Rosie Sidelko

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Theme: …“Sharing our Passion for Gardening and the Environment”…

Dear Garden Club Members,

As I reflect on our group, I realize that only through the dedication of our passionate group of members were we able to accomplish and achieve all that we have in the past years. Let us continue our valuable work. To do this we will maintain much of the same format with a new and fresh look.

Our monthly meetings feature renowned speakers, published authors and experts in their fields. Our design guild share their years of dedication and expertise and the horticulture programs are always a learning experience.

Our Youth Program is second to none. We share horticulture lessons and care for the environment with the youth at various schools and organizations. It culminated last year with the scholarships to send 39 children to Camp Wekiva. It is a work of love and education with the most generous stipend of its kind.

To provide all the programs and learning opportunities, outreach services to gardens around town and tree plantings in Broward County just to name a few, fundraising events remain essential to our mission. They are an opportunity for learning, working together and having fun with our Garden Club friends. Our largest, The Secret Garden Tour, has grown into a signature Fort Lauderdale event.

Finally, no summary would be complete without addressing THE Flower Show. FLGC affords us this unique opportunity to actively participate in all aspects from the initial set-up and preparations to the individual entries and celebrations. Where else could I go to participate in a flower show? It is an opportunity to showcase individually, and as a group, our passion to the world. I hope we all embrace it as the special program we are lucky to be offered.

We all know our Headquarters: the Garden Center, Garden and Shade House, is a one of a kind facility. Over the past years and continuing into this year, we have planned improvements, new programs and events in the house, gardens and shade house to be able to enjoy one another’s company. We are lucky to have access to such a grand and wonderful place. I encourage you all to make it your home and invite your friends.

As we go into the year, let us focus on sharing. We are continually adding, changing and improving our events. Please join us and provide your feedback and ideas. I invite all of you to come and share with your friends the many activities our Club offers.

See you at the Garden Center,


Roswitha Sidelko
President of Fort Lauderdale Garden Club


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