Colleyville Garden Club

General Meetings

 

    Our meetings are the 1st Wednesday of each month September thru May and are held at the Colleyville City Center.  Guests are welcome, there is no charge and no need to RSVP.

September

Using Cut Flowers to Reflect Nature will feature Amanda Van Hoozier who is the owner and creative force behind Bishop Hill Farm Flowers.  Located in Coppell, a stone’s throw from the Coppell Farmer’s Market, Bishop Hill Farms is a small-scale, high production flower farm dedicated to growing flowers to be used throughout the year in customers’ homes to enhance their living spaces and lives.

 

October

Lights Out for Wildlife presented by Ben Jones

Ben Jones serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Conservation Alliance. TCA serves to protect wildlife and wild places across Texas through community-based conservation, building diverse, grass roots coalitions to protect our untamed rivers, forest and prairies. Prior to this, Ben spent eight years with the Dallas Zoo, serving in various capacities. 

 

November

Preparing the Garden for Winter presented by Suzanne Clement

Suzanne Clement is the current President of the Garden Club Council of Ft. Worth as well as the Director of The District II Garden Clubs. She is also a Certified Landscape Design Consultant She will discuss steps to take to prepare your garden for survival during the coming winter months.

 

December

Holiday Luncheon and Silent and Live Auctions.

Club members donate items for silent auction and bid on other auction items.  Proceeds from the event benefit local charities.

 

January

Using Native Plants in Your Landscape presented by Suzanne Tuttle

Suzanne Tuttle is a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas.  She will discuss the benefits of incorporating native plants into your landscape

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February

Native Bees for Your Landscape presented by Carol Clark

Carol Clark is an amateur botany enthusiast, a Texas Master Naturalist, and longtime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is now a Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch. She also co-administrates the Texas Native Bee Co-op Facebook page.  

 

March

Helping Your Lawn Be Its Best presented by Laura Miller

Laura Miller is the Extension Agent for the Tarrant County Commercial Horticulture.  She will discuss the best turfs for home use depending on your situation and what to do to encourage the healthiest growth.  Miller has worked with urban agriculture throughout her career, which includes seven years as a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agent in Tampa, Florida, and the past 12 years as an AgriLife Extension agent in Tarrant County.

 

April

The Essential Bat presented by Kate Rugroden

Kate is a TPWD permitted wildlife rehabilitator specializing in bats, opossums, and raccoons, and holds both TPWD and USDA Educational Display permits as well.  She has over 30 years’ experience in presenting live animal programs in addition to her 15 years as a rehabilitator.  She is a member of IWRC, NWRA, the Texas Animal Shelter Coalition, Texas Animal Control Association, and serves as Chair of the Stakeholders Committee for the National White Nose Syndrome Response Team.

 


 

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Civic Beautification

We work with the City of Colleyville and with our Parks Manager to help fund various garden-related projects for our city such as plantings for the Blue Star Memorial on Highway 26, wind sculptures installed in McPherson Park, and the Veterans’ Memorial at Sparger Park.  We create holiday wreaths for several of our city buildings, participate in Arbor Day, and work with some of our schools on special gardens.

Community Concerns

The Garden Club leads several workshops a year for residents at our local senior residences. Our senior citizens especially look forward to creating floral arrangements to brighten their rooms.

Scholarships

We provide several scholarships valued up to $1000 each for students from GCISD who meet the criteria set by the Executive Board.  The principle requirement has been that the student be enrolled in an accredited college or university and that he or she be engaged in a course of study related to horticulture. 

Yard of the Season

We recognize outstanding yards in our community with a monetary award and a sign designating the yard as a Yard of the Month.  As this program is most active during our primary growing seasons, it has become more seasonal than monthly.  We welcome suggestions from the community.