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Sunnyvale Garden Club Elects New Officers

Sunnyvale Garden Club, which recently earned the 2012 State Gold Club of the Year award from Texas Garden Clubs, Inc., has announced its officers for 2013-2014.

Pictured from left:
Joyce Taylor, Treasurer
Jean Holt, Parliamentarian
Sallyann Nevins, President
Patsy Knight, Historian
Cookie White, Secretary
Marilyn Fitzner, VP of Awards
Janet Nevil, 2nd VP of Yearbook
Rachel Doyle, 1st VP of Programs
D’Ann Robinson, 4th VP of Ways and Means
After the installation ceremony, the new officers posed for their first official photo.

After the installation ceremony, the new officers posed for their first official photo.

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Janet Nevil Featured in Neighbors Go Article

Did you see the Neighbors Go article that featured long-time Sunnyvale Garden Club member Janet Nevil? If not, see below.


Best Neighborhoods: Close to city but with country feel

ROSE BACA/neighborsgo staff photographer

Janet Nevil greets one of her parrots at her home on North Collins Road in Sunnyvale. The city was rated the best area for wealthy buyers in the Garland and Mesquite area.Photo by ROSE BACA/neighborsgo staff photographer


Published: 09 May 2013 09:48 AM

Updated: 10 May 2013 07:27 AM

Janet Nevil and her husband, Holly Nevil Jr., couldn’t find a Sunnyvale house to buy in 1995, so they settled down in an unconventional spot.

“We built our house here in a horse pasture,” she said. “My son was getting ready to start kindergarten, and we wanted to go to a place that had a good school. I was raised on a farm in the Ozarks, and I wanted to raise my son on a farm.”

Sunnyvale’s prime location — about 20 minutes east of downtown Dallas — and wide expanses of undeveloped land make it an increasingly popular destination for affluent homebuyers and contributed to its ranking as the best neighborhood for this demographic in the Garland-Mesquite area, according to an intensive data analysis by The Dallas Morning News.

“I think if you look at the history of Dallas, the momentum has been to go north,” said Dan Savage, Sunnyvale’s interim town manager. “Sunnyvale is to the east, and I just think people haven’t looked in this direction very hard. I think the ones that have are delighted with Sunnyvale. It’s basically a well kept secret.”

The News’ rankings were based on factors like safety, neighborhood maintenance and ease of commute, weighted according to the surveyed preferences of individuals making $85,000 per year or more in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

To qualify for this category, only neighborhoods with a median home value of $250,000 or more were considered. Price-sensitive factors like affordability, home-value appreciation, and quality of public schools did not factor into The News’ analysis.

The Nevils own Miller Brace Co., which specializes in making and fitting body braces. The commute between their office, located near Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, and home is only 20 minutes, another reason they targeted Sunnyvale, Janet Nevil said.

Savage, whose interim term as town manager will soon expire, lives in Plano and commutes to Sunnyvale.

“If you work in downtown Dallas and you want more of a country lifestyle, we have larger-lot homes in Sunnyvale,” Savage said. “This is probably a place that would be as close to the downtown market as any [developing area] in the metroplex.”

Lance and Uma Youts recently moved to the area from Far North Dallas. While searching for a new home in which to raise their 7-year-old triplets, they had three things in mind: proximity to downtown Dallas, high-performing schools and a quality plot of land on which they could build their ideal home.

But because most of the developing areas near their old home would push them farther from Lance’s downtown office, where he works as a certified public accountant, the couple decided to build their new house in Sunnyvale.

“We wanted to have our own floor plan and gear it toward our own lifestyle,” Uma Youts said. “I just like the floor plan. When you have a bunch of kids running around, it’s very open and roomy.”

Residents like Kim Ingram, a member of the Sunnyvale ISD board of trustees, are quick to point out that the community is full of people of various income groups and is built around the school system.

Ingram, her husband Blake and their two children, now 21 and 18, moved to Sunnyvale in 1999, and found they could purchase an expansive 10-acre piece of land for a relatively affordable price. The Ingrams built their home around the land as much as their lifestyle.

“We were able to take advantage of the views and know exactly where the pond was and where the sun was going to hit the house and really plan for that,” she said. “I can sit in the breakfast nook and look out over the neighbor’s fishing pond and watch the sunrise and the sunset, and watch the changing seasons.”

For her, that country comfort is hard to beat.

“It’s really just a peaceful view.”

Neighborsgo reporter Daniel Houston can be reached at 214-977-8024. Data analysis by staff writer Daniel Lathrop.

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SGC Membership Reminder

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If you haven’t renewed your SGC membership, please complete the 2013-2014 SGC Membership Form and return it with $35 annual dues.  Respond by June 30, 2013,  and you will  definitely have your name & information included in the 2013-2014 yearbook. All others will be added to the membership list for next year’s renewal and yearbook.  Returning your completed form is the only way to assure accuracy in your membership information, as well as notification for all garden club events.

Make your check payable to the Sunnyvale Garden Club and submit to:

  • Mary Baughman
  • Sunnyvale Garden Club Membership Chair
  • 494 N Collins Rd
  • Sunnyvale, TX 75182-4605

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in another exciting year of garden club programs and activities!  Renew now!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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SGC Summer Symposium – 6/11/13

summer fun1Our first Summer Symposium will be held Tuesday, June 11 starting with a pot luck dinner at 6pm, at Janet Nevil’s house, 582 N. Collins Rd. 972-203-1552. Our mayor will be present to inform us of the newest water restrictions and is available to chat during the dinner. Invite your friends and neighbors to come have some fun with us!

Our project this month is to create garden wind chimes! If you have any large beads or large washers (with the hole in the middle) or sea shells, we will be using them to create the windchimes. The garden club will be supplying all that is needed, but if you want to get a bit creative, these items could be beneficial.

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Martha Billman – Communiations Committee

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Lavendar Lemonade

lavender-tea coldSummertime is here!  I discovered this little recipe last year that helped make the long,  hot days in Texas more bearable. When you sip it,  you may feel as though you’ve traveled back to a time of front porch swings, bare feet,  and lightning bugs (of which I’ve only seen one in my yard this year).

If you don’t have access to lavender from your garden, you may purchase organic lavender blossoms at any good health food store in the bulk spice section. You can also order online if you think you’ll be needing a large quantity to get through the season.

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup evaporated cane juice (or regular white sugar)
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh lavender flower (don’t bother to remove the blossoms from the stem, just trim the stem)  Use 3 rounded Tablespoons dried lavender if you do not have fresh.

In a small saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring often. Turn the heat down to medium and continue boiling for a minute or two, stirring often. Add the lavender, stir, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Steep the lavender in the simple syrup for 15 minutes then strain. Store in the refrigerator, it will thicken a bit as it cools. You do not need to wait until it cools to make the lemonade.

Lavender Lemonade

  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 lemon juiced, strain out the seeds.
  • 2/3 cup lavender simple syrup
  • plenty of ice

Combine the water, lemon juice, and syrup in a glass pitcher and stir well. Serve over plenty of ice!

Happy Summering!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee