Twig Morris President 2013-2015
In This Issue
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
JAN/FEB 2015 www.wellingtongardenclub.org
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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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for January donations of food or Table Dcor and for any questions or changes.
Barbara Hadsell Tim Hadsell
Joyce Smith Deb Russell
Rehana Potter Mary Ellen Chestnut Carol Krenkel
Kathy Siena Mary Ellen Chestnut
Jackie Anderson Peggy Gustafson
Twig Morris Barbara Zenker
Dora Bellomo Edna Farrar Danese Sloan Kendall
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: email@example.com
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: PKroetsch@earthlink.net
Susan would like to help with Environmental/Conservation projects
Barbara Phelan 13931 Barberry Ct., Wellington 33414 Phone: 561-422-3560; email JohnPPhelan@msn.com Barbara is interested in floral design and would like to help with publicity, a flower show and the
Petra Russell 6220 Kelty Way, Lake Worth 33467 Phone: 561-357-0104; 561-398-5588; email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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
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Monday, January 5, 2015
Petal Designs, Floral Elegance
Petal Harvill Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 )
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.
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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 email@example.com
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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.
YOUTH GARDEN CLUBS NEWS
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
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...