Calusa Garden Club has first meeting of season


Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island held its first 2018-2019 meeting on Oct. 8 at Wesley United Methodist Church.

President Sandy Wallen presided over the business meeting, at which the officers and committee chairpersons reviewed plans for the 2018-2019 club year. New members and guests were welcomed by Membership Chairperson Jackie Purvis. The club has 54 members and seven associate members, and about 40 members and guests attended the meeting on Monday.

Barbara Messner, Donna Kay and Sue Oldershaw present workshop on bromeliads.

Donna Kay, master gardener, presented a workshop on bromeliads, and she was assisted by members Barbara Messner and Sue Oldershaw. The three members discussed how to plant and care for bromeliads, how to divide them, and the wide variety of bromeliads that are suited to our Southwest Florida environment.  Members enjoyed seeing specimens of many varieties of bromeliads and their unusual flowers that Kay brought to the workshop. 

The speaker for the meeting was club member Jacquelyn Pierce, who presented a slide show of the Iceland botanical garden Skrudur, located near the Arctic Circle. Pierce visited Iceland this past June, and Skrudur garden was one of the high points of her trip due to her interest in horticulture. 

Calusa Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing five months or more in Collier County.