October Plant Loaned to City Hall by Member, Linda Lauletta

Linda Lauletta has loaned her anthurium plant to the Clermont City Hall for the month of October. Staff member, Ray Sanfratello, seen in picture accepting plant to display at front entrance of city hall.

Anthurium is a genus of about 1,000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. General common names include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf.

The plant grows best in bright, indirect light; prefers coarse well-draining soil; soil kept slightly moist, never allowed to dry out completely; and prefers high humidity with temperatures between 65-85 degrees. To encourage flowering use a phosphorus-rich fertilizer diluted ¼ strength and feed plant weekly during growing season.

October 15 Garden Walk Blown into April, 2023 due to Hurricane Ian

The Clermont Garden Club will move the date of their Garden Walk, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022, to Saturday, April 15, 2023 due to landscape damage from Hurricane Ian.

Several of the selected homes reported damage to trees, shrubs and flowers.  Co-Chairmen Marilyn Paone and Margaret Piper met with their committee on Monday, October 3, 2022 to share the news of the damage to the landscapes.  Moving the date to April will open up even more garden possibilities to be enjoyed in a Spring landscape.

Anyone with tickets for the October date may use them in April.  Advertising for the new date will begin after the new year, but mark your calendars NOW!!

Questions may be directed to either of the co-chairmen:

Marilyn Paone:  m.paone@icloud.com

Margaret Piper:  flowergal@cfl.rr.com

Plant Sale Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Clermont Garden Club

The annual Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 9 AM – 2 PM at the Clermont Garden Club.

This is a mostly member grown sale of all kinds of plants; annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, succulents, bromeliads, orchids and more!

We will also offer gently used garden tools, flower pots, garden art and other unique items.

Don’t miss this event!

Cash and Checks Accepted.

 

Plant for September Loaned to Clermont City Hall

Ray San Fratello, right, accepts plants from Gwen Carter, CGC member.

For the month of September, Clermont Garden Club member,  Gwen Carter,  shared three (3) Tillandsia plants, aka “Air Plants” with Clermont City Hall.

 

Tillandsia is a genius of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to the forest, mountains and deserts of Northern Mexico and south-eastern United States,  Mesoamerica and Caribbean to mid Argentina.

 

They are called “Air Plants” since they don’t require soil and take their nutrients from the air.  However, they still need water, nutrients,  and light to survive.  Air Plants are epiphytes, meaning they grow in nature on another tree, hosts, or object.

 

Air Plants do best with a few hours of bright, indirect sun daily.  Place within 1 to 3 feet of an east or west facing window, or within a foot or two of an artificial light source.

 

To water your air plants, soak them upside down in water for 20 minutes every two weeks or more if they are in dry areas.  Most tap water is fine, but it depends on the quality of water in your community.   Best  water to use is rain water, aquarium water, or pond water because these are richer in nutrients.   Dry the plants upside down.

 

Every month, from September through May, a Clermont Garden Club member loans a plant to Clermont City Hall to promote horticulture awareness and connect our community to Clermont Garden Club’s programs,  civic activities,  and community outreach.

 

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month (September through May), 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 c3 nonprofit organization.

Open House and New Member Orientation on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Clermont Garden Club welcomes new members and those from the public to an Open House and New Member Orientation on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

The event will take place at the clubhouse from 10:00 am – Noon with a presentation from the current president, Cindy Simon.  Existing members will be on hand to welcome everyone and answer questions.

This meeting will follow the format of a general meeting, even being held on the third Wednesday of the month, to allow those present to experience how a club meeting is conducted.  A PowerPoint presentation by Cindy Simon will provide information about what the club is all about; why we conduct fundraisers, the type of awards we win, our place in the larger Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, and what kind of programs and field trips will be offered this program year.

The Clermont Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month, September through May.  Social time is 9:30 – 10:00, Club meeting is 10:00 – 10:45, and a Program is generally presented from 11:00 – Noon.  The club is a 501c3 organization.  The meetings take place at our clubhouse, 849 West Avenue, Clermont, FL  34711.  The public is warmly welcome.

 

Camperships Selected for Wekiva Youth Camp for Summer 2022

Rilee Gonzalez and Chase Gonzalez                                                                                                          Izak Hawkins and Sylas Hawkins and Tina Worrell,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chairperson for CGC Wekiva Camperships

Tina Worrell, chairperson for Wekiva Youth Camp, Clermont Garden Club is happy to announce the Camperships for the summer of 2022 at Wekiva Youth Camp.  The students chosen for one week at Wekiva Youth Camp are Chase and Rilee Gonzalez and Izak and Sylas Hawkins.  All are students at Lost Lake Elementary.  Campers are chosen from applications from South Lake public and private elementary schools.
 
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.
 
Wekiva Youth Camp is comprised of six one-week sessions during June & July in Wekiwa Springs State Park, where FFGC (a not-for-profit organization) partners with the Florida Parks Service to improve and maintain the facilities.  Wekiva Youth Camp promises an unforgettable experience enjoying nature, crafts, and the beauty of the natural world in a magical, pristine setting. Campers should be interested in nature and like the outdoors.  Florida residency is not required and campers are welcomed without regard to race, color, religion or ethnicity. Campers enjoy a unique outdoor living and learning experience, with close supervision. Our motto for our youth is “Campers Today – Environmental Leaders Tomorrow”.
 
Note: all children have parental permission for pictures to be published.

 

 

Clermont Garden Club Member Recognition

Clermont Garden Club members recognized five special members at the Club’s End of the Year Luncheon,  Wednesday,  May 18, 2022.  Helen Ribbe and Sue Randall received Outstanding Member.   Debra Smidt received Honorary Member.   Marilyn Paone and Pat Richardson received FFGC Life Member.  Arlene Rand was Mistress of Ceremony. Clermont Garden Club President, Cindy Simon pinned the  honorees.

Helen Ribbe was recognized as Outstanding Member and received her pin from CGC President,  Cindy Simon.

CGC President, Cindy Simon pinned Sue Randall who was  recognized as Outstanding Member.

Cindy Simon,  CGC President pinned Debra Smidt with her Honorary Member pin.

Marilyn Paone received her FFGC Life Member pin from CGC President,  Cindy Simon.

Pat Richardson received her FFGC Life Member pin from CGC President,  Cindy Simon.

Pictured, from left to right. are Arlene Rand,  Pat Richardson,  Marilyn Paone,  Debra Smidt,  Helen Ribbe,  Sue Randall,  and Cindy Simon.

Pictures of the Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the recipients.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month (September through May) except for scheduled field trips, Holiday Luncheon,  and End of the Year Luncheon. Meetings begin at 10am.

New members and guests are warmly welcome.  Clermont Garden Club is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

 

Terrarium Workshop a Success!

Working hard!

The Fun with Flowers Workshop for March, 2022 was a Terrarium workshop where attendees created their own terrarium.  Each participant was provided a 10 inch glass bowl.

They added gravel to the bottom, a layer of activated charcoal for filtration, and soil for planting.  They then selected 4-5 pixie sized plants for planting in their bowl.  Some chose to use fairy or gnome accessories to create a fairy terrarium.

The instructor provided step by step instructions as each person created their own mini eco system in the terrarium.  A total of eight terrariums were created.

The finished product!

2022 Spring Garden Festival is May 7!

Join vendors of specialty plants, nurseries, garden art and garden related crafts at the Clermont Garden Club and City Lake Park in Clermont.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

9 AM – 1 PM

Vendors and Food Trucks Wanted! Visit our website: clermontgardenclub.com, 2022 Spring Fest tab.

Camperships Available for Wekiva Youth Camp

Camperships Available for Wekiva Youth Camp

The Clermont Garden Club is sponsoring Camperships  for South Lake County students who are going into 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.  (Club pays for cost minus $50 paid for by parents.)

Details and pictures for the camp may found at www.WekivaYouthCamp.org.  An Application can be downloaded at WWW.ClermontGardedClub.com

Applications for Camperships must be received NO LATER than March 15th

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.

Wekiva Youth Camp is comprised of six one-week sessions during June & July in Wekiwa Springs State Park, where FFGC (a not-for-profit organization) partners with the Florida Parks Service to improve and maintain the facilities.  Wekiva Youth Camp promises an unforgettable experience enjoying nature, crafts, and the beauty of the natural world in a magical, pristine setting. Campers should be interested in nature and like the outdoors.  Florida residency is not required and campers are welcomed without regard to race, color, religion or ethnicity. Campers enjoy a unique outdoor living and learning experience, with close supervision. Our motto for our youth is “Campers Today – Environmental Leaders Tomorrow”.