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Twig Morris President 2013-2015

In This Issue

Presidents Letter

1 Jan./Feb. Calendar 2 Treasurers Report 2 Hospitality 3 Membership 4

Meeting Speakers 5 Around & Abouts 6 Scholarship News 7

Youth News 7-10 Habitat 9 Winter Luncheon 10-11 Workshops 11-13

Other news 13-18

The Newsletter of the Wellington Garden Club

Allamanda News

JAN/FEB 2015


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Its hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close. As I look back on all that has happened since our fiscal year

began June 1, Im delighted with what weve accomplished.

Here are a few highlights: Last summer we provided Wekiva Youth

Camp scholarships for 13 boys and girls from 2nd to 9th grade, each of whom spent a fun-filled week at the FFGC-sponsored environmental

and nature camp. We also provided scholarships for nine high school students to attend FFGCs SEEK (Saving the Earths Environment through Knowledge) Environmental Conference.

September brought an unexpected grant of $5,000 from Pratt & Whitney that has been put to good use at Equestrian Trails Elementary

School where there are now five very active new junior garden clubs. Our other youth garden clubs and youth contests are thriving with over 30 members actively involved with our youth programs. Also in 2014, members helped landscape two Habitat for Humanity homes; attended NGCs Landscape Design and Flower Show Schools;

had fun and created beautiful designs at our own Garden Art and Floral Design Workshops; and took some exciting trips.

Looking ahead to 2015 - Our meeting on Monday, January 5 will be

the last to be held in the Wellington Community Center. As you may know, the building will be closed in January to make way for a new

structure. Our meeting on February 2 will be held at Village Park on Pierson Road. Details are still being worked out with Village staff. Information on the new meeting space will be forthcoming.

In March we will celebrate Wellington Garden Week. The kick-off event called Gardening Makes a World of Difference will be held on Sunday,

March 8 from 11 AM to 4 PM. It will include gardening and landscape design seminars that are free to the public, as well as a plant sale and

other garden-related items for sale. Your help is needed to make this event a success, so be sure to look for the sign-up sheets at the

January 5 meeting. I know I can count on your support.


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Jan 5 Garden Club Meeting

Jan 8 Adopt-a-Street (9:00 a.m. Meet at Dog Park parking lot)

Jan 14, 15 FFGC Board of Directors Meeting, Winter Park

Jan 15 Around & About Excalibur Fruit Trees

Jan 22 Wellington Community Center Maintenance (8:30 a.m.)

Jan 26 WGC Executive Committee Meeting (10:30 noon)

Jan 27 Floral Design Workshop (1:00 4:00 p.m.)

Jan 28-29 Tropical Short Course, Mounts Botanical Garden

Jan 31 Sunset Social at Kevin Fosters home

Feb 2 Garden Club Meeting

Feb 4 Garden Art Workshop (9:00 noon)

Feb 5 Around & About Redlands Organic Herb Farm

Feb 19 Wellington Community Center Maintenance (8:30 a.m.)

Feb 20-22 Wekiva Leadership Training, Wekiva Youth Camp,


Feb 24 WGC Executive Committee Meeting (10:30 noon)

Feb 25 Floral Design Workshop (1:00 4:00 p.m.)


By Danese Sloan-Kendall, Treasurer December 1, 2014

Wellington Garden Club began November 2014 with a checking account balance of $29,604.50.

Income since then has totaled $403.84, primarily from awards & grants.

Expenses since November 1st were $3,124.26 consisting primarily of Jr. Garden club programs and member education.

Current balance in the Wellington Garden Club checking account is $26,884.08.

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HOSPITALITY By Jorun Legraid, Spring Hospitality Chair

Garden club members listed below have signed up to bring food donations to January and February 2015 meetings. Please prepare your food item to cover at least 12 people. A small written description of ingredients

should accompany your donation to help members with food allergies. Signup sheets for February, March, and April food donations and for Table

Dcor will be available at the January 5, 2015 meeting.

For January still need 3 Sandwiches, 3 Salads, 1 Dessert

Please contact Jorun Legraid at 561-790-6696 or email for January donations of food or Table Dcor and for any questions or changes.

January February


Barbara Hadsell Tim Hadsell

Joyce Smith Deb Russell

Rehana Potter Mary Ellen Chestnut Carol Krenkel

Kathy Siena Mary Ellen Chestnut

Jackie Anderson Peggy Gustafson


Susan Hillson

Twig Morris Barbara Zenker

Dora Bellomo Edna Farrar Danese Sloan Kendall

Joan Kaplan

Kevin Foster

Mary Ann Boudreau Harriet Samuels

Rosemarie Schaefer Bobbi Ziegler Pat Smith


Edna Gray Sandy Williams Rickie Pollacchi Doreen Baxter Evvy Bartley Natalie Steinmetz Cindy Hartman Jackie Anderson Nancy Cinieri

Darlene Raeppold Beth Stewart Rickie Pollacchi Christine Biscoglio Marilynn Walvoord Carol Krenkel Tom Bivin Pamela Jacobson JoAnn Akins


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MEMBERSHIP REPORT Carol Coleman, Membership Chairman

During the past few months, we have added several new members to WGC. We are delighted

that they joined our club and look forward to getting to know them better. Heres a little bit about each of them. Please introduce yourself to them at the next meeting.

Dori Green - 9043 Bay Harbour Circle, West Palm Beach 33411 Phone: 561-784-7299; cell: 561-309-1766; email:

Dori is already involved with our jr. garden clubs and wants to participate in garden art/crafts classes and the garden tour

Susan Kroetsch 9736 Via Grandezza W., Wellington 33411 Phone: 561-790-0286; cell: 561-891-1385; email:

Susan would like to help with Environmental/Conservation projects

Barbara Phelan 13931 Barberry Ct., Wellington 33414 Phone: 561-422-3560; email Barbara is interested in floral design and would like to help with publicity, a flower show and the

garden tour.

Petra Russell 6220 Kelty Way, Lake Worth 33467 Phone: 561-357-0104; 561-398-5588; email: Petra is interested in floral design, environmental/conservation projects, horticulture study and

will help with the garden tour and a flower show

Barbara Segura 2234 North Federal Hwy., Boca Raton 33431 Cell: 860-836-9515 Barbara is interested in floral design, environmental/conservation projects, horticulture study

and will help with the garden tour and a flower show

Sandy Tonneson 2311 Las Casitas Drive, Wellington 33414 Cell: 561-346-8783; email:

Sandy has rejoined our club after living out of the area for a few years. Welcome back! She would like to help with hands-on gardening and the garden tour.

NOTE: Blue Leis are worn by Membership Committee Members

Multi-colored Leis are worn by New Members; Yellow Leis are worn by visitors

Jan./Feb. 2015 Page 5


Monday, January 5, 2015

Petal Designs, Floral Elegance

Petal Harvill Email:

Petal Harvill is a Master Floral Designer and owner of Petal Designs in Boca Raton. Her company provides floral design

concepts for hotels, resorts, commercial interiors, home dcor and social events.

Petal has vast international experience. Her background is in French, Dutch and Asian designs. She will demonstrate her

talents for us and share some beautiful examples of her work.


Monday, February 2, 2015 The Good, the Good and the Ugly ! ( Vultures )

Sydelle Dombrowsky

Green Cay Wetlands Nature Center

Now do not say YUCK! Im not staying for this presentation. Sydelle Dombrowsky will entertain you and educate you on these

misunderstood and reviled creatures that evoke shudders and are natures ultimate cleanup crew. You will learn about their ancestry, anatomy, habits, flight, myths and some very surprising and often

humorous facts about vultures. Sydelle is a Florida Master Gardener and a certified Florida Naturalist. She is a sought after lecturer at

Mounts and garden clubs throughout Palm Beach County. When she is not sharing her love for these birds she is often found at the Green

Cay Wetlands Nature Center where she is a docent and member of the Board of Directors.

Jan./Feb. 2015 Page 6

AROUND AND ABOUT Wednesday, January 15, 2015

Excalibur Fruit Trees

5200 Fearnley Road, Lake Worth 33467

Tour begins at 10:00 am; Cost: FREE

Did you know you can see over 25 types of mangoes at Excalibur Fruit Trees? From mangoes, to avocados, to jackfruit

and sapote, Richard Wilson has scoured the world for rare and unusual fruit trees and plants. His passion offers us a multitude of varieties. Have your taste buds ready as we will be treated to

a tasting of some of their in-season fruits. Join us for an in-depth and behind-the- scene tour of this commercial fruit tree

nursery. Learn how to grow these trees in pots and containers. There is something for every type of residence whether you live in a condo, townhouse or a single family home. Here is your

opportunity to buy that exotic fruit tree you have always wanted. [Accepts Cash or Check only for purchases] Wear your hat and

sunscreen and bring your bug repellant (just in case!) LUNCH: On your own. Check out the local eateries.

CARPOOL: Leaves Ultima Fitness or IHOP at 9:30am Sharp SIGN-UP at a meeting or contact Diane Patterson (561) 795-7742 or email at

AROUND AND ABOUT Thursday, February 5, 2015

Redland Organic Herb Farm With Carolyne Coppolo 18470 SW 296TH ST., Homestead, FL 33030

Tel: (305) 246-5825

Cost: $60 per person which includes bus, tour and lunch. NON-REFUNDABLE if cancelled

later than January 15, 2015. BUS TOUR: Leave from Publix Parking Lot (Forest Hill and South Shore) at 8:15 AM. YOU MUST BE THERE NO LATER THAN 8:00 AM

Carolyne Coppolo, owner/manager of Redlands Organic Herb Farm, has

been growing herbs commercially since 1994. She will open her historic 1899 farmhouse and gardens to WGC for a tour and lunch. Carolyne

has been featured in the Miami Herald, interviewed on Good Morning South Florida, and conducts workshops on growing herbs at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. We will tour her extensive gardens

and be treated to a specially prepared lunch by a local culinary chef. Carolyne will also conduct a workshop on growing herbs and

vegetables in a tropical climate using techniques such as square foot gardening, raised beds and hay boxes. We will have the opportunity to purchase items from the chefs pantry including exotic jams and jellies, as well as vegetable and herb plants.

SIGN-UP: At a meeting or contact Diane Patterson (561) 795-7742 or email at


Jan./Feb. 2015 Page 7

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS By John Siena, Chairman, College Scholarships

WGC Scholarship Committee ReportWinter 2014-15

Your Scholarship Committee set some very aggressive objectives for this year and while we made substantial progress, there is still a lot to do. We are truly blessed to have Dale Hesser and Mary Kastner as hard working effective members of the Scholarship Committee. I expect

that some of what was started this year will actually bear fruit next year, but here is what we accomplished so far:

Updated our standard operating procedure and financial aid application form.

Developed a comprehensive package containing information on financial aid available to

students in the areas of horticulture, environmental science, or related fields of scholarship.

Wrote a single sheet summary of relevant information and application forms for scholarships

available from WGC, FFGC DSR, and NGC providing an easy to understand synopsis for the

student to follow.

Wrote a WGC procedure for the acceptance of grants and donations.

Gave copies of our comprehensive package, along with electronic copies on flash memory

drives to the main Financial Aid Department of PBSC for review and distribution to the

department heads of horticulture and environmental science as well as the satellite financial

aid offices of PBSC; they will be the primary interface between WGC and the students. We

are following a protocol recognizing the importance of the financial aid departments in

achieving our objective to integrate financial need into our scholarship awards.

Mary Kastner (a scholarship committee member) has committed to awarding a legacy grant

for middle school students. Thank you Mary.


By Barbara Hadsell, Jr. Garden Clubs Chairman Our After School junior garden clubs at Equestrian Trails Elementary School are off to a great

start. We have 4 clubs that meet weekly at 4 pm for an hour. Pratt & Whitney grant money has been used to purchase grow bags, compost, an irrigation system, individual journals and youth

gardening books. Ace Hardware in Wellington and Jupiter have donated most of the seeds, and each junior group created a thank you poster. We would love to have more WGC members join us!!

Green Rocket Growers, 10 second graders at Equestrian Trails

Elementary School in Welllington, are keenly making scientific observations of their vegetable plants growth while also studying how to eat healthy. Dori Green and Martie Spaier are WGC co-leaders. Group

meets Thursdays.

Above: Green Rocket Growers

create a Thank You poster for

Rockys Ace Hardware. Contd on pg. 8

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Contd from pg. 7

Our kindergarden club is called "The Rainbow Gardening Club". We have 8 amazing members who can't wait until next Monday to garden again. They are very proud of their club and their

plants. The kids really make you melt, and when I see them at school during the week, I get big hugs... the question is always the same... "Are we go...


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