Sunday, October 24, 2021

Garden Club Celebrates the Holidays & Inspired to Repurpose

It was a festive occasion for the Calusa Garden Club with a luncheon on December 9th at the Princess Del Mar’s social room. A big thanks to resident Kathy Rapp for hosting this event. 

Susan LaGrotta, Vice President holding one of Sue St. Hilaire’s garden plates.

Sara Wolf, CGC President, welcomed the three new members who were inducted and presented with their name tag and handbook: Jennifer Ferrier, Joan Husband, and Linda Schwoeppe.

On a sad note, Jackie Pierce, a CGC member was remembered as an inspiration to the community. She passed away on November 17th, 2019 surrounded by love and blessed with a life well-lived. She will be missed.

Susan LaGrotta, CGC Vice President, introduced the guest presenter for the occasion. Sue St. Hilaire, a Marco resident for the past 14 years was eager to share her “Repurpose for a Purpose” artwork. She brought an assortment of birdbaths, which could double as garden tables. She also introduced the club members to her unique plate totems and a sample of her tiered friendship plate.

Typically, when you think of totems, they are usually made of wood, but Sue Hilaire’s totems are made of glass and featured tiered plates, glass lamps, vases, cups and china. The pieces were remarkable in their creativity and with a “do-it-yourself” repurpose with a purpose theme. Sue donates all her proceeds from the sale of her garden artworks to charity and Calusa Garden Club was the recipient of today’s donation.

Sue does not throw anything away and her creations are unique, eclectic and add a special sparkle and glitter to your garden design. Some of her totems served dual purposes—such as birdbaths, bird feeders or even as accent side table. 

Garden Club members were delighted with the practicality of Sue’s presentation. At first glance, it is easy to assume that the glass birdbath was all in one piece. But on closer inspection, they are made from repurposed (rescued) stacked ceramic vases, large glass service plates all glued together with an outdoor silicone-based glue. Sue encouraged the garden club members not to toss away imperfect or chipped plates or glassware or even lamp bases. This is also a perfect way to remember somebody by making something you can use and add them as an accent pieces in the garden.

Calusa Garden Club meets the second Monday of each month, October through March, at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Calusa Garden Club welcomes visitors interested in our educational programs and membership. 

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