Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Calusa Garden Club Kicks Off a New Club Year

Calusa Garden Club Members work on floral designs. | Photos by Sara Wolf and Susan LaGrotta

Calusa Garden Club members recently met for their kick-off meeting for the 2019-2020 Club year. The day began with a workshop on floral design at which participants learned how to make “miniature” designs – some were limited to five-inch high designs and some cascade designs were limited to twelve inches in height. Participants were challenged in working with their small containers, small flowers and small greens, but enjoyed the lesson by member Lindy Kowalczyk and produced beautiful petite designs.

The business meeting featured a slide presentation by the officers and committee chairs that served as an orientation to new members and a refresher to current members. The presentation, “This is Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island,” covered the Club’s educational and social opportunities for members in addition to highlighting the Club’s community outreach activities such as our Standard Flower Show to be held March 7-8, 2020 and our maintenance of Marco Island markers including the Blue Star Memorial at Veterans’ Community Park.

The next meeting of Calusa Garden Club will be held on Monday, November 14, when the featured speaker will be Maria Schoenfelder, a UF/IAS Master Gardener. Schoenfelder will speak on “Container Gardening with Unusual Plants and Planters,” including bromeliads and tillandsia, among other plant species.

Calusa Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing five months or more in Collier County.

Calusa Garden Club meets the second Monday of each month, October through March, at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Business meetings begin at 12:30 PM and programs begin at 1:15 PM. Calusa Garden Club welcomes visitors interested in our educational programs and visitors interested in membership.

Contact the Garden Club at calusagardenclub@aol.com, or on the Garden Club’s website, calusa.org, or visit the Club’s Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.

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