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Calusa Garden Club members prepare for plant sale

Calusa Garden Club members are preparing their plants and practicing their floral design skills for the club’s Third Annual Plant and Thanksgiving Arrangement Sale on Tuesday, Nov. 21.  The event features over 150 plants grown by members and beautiful fresh floral arrangements perfect for Thanksgiving.

On Oct. 24, garden club members Marianne Foley, Kathy Stark, Nanette Baumgardner and Sara Wolf worked under the poinciana tree at Calusa Park to clean out the huge stand of Aechmea blanchetiana bromeliads.

The overgrown thicket of plants was unsightly, and the plants did not flourish in the shade of the poinciana tree. Foley had received approval from the Parks and Recreation Department of Marco Island to remove the plants and harvest some of the healthy ones. Therefore, the gardeners picked out some of the healthiest plants to sell at the plant sale on Nov. 21. The photos show the workers and the large group of plants.

Garden Club President Kimberly Korb Porter and First Vice-President Nancy Adams have also been working on separating and repotting plants for the plant sale. All the plants sold by the garden club have been grown by members with loving care. Porter and Adams are pictured with some of the plants they are repotting, including some miniature agave, a lovely smaller agave-like plant with green and white stripes on the leaves.

On Oct. 23, the club held a floral design workshop with a lesson on vertical designs with tropical flowers. The photos show Marsha Riss and Sue Oldershaw with their tropical vertical floral designs. At the Plant and Thanksgiving Arrangement Sale, the club will offer fresh floral designs with a Thanksgiving theme that will be lovely in the buyer’s home, whether on the buyer’s dining table, lanai, kitchen island, or buffet.

The sale will take place from 10 a.m.

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Bamberg Garden Club expanding purpose with group projects

The Bamberg Dirt Dabblers Garden Club has partnered with the city to work on four beautification projects that were voted on by club members.

DDGC member Kasey Jackson made DDGC identification garden signs for each project’s location. The city also partnered with the club to enhance the entrance sign planters with a variety of beautiful plants.

Dirt Dabblers Garden Club President Cathy Griffin and Hospitality Chairman and Hostess Teena S. Kinard and Murdell Sandifer present member Lis…

The main objective of the group is to promote the love of gardening among amateurs, to promote and protect the growth of native trees, wildflowers and birds, and to encourage civic planting and civic pride. 

Tammy Royer, Hope Braxton and Joyce Searson planting flowers around the American Flag Pole in front of Bamberg City Hall.

Collectively, the group wants the community to know that the members care about Bamberg and members are actively working towards improving it. Linda Deibel, one of the longest serving members (around 30 years), says she continues to enjoy learning more about gardening and she enjoys socializing with the group.

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Dianne Morrell monitoring the planting progress of the Bamberg welcome on Highway 78 East.

Sharon Cling, one of the longest serving members, said she is looking forward to more people learning about the history of Simmons Park.

Daniela McMillan said she is proud of the beautification initiative for the historic Simmons Cemetery-Park, located across from the Bamberg County Memorial Veterans Park. The Historic Preservation committee has been diligent about improving this site.

“The Simmons Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic places located within a National Historic District and dates back to the early 1800s,” said Bamberg Mayor Nancy Foster, the longest serving member and immediate past president of the DDGC.


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