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Westlake Garden Club Plants a Tree for Arbor Day

Members of the garden club, Mayor Clough and City Hall officials were present on Friday, April 26 at Founders' Walk at Clague Park for the planting of a tree to celebrate Arbor Day. The garden club has been involved in helping Westlake maintain the honor of being a Tree City for over 20 years. This year a concolor fir was planted on the north side of the Founders' Walk to mirror the one planted on the south side last year. Kathy Molner once again presided over the ceremony with Mayor Clough. The garden club thanks Cahoon Nursery for once again donating the tree. Mother Nature cooperated by providing a sunny, mild day for the ceremony. Mayor Clough presented a proclamation to Kathy proclaiming the day as Arbor Day 2013 in Westlake. See the Photo Gallery for pictures of the tree planting.

March Meeting at Lee Burneson Middle School

Our March 20 meeting at Lee Burneson Middle School was both informative and well organized by Principal Paul Wilson.  Principal Wilson was a wonderful host and his enthusiasm, and that of teachers Kurt Thonnings and Judy McMasters, was infectious as they spoke about their students and their plans for both a teaching and a rain garden.  Kurt, who is the proud winner of the County‑wide Gardens That Teach Challenge, surprised us by advising he was able to parlay our donated hoop house with the hoop house he won in the Challenge, to a still larger one.  We were also surprised by a visit from Superintendent Dr. Daniel Keenan, who had good things to say about our Club.  He joined us as we viewed our donated hoop house, which Kurt and the students had set up.  Don Bowman was our guide as we toured the vivarium, which has grown significantly since our last visit.  Don has accomplished taking that space from a desert-like area to the lush garden it is today – and saving it from the wrecking ball, as Superintendent Keenan announced.  Congratulations, Don!  We all enjoyed your Easter decorations among the plants.  (See Photo Gallery for photos from the meeting)

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Bus Tour

Celebrating its 50 year anniversary, the Westlake Garden Club presents a bus tour of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (rain or shine). Bus will depart from the former Rego's site parking lot (Columbia Road just south of Detroit) at 8:30 a.m. Step-in tour guide, Regecca McFarland, will join the tour at 9:30 a.m. and give the history of the gardens. Lunch is at noon at Nido Italia in Little Italy. Will arrive at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse at 2 p.m. and return to the starting point parking lot at 4 p.m. Cost per person is $55 for Westlake Garden Club members, and $65 per person for non-members. Contact Chairperson, Ruth Bertrand at 440-899-1565 for further information.

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