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Summer Craft Night – Learn How to Make a Frilly Scarf

ruffledscarfWant to learn how to make this beautiful frilly, scarf? Rachel is offering to set up an evening class in June for anyone who is interested in learning this technique.  It is a very easy “no crochet” method using the Sashay yarn by Red Hart. All you need to bring is a skein of yarn (Michael’s has a good variety of colors on sale now), a crochet hook (size J or 10mm), and the willingness to learn. If you are interested in attending, please email Rachel at  The scarves would make great Christmas gifts for your friends and family.  Besides, it is  always fun and exciting to learn something new!

Check out the YouTube video for more information:

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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SGC Summer Symposium – August 13th

At our Summer Symposium on August 13th, we will make “Earth Buckets” and you will go home with a tomato plant ready for your fall garden.  To minimize our costs, and to keep Deborah Stafford pleased with us,   we need your recycling help.  We need you to find and save 5 gallon plastic buckets.

You are asking, what the heck is an Earth Bucket?  It is a  water-wise or self-watering system for growing vegetables or flowers in a bucket (or actually, two buckets). Here are a few photos of my earth buckets:

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I purchased my buckets from Lowes and Home Depot, but at nearly $3 each, that could be costly for the Garden Club to provide 2 buckets for each member at the Symposium. (We will provide all the other supplies and tools.)  Besides…. We need to learn to recycle.  I am positive that there are lots of buckets out there – just waiting to be “repurposed.”  Please help these buckets find a useful life!

So — for the next two months, your assignment is to find 5 gallon buckets.  These could be from a bakery or restaurant (I understand pickles and cake icing come in 5 gallon buckets) or from a pool supply company (just be sure to wash out the chemicals very well and then expose the buckets to sunlight).  The buckets that Tidy Cat litter comes in work well.  So, if you have a cat – save those buckets.  If your neighbors have cats, ask for their buckets.  The buckets that work best will have about  a 3” ‘lip’ at the top.  (In other words, when one bucket is put inside the other,  there can be a 3” water reservoir in the bottom bucket.)

So – scour up some buckets before August.  If you find a source for lots of buckets, please let me or Janet know.



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Thank You!

Wanted to thank everyone for the time, energy and commitment that was given to our school and community last Saturday. I am blessed to work among such caring people and I hope that we can all be a part of the growth of the Garden and more importantly of our children. A special thank you to Sally Ann and her commitment last fall to making this happen. You really motivated me to continue this process throughout the year! And thank you to Georgeann, Deborah, Andrea and Mary Ann and the entire Sunnyvale Garden Club for giving your time, resources and expertise to this project so freely! And certainly a big thank you to Todd and Kara Ranta, Greg and Kim Kilgore, Scott Blazek, the Powell Family, Cayle and Wendy Beard, Michelle Roquemore, Nancy Griffin, Mayor Phaup, and my sweet wife and kids for the sweat and labor given to this project!!!

We all at the school are very excited about the potential that our Garden brings to our children. Our hope is that we can help our kids see and understand the importance of food and the decisions that we make everyday for the health of our bodies. And that they will develop an understanding of what a sustainable lifestyle can look like and how it can benefit themselves and their community.

Thanks again for being a part of OUR Sunnyvale Community Garden!

Nate Christina – Sunnyvale Elementary School

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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REMINDER/UPDATE: SES Workday – 5/18/13

Things are really coming together!  We hope you can join us for some portion of the Sunnyvale Elementary School Community Garden Work Day this Saturday, May 18 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Below is a link to the sign up sheet, which is hosted in a Google Doc:   Volunteer Sign-Up:

Have questions? Talk to someone on “Team Ann” 🙂gardening1

  • Mary Ann Moreland, chair
  • Deborah Ann Stafford
  • Sallyann Nevins
  • Georgeann Moss
  • “Nate Ann” Chrastina

Here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes to get ready for the Work Day:

  • We’ve had multiple, highly productive planning meetings with “Nate Ann” Chrastina, the SES special education teacher and high school football coach who conceived and has spearheaded this project.
  • Deborah and Marilyn Fitzner picked up free compost from Mesquite. Deborah will drive it up to the back of the school on Saturday, so that it can be worked into the beds.
  • Deborah has already dug out one bed and has marked out a couple of more beds.
  • Deborah created a compost bin out of wooden palettes;  we’ll mix hay  with grass clippings  to create the compost. Bert Whitehead, Sunnyvale’s resident composting author and expert, said this combination will make excellent compost. The hay will be donated by Landers Mercantile; we still need donations of green grass clippings. Do you have any to donate? (We were going to get the kids to compost their leftover lunch food, but they got so excited about composting that they wouldn’t eat their food! That’s why we went to Plan B 🙂
  • Deborah has donated cucumbers, purple basil and tomatoes to plant.
  •   We are looking for families to “adopt a plot” over the summer so that the garden will be in good shape for the kids when school starts up again this fall. In exchange, the family will get all of the produce from the garden plot they adopt and/or they can donate all or a portion of it to a food bank or church.
  • There is a water spigot in general vicinity of the garden at the back of the school (Yeeaaaaahhh!) The school is using SGC’s monetary donation to purchase pavers, hoses, tools, etc.
  • We’ll be building a ready-to-assemble shed, wooden trellis and pave stone beds on Saturday. Many thanks to the Kilgores for donating the trellis materials and to Michelle Roquemore for donating the sign.

This is going to be fun!!!   And after all of your hard work, you’ll be hungry. So Mayor Phaup is providing pizza for lunch. 🙂

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Meeting – 05/14/13

“Fun and Friendship in the Garden”

Date/Time:  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.


  • Home of Janet Nevil
  • 582 N Collins Road
  • Sunnyvale, Texas 75182
  • 972-203-1552

Program:     “Friends Cuttin’ up with a Bonsai Garden.”

Program Speaker:

Sylvia Smith*, Bonsai Society of Dallas, Owner of Bonsai Smith’s Artistic Crafts

“Working with Bonsai plants lecture and demonstration.”

*authoritative Speaker

Hostesses:   Jan Strickland – Lead Hostess, Johnette Russell, Barbara Dybala, Janet Nevil, Madalyn Hernandez, Cindy Burkett, Tina Rollins, Marilyn Fitzner

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

Installation of Officers for 2013-2014 


  • Donations for Sharing Life Outreach – please bring any canned meat items.
  • 2013-2014 Membership Form/Dues– turn in your membership form and $35.00 membership dues to Mary Baughman to ensure that your name appears in the new year book.

Submitted by Martha Billman – SGC Communications Committee