FUN WITH FLOWERS, AUGUST 17, 2019

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New FFGC District VII Director

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Members of the Clermont Garden Club recently attended the installation of Gwen Carter the new Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC) District VII Director.  Gwen (center of photo in white dress) is a member of the Clermont Garden Club. 

 

The next Clermont Garden Club scheduled event will be happening on August 17th.  The public is invited to attend a floral demonstration and “Make & Take.”  Fun with Flowers begins at 10:00 A.M. and the cost is $20.  For more information about this event, please email Alice Barrows, abarrows@cfl.rr.com.

 

 

Clermont Garden Club Officers Installed, 2019 – 2021

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Clermont Garden Club had their End of the Year and Installation of Officers Luncheon May 15, 2019.

Clermont Garden Club’s officers are, from left to right, Sandi Eckstein (First Vice-president), Cindy Simon (Second Vice-president), Juanita Schuster (Recording Secretary), Tina Worrell (Corresponding Secretary), Marilyn Paone (President), and Gwen Carter (Installation Officer & District VII Director)  Treasurer,  Elaine Hogan is not pictured.

Membership awards were presented to ,Margaret Piper,  Cindi Simon, and Jim Lobb, not pictured. IMG_0283

Special awards were presented to Pat Richardson, Pat’s daughter, Jennifer Manning and granddaughter,  Lily Manning for many hours of volunteering in the garden.  Former President,  Debra Smidt, on the right, presented the awards.

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Members enjoyed the luncheon held at Sanctuary Ridge Restaurant in Clermont.

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Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month (September – May) at the clubhouse at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10 A. M.  May Meeting is the End of the Year Luncheon.


New members and guests are warmly welcome.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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Clermont Garden Club Supports East Ridge H.S.’s Agricultural Program

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Clermont Garden Club was elated to be selected as Lucky’s Market Impact Day recipient for the second quarter. As a result of Lucky’s benevolence, Clermont Garden Club was able to donate $ 1000.00 to East Ridge H.S.’s Agricultural Program to help them purchase the JP-6 Seeder. With the seeder, students can work smarter and produce a larger crop.

Debra Smidt, Gwen Carter, and Tina Worrell (not pictured) presented the $1000.00 check to Mr. Troy Beaudaux ( East Ridge H.S. Agricultural Teacher ).

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Clermont Garden Club’s Outreach Educational Program

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Clermont Garden Club members, Blanche Gibson and Gwen Carter,  had the pleasure of making terrariums with Ms. Smoaks Senior AP English 4 class on May 10, 2019.

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Pictured, from left to right, are Blanche Gibson,  Tracy Smoak (Lake Minneola H.S.  English 4 Teacher), and Gwen Carter.

 

Lake Minneola H.S. received a grant from St.  John’s Water Management District to research water conservation.   Students read books to find ways to conserve water.  The class read Seedfolks by Newbery – winning author Paul Flerschman.  Flerschman uses 13 speakers to bring to life a community Garden’s founding and first year.   Students also referenced The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman .  In the book, Fishman discusses the secret life and turbulent future of water.

 

Students did projects on the Green Swamp, Groundwater, Florida’s Aquifer, and Reclaimed Water to prove  why it’s so important to conserve water.

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As a follow up activity, the class created individual terrariums.

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Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month, (Sept. – May)  at the clubhouse at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  FL 34711.  The club’s annual End  of the Year Luncheon is held at the May meeting.  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.

 

A Lucky Plant at the Library

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Clermont Garden Club member, Arlene Rand, (pictured on the right with Cooper Librarian Amy Hand), is sharing her Lucky Bamboo with library patrons this month. Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana), also known as curly bamboo, is a tropical plant valued for its ease of care, easily manipulated growth and pleasing appearance. The plant’s common name derives from its supposed ability to bring good fortune to its owner and its resemblance to real bamboo.  Native to Asia and Africa, lucky bamboo requires a warm, humid climate to thrive, so gardeners typically grow the plant indoors. 
Each month a Clermont Garden Club member shares a plant with the library to promote interest in horticulture and increase awareness of our organization.
Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month (September-May).  The Annual End of the Year Luncheon is held in May.  All meetings are held at the clubhouse,  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.
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CGC Spring Garden Festival A Success!

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The members of the Clermont Garden Club wish to thank the vendors of our First Annual Spring Garden Festival for helping to make it a great event.  We appreciate: Beautiful Bamboo; Bridle Oaks Nursery; Creative Garden Structures- a Bronze Sponsor; Daisy Megs; East Ridge High School Agriculture Students; Florida Fresh Live Herbs, Inc.; Florida Native Plant Society, Passionflower Chapter; Grumble House Antiques & Garden Shop; Happy Bee Honey;  Herb Nerd, LLC; Lamb’s Nursery, donating 10% of their sales; Nelly’s Garden Art; Ritter’s Custard, donating 15% of their sales; Russell’s Bromeliads- a Bronze Sponsor; Struthers Nursery- a Bronze Sponsor; Upcycled & Blooming; Winter Haven Orchids; and The Yard Stop.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month from September through May.  Clermont Garden Club’s annual luncheon is in May.

Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M. at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.

New members and guests are warmly welcome.

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

 

 

Clermont Garden Club’s 1st Spring Garden Festival, A Success!

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If you weren’t at Clermont Garden Club’s Spring Garden Festival, Saturday, May 4th, you missed a wonderful experience.

There were various vendors, from all over Central Florida, selling garden related items. Horticulturists were available to answer all your garden questions. Fresh delicious hamburgers and hotdogs were cooked on the grill. Ice cream was also available for your pleasure.

Queen Avianna, 2019 Florida Watermelon Queen, was on hand passing out watermelon to the crowd.

Make and Take workshops went on through out the day. Festival patrons got a chance to create terrariums and fairy gardens to take home.

Inside the clubhouse, there were loads of raffle items and displays showing the history of Clermont Garden Club and their sponsorships.

Next year, do yourself a favor, don’t miss CGC’s Spring Garden Festival.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month (September  – May) at the clubhouse,  849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.   End of the Year Annual Luncheon is held at the May meeting.

New members and guests are warmly welcome.

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

Gwen Carter, District VII Director, 2019 – 2021

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Clermont Garden Club member, Gwen Carter, was recently installed as the new Director of District Seven of the Florida Gwen (4)Federation of Garden Clubs.  She has held many positions in the local garden club including First Vice President.  The members of the Clermont Garden Club are proud of Gwen and pledge to support her in this new position.  

 

Horticulturist Extraordinaire

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Vicki Hearst, Horticulturist Extraordinaire,  was Clermont Garden Club’s guest speaker Wednesday,  April 17, 2019.  Vicki is an active member of Windermere Garden Club and is President, elect for the coming year.IMG_4150 IMG_4162 IMG_4152 IMG_4164 IMG_4166 IMG_4155 IMG_4168 IMG_4167 IMG_4157 IMG_4171 IMG_4161 IMG_4158

Vicki educated the members on how easy it is to grow INDOOR EDIBLES.

Examples of inside edibles are:

Soaks –  Hydrated nuts like almonds

Sprouts – Baby plants grown quickly in 4 to 7 days in a soil less method

Microgreens – Baby plants grown in quality potting mix

Shoots – Peas, Sunflower, and Wheat Grass are called Microgreens and shoots.

Baby Greens – Young “salad” plants, usually a mixed variety,  grown in potting mix, past the 2nd leaf stage, and harvested by trimming the leaves as needed.

Vicki’s presentation was interesting and very educational.

Members were excited to take home seeds and potting soil to start growing their own Microgreens.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month,  (September- May) at the clubhouse,  849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711. Meeting begin at 10 A.M.

Clermont Garden Club’s Annual Luncheon is scheduled for the May meeting.

New members and guests are warmly welcomed to the general meetings.

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