The Sunnyvale Garden Club

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SGC Flower Show Invitation

Dear SGC Member,

The Sunnyvale Garden Club’s 2013 “Asian Spring” Flower Show is almost here!  We hope to see you this Saturday, May 4 at D’Ann Robinson’s house.

Please invite your friends, neighbors and family members to join us for the show!  Feel free to send them the lovely flyer that Rachel Doyle designed (see attached).

Don’t forget to enter your horticulture exhibits.

We still need a few volunteers.  If you can volunteer in the morning, contact Rachel Doyle.

Thanks so much!  See you Saturday!

Georgeann Moss – SGC Flower Show Chairman

Submitted by: Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Save the Date: SES Garden Work Day

Sunnyvale Elementary School teacher Nate Chrastina has a dream. He wants to build a garden for Sunnyvale Elementary School students (and ultimately all SISD students). He needs our help to get it started.

The first work day will be Saturday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. He hopes to have enough volunteers to complete the following:

  • 3’x8’ raised beds
  • Compost bins
  • Tool shed
  • Entry trellis/arbor/pergola (if we have enough volunteers and funding)

Volunteers are needed to help:

  • Remove grass
  • Till soil
  • Build frames for beds
  • Position the drip irrigation
  • Plant seeds/seedlings/plants
  • Build simple compost bins
  • Build/assemble a garden shed
  • Water/weed during the summer while school is out

Don’t Have Time, But Still Want to Help?

Consider making a donation to the school and earmark it for the garden. The Sunnyvale Garden Club has donated $500 “seed” money for the garden, but more is needed to achieve the goal of a fully functional teaching/learning community garden.

Consider donating items you no longer need:

  • Garden tools
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tomato cages
  • Tool shed
  • Dry, dead plant material such as hay/leaves for the compost bingardening1
  • Cardboard boxes

What to Bring With You to the Work Day

  • Work Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Tools (Garden tools such as shovels and spades and construction tools such as hammers, staple guns,  etc.)

 How to Volunteer

Beginning next week, Coach Chrastina will post a sign-up sheet on the Sunnyale ISD website.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Flower Show

Public invited to view Asian-inspired floral designs at Biennial Flower Show

The Sunnyvale Garden Club (SGC) is hosting its 25th biennial Flower Show, titled “Asian Spring”  on Saturday, May 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the home of D’Ann and Lee Robinson at 119 Lakeview Drive in Sunnyvale. The show is free and open to the public. Attendees will see more than 20 beautiful flower arrangements in a natural home setting, two special exhibits on Bonsai and Ikebana and numerous horticulture exhibits.

SGC members who entered the flower show participated in a series of free workshops to learn what the judges will be grading them on and to get ideas for how to design creative Asian-inspired floral arrangements.

Sunnyvale Garden Club is a gold-rated member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). The national organization encourages members to hold standard flower shows every two years to:

  • Educate club members and the viewing public
  • Stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design
  • Provide an outlet for creative expression
  • Convey to the community objectives of NGC

Standard Flower Shows are among National Garden Clubs’ most popular educational and social activities.  These colorful, enjoyable events continue to draw crowds across the U.S., while giving club members an opportunity to exhibit plants, floral arrangements and informative displays on horticulture, gardening and projects of local and state garden clubs. Flower shows help spread the word about the joys of gardening and serve as forums for learning design trends for the home, new cultivars in horticulture and what trees, shrubs and plants grow well locally.

National Garden Clubs offer a wide variety of helpful resources for those interested in learning more about growing plants and flowers, designing floral arrangements and designing beautiful table settings.  In addition, NGC offers training opportunities for members who are interested in becoming certified flower show judges.

National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides education, resources and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic, and environmental responsibility.

For more information about the show, contact SGC Flower Show Chairman Georgeann Moss at 214-533-3457 or


Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications committee

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Help SGC Win a Flower Show Achievement Award!

Your club needs your help! In order to qualify for a Flower Show Achievement Award, SGC must have at least two special exhibits in our Flower Show on May 4.

We need one educational exhibit on Ikebana and another one on Bonsai. Will you create one of these for SGC?

The exhibits are judged on:

Educational Value
Interest to viewers (25 points)
Clear, concise presentation (15 points)
Adequate educational signs, tags (10 points)
Conforms to NGC objectives (10 points)


Craftsmanship (10 points)
Distinction (10 points)
Creativity and Expression (20 points)

These special exhibits are designed “to study and advance the arts of gardening, horticulture, floral design, landscape design and environmental sciences.”

Katie Frazer is working to have a special children’s exhibit of horticulture (flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs). If your child would like to enter one or more horticulture exhibits in the show, please contact her.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman

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Horticulture Award Guidelines

Horticulture3Want to know how to win a horticulture award in the SGC Flower Show?  Check out these easy-to-follow guidelines to help you win a horticulture award for a plant you have grown in your home or landscape for at least 90 days.

We hope that every Sunnyvale Garden Club member will enter at least two or three exhibits in the show. It’s fun for the member who enters the exhibit to be recognized for their selection of an outstanding specimen, and its educational for show visitors to see examples of horticultural excellence!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Meeting – 04/09/13

square foot garden“Fun and Friendship in the Garden”

Date/Time:  Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 10AM


  • Sunnyvale Town Hall
  • 127 N. Collins Road
  • Sunnyvale, Texas 75182
  • 972-226-7177

Program:     “Square Foot Vegetable Fun.”

Program Speaker:

Billy Clark*,  Dallas county Master Gardner, Texas Master Composter

“High yield of vegetables in a small space.” – power point and lecture

*authoritative Speaker

Hostesses:   Denise Clark & Kay Rogers (lead hostesses), Carole Duckworth, Faye Nabors, Emile Metzger, Katie Frazer, Kara Ranta, Kathryn Dalby

Business:  Call to Order, President’s Welcome, Inspirational, Pledge of Allegiance, Officer and Committee Reports, Old and New Business, Announcements, Invocation.

Plant Exchange – Michelle Cole


  • Donations for Sharing Life Outreach – please bring any non-perishable food items.

Submitted by Martha Billman – SGC Communications Committee

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Step Back in Time for the Time of Your Life!

scaraborough festivalThe 33rd Annual Scarborough Renaissance Fesitval starts April 6th thru May 27th, Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day Monday, 10am to 7pm.  The festival is located in Waxahachie,  just a short drive from Sunnyvale.     Gate Admission $24.00 Adults, $10.00 Children 5-12 (tax included, children 4 & under are free).  Discount Tickets available at DFW Tom Thumb.  Parking is free.  The festival offers lots of  good food and fun for the whole family!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee