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The following grants, made possible by everyone who supported our 2016 House & Garden Tour, will fund projects that support our mission and make a measurable impact on the greater Naples’ community:
- $1,300 to Collier Senior Resources to fund trips to Naples Botanical Garden for Golden Gate Seniors.
- $13,000 to Friends of Fakahatchee to construct a 14’ x 20’ Chickee Hut and educational panels with seating for presentations to schools, universities and the general public.
- $5,500 to Grace Place to create a six-bed garden and reading area called Horner Corner.
- $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity to create signs surrounded by landscaping for two Habitat neighborhoods in Immokalee
- $4,500 to JFCS to fund materials for a healthy produce garden.
- $15,000 to Naples Botanical Garden to support three interns.
- $15,000 to Naples Botanical Garden to fund its
On April 3, 2017, eight organizations received grants from Naples Garden Club. Sandy Lasch, Naples Garden Club President, made the check presentations. She noted that NGC “is pleased to support the efforts of these diverse organizations. The projects we fund support our mission to foster understanding and appreciation of horticulture, design and the environment”. In addition to the grants, the club also funds several scholarships and internships. The 2017 grants are as follows:
- Colllier Senior Services – Funds for a courtyard garden and field trips
- Friends of Fakahatchee – Funding for a chickee hut outdoor classroom
- Grace Place – A grant to create a garden with reading area
- Habitat for Hunanity – Signage and landscaping in two neighborhoods
- JFCS – Funds for a healthy eating garden and education plus field trips
- Naples Botanical Garden -Preservation
There was much to celebrate at the April 3 General Membership Meeting as 19 new actives were welcomed into the club. Also introduced were 36 new Provisional members. As we welcome our newest members, some other members are marking anniversary years since they joined Naples Garden Club. This list is as of April 10 receipt of dues.
Be sure to congratulate these members on reaching these landmarks:
25 Years (1992) Billie Stevens
20 Years (1997) Wendy Knauer and Catherine Ware
15 Years (2002) Wilameta Gorke, Barbara Sampson
and Susan Yoder
10 Years (2007) Karen Anderson, Helga Arthur, Joan Bawden,
Jeanne Bowen, Diane Dahl, Susan Estabrooke,
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The following was an overheard conversation between two women at the Naples Flower Show on Saturday, March 25.
1st woman: “Look at that gorgeous plant. Wonder what it is. I love going to the flower show to see new plants.”
2nd woman: “I have a brown thumb. I could kill an artificial plant. But I like going to flower shows because they make me happy.”
So, intrepid garden clubbers, your contribution to the Flower Show not only educates your fellow citizens in horticulture and opens their minds to original and creative designs but also helps spread a little happiness. Garden on!
Kathleen Hawryluk, 2 Awards of Excellence, Designer’s Choice Award, first place award
Melinda Earle and Barbara Ricci, first place awards
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One of the highlights of the April 3 Board meeting was the approval of a slate of new Officers and Directors on NGC Board plus those serving second terms. Sondra Quinn, Governance Chair, submitted the slate to the membership along with the names of the Governance Members-At-Large for the coming NGC year, which commences April 20 at the Annual Meeting.
The positions approved were as follows:
President-Elect – Catherine Ware
Vice President-Elect, Flower Show – Mary Pulick
Vice President-Elect, House & Garden Tour – Abbie Sladick
Treasurer – Janet Donald
Assistant Treasurer – Eliza Nevin
Facilities/Operations Chair – 2nd Term – Arlette Bradley
Hospitality/Events Chair – 2nd Term – Pat Fosberg
Click here to see the balance of the Officers and Directors already in place along with the length of each term.
Governance Committee Members-At-Large:
- Dusti Beaubien
- Mary Beth Johns
- Gail Pica
April has historically been the month that our gracious Hospitality Committee provides delicious strawberry shortcake at our GMM. At a recent NGC gathering, a question was asked about the origin of this tradition. After checking with some of our longer-standing members, the trail led to Glenda Farlander, who was hospitality chair in 2002 when our meetings were still being held at the Naples Depot.
Glenda was delighted to shed light on the mystery. She said there was a survey taken at the March meeting that year as to what members might like for refreshments at the upcoming April meeting. The top choice was tied between something with chocolate and something with strawberries. Glenda told me with a sly smile, “Since I do not like chocolate (is that possible??) but instead love strawberries, strawberries won out.” … Read More
The 2017 Service Award was given to Liz Chehayl at the April General Membership Meeting. The award was presented by Linda LaRue Brown, 2017 Service Award Committee Chair.
“Some people in the Club are stars and we know who they are because we see them in leadership positions,” Linda told the membership. “We also have members who are planets and they are even more important. They are the people behind the stage, who work to make everything that we do as a club happen and happen more smoothly. Liz Chehayl is both.”
As the chair of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Naples Flower Show, and as President in 2009 and 2010, Liz Chehayl was a very bright star.
Since then, Liz has been a planet, quietly circulating NGC’s hemisphere in all things horticulture. Liz is … Read More
Just when we thought we had packed away all things Cinderella, who should appear at the April 3 Membership Meeting but “Miss Ella” herself, complete with her ball gown and signature “Disney do.” Actually, it was Donna McGinnis, the new Naples Botanical Garden President, who was channeling Cinderella one last time to receive the check for our 2017 grant to the Garden.
Eight other organizations, listed below, also received checks at the meeting. Sandy Lasch, NGC President, made the check presentations. She noted that NGC “is pleased to support the efforts of these diverse organizations. The projects we fund support our mission to foster understanding and appreciation of horticulture, design and the environment.” In addition to the grants, the club also funds several scholarships and internships. This year’s Grants Committee was headed by Lydia Galton … Read More
Could the colorful, lush flowering trees and unusual fruits that grow in Southeast Asia also be grown in Southwest Florida? Chad Husby, Naples Garden Club presenter at the April General Membership Meeting, will compare Florida’s climate to that of Southeast Asia and share what he has learned about the plants in Southeast Asian gardens.
Dr. Chad Husby is the Botanical Horticulturalist at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. His main focus has been finding, cultivating and propagating new plants to enhance the Fairchild Garden’s collections. He will bring the gardens of Southeast Asia to life through photos and experiences from his expedition to the area this past summer.
The GMM will be held April 3, 10 am to noon, at the Kapnick Center. Click here to sign up.