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April 9th, 2019 Meeting

The Sunnyvale Garden Club’s APRIL 9TH meeting is a field trip to Dallas to tour the President George Bush’s Native Texas Park Gardens.  Parking is limited.

We are meeting at the Sunnyvale Town Hall, 127 N. Collins, at 9AM to Carpool.

The tour is free.   Following the tour, we will have lunch at Café 43 on property.

At your expense, the meal at Café 43 is estimated from   $15 to $25 with tip.

Link to the Care 43 Menu:


If you want to linger and tour the Library, please make those arrangements in advance with your Carpool Driver and passengers and the library directly.



Purchase tickets online, at the Admissions Desk, or by telephone (214) 200-4306. Each ticket admits one visitor into all permanent and special exhibits and includes a handheld audio guide and all special Library and Museum programming on the day of attendance. Email the Box Office or call (214) 200-4306 for ticket issues or assistance with the online system.

 Guest  Through 10/6/19
  Adult  $21
  Senior (62+)  $18

Native Texas Park information

This 15-acre urban park on the grounds of the Bush Center reflects the President and Mrs. Bush’s longstanding commitment to environmental conservation and restoration.

The Native Texas Park, featuring a one-mile network of trails, walks visitors through native Texas environments including Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest. The Blackland Prairie used to dominate the Dallas region; however today, only 1% of the prairie remains in the state of Texas. Rediscovery of the lost prairie was the inspiration for this community park.

The park is free and open to the public every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset. Comfortable shoes are recommended for walking the trails. Each season brings beautiful changes to the prairie landscape. Pets are welcome.

Clearings in the Native Texas Park provide habitats for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.


  • Native Blackland Prairie grasses
  • Seasonal wildflowers among other native plants
  • Clearings providing native habitats for butterflies, birds, and other species
  • Tree-shaded lawns
  • Amphitheater
  • Spring – Bluebonnets
  • Fall – Monarch Buttterflies


In the spring, free guided tours are offered on the weekends so visitors may enjoy the blooming bluebonnets, the beautiful state flower of Texas. In the fall, the tours allow visitors to catch the annual Monarch butterfly migration through North Texas. The Native Texas Park is home to the endangered milkweed plant. Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants and Monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs.

Visitors may wander the 1-mile network of trails on the grounds of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum with self-guided tours.



The Museum offers free admission tickets to school groups if the Field Trip has been scheduled through Visitor Services at least one month in advance. Field Trips are available Monday through Thursday during the academic school year.


The George W. Bush Presidential Center earned Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) program in March 2013. The LEED building certification program encourages the use of designs, materials and systems that are sustainable, energy efficient and reduce a facility’s impact on the environment and human health. The Bush Center is the first Presidential Library to achieve LEED Platinum certification under New Construction (v2009). LEARN MORE.

Soup is $8

Salads are $15

Brunch Menu $13


Submitted by Ginny Hale

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Highlights from the March meeting

Laurie Sparhawk introduced the Mayor of Sunnyvale, Saji George, who declared this day as Arbor Day.  They both stressed the importance of trees in our landscape, that trees will increase your property value, decrease your air conditioning needs.

Pat Morgan introduced the speaker for today – Nancy Wilson. Her topic was “Butterfly Gardening”.  She recognized that Sunnyvale is tuned into gardening; Sunnyvale is a budding place with our open spaces whereas Dallas is an area that is broken with so much concrete, trying to turn a parking lot into a paved paradise. Native plants are disappearing. There is very little natural habitat left – greenspace has been lost to increase in population.

Nancy says her biggest hope is to create and manage our own gardens, to plant to sustain the lives of Birds, Bees, and Butterflies. She’d like to see weeds replaced with wildflowers.

So where to Birds, Bees and Butterflies dine?

At the Wildscape Café, of course!

BEES – feed on vegetable flowers, zinnias, frog fruit, salvias, etc.

BUTTERFLIES – feed on nectar flowers, zinnias, Mexican sunflowers, salvia milkweed, passion vine, frost weed, etc.

BIRDS – seeds, nuts, berries, persimmons, purple cornflowers, American beauty berries, etc.

HUMMINGBIRDS feed on anything tubular, such as Turk’s Cap, salvia.

Nancy invited us to go to the Lady Bird Johnson website for more information on wildflowers.

Her goal is to reduce the green desert, plant wildflowers, not weeds, emulate nature by providing different heights, and to replace exotic plants with natives.

Mayor, treeSallyann, tree Laurie Sparhawk introduced a raffle for a peach tree.  $46 was collected, and Sallyann Nevins was the winner!


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Butterfly Gardening-Tues., March 12, 2019

Tulip Tree


Meets Tuesday,  March 12, 2019

10:am to noon – main

Sunnyvale Town Hall

127 North Collins Rd.

Sunnyvale, Texas

If gardening is a keen interest, and you would like to widen your friendship base, join us at our next meeting!   We meet the 2nd

Tuesday of the month.

Our March Speaker is Nancy Wilson, Dallas Master Gardener.  She ripped out her lawn in 2008 and began planting and propagating plants to provide habitat for birds, bees and butterflies, creating beautiful views from all windows of her home.

 Her topic is “Butterfly Gardening”.

A complimentary lunch is provided following the meeting.

Enjoy networking, cultivating gardening tips and expertise, with the potential of winning a door prize.

This meeting is our Plant Exchange day.  Bring any type of live plant to exchange for a new variety to cultivate this spring.

In recognition of Arbor Day, everyone will go home with a seedling tree to plant!

Submitted by Ginny Hale

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Iridaceae – The Iris Family

Iris expert Rodney Barton of the Iris Society of Dallas will present at the Tuesday, April 10, 2018 meeting of the Sunnyvale Garden Club at the Sunnyvale Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. Rodney is also a member of the Species Iris Group of North America, the Society for Louisiana Iris and the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Iris is a genus of  species of flowering plants with showy flowers. It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, which is also the name for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris. Some people believe the name refers to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species.

Don’t forget to bring a plant for the annual Plant Exchange led by Carole Duckworth.

You don’t have to be a member to attend the meeting or participate in the Plant Exchange. All are welcome.


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Dallas Blooms Self Walking Tour, March 20, 2018


Sunnyvale Garden Club’s March meeting will be held at the Dallas Arboretum on Tuesday, March 20. Members, guests and visitors will meet at Sunnyvale Town Hall at 9:00 a.m. and  carpool to the Arboretum.

After our visit there, we will have lunch at Highland Park Cafeteria. Everyone is responsible for their own entry fee at the Arboretum and their lunch.

Regular admission for non-members is $15. Admission for Seniors is $12.00. For more information, visit:

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New Resident Discovers Love of Gardening After Joining Sunnyvale Garden Club


When Tracy Fox moved to Sunnyvale, Texas in 2014, she didn’t know many of her neighbors. Her 26-year-old son Eric had recently died of complications from Cystic Fibrosis and she had just retired at the very young age of 50. She decided to join the Sunnyvale Garden Club because she thought it would be a good way to get to know people in her brand new hometown.

Indeed it has been. Tracy has made many new friendships through SGC, including her up-the-street neighbor and new “bestie,” Barbara Kline.  The club was established in the southeast corner of Dallas County in 1960 in what was then a brand new suburb created from four rural hamlets: Long Creek, New Hope, Hattersville, and Tripp.

Tracy had time on her hands, and thought that participating in SGC community projects would be a good way to give back to her community. She attended monthly programs, worked with Beautification Committee members to maintain several public flower beds around town and was mentored by veteran gardener Deborah Stafford who gave her plants to try. Somewhere along the way, she discovered that she has a passion for gardening!

With the help of her husband, Sunnyvale Town Manager, Sean Fox, she created three 12-inch deep raised bed garden plots on the east the east side of her house. Sean even created a homemade irrigation system out of PVC piping. She has learned that raised beds dry out more quickly than traditional beds, so Tracy waters her beds an average of four minutes each day.

Though she still considers herself a novice gardener, she has been mostly successful in growing:

  • Asparagus
  • Cucumbers (which were replaced with Pickling cucumbers this year because they make better pickles)
  • Jalapenos
  • Peanuts
  • Red/White onions
  • Squash
  • Strawberries (which she will replace with green beans next year)
  • Tomatoes (Roma, Cherry, Celebrity)

Last year, her tomatoes didn’t turn out so well, so this year Tracy added eggshells and Epsom salts in the planting hole, then ringed the plants with Epsom salts. Did it work? You decide.

By July, she had canned 60 to 70 pounds of tomato sauce and salsa, even though she had never canned before in her life! She learned how to can from watching You Tube videos. This year Tracy canned her vegetables using the hot water bath method. Next year, she plans to do “pressure” canning, which is required for acidic foods such meat.

Tracy also made peanut brittle. Sean said it was the “best peanut brittle I’ve ever had in my life.” He also acknowledged that it took 6 to 7 months of work to create it.

One thing in the garden that Tracy doesn’t like dealing with is the bugs. That’s why she planted marigolds and petunias among her vegetables. They are known for repelling bugs. While Tracy doesn’t consider herself an organic gardener, she always uses the least toxic thing possible on her plants. (This is what Texas A&M calls integrated pest management.)

Tracy likes to experiment in the garden. Her attitude toward gardening is ‘Live and learn.’

“I wanted to see if I could make it grow,” Tracy said.

That curiosity and sense of adventure has paid off. While Tracy may still consider herself a novice gardener, the rest of her SGC friends consider her a full-fledged, card-carrying gardener and very much appreciate the produce that she shares with us.


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Plants of the Holy Land, Sept. 19

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 19 for the first meeting our our new fiscal year. You won’t want to miss this fascinating program, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at Sunnyvale Town Hall! Dinner will be provided by our wonderful Sept. hostess committee.

Our guest speaker is Master Flower Show Judge, Texas Design Consultant and Local Flower Show Schools Chairman Peggy Consolver.

Her topic is “Plants of the Holy Land: Familiar Texas Friends.”

But you’ll also have an opportunity to purchase her new historical fiction book for ages 10 to 100, “Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Namer.”

Questions? Email Georgeann Moss at

Peggy Consolver

Peggy Consolver Book Cover