Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island & Friends of The Library Present a Floral Design Class

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, at the invitation of Friends of the Library and Marco Island Branch of Collier County Library, presented a class on holiday floral design on Wednesday, November 20th. Librarian Brenda Rasch welcomed instructors Lindy Kowalczyk and Sue Oldershaw and over 25 attendees from the community. Rasch thanked Friends of the Library for paying the costs of the materials for the design class. Each participant received a container and equipment needed to make a centerpiece, along with a candle, greens and beautiful flowers in fall colors, along with novelty accent pieces in browns and oranges. 

As Kowalczyk gave design tips while Oldershaw demonstrated, the participants made their own low horizontal line designs suitable to decorate a Thanksgiving dinner table. Pictured are Calusa Garden Club members preparing materials for the class. Lindy Kowalczyk and Sue Oldershaw giving instructions to the class members as they work; with two happy attendees showing their work in progress. And Calusa Garden Club members Opi DeFalco, Liz Haines Papagiannis and Maura Kelley showing a completed centerpiece.

Calusa Garden Club also sponsors a program called “Flowers in Public Places.” Club members make floral designs and deliver them to Marco Island public buildings, restaurants and offices, along with a placard that identifies Calusa Garden Club. Recently, four offices or businesses were the beneficiaries of Flowers in Public Places: Police Chief Tracy Frazzano’s office, Stonewalls Restaurant, the Marco Island Branch of Collier County Library and Caché Cleaners. Pictured are John Alexander and Mary Husted at the Marco Island library with a calla lily design in a silver vase that was donated by the Club.

Photos submitted by Sara Wolf | Kowalczyk and Oldershaw instructing the class.

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 5 months or more in Collier County. 

Calusa Garden Club meets the second Monday of October and November, and January through March, at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Business meetings begin at 12:30 PM and programs begin at 1:15 PM. Calusa Garden Club welcomes visitors interested in our educational programs and visitors interested in membership. Contact the Garden Club at calusagardenclub@aol.com, or on the Garden Club’s website calusa.org, or visit the Club’s Facebook page: Calusa Garden Club.

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