A new year is blooming for Dunedin Garden Club

— The Dunedin Garden Club is one of the oldest continuously active garden clubs on the west coast of Florida. Sept. 6, the first meeting of the 2014-2015 season, will mark the start of the club’s 85th year.

Newly elected president Rita Hall will be conducting the meeting, which will be a planning session for the upcoming year. Treasurer Debbie Whalen will provide a brief history for members and guests attending.

Programs featuring guest speakers, demonstrations and workshops are on the agenda. They include a presentation by Skip’s Flowers and Christmas House on Oct. 4 and a poinsettia centerpiece workshop on Nov. 1.

Planting parties will be scheduled to prepare for the group’s annual plant and yard sale on Oct. 18. This is an event which helps raise monies for scholarships awarded to St. Petersburg College students interested in horticultural or environmental studies. This year’s sale will take place at Palm Lake Village at 1515 CR1. A field trip to Selby Gardens is also in the works.

Members, who currently maintain the butterfly garden outside the Dunedin Public Library, recently planted a small garden at St. Andrews Memorial Chapel, 1899 San Mateo Dr. They have taken part in many community projects over the years, including the planting of trees at area parks.

The club dedicated the Blue Star Veterans Memorial Marker which can be found by Edgewater Park, 51 Main St.

For information on the Dunedin Garden Club, call (727) 430-4301. New members are always welcome.

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