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Presidents Message for January

Happy New Year to all Garden Club members,

I hope that you all are in good health and good cheer.

I am happy to report that the Gardens are doing well. The weeding of the Butterfly Garden last month is holding well. The salvia, black eye susans, bulbine, blanket flower, xorias and pentas are all blooming in the Butterfly Garden. No plants we lost or damaged in the 3-day deep freeze. It’s also blooming in the Bromeliad, Tropical, desert, and Rose Gardens.

The donated orchids, staghorn fern, and a large number of other potted plants are doing well in the Pond Garden. A number of mysteriously donated plants, pots and other items have been dropped off at the club this week. Also donated this week is a large selection of books on plants which can be added to the library.

There are three events this month.

Saturday, January 14th at 10am at the clubhouse, there is an Executive Board meeting. We will be discussing the building and grounds, Keep Pinellas Beautiful efforts, and the large number inactive committees and vacant chairperson positions. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in committees which support the ongoing goals of the Garden Club.

Wednesday, January 18th, we will continue working in the Clubhouse and Gardens from 9AM to 1PM.  We have a large number of mother-in-law tongues in the Mystery Garden that we need to dig up, put in pots, and add to the plants awaiting sale in the Pond Garden. We still have tree and bush stump roots to remove from the Rose Garden. Now that the roof leak has been repaired, we need to replace some ceiling tiles again.


Saturday, January 21st from 11am to 1pm at DK Farms & Nursery, 1750 Lake Ave SE Suite B, Largo, FL 33771, we will have this month’s membership meeting & educational event. Presenter Susan Sears will be showing us how to “Mount orchids on trees” DK Farms is a great place to visit and one can even feed the animals at the petting zoo.

Hope to see you at this month’s events!

Paul Keleti

President, Clearwater Garden Club 816-719-0192


"When I looked at those flowers I couldn't help but feel that they brought heaven nearer and made God so real."  --Helen Steiner Rice


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