Saturday, November 27, 2021

Calusa Garden Club Announces Scholarship Opportunity

Photo by Maria Lamb | Grace Roloff and Scott Roloff receive the scholarship.

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island recently announced the availability of two $1,000 scholarships to high school students living on Marco Island, graduating in 2021, and pursuing higher education in botany, conservation, ecology, forestry, horticulture, landscape design or architecture, marine biology, city planning, public sanitation, science, education, nonprofit or law, or a related field. Pictured are the two 2020 Calusa Garden Club scholarship awardees: Kathleen Portu, who attends Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and Grace Roloff, who attends Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Both scholarship recipients are pictured with their families and with Marianne Foley, Garden Club Scholarship Chair, as they received their checks in June of 2020.

The deadline for the scholarship applications is February 28, 2021. Interested students may obtain a copy of the scholarship application from Marianne Foley by emailing her at

Photo by Marianne Foley | Marianne Foley design at Bargain Basket on February 4 with Samantha Arago.

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island has had a busy 2021 so far. On January 15, 2021, which is Florida Arbor Day, the Club donated two native trees and planted them in Marco Island’s Leigh Plummer Memorial Park. The trees, a paradise tree and a Jamaican dogwood tree, were planted in memory of five Calusa Garden Club members who had passed away in the last two years. The members who were memorialized were: Eva Schliesser, who was one of the founding members of Calusa Garden Club, Cherry McCurn, Jacquelyn Pierce, Doris Wentland, and Peggy Grass. 

Marco Island City Manager Michael McNees joined Calusa Garden Club President Sara Wolf and event chairperson Linda Colombo in the ceremonial tree planting. The photo below shows them shoveling dirt onto the new tree. Wolf gave the assembled guests a brief history of Leigh Plummer Memorial Park. She also thanked Eryk Jadaszewski, owner of Everglades Native Designs, LLC, who assisted with the choosing of the two trees and also donated his time and efforts to plant the two new trees.

The Club has continued its donation of floral designs to Marco Island public places and spaces. Member Marianne Foley donated a floral design to City Hall for the Open House for the Art Exhibition on January 14. The photo below shows City Manager Michael McNees on the right, with his assistant Casey Lucius on the left and the floral design in the middle. Member Kathy Hershberger donated a floral design to the Bargain Basket in January. The photo above shows Hershberger and Bargain Basket volunteer Karen Blackwell with the design. Foley also donated a floral design to the Bargain Basket in early February, and the photo to the left shows Bargain Basket manager Samantha Arago with the design. 

Calusa Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing five months or more in Collier County. 

Calusa Garden Club meets October through April. Contact the Garden Club at, or visit the Garden Club’s website, or its Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.


Photo by Susan LaGrotta | Linda Colombo, Sara Wolf, and Michael McNees plant the Paradise Tree.

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