Calusa Garden Club conducted a community flower arranging workshop in Rose Hall at the Marco Island Library on November 17. The event was sponsored by Friends of the Library. Eight garden club members worked together to provide instructional posters, plant materials, containers and oasis, plus guidance and enthusiastic encouragement as they led 25 would-be designers in creating their own floral masterpieces.
Workshop participants first learned elements of both traditional and creative floral designs from garden club instructors Sue Oldershaw and Connie Lowery, and then all hands werebusy constructing their own creative designs, which they were able to take home with them. Other Calusa Garden Club members were scattered throughout the room to offer suggestions and answer questions. One lucky attendee won a traditional design that had been constructed as the class watched and learned.
The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island began in 1982 and is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Region and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Prospective members are most welcome to attend the next meeting,which will be held January 11 in the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church.
The pre-meeting workshop will be “What’s bugging your plants?” conducted by Master Gardener Donna Kay. Members are encouraged to bring, in sealed plastic bags, examples of foliage, fruit or flowers from plants that appear to suffer from disease or insect damage. During the meeting, Karyn Allman of the Florida Native Plant Society will address the group. For additional information, please visit the club website at www.calusa.org or call Linda Colombo at 239-642-6845, or Judy Kouhi at 239-642-4645.