The Sunnyvale Garden Club

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Our March meeting was highlighted by a wonderful presentation from Stan Aten, (President of the Oakcliff Rainbow Club and was a Master Gardener for many years), on the “Top 10 Gardens in Texas, Open to the Public!” Below is a list of those gardens.

  1. Chandor Gardens, Weatherford:  3.5 acres of garden rooms with water features,  stonework, statuary, Chinese artifacts and a variety of flowering plants.  Admission free.
  2. Clark Gardens, Mineral Wells:   143 acres  of amazing gardens created by Max and Billie Clark.  Features special brickwork,  waterwise plants in garden rooms, roses and a lake as well as a miniature garden railroad.  Admission Free.  Open March to July and September to Nov.
  3.  Dallas Arboretum, Dallas: Opened in 1984, 66 acres.  The DeGolyer Estate and Camp Estates on White Rock Lake combined.   Every year they plant 500,000 tulips, bulbs, and a massive display of pumpkins and fall gourds.  A new addition is the Tasteful Place Kitchen Gardens with cooking classes and daily samplings.  Admission and parking fees.
  4. Fort Worth Botanical Gardens  established in 1934 is the oldest major garden in Texas.  Features multiple separate gardens, native Texas trees, excellent Japanese Garden, Begonia species bank. This is Texas Garden Clubs headquarters building and garden.
  5. International Water Lily Garden, San Angelo,  is on the edge of downtown.  It was created in 1988 by Ken Landon.  It’s his life work.  Some water lilies are 3 to 5 feet across and bloom in the morning.  Admission Free.
  6. Moody Gardens in Galveston began as a horse therapy facility in 1988. It grew into an extensive collection with three pyramids containing a tropical garden, aquarium and a museum.  Admission Fee is charged.
  7. San Antonio Botanic Gardens is 38 acres containing a culinary garden,  a Japanese Garden, the Lucille Halsell Conservatory 90,000 SF. It ss a creative complex of green houses with innovative design concept that significantly decreased the need for expensive mechanical systems.  Features a complex water-saver garden, and formal gardens. Allow 3 hours to walk through. Visit in the spring and fall.
  8. Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas is 7.5 acres of public gardens in Fair Park.  Their emphasis is on butterflies in the butterfly house, a reptile house, sculptures donated by Stanley Marcus, and waterwise native perennials.   Admission: Fee is charged
  9. Tyler Rose Garden is 14 acres or rose cultivation and propagation garden that is internationally known.
  10. Zilker Garden in Austin is a 26-acre garden in the heart of downtown featuring a Japanese Garden, prehistoric dinosaur footprints, water features and perennial beds. has an extensive database of public gardens.

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Many of us lost some of our most beloved trees, bushes, palms, and plants this year. As Spring has unfolded, it is so refreshing to see some of our plants come alive that we thought were dead. I hope we all take time to sit outside, take a deep breath and enjoy our surroundings!

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HOBBY HUNT (January)

In an attempt to get to know people better and foster a close knit group, I am gonna share some personal hobby information about one of our members each month. I am beginning with the person who introduced me to the Garden Club. she is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Sallyann Nevins, member since 2009.

Sallyann has a very crafty hobby that she has agreed to share with us.

She is a maker of quilts. Sallyann starting making them because a friend introduced this to her and taught her how. How does she start a project, you ask? Sallyann goes to the fabric store (which she says is so much fun), and she picks out fabrics that look pretty. Not surprisingly, our friend is on a first name basis with the salesperson Mary. She gets home with her new batch of lovelies and lets the inspiration flow. Making lap quilts is her favorite because she can bless more people with her gift and, they are easier to sew with her machine. When asked about a favorite one of her current group, she could not pick. She said “They are all my favorite in one way or another”. When asked her feelings about being in the garden club, she responded, “I absolutely love the garden club and everyone in it. I have been many officers and enjoyed them all”. Sallyann, you are one of the first people new members meet and you are always there with a lovely welcoming smile and a kind word. We love you too!