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We are so lucky to have sunshine, blue skies, and flowers here in SW Florida. I know that I have missed getting together, seeing everyone, and sharing information. I have learned so much about Southwest Florida gardening from GCGC.
The GCGC Board of Directors just finished our March Board meeting and there were important decisions to communicate to members.
Our President, Pat Townsend, is still being treated in the hospital for a blood clot in her foot. Pat needs to concentrate on her recovery. Any notes or cards can be mailed to Pat’s home address. The rest of the board is working hard, doing our best under present circumstances: COVID limitations, trying to get a vaccine scheduled, everyday life, etc.
- Exciting news! We are going to start having in-person meetings again beginning with our next club year’s calendar. Our first meeting would be on October 11, 2021. This also means that we can plan outings and excursions.
We still have Board positions that need to be filled: Secretary, Membership, Treasurer. All clubs need member participation to be viable, and so far no one has communicated a willingness to help on the Board. Present board members have agreed to stay in their positions until Fall.
- The Blue Star Memorial dedication is planned for Monday, March 29, 2021, at 2pm. The event will be held outside at the site of the marker.
If you have not yet seen our marker, it is located near the corner of Old 41 and Reynolds St in Bonita Springs.
If you plan to attend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know, so we can plan accordingly. The dedication marks a major milestone for our club.
- Save April 12. 2021 for our annual April luncheon. Since there are no installations to perform at this time, the luncheon will be an opportunity to get together and socialize. More information to follow.
— Diane Schmidt
Dues for 2021-22 – May 1 Deadline
At our recent February general meeting, members voted to accept the Treasurer’s recommendation that our dues for the next year be reduced to $30. The one-year decrease is due to the fact that the pandemic has altered how we have been meeting, and has limited the club’s usual activities. Any shortfall in revenue for 2021-22 will be covered by reserve funds. This is a one-year-only reduction in dues, and applies to current club members only. Any former member, who did not renew for 2020-21, must pay the usual $50 yearly fee.
All members must mail their checks to be received no later than May 1st, 2021.
Make checks payable to GCGC and mail to Claire Flynn, VP Membership
Claire’s address is in our directory
Member Directory | Gulf Coast Garden Club
February 8, 2021 10AM via ZOOM
General Meeting Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
President’s report – Pat Townsend
Several positions are up for renewal. GCGC needs Nominating Committee. Looking for volunteers.
Comments on future Flower Shows
Comments on status of Blue Star Marker, plantings and dedication ceremony
- Fall of 2021 or Spring of 2022
Status mailing Year books
- Put In the mail
Review web site status
All Yearbook information updated to the minute is on our web site: gulfcoastgardenclub.org
Treasurers’ report Diane Schmidt and Sue Hamilton
Status. Financial Statement
- review dues issue
Plan for after/COVID – thoughts
Recording Secretary’s report – Anne Duffy
December 2020 General Meeting Minutes attached
January 2021 General Meeting Minutes attached
Accept December and January minutes.
Motion to approve.
Membership report – Claire Flynn
Any change in status
COVID-19 and face-to-face meetings
- Replace officers leaving positions. Anne Duffy, Secretary, Claire Flynn, Membership, Laura Sullivan-Program Chair, TBA: Green Thumb, Hospitality
* ???? let me know
Show What You Know – Valentine Cards by Pat Townsend
10:00am Meeting call to order
Pledge of Allegiance
Board Member reports
* Secretary – meeting minutes December 2020
To be read and approved. Will post on Web site under member login section
1) Questionnaire on meetings in person or via ZOOM
2) Passing out the Directory
a. some 30 books have been handed out to date.
b. Passing out or mailing remaining books.3) Meeting topics
* Any additional ‘Show What You Know’ or ‘Table Designs’, etc.
4) Looking for replacement board members for positions that are expiring
Need to form Nominating Committee
* 3rd VP – Membership
* Green Thumb – TBA
* Hospitality – TBA
* Recording Secretary
5) Update from 2022 Flower Show committee – Karen Hauwiller
6) Budget for 2021 – 3022
* Finance Committee reviewing7) Blue Star Dedication Ceremony
See attached documents (click on items to download):
1) list of members by zip code to pass out directories
2) info from Courier on future Ft Myers-Lee County activities
Bromeliads 101: the perfect plant for SWFL, Landscapes and Lanais presented by Matthew Bagley, Owner, Bonita Bromeliads
Continue OLD Business
‘SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW’
Member Anina Bachrach will talk about
how YOU CAN MAKE LITTLE BOXES from your holiday cards
a) decorate a holiday wreath
b) store little treasurers in it
End of meeting
New in the Box – Never Opened $70
Locks in juices and flavors: Sear at 450 degrees or use adjustable temperature dial to grill at lower heat for optimal grilling results
Enjoy grilling all year long: This indoor grill with hood has a high searing heat that locks in juices and flavors, and lid closes to give you signature grill marks; Serves up to 6 with 118 square inch grilling surface
Easy to clean: Indoor grill hood, plate, and extra-large drip tray are all removable and dishwasher safe
Less mess: Extra-large drip tray catches juices so they don’t spill on your counter and it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
Power and preheat lights: Eliminate guesswork while using your electric grill
Cooks more than steaks, Bbq and burgers: Grill chicken, fish, pizza, vegetables, fruit and more. Also great for paleo and Keto diets.
Powerful 1200 watts and 1 year limited warranty.
Dimensions: 12.4 inches L x 16.7 inches W x 6.8 inches H
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Click to view items received from Kathleen Hawryluk for our Elegant Sale. Many items are good for flower arrangements.
Contact Anina Bachrach to arrange a purchase. Prices are shown when you click on a picture.
|How We Make Our Living Succulent Wreaths|
|by Kat McCullough|
One of the many forms of horticultural artistry on display during every A Longwood Christmas is our selection of intricately crafted living wreaths. While the Conservatory is currently closed, this year, we created a living wreath of yellow × Oncidesa Sweet Sugar ‘Lemon Drop’ orchids in our Orchid House, a circular creation of rich red kalanchoe and bird’s nest ferns adorning our North Passage near the Bonsai Display, and a round living wreath focused on Echeveria in our Silver Garden. They are all stunning, and each using its own distinct plant palette, all spectacular … but I may be just a bit partial to the Silver Garden wreath, as I’m the one who crafted it! As a Longwood Senior Horticulturist, I’ve had the pleasure of creating dozens of living wreaths and many succulent creations throughout my time here, but this year’s Silver Garden wreath is especially poignant and beautiful to me.
Living under the Tree Canopy by Debbie Hughes. Horticulture Director, Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Debbie will speak about the changes that occur under the tree canopy as the trees mature and the plants change their need for sunlight. Initially, young trees allow sunlight to penetrate the growth below the trees canopy. As the trees mature, the canopy thickens, and the sunlight falling on the undergrowth plants changes. This changes the needs of the plants living under the canopy.