Monday, September 9, 2019

September General Meeting


Meeting started at 7:00 pm with President Debbie Haluch introducing presenter Susie Marten.

Attendees: Beverly and Larry Allen, Bonnie Buhl, Norma Chiaramonte, Debbie Haluch, Ellen and Mark Jones, David and Marcia Mausolf, Ian and Nicole McWilliam, Cathy Oland, Louise Rugaard (New Member), Ann Sansbury, Dale Smothers

Speaker: Susie Marten, Native Plant Outreach Specialist for the Katy Prairie Conservancy spoke about prairie conservation and planting native plants for pollinators.

Refreshments: Refreshments were provided by Debbie Haluch and Dale Smothers.
                                                                             


Minutes –  May 13, 2019 Meeting Minutes – a motion was made and seconded to dispense with reading of the minutes.

Treasurer’s Report - Treasurer Report was given by Secretary/Treasurer, Ann Sansbury and approved by all

Yard of the Season – Phase 3 Winner – Joseph Kazmir,  No winner was chosen for
 Phase 2.







Old Business:
·       Butterfly Gardens – The butterfly gardens need upkeep and we need a Garden Angel to periodically check on the gardens. Phase 1 garden is not being watered due to water shortage. Workday for Phase 1 garden is scheduled for November 2. Workday for Phase 3 garden will be announced later.
·       Bricks – 10 new bricks are here, 9 for Phase 1 and 1 for Phase 3.





New Business:
·       Sign-up sheet for refreshments and door prizes was passed around.
·       Two changes to the current By Laws were proposed and accepted:
1. The maximum amount paid to speakers is increased to $50.00. Motion was made to accept this change by Ellen Jones and seconded by Bonnie Buhl and passed unanimously.
2. Committees and respective duties will be added. Committees will be Signs, Yard of the Season, Communication, Tours, Social/Outreach, Jr. Garden Event, Fundraiser, Membership and Garden Angel. Motion was made to accept this change was made by Marcia Mausolf and seconded by Beverly Allen and passed unanimously.
·       Committee Chairmen for 2019-2020 are:
Signs – Larry Allen & Ian McWilliam
Yard of the Season – Ann Sansbury & Norma Chiaramonte
Communication – Ann Sansbury & Debbie Haluch
Tours – Marcia Mausolf
Social/Outreach – Norma Chiaramonte
Jr. Garden Event – Liz Hearn & Lyn McWilliam
Fundraiser – Mike Owen
Membership – Open
Garden Angel – Open
·       Federation Meeting will be Friday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. Debbie and Ann will be going if anyone else would like to join them.
·       Houston Garden Club will hold their annual Bulb and Plant Mart 2019 on October 3-4 at Church of St. John the Divine in River Oaks. Website is http://www.gchouston.org
·       Everyone is encouraged to get their yards butterfly certified. Two websites for certification are https://nababutterfly.com/butterfly-garden-certification-program and  https://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations. We are looking into using one website for each garden.















Book Suggestion: A good book recommended for anyone who makes compost for use in a landscaping project is Teaming with Microbes.

Gardening Tips of the Month:
·       Later in September is the time to apply lawn fertilizer to keep the grass healthy growing right up to first frost. Fall fertilized lawns are better equipped to make it through the winter and resume growth next spring than lawns that receive no fertilizer.
·       Got a problem with vegetation: Take pictures and email Skip Richter at rrichter@ag.tamu.edu.
      
       Meeting concluded at 9:00 pm






Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Upcoming September meeting


Cypress Creek Garden Club is open to all who want to learn more about gardening and our environment.

Meeting is Monday, September 9th at 7pm

Topic: “Planting for Pollinators”

Our speaker is Susie Marten, Native Plant Outreach Specialist for the Katy Prairie Conservancy, will be sharing her love of the pollinators and plants native to our area. Learn why and how you can bring more birds, butterflies and other wildlife into your garden.

Monday, May 13, 2019

May General Meeting

Attendees:  Bonnie Buhl, Norma Chiaramonte, Joe and Wendy D’Virgilio, Debbie Haluch, Liz Hearn, Ellen and Mark Jones, Ian and Nicole McWilliam, Cathy Oland, Ann Sansbury, Dale Smothers


Meeting Highlights:
§       April 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes – a motion was made by Norma and seconded by Mark to dispense with reading of the minutes

§       Treasurer Report was given by Secretary/Treasurer, Bonnie Buhl       and approved by all

§         Jr. Gardener Event
§  Event Update – Special thanks to Liz and Lyn for their effort and leadership in making this a record-breaking event!  A summary of discussion regarding things that contributed to the events success included:  Addition of Vermi Composting station, welcoming greeters, fire truck, step by step sign prepared by Nicole, variety of beautiful plants, teaching opportunity for children to plant their own plant, note card station to create personal message, and artsy pot stickers.  Also, Pat Hudson, editor of Pinpoint Magazine was there to take pictures that will be included in the next Pinpoint publication.  There were 79 attendees, one more than last year!
§  Fire Department Donation – A motion was made to donate $250 to the Texas Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief Fund.  The approval was unanimous
§  Kyle Franklin – A motion was made and unanimously approved to give a $100 Appreciation Gift Card

§        Butterfly Garden II
§  Planting tentatively scheduled May 20 or 21 at the new garden on Brazos Sage


§        Yard of the Month – Now:  Yard of the Season (Spring, Summer and Fall)
§  New signs Larry Allen. – one sign for each Phase 1, 2, and 3  
§  Kara Roberts will select volunteers and judge late May – delay due to illness
§  Three members volunteered to help Kara with judging – Norma, Ann and Ian
§  Amended By-Laws Article XI – Garden Club Beautification Committee
Sections 1, 2 and 3 for Yard of the Season.  The judging will take place in late April,
June and September

§        Committee Chair Updates
§  Garden Club Bricks, Mike Owens: 10 bricks ordered, expected ship date is June 10.

§        Nomination and Election of Officers – Nomination Committee Larry Allen, Debbie Haluch and Mike Owens
§  Nomination for President 2019 – 2021 – Debbie Haluch was nominated and unanimously approved
Nomination for Secretary Treasurer 2019 – 2021 – Ann Sansbury was nominated and unanimously approved
With great appreciation and pleasure, the new officers were installed by Ellen Jones, outgoing President.
§        Planting Tips were provided by Bonnie Buhl
§  Remember to feed tropical flowering plants like Hibiscus and Bougainvillea with tropical plant foods, NOT bloom booster with higher middle numbers.
§  If you don’t already have Hibiscus, this is a great month to plant them and get instant results.  While they love our heat, if you can protect them from the late day sun, they will perform even better.

§        The business meeting was adjourned, and we enjoyed a break for refreshments, provided by Ian and Nicole.  



      



       Following the break, several members shared information including various types of succulents and how to grow and care for them; how to plant a succulent plant garden, orchid care and growing tips; growing salvia, an interesting black and lime green caladium type plant, growing sweet potatoes and information on growing and caring for a gardenia tree.  Many plants were brought to share with others.
 


                








The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm,

Bonnie and I thank you for our opportunity to serve and look forward to lending support to Debbie and Ann.  I know these women will be an asset to growing membership and advancing our goals.


Also, a heads up!  Watch for the next edition of Pinpoint Magazine.  The McWilliam family will be featured along with a mention of Nicole as our youngest and very involved Garden Club member.

Best regards, Ellen Jones and Bonnie Buhl



















Saturday, May 4, 2019

Jr Gardening for Mothers Day


                              A great success!




For the past six years, our community outreach event is held Saturday prior to Mother’s Day weekend.  











Our objective is to provide a personal and creative gardening experience for children of all ages. 




Our local Volunteer Fire Department readily supports the event by coming out with a fire truck and rescue vehicles, allowing all to climb on board. They spend time talking with the kids and answering questions.   It is a fun and interactive experience. 








The overall venue is set up in various stations.  In addition to having fun, we strive to provide an educational experience as well.  

Ann Sansbury, set up an informational Vermicomposting display that created interest and excitement!   Showing the steps of composting various organic materials, adding red wiggler worms, and ending with a rich and fertile compost.  What kid doesn’t love worms!


Registration









Ready to paint pots



Fun colors to work with



Ready to select plants

Painting and eating popcorn






Add a hand made "pot sticker"










Add message to hand made cards


Add plants to new pot


Eat more popcorn while pot dries















Garden member Nicole will carry out
The takeaway is a handmade gift for a special someone on Mother's Day.
Ready to go

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

April General Meeting


Thank you, Kara and Mike Roberts,!  Dinner and Creating a Butterfly Habitat

Door Prize: Dave and Marsha Mausolf

Club Members and guests include: Beverly and Larry Allen, Bonnie Buhl, Norma and Ed Chiaramonte, Joe and Wendy D’Virgilio and friend Giuseppe, Sandra and Kenneth Gilbert, Debbie Haluch, Liz Hearn, Norma Islam, Ellen and Mark Jones, Dave and Marcia Mausolf, Ellie and Dennis O’Connor, Cathy Oland, Mike Owens, Kara and Mike Roberts, Ann and Ken Sansbury, Dale Smothers

Meeting Agenda
▪ A motion was made by Norma and seconded by Marsha to dispense of reading of the March 11 Meeting Minutes

▪ Secretary/Treasurer, Bonnie Buhl presented her Financial Report which was approved by all.  In addition, she advised that she was able to attain the documents that provides the Tax Exemption number for the CCL Garden Club

▪ Updates on the Butterfly Gardens were discussed:
Monument stone has been installed at the Brazos Sage garden.  Initial planting will take place in the next few weeks.  Earthcare Management has generously donated the labor and materials.  Special thanks to Brooke Marrs of Earthcare Management for their generous contribution.  Also, the support of Kelly Doyle, POA President Phase 3, was very instrumental in designating and approving a location for the garden.  She also encouraged Earthcare Management to fully support the installation of the garden.
Spring Planting Butterfly Garden I was scheduled for April 13 at 8am.  The weather cooperated and the planting took place as scheduled.  Participants included Larry Allen, Joe D’Virgilio, Ellen and Mark Jones, Cathy Oland, and Mike Owens.  Special thanks to Kyle Franklin and the IMS crew for their continued and generous support.  In addition to providing an excellent and varied selection of butterfly attracting plants, they refreshed the bed with a sand and small gravel mix to aid draining.

▪ Junior Gardening Event will take place on Saturday May 4 – Liz Hearn advised that all is in order.  Cathy Bortz provided copies of the flyer for the event.  Liz will distribute them at the CCL Spring Festival.  Members were asked to distribute them to friends and neighbors.  Ann will continue to promote awareness on CCL GC Facebook with dynamic posts.

▪ Yard of the Month – Now:  Yard of the Season (Spring, Summer and Fall)
Larry Allen presented the 3 new Yard of the Season signs
Kara Roberts will select volunteers and judge late April.  
President, Ellen Jones, presented a proposed amendment to the By Laws (see below).  It was unanimously approved.
Amended By-Laws Article XI – Garden Club Beautification Committee
▪ Current:  The Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club will select 1 house in Section 1 and 2 and 1 house in Section 3 for Yard of the Month
▪ Amended:  The Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club will select 1 house in each of
Phases 1, 2 and 3 for Yard of the Season.  The judging will take place in late April,
June and September

▪ Nomination and Election of Officers:  President and Secretary/Treasurer – Nomination Committee Larry Allen, Debbie Haluch and Mike Owens – At this time there are no candidates.  It was agreed by all that we will address at our final meeting for this year on Monday, May 13.

▪ There were no additional Committee Chair Updates

▪ Last meeting 2019 will be May 13, 2019
Program Host – All
Program Topic – Share Table.  Each member is asked to bring a gardening topic to discuss and share.  Examples: a unique plant (indoor or outdoor), a gardening problem you have resolved or need help in solving, landscape design, etc.  
Door Prize and Refreshments – Ian McWilliam
Nomination and Installation of new officers for 2019-2021

Following the meeting, Kara and Mike provided a tour of their beautiful garden which included, a wild flower garden, fish pond, greenhouse and a wide array of butterfly attracting plants.  They are avid enthusiasts of nature.  Last spring, they launched over 300 Swallow Tail and Monarch butterflies.  The evening continued with a delicious dinner and fellowship.  Thank you, Kara and Mike for opening your home to us and hosting such a delightful evening.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

March General Meeting


Attendees:  Cathie Bortz, Lindey Bortz, Bonnie Buhl, Norma Chiaramonte, Joe and Wendy D’Virgilio, Liz Hearn, Ellen and Mark Jones, David and Marsha Mausolf, Mike Owens, Ann Sansbury

Program
§       Program Host, Refreshments and Door Prize- Norma Chiaramonte Lindey Bortz also made delicious chocolate chip cookies for all to enjoy.  The door prize was awarded to Joe D’Virgilio
§       
      Welcome speaker:   Fred Billings, Buds and Blossoms provided an informational and interactive discussion on Mulching, Pruning and Landscape Design.  Buds and Blossoms also provided beautiful geraniums to raffle. Winners were, Lindey Bortz, Mark Jones, Marcia Mausolf and Lindey Bortz    Buds and Blossoms is located at 14120 Cypress North Houston Road and offers a full range of products and services.

Break/Refreshments

Meeting Agenda
§        January 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes – a motion was made by Norma Chiaramonte and seconded by Marcia Mausolf to dispense of reading of the minutes

§        Treasurer Report was given by Bonnie Buhl and was approved by all

§        Tax exemption status – There is an issue with our EIN Number that does not reflect our tax-exempt     status.  Bonnie is going to work with officers in the TX Garden Club Federation to resolve

§       Nomination and Election of Officers:  President and Secretary/Treasurer – Nomination Committee Larry Allen, Debbie Haluch and Mike Owens – Nomination Committee has requested to defer election until April 8, 2019

§        Monument stone for the Butterfly Garden on Brazos stage was given by Mark Jones.  Two options of stone were presented.  One was a Limestone and the second was a Western Swirl.  There was a unanimous vote to go with the Western Swirl.  The cost and agreement to purchase was also approved unanimously.

§       Junior Gardening Event – Saturday May 4 – Highlights of the Planning Meeting held on February 27 at the home of Liz Hearn include:  POA Section 1 & 2 continues to support our community program and have made a generous donation.  IMS Landscaping has extended continued support by donating the plants for the event.  Peggy Owens has created one of a kind “pot stickers” for the children to choose to adorn their plants.  Liz Hearn and Lyn McWilliam are chairwomen for the event.

§      Yard of the Month - New signs ordered by Larry Allen and Kara Roberts is the new Chairwoman for YOM.  Mike Owens made a recommendation to consider Seasonal Awards versus Monthly Awards.  This was discussed and decided to be an excellent idea.  A proposal on details of “Seasons” for awards to be given and number of awards in each section (North or South of Cypress North Houston) will be presented at the April meeting.

§       Ellen provided an update on the Federation Garden Club Meeting for Friday, April 11, 2010 – Zone 7, which includes CCLGC.  Our club is responsible for a refreshment donation for the meeting.  Ellen and Bonnie plan to attend and provide a refreshment on behalf of the CCLGC.  Ellen also offered to car pool with those who would like to go. 


 

§       Upcoming Monthly Meetings: 
April 8, 2019
­   Program Hosts – Kara and Mike Roberts, 20203 Nicholas Point Court
­   Program Topic – Creating a Butterfly Habitat for all species
­   Refreshments and Door Prize:  Dave and Marsha Mausolf
­   ***Nomination and Election of New Officers – President and Secretary/Treasurer

May 13, 2019
­   Program Host – All
­   Program Topic – Share Table.  Each member is asked to bring a gardening topic to discuss and share.  Examples: a unique plant (indoor or outdoor), a gardening problem you have resolved or need help in solving, landscape design, etc. 
­   Door Prize and Refreshments – Ian McWilliam
­   Installation of new officers


§       Bonnie Buhl gave the Gardening Tips for March:  A few tips to get the most impact from your color beds:
­   When planting beds that will be viewed at a distance, choose large swaths of color for the greatest impact.
­   Mixtures of many colors are interesting when viewed up close, but as you move away, they tend to blend into one another.  A riot of color around the patio or along the walkway can be very effective.
§     The Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm