Calusa Garden Club opens small

Members at work with Elizabeth Haines Papagiannis and her multi-rhythmic design.

On Oct. 14, Calusa Garden Club members met for their kick-off meeting for the 2019-2020 club year.

The subject of the meeting was “This is Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island,” a slide show presented by the club’s officers and committee chairs.

The presentation covered the Club’s wide array of opportunities to participate in club activities as well as opportunities to benefit the Marco Island community through the club’s outreach activities such as maintaining the Blue Star Memorial at Veteran’s Park and working with students at Tommie Barfield Elementary in the Junior Gardeners Program. The presentation also served as an orientation for new members; so, they could learn about the club’s educational and outreach activities and choose their avenues of participation.

The day began with a workshop on floral design taught by Lindy Kowalczyk. In the workshop, members studied “miniature” designs limited in height to five inches or to 12 inches. Although the participants in the workshop found it a challenge to manipulate their small materials, they completed some beautiful floral designs in their small containers.

The next meeting of Calusa Garden Club will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, when the featured speaker will be Maria Schoenfelder, a UF/IAS master gardener. Schoenfelder will speak on container gardening with unusual plants and planters, including bromeliads and tillandsia, among other plant species.

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. 

Calusa Garden Club meets the second Monday of the months of October and November, and January through March, at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island.  Business meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. and programs begin at 1:15 p.m.  Calusa Garden Club welcomes visitors interested in our educational programs and visitors interested in membership.  Contact the Garden Club at, or on the Garden Club’s website,, or visit the Club’s Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.