CLEARWATER - For years the Clearwater Garden Club has held its general meetings the second Friday of each month. Club members still meet on those days at noon. What you may not know is that special programs are now being scheduled on Saturday mornings to accommodate those persons who are interested in gardening but work during the week. The horticulture enthusiasts in the club, who once met on the fourth Friday of the month, now get together for an educational program at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday instead. Guest speakers such as begonia expert Gregory Sytch are brought in to address the group. The public is invited. Admission is free. Those attending can also take advantage of the club's "Grow & Share" program, where cuttings, bulbs and plants donated by members are given away following the program. Longtime member Arlene Wich is horticulture chair. Another longtime member, Sylvia Bullaudy, is coordinator of "Grow & Share". The group's calendar also boasts a new endeavor--the newly established "Gardening on Saturday" program, which is scheduled at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month.
February 10 is the date for the "Flower Show Workshop" conducted by accredited flower show judges Marion Crane and Belen Brown . Participants will learn the rules and regulations governing entries and how to create floral arrangements for judging. Maryon Marsh of Dover will be guest speaker for the horticulture program on February 24. "All About Herbs" will be the title of her talk. She will have herbs available for purchase. "Grow & Share" will follow.
A representative of The Croton Society will address the group on March 24. Marion Crane will serve as chairman of the standard flower show which is set for March 30. The club's annual plant sale, which will also feature baked goods and collectibles, will take place on April 28. The group is also planning a "home and garden" tour in the Old Bay neighborhood on May 19. Tickets will be available at club headquarters, where coffee and other refreshments will be served that day.
The Clearwater Garden Club, which was founded in 1950, currently has some 70 members. Officers are Hilda Sinnett, president; Jean Columbo, vice president; Helen Hoskins, corresponding secretary; and Cathy Foley, treasurer. Directors are Belen Brown, Sylvia Bullaudy and Pat Snow. Club flower is the gardenia. Programs are held at club headquarters, 405 Seminole St. (corner of Seminole and North Ft. Harrison).
For more information on the above upcoming programs, you may call 441-2719.
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