published: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Avon Park Founders Garden Club
Avon Park Founders Garden Club
AVON PARK -- The March meeting of the Avon Park Founders Garden Club was held at the home of Martha Williams. Guest speaker for the meeting was Darlene Foster of DeLuxe Trees and Shrubs in Arcadia. She gave a presentation on native plants and brought plants for members to purchase. She suggested placing several layers of newspaper around the base of plants instead of purchased weed barrier materials to minimize weed growth.
The March Yard of the Month Award will be presented to Betty and Bill Owens, 317 Peabody Circle. The yard was recommended by a friend.
A committee met with a representative of the Rotary Club to determine which plants would best be suited for landscaping around their building.
Members visited the plant nursery at APCI to see what plants were available. Local nurseries were also visited and a report was given to the club.
Betty Hannah volunteered to head a committee to look into the possibility of having a booth at the Avon Park "Springtime on the Mall" Festival in 2012.
Calendars with pictures taken around Avon Park are still available for sale. The price was reduced to $5 per calendar. The new bakery on Main Street in Avon Park has offered to sell the calendars in their shop and at their table at the "Springtime on the Mall" festival.
Further plans were made for the Garden Tour to be held on April 9. Six yards were selected for the tour. Price of tickets will be $6, $1 per yard. Two members of the club will be guiding each tour. Members were asked to contact their assigned yard ahead of the date to have the homeowners tell them the names of the plants in the yard and any interesting facts about the yard. The yards being viewed are a yard with everything green, a yard of all native plants, a yard with a hydroponic garden, a yard with shade loving plants, a yard with many types of palms and a professionally landscaped yard. Betty Scott will be making signs to be placed in each yard on the day of the tour. Rosie Longanecker will print the tickets for the Tour and Anita Helbig will print flyers and maps of the locations. Carol Seifert will take calls for ordering tickets for the Tour by calling 381-5929. Each member will be given tickets to sell.
The date for the April meeting was changed to April 7, so final plans can be made for the Garden Tour. The date of the installation luncheon was changed to May 19 due to availability of the meeting room at Florida Hospital.
Pi Phi Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi
Four women are officially pledges of Pi Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and will receive their training over the next several months.
The group welcomes Pat Cober, Marsha Feathers, Ronni Hawthorne and Natalie Smith and now has 12 members in the chapter.
Their first meeting for the new members was at the home of Sandy Smith.
Each member explained her duties, whether it is as an officer or the chairman of a committee. The club does this at each meeting.
The next meeting was at the home of Ginny Lovett. Her program was explaining the club scrapbook, then members were asked to complete a page or pages and were given pictures and material for a certain event.
The last meeting was at the home of Diane Sochacki, where a finished scrapbook was presented to Joyce DeLoney, the club president. The current scrapbook is being worked on and will be presented to Joyce at the end of this season.
It is tradition in Beta Sigma Phi to present a scrapbook to the president at the close of each season.
SEBRING -- The Butterfly Friends met at the Bert Harris Jr. Ag Center on March 8 with eight members present and 16 guests of which Kathryn Bishop, Sally Phares, Carol Barnhart, Everett and Susan Finney signed up to become new members.
President Betty Podmore, discussed how to attract the zebra longwing butterfly and the plants that will attract them. The purple and red pentas should be the main plants in your butterfly garden because butterflies are attracted to them.
Cuttings can be taken from the pentas to create new plants by planting them in soil and keeping them moist until established. It is best to use the new growth of the plant. The pentas should have the black stamen for them to feed on and the dwarf pentas will not help the butterflies.
The milkweed is another plant for the butterflies to lay their eggs and the caterpillars like them, also. Wasps and birds are the enemy for the butterfly. You can create a "flight cage" to protect the eggs and caterpillars. The eggs take about three days to hatch and about two weeks for the chrysalis. However, caterpillars cannot be moved from one plant to another unless it is the appropriate plant for that species of the butterfly. So, if you create a "flight cage" make sure you have the proper plants in the cage.
You can also create your own nectar containers for the butterflies. Butterflies are attracted by color, so they may check out a plant but then will search for the proper ones to feed on. It is good to group the plants of the same color together. The Mexican flame vine has lots of pollen for the zebra longwing butterfly. The zebra butterfly lives two to six months while the monarch or swallowtail butterflies can live two weeks to several months.
The best book for our area is "Florida's Fabulous Butterflies" by Thomas Emmel and Brian Kenny. Another book for your library should be "Your Florida Guide to Butterfly Gardening, A Guide for Deep South" by Jaret C. Daniels. A milkweed plant was given away and won by Pat Jackson.
The next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on May 10 at the Bert Harris Jr. Ag Center in Conference Room 2. Ccall Betty Podmore at 385-2605 or Lucy Wheeler at 382-7465.
TOPS FL Club 487
SEBRING -- After exercises, 19 TOPS and eight KOPS gave the pledges on March 16. Best Loser was Judy Phillips and last week's Best Loser Carolyn Patterson lost this week to receive the $1 coupon.
The Mystery Gift has returned and is now with Pat Carfield for three more weeks. Bette Gillett found another wrapper on the Attendance Box.
The 25-cent contest had 11 winners at 50 cents each and Pat Carfield $2.30 in the 10-cent contest.
Next week in the "Card Game" contest the Jokers will be added for 20 points. It is still anyone's game.
Awards for 2010 were presented to: Division 3- Ann Marvin; Division 4 - First place, Charlotte Hardy; second place, Leslie Maschue; third place, Pat Carfield; Division 5 - Judy Alger. All first place winners received a bouquet of Spring flowers, certificate of merit and a Division Winner charm.
"KOPS in Black" awards went to Lillian Orton and Shirley Slabaugh. Honorable Mention KOPS were Judy Alger, June Filippini, Marge Kingston, Connie Webb and Sue Willey. KOPS received pinnets for how many years they have maintained status and KOPS June Filippini, Lillian Orton and Shirley Slabaugh the "TOPS-KOPS Honor Society" pins. Carolyn Patterson received a "WOW" certificate for keeping all the weight and awards records.
TOPS FL Club 632
SEBRING -- The club meets every Monday at the First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine. Weigh-in begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. Our meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. and lasts approximately one hour. For more information, contact Judy O'Boyle at 260-0831.
O'Boyle called the meeting to order and members recited the pledge to the flag, followed by the KOPS and TOPS both repeating their respective pledges. The club then sang "When KOPS and TOPS are Smiling," led by Larue Wilbur.
The program today was presented by Faye Nutt, who talked about the importance of exercise in a weight loss program. She encouraged members to start slow and gradually build up a routine, whatever routine they do. She emphasized that walking is still the best exercise but those who have difficulty walking should try exercising at home either sitting or holding onto a chair back. The motto should be "I'm doing this for me because I am important!"
Karen Goodwin called the roll with 33 members present. The Best Loser of the Week was Judy O'Boyle. Karen presented Clara Wyatt with an award for losing four weeks in a row and a 10-pound loss charm to Beverly Dittmar and Jackie Perko as well as a "Yes I Can" charm to Jackie for renewing at a lower weight.
The Treasurer's Report for the month of February was given by Laverda Alvis and the Secretary's Report was read and approved.
No-No for the coming week is chocolate and the Yes-Yeses are squash and cabbage. Debbie Luddington's name was drawn for the four-week Travel Gift. She lost today and needs to lose for three more weeks to win the gift.
Mary Anderson gave the final report on our contest and announced the winners. They were Linda Haidle and Joan Dunn, who tied for first place in the KOPS Division and Ethel Immanuel, Nancy McConkey and Carolyn Michael who tied for first place in the TOPS Division.
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