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Wetland Center Field Trip

Hey, Ladies!

Let’s go to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center! Our field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2019. We will gather at Town Hall around 9:00 a.m. and leave for the Wetland Center by 9:20 a.m. That will put us at John Bunker Sands at 10:00 a.m. when our tour will begin. We will have two hours at the Center and have lunch at 12:00 p.m. The weather is supposed to cool off so it may be a lovely day for a picnic.

Tickets for the Center are $10; therefore, if we take a sack lunch, the trip won’t be too expensive. The center has water; I can bring bottles of tea. If you have a special drink, you may want to bring it.


Looking forward to it.



Program Committee

Laurie Sparhawk

Mary Whitehurst

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Fundraiser Event ~ September 19, 2019

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September 12, 2019 Meeting

Located at the Sunnyvale Town Hall, 127 N. Collins, at 6:00 pm.

We will discussing status reports from committees, but visitors are always welcome and embraced!

Members will need to bring their Raffle Items, Sales Items and Door Prizes to this meeting. You will also need to turn in any unsold tickets for sales at the door for our event on September 19th.

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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: