Monthly Archives: October 2020

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.

Click here for pictures of the October 12, 2020 Zoom Meeting


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.