Palmetto Bay Garden Club begins new season, installs new officers

Dr. Alan Meerow from the USDA speaks to club members.

The Palmetto Bay Garden Club began its fourth season in September. The meeting featured speaker Dr. Alan Meerow from the USDA facility at Chapman Field who brought everyone up to date on the activities and research conducted at the facility and spoke on the care and breeding of Amaryllis.

The mission of the Palmetto Bay Garden Club is to promote horticulture understanding and beautification of the community. One very visible project of the club was to beautify the entrance to the Coral Reef Tennis Center. Volunteer members of the club planted 1,148 plants at the southeast corner of Coral Reef Park, transforming the area from unsightly dirt to beautiful gardens.

The new officers were installed by Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk.

They are president, Richard Dorn; first vice president, Candy Cancio-Bello and Kathy MacKendree; second vice president, Cecilia Best and Elaine McChristian; third vice president, Candy McDonald; teasurer, Gial Weber; recording secretary, Sharon Kujawa; community liaison, Ines Mander; newsletter, Mary Lou Martin; refreshments, Dolly Morrow; raffle, Jan Gautney; project chairs, Henry Clifford and Bev Gerald.

The next meeting will be on Oct. 23 featuring Toby Davidow, master gardener, who will speak on “Vegetable Gardening in South Florida.”

The Palmetto Bay Garden Club meets monthly September through May at the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room and Amphitheater Meeting Room on the second floor of the new Palmetto Bay Library, 17641 Old Cutler Rd. Meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged.

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