The Sunnyvale Garden Club

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Butterfly Gardening-Tues., March 12, 2019

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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