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January 11, 2021 Meeting

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Meeting photos showing presentation by Matthew Bagley


10:00am  Meeting call to order
   Pledge of Allegiance
    Inspirational message

Board Member reports
    * President
    *  Secretary – meeting minutes December 2020
        To be read and approved. Will post on Web site under member login section
    * Treasurer
    * Membership
    * Programs

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
  * Program 
  * 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

10:30am  PROGRAM:
Bromeliads 101: the perfect plant for SWFL, Landscapes and Lanais presented by Matthew Bagley, Owner, Bonita Bromeliads

Continue OLD Business

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
     c)  etc. 

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End of meeting

Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill

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New in the Box – Never Opened $70

Hamilton Beach 25361

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

Item specifics

Finish:Stainless Steel
Number of Tiers:1
Power:1200 W
Material:Stainless Steel

Longwood Garden Wreath

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.

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November 9, 2020 Meeting

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Program –  
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. 

Berne Davis Gardens open on Tuesdays

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The Berne Davis Botanical Garden, 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, is open for Tuesday morning garden walks beginning October13, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and continuing into May.  Admission and parking are both free; handicap parking is on Virginia Avenue; regular parking is on Larchmont Avenue, off of McGregor Avenue

The botanical garden is a project of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council, whose headquarters are at the Virginia Avenue address.    The garden has been referred to as “the most peaceful place in Fort Myers.”  The garden has been closed to the public the past months due to COVID-19, it has been maintained by the council and is ready to be enjoyed again.

 Although there won’t be docents to provide tours, guests are welcome to enjoy the garden on their own; masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.  No large groups can be accommodated and restrooms are not available.

The garden is the home of the Lorelei statue that was part of the old Fort Myers Library as well as the Mina Edison Botanical Library.  Many of the displays in the garden have been provided through the talents and contributions of the29  local garden clubs, plant societies, and other affiliate members, representing over 1,700 members which comprise the Garden Council.

The Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council was formed in 1957.  Membership provides an opportunity to learn about floral design, growing plants suitable for our locale, and conservation methods.  The Council assists in educating and beautifying the community, and improving the environment.  A speakers bureau provides speakers for meetings and events.  The Council is a member of the National Garden Clubs, the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, and American Public Gardens Association.

 For additional information about the Council, contact the Council at or call us at  239-332-4942.

Creative Floral Arrangers Videos

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Kathleen Hawryluk, a member of GCGC, is serving as President of CFAA (Creative Floral Arrangers of America) during this Pandemic. Because CFAA will not be having its usual February Seminar in Orlando, the CFAA Board has decided to keep in touch with members with a monthly Newsletter which will have a video included. Please go to for information on how to join and to see lots of other interesting info.

Kathleen accepted this challenge and has made a few videos that she will share with our club. Please note that she is the videographer, lighting person, director, producer, designer, critic and editor. Learning IMovie, which is the editing software, has been a definite challenge! You will see definite improvement of the quality of the videos as we see more of them. 
Links to two of them are included here. Have more coming, Kathleen predicts they will be getting better as she learns more!

Underwater Floral Design
CFAA Components
Acrylic ribbon heliconia

October 12, 2020 Meeting

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Meeting Minutes become official after being approved at next meeting.
Contact Anne Duffy if you want anything modified.

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Opening:  Welcome to all  members:  by Patricia Townsend

Pledge of Allegiance:      ALL

Inspirational Message:  Sharon Kennedy

Old Business:
Introduction of Board of Directors by Patricia Townsend

President                        Patricia Townsend
1st VP                              Mary King
2nd VP                            Kathy Erickson, Programs
3rd VP                            Claire Flynn, Membership
Corresp. Secretary      Karen Hauwiller
Recording Secretary   Anne Duffy
Co-Treasurer                Diane Schmidt 
Co-Treasurer                Sue Hamilton
Past President              Diane Schmidt  
Advisors                        Anina Bachrach and  Sue Hamilton

* Review meeting schedule via ZOOM with outings to Restaurants in December and April
* Review activities for GCGC during the 2020-2021 Year
* Review Status of Budget  changes in Cash Flow and Expenses
* Review Blue Star Project

New Business:
* Ask for feedback and questions


Experience the Wonder – Jacob Winge, Vice President of Environmental Education for the Everglades Wonder Gardens, will speak about the Wonder Gardens and what is new and different since hurricane Irma hit us in Bonita Springs and hit the garden hard.  The Wonder Gardens is home to a diverse family of Florida wildlife.  They have Florida Alligators and flamingos to beautiful macaws, pythons, turtles, tortoises,  and even Chinese Golden Pheasants.  The Wonder Garden is home to a vibrant botanical collection.

See one of our own doing Show What You Know
Diane Schmidt: Folding Napkins for any Occasion

Dates to Remember:
October 22, 2020  Zoom District IX Fall Meeting  9am to 1pm  Registration required, see attached.
October 23-24, 2020 NGC Landscape Design School – Course 4 via Zoom  Contact Anina Bachrach for information.

End of the meeting.

September 2020 Meeting

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If you need login information or other technical help call Ben Bachrach at 313-805-1989

GCGC Meeting Agenda

10 am   Login – Start meeting
President’s Report:  Patricia Townsend, opening comments
Treasurer Report:  Status of bank balance. 
The Blue Star marker has been ordered.

Old Business:
The Finance Committee is reviewing the budget for 2020-2021 for adjustments

The October and November meetings will be via ZOOM with programs. Need to assess members’ preferences for future meetings via Unity Church or via ZOOM.

We will poll members to see if we want to go to luncheon at Palladio Trattoria with raffle baskets.

Blue Star Memorial marker status: Ordered 7/31/20, shipping 10/16/20. Need to plan dedication ceremony.

Yearbook: Will be available to members for mailing or pickup.

New Business:  To be determined

End Business Meeting