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2016 Fete des Fleurs a Real Celebration

On Wednesday, September 28, over 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to attend the Westlake Garden Club’s annual Fête des Fleurs fundraiser luncheon. The rain held off and there was even some sunshine peeking through the clouds. The room was stunning with all white linens, centerpieces of white hydrangeas with greenery and green beads forming an emerald necklace. The theme was celebrating the Cleveland’s Emerald Necklace with Brian Zimmerman, CEO of the Cleveland Metroparks as speaker. Attendees feasted on Chicken Francaise, long grain and wild rice, grilled vegetables and an apple fritter sundae for dessert. There was a plethora of beautiful raffle baskets and silent auction items as well as a bake shoppe with tempting homemade goodies. Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough was in attendance and after saying a few words, presented four of the five nonagenarian club members in attendance with a corsage. After lunch, Brian Zimmerman talked about what the Metroparks have done this year and plans for the future. The winning raffle tickets were drawn, silent auction winners announced, and someone at each table went home with the centerpiece. Proceeds from this luncheon help support various civic and educational organizations in the community. As another successful luncheon comes to a close, we need to recognize and thank Marsha McEntee and Shirley Lutts who co-chaired this year’s event. A big thank you also goes to the committee who worked tirelessly and kept everything together, running smoothly. See you next year!

Evening Garden Tour a Feast for the Senses

Mother Nature provide perfect weather for the second "mini" garden tour on the evening of July 20.  The first garden visited was a riot of color with a variety of plantings and shrubs, many surrounding the gorgeous pond and waterfall with water lillies and fish.  This garden has a lot of interesting garden art including a kaleidoscope over a container of brightly colored flowers that when turned, create a wonderful array of shapes and colors.  Next was a meticulously maintained vegetable garden with beautiful rows of vegetables, including broccoli, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and more.  This garden was created by a young family and their love of the earth-to-table philosophy is evident.  Next came a garden with colorful plants, shrubs, ponds, waterfalls, rocks, a playhouse and a bridge over Dover Creek.  This is another garden created and maintained by a young family whose love of nature is all around them.  We topped off the evening at a garden that is familiar to many garden club members since we had a garden tour there about six years ago.  This deep and open yard includes many magnificent trees, shrubs, colorful borders and a "room" in the back with hostas, hydrangeas and other shade plants.  There is a little house that overhangs the pond and waterfall and if you sit on the porch awhile, the koi in the pond come over to you with open mouths.  This is truly a garden that you just want to sit in, relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  This was the perfect garden to enjoy a closing reception with wine, beer, sandwiches, vegetables and dip, cheese, crackers and other snacks and cake for dessert.  We sincerely appreciate all of the homeowners opening their gardens to the garden club for these two "mini" garden tours.  Maybe we will do this again next year. See Photo Gallery for more photos.

First "Mini" Garden Tour a Big Success

On Wednesday, July 6, 20+ garden club members and some guests had the great pleasure of visiting other people's gardens.  This was the first of two "mini" garden tours scheduled for July.  We started at a Century Home garden that is lush and colorful.  This garden has been on garden tours in the past but is always delightful to visit again.  Next was a garden with a wonderful shaded garden in the front.  The back garden is colorful with a wide variety of plants, some of which are quite unique.  The third garden visited belongs to a club member.  This garden in only a couple of years old so is still somewhat in progress.  However, it is well-planned and meticulously maintained with a good variety of plantings and color.  I can't wait to see this garden in a couple of more years.  The last garden also belongs to a club member.  This garden takes you back in time.  It is wonderfully old-fashioned and seems like you are in the country instead of in the middle of Westlake.  This garden is lush with shasta daisies, lillies, red husker, cannas, pink campion, just to name a few.  We had lunch and refreshments in this garden which was the perfect ending to a perfect day.  Thank you to all of the homeowners who opened their gardens for this tour.  We hope you can join us on Wednesday, July 20 for the second "mini" garden tour.

 

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