growing it in a pot, make sure the container has a drainage hole at the bottom, so water drains out. If you have a saucer below the pot, empty the saucer after watering to keep the plant from standing in water. Use an unglazed pot with commercial cactus mix or make your own by combining half potting soil with sand and vermiculite. Choose a location within direct sunlight when growing Elephant bush indoors. Overly bright sunlight can char leaves and cause them to drop off the plant.


Clermont Garden Club shares a plant with Cooper Memorial Library each month to promote horticulture awareness, civic beautification, and community outreach.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month, except scheduled field trips, holiday luncheon, and end of the year luncheon, at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue, Clermont, Florida 34711. Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M. New members and guests are warmly welcome. Clermont Garden Club is a 501©3 nonprofit organization.

Community Service in Action

Clermont Garden Club participated in the Home and Garden Show in Downtown Clermont on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Clermont Garden Club members sold Caladium bulbs, offered information on horticulture, and Chicki Broman gave demonstrations on container planting.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month except scheduled field trips, holiday luncheon, and end of the year luncheon, at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue, Clermont, Florida 34711. Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M. New members and guests are warmly welcome.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

February Yard of the Month

The Clermont Garden Club’s choice for February 2021 Yard of the Month is 1522 Setting Sun Court in the Lakeview Point neighborhood.  The owner, Mr. Jack Bellanti, has planted 3 or 4 different kinds of palm trees as well as Norfolk pine and oak around his home.  He has framed the front of the home with viburnum and juniper and then sprinkled colorful foliage plants such as Hawaiian Ti, crotons, and purple queen around the tree beds and hedges where the colors will stand out against the green backdrop.  Lilies, succulents, vinca, and rosemary have been added to the beds for additional color and texture.  Congratulations on creating a yard that is pleasing to the eye and relaxing to the spirit. 

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month from September through May except for scheduled field trips, Holiday Luncheon, and End of the Year Luncheon, at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue, Clermont, Florida 34711. Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M. New members and guests are warmly welcome.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.