2022 – 2023
September 21 Designing Terrariums
Master Gardener, Dolly Tomalinas, will demonstrate how to design and plant terrariums including resources for supplies. Dolly will have several completed terrariums on display.
October 19 Benefits of Gardening with Worm Castings
Green Leaf Worm Farm owner, Sear Moore, teaches us how worm castings improve plant growth, increases crop production, and helps suppress certain plant diseases.
November 16 Popular Orchids Made Easy
Master Gardener, Noreen Chervinski, presents the basics of orchid care – requirements for light, watering, fertilizing, and pest management. Popular orchids include phalaenopsis, cattleya, dendrobium, and vanda. Noreen has raised orchids for over 50 years and will have some orchids for sale.
Dec. 2 & 3 Holly Days Home Tour and Poinsettia Sale
This is our 28th annual event and our major fundraiser. Our theme this year is “A Christmas Carol.” Each home carries a unique theme and will take place in the historic district of Punta Gorda. We have so many talented members so let’s all work together to discover new talents and make this our best year ever! The tour this year will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
December 7 Christmas Holiday Luncheon
Luncheon to be held at Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante located at 321 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL at 11:00 am. Our Chairs are ?? Details regarding menu selections and price follow. Please bring a nonperishable food item to help a local food bank.
January 18, 2023 Pre-Flower Show Analysis
National Garden Club (NGC) Master Flower Show Judge, Claudia Chopp, and Stephanie Green are our Flower Show Co-Chairs. They will educate members on floral design and award-winning horticulture. Claudia will show us examples of design styles that are part of our upcoming March 21st Flower Show. Remember to save your clear glass bottles for your horticulture entries.
February 15 Bok Tower Field Trip
Join us for a wonderful experience at Bok Tower. Enjoy Edward Bok’s legacy which commissioned Frederick Olmsted to create an environment that “touches the soul with its beauty and quiet.” Transport by bus with lunch option at an on-site café. More details to follow in our Newsletter.
March 15 Environmental
March 21 An NGC Standard Flower Show – Salute to Broadway
We are delighted to present this year’s NGS Standard Flower Show to be held at the Isles Yacht Club located at 1780 W Marion Ave in Punta Gorda from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Magnificent floral designs and extraordinary horticulture will be presented by our many talented members. Free to the public, please invite your friends.
April 19 Designing Hogarth Floral Arrangements
PGGC member and award-winning designer, Gail Edgren, demonstrates how to create an “S” shape aka Hogarth design using cut flowers and greens. Gail will illustrate tips we learned from our earlier design classes.
May 4 Spring Luncheon and Installation of New Officers
Luncheon to be held at the Isles Yacht Club on Thursday. The gathering begins at 11:00 am. Chair: Elaine LaWell. Theme, menu selections and price to follow
September 15, 2021 Vegetable Gardening in Florida
Master Gardener, Mike Stevens, will share some great ideas to help inspire you to start or expand your own vegetable garden. In Florida, this is the time to get your gardens started!
October 20, 2021 Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants
Florida Master Naturalist, Tony Mauriello, will share with us the technique of Butterfly gardening and how to create a design environment that attracts butterflies. Various Florida native plants are discussed for the most common butterflies that visit Southwest Florida.
November 17, 2021 Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
Field Trip – Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) – 10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. CHEC CEO, Michael Bednar will lead a walking tour at 10:30 am for those who would like to participate, followed by picnic style refreshments from 12:00 noon to 12:30 pm in a screened pavilion. Our business meeting will follow. A signup sheet will be available at our October meeting, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space for the hike. See all that CHEC has to offer and hear about their future.
Dec. 3 & 4, 2021 Holly Days Garden Walk & Poinsettia Sale
Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is our 27th annual event and our major fundraiser. This year’s theme is Christmas Dreams “I’m Dreaming of a*______ Christmas.” Each garden location carries a unique theme *fill in the blank with: Fantasy, Whimsical, Traditional, Shabby Chic, Classic Car, and Enchanted Tropical. We need all our members to share their talents.
December 10, 2021 Christmas Holiday Luncheon
11 a.m. at the Isles Yacht Club. Details regarding menu selections and price will be available prior to luncheon. We ask you to bring a nonperishable food item to help a local food bank.
January 19, 2022 NGC Pre-Flower Show Preparation
National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) Master Flower Show Judge, Claudia Chopp, and Stephanie Green are our Flower Show Co-Chairs. They will teach us about award winning floral designs and horticulture in preparation for the NGC Standard Flower Show we are hosting on March 22nd.
February 16, 2022 Keep Charlotte Beautiful
Executive Director, Rhonda Harvey, of Keep Charlotte Beautiful is our guest speaker. She will give a presentation on the impact and importance recycling has on our eco-systems.
March 16, 2022 Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens
Field Trip – PRB&SG 5827 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. Come out and explore the gardens, see the sculptures, and visit the butterfly house. Following the tour, we will gather for lunch and our meeting.
Update February 23, 2022
Meet at the gardens at 9:45 am. Please bring/wear a hat. We are pleased the international blockbuster exhibit ZimSculpt, a world-renowned show of modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures, for the first time at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, will be there during our visit. They will be working on their art and selling their wares. This exhibit is in addition to the various permanent sculptures in the gardens. You can bring your own lunch or purchase a prepared box lunch for $12.50. Choice of lunch is either ham, turkey club, chicken salad, or veggie wrap, including a bag of homemade chips, bottled water, and a cookie. Lunch must be ordered by March 7th. The tour will be guided and take approximately one and a half hours. Following the tour, we will have lunch on the patio by the Koi Pond.
March 22, 2022 NGC Standard Flower Show
Tuesday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Isles Yacht Club. Theme: “Those Were the Days” We are delighted to present this year’s Standard Flower Show. See the magnificent floral designs and extraordinary horticulture presented by our many talented members. Free to the public, please invite your friends.
April 20, 2022 The Amazing Gopher Tortoise
Florida Master Naturalist, Tony Mauriello, will describe the unique characteristics of the gopher tortoise and the serious issues threatening these gentle creatures.
May 5, 2022 Spring Luncheon 2022
Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Isles Yacht Club