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Annual Mother’s Day Tour

dybalamosiacIn honor of Mother’s Day, Barbara Dybala, will open her mosaic studio and grounds for touring on Sunday, May 11, 2014.  The gate will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more details and contact information, please see the flyer.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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SGC Summer Symposium – June 10th – 6PM

For our project for June Summer Symposium, (Tuesday, June 10) we will create “Poor Woman’s Chihuly Glass Flowers” for our gardens and flower beds.  We will “repurpose” glass plates, bowls, saucers, candy dishes, ash trays, votives and other candle holders, etc. to make pretty glass flowers.  Be on the lookout for glass or china pieces that you can use to make beautiful glass flowers.  You can find some great pieces at thrift stores and yard sales – or heck, even your own china cabinet!   The photos that are shown here will help you see what kinds of glass and china items will make pretty flowers.  Clear colored glass with “petal-like” edges are perfect to use – but hard to find!  Deviled Egg plates work great!  Clear glass looks great by itself or could be painted with a glass paint (such as Martha Stewart’s Transparent Glass paint you can find at Michael’s).   We can add some color by gluing glass “gems” to the plates.  Even opaque china plates can be used – with clear glass or by itself.  We made a few “flowers” using plastic plates and bowls and cups.  We are “experimenting” to see how well they will hold up to being outdoors, but, so far, they look good.  Look at the photos and get some ideas.  You are limited only by your own imagination.  Your “flower” could use 6 or 7 pieces of glass or china – or it might use just two pieces.

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Vicki, Patsy and Rachel have shopped thrift stores and have purchased some glass and china items which will be available for the June Symposium.  We cannot guarantee that there will be enough for everyone’s needs or wants.  We hope that all members and guests at the symposium will have enough glass and china for at least one flower.   If you have something specific you want to do, you may need to bring your own glass/china pieces.   If you want to make several flowers, you will need to bring your own dishes for the extra.  Also, the Club will NOT be providing the poles you will use to put the flowers in the ground.  We don’t know what size you want.  You can use poles from electrical conduit, rebar, plumbing pipes or even wooden sticks or dowels [wood not recommended, though] or you may just want to display on an “easel.”  The Garden Club will provide the proper adhesive to put the plates together and will provide a device to attach your flower to a pole.  We will also provide some colored glass “gems.”

Happy shopping for great glass items.  (It is fun to shop in thrift stores!)  We can’t wait to see what beautiful flowers you will create.

p.s.  These flowers sell at  craft shows and the Internet for $30 to $90 !!

Rachel Doyle – Programs

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee



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SGC Arbor Day Celebration – 4/17/14 – 10 a.m.

bur oakSince 1972,  when J. Sterling Morton proposed a day be set aside for the planting of trees – Arbor Day  has been celebrated.  The Sunnyvale Garden Club Arbor Day celebration will be on Thursday,  April 17 at 10:00 am behind the Sunnyvale High School.

The tree is already planted – a Bur Oak.  It was planted in December so it would have a good start on establishing roots before the heat of the summer.  The Bur Oak can grow to 60’ tall and 45’ wide.  It will shade the backside (East) of the school building in years to come.

Please come and celebrate the importance of trees in our lives – April 17, 10:00 am.

Submitted by:  Patricia Gatlin – Beautification

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DCCCD 4th Annual Sustainability Summit

Newsustain-summit-logo300x108Who: Dallas County Community College District
What: Fourth Annual Sustainability Summit
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: North Lake College,5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75038Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


At the DCCCD Sustainability Summit, you’ll learn ways to live sustainably that can last beyond seven generations.

This is a free event, which includes lunch, and:

  • Hear a keynote by permaculture expert Toby Hemenway
  • Enjoy a variety of fun and informative workshops and presentations
  • Visit with exhibitors offering green products and services
  • See the documentary movie “Arise”

For more information or to register, visit Summit

Location Information:
North Lake College (View Map)
5001 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038
United States
Phone: 972-273-3000

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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Sunnyvale Garden Club Meeting – 4/08/14 – 10:00 a.m.

Our next Garden Club meeting is Tuesday, April 08, starting at 10:00 a.m. in the “Cafetorium” of the old Sunnyvale Elementary School located at 417 E. Tripp Rd.


We will celebrate Arbor Day with our program speaker, Steve Houser.  Steve is a Dallas County Master Gardener and certified Arborist who is well known in the Dallas area.  Here’s a link to an article he wrote for Neil Sperry: .  You may want to ask Steve about trees in your own yard.


  1. Brunch – The hostesses will be serving brunch before the meeting,   so don’t eat your breakfast before you come to the meeting!
  2. Plant Exchange – Bring one or more plants to exchange with other members (one your have grown and bought).
  3. Sharing Life Basket – The basket will be passed around for donations.
  4. Membership Renewal – It is time to renew your membership for next year.  Be prepared to pay your $35.00 dues.

Submitted by:  Martha Bilman – Communications Committee