The Sunnyvale Garden Club

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This was the largest attendance for SGC event ever!

We had a delicious lunch at Kearney’s Feed Yard. We were entertained with a cute performance by Sylvia Carter and her crew!! The meal and the friendly conversation made for a wonderful luncheon celebration of Christmas and the Garden Club. Thank you to all who put this event together.

These beautiful centerpieces were created by Kathryn Dalby owner of The Wild Orchid Florest!!

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Two of our Sunnyvale Garden Club members, Faye and Jeanette, were out fundraising in the Sunnyvale area and were asked if our club would be interested in beautifying an area at the Christian Care Center in Mesquite, Texas. The director of Mission Development at the center, Randy Richey asked for colorful plants and flowers for their two end to end raised beds that spanned twenty four feet long and three feet wide, and seasonal annuals for seven barrel pots scattered around the courtyard. Faye and Jeanette proposed the project to Jonie, the Beautification chairperson and she decided to take on the project. An email was sent to club members inviting them to join Faye, Jeanette and Jonie in meeting with Randy and developing a plan to accomplish the beautification. 

On October 25th, 2021 Jonie, Faye, Jeanette and Mary met with Randy at the center to see the raised beds and pots in the courtyard. The only plants in the raised beds were a Texas Star Hibiscus, two chives, some cannas and some weeds. There were seven barrel pots around the courtyard but two of them were broken down. One of the pots contained irises with only about two inches of dirt. Another pot contained a bamboo plant. There was a water hydrant pump and hose directly behind the raised beds that was leaking quite a bit and the ground was water soaked. We observed that there were many mature trees with large canopies covering the courtyard that would yield mostly shade with some sun at various times of the day. After some discussion with Randy, our planning team decided to throw the two broken pots away, relocate the Hibiscus to a ground level bed, relocate the cannas to the one pot that received the most sunlight, and throw the chives out. Randy made plans to contact his landscape workers to relocate the Hibiscus and cannas,  remove chives and weeds from the raised beds, and contact a repairman to fix the leaking water hydrant pump, all at his cost. We asked Randy to invite residents to help us plant the pansies and for his residents and employees to be responsible for watering the plants. We offered to come back in the spring and fall to check on the plants and trim as needed. We planned to complete the project before November 22nd, and our budget was $500.

After several other planning meetings.

On November 4th, 2021, Robin purchased the soil amendments and Jonie and her husband (not a member of the Garden Club) transported the supplies to the center. 

On November 8th, 2021, eight Sunnyvale Garden Club members (12% of the club), along with Randy and four residents (Robin’s mother included) met at the courtyard to plant. The residents declined to help, preferring to watch the process. In addition to the flowering shrubs previously mentioned, we planted 2 Hellebore, 2 Heuchera, 12 Dianthus, 4 Lemon Ball sedum, 4 Coneflowers, 3 Redbor kale, 4 cabbages, and 3 flats of pansies. Robin donated 6 daffodil bulbs which were added to the pot of irises. We fertilized with slow release fertilizer, topped the plantings with mulch and thoroughly watered everything. We finished the planting in two hours. We ended up having one half of a 20lb. bag of shale and 2 bags of mulch left over which were used for another garden club project. Randy was very appreciative of not only the amount of work that was accomplished in a timely fashion, but also the beautification that had taken place. He plans to have a sign made and posted at the raised bed to honor the Sunnyvale Garden Club. Mary Zaby, Randy’s Life Enrichment assistant also mentioned how beautiful the courtyard looked.

The planning team spent a total of fourteen hours planning for the project, amending the beds and pots, and planting the plants with the help of three additional garden club members. Individually we spent another eight hours shopping, purchasing and transporting plants and soil amendments. We stayed under budget spending $480.71. We completed the project nearly two weeks before the November 22nd deadline.

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Introduction of New Officers and New Members


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Birdhouses for front porch pickup.


Our second project was making “seed paper” from shredded papers.  The paper was soaked in water to soften, seeds were added, the pulp was formed in cookie cutters and set to dry.  The “paper” can be thrown in to your garden or a field and nature will take its course. Beverly Richey


Our last project was painting hats or tote bags with acrylic paint. Each one decided what flower they wanted to paint.  Overall it was very successful. 
We had good participation with all the projects.  I believe each one enjoyed it.  We have lots of talent in our group!

Beverly Richey

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Our March meeting was highlighted by a wonderful presentation from Stan Aten, (President of the Oakcliff Rainbow Club and was a Master Gardener for many years), on the “Top 10 Gardens in Texas, Open to the Public!” Below is a list of those gardens.

  1. Chandor Gardens, Weatherford:  3.5 acres of garden rooms with water features,  stonework, statuary, Chinese artifacts and a variety of flowering plants.  Admission free.
  2. Clark Gardens, Mineral Wells:   143 acres  of amazing gardens created by Max and Billie Clark.  Features special brickwork,  waterwise plants in garden rooms, roses and a lake as well as a miniature garden railroad.  Admission Free.  Open March to July and September to Nov.
  3.  Dallas Arboretum, Dallas: Opened in 1984, 66 acres.  The DeGolyer Estate and Camp Estates on White Rock Lake combined.   Every year they plant 500,000 tulips, bulbs, and a massive display of pumpkins and fall gourds.  A new addition is the Tasteful Place Kitchen Gardens with cooking classes and daily samplings.  Admission and parking fees.
  4. Fort Worth Botanical Gardens  established in 1934 is the oldest major garden in Texas.  Features multiple separate gardens, native Texas trees, excellent Japanese Garden, Begonia species bank. This is Texas Garden Clubs headquarters building and garden.
  5. International Water Lily Garden, San Angelo,  is on the edge of downtown.  It was created in 1988 by Ken Landon.  It’s his life work.  Some water lilies are 3 to 5 feet across and bloom in the morning.  Admission Free.
  6. Moody Gardens in Galveston began as a horse therapy facility in 1988. It grew into an extensive collection with three pyramids containing a tropical garden, aquarium and a museum.  Admission Fee is charged.
  7. San Antonio Botanic Gardens is 38 acres containing a culinary garden,  a Japanese Garden, the Lucille Halsell Conservatory 90,000 SF. It ss a creative complex of green houses with innovative design concept that significantly decreased the need for expensive mechanical systems.  Features a complex water-saver garden, and formal gardens. Allow 3 hours to walk through. Visit in the spring and fall.
  8. Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas is 7.5 acres of public gardens in Fair Park.  Their emphasis is on butterflies in the butterfly house, a reptile house, sculptures donated by Stanley Marcus, and waterwise native perennials.   Admission: Fee is charged
  9. Tyler Rose Garden is 14 acres or rose cultivation and propagation garden that is internationally known.
  10. Zilker Garden in Austin is a 26-acre garden in the heart of downtown featuring a Japanese Garden, prehistoric dinosaur footprints, water features and perennial beds. has an extensive database of public gardens.