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Interesting and Educational Programs



We strive to provide interesting, educational and enlightening programs for our members.  While the programs for 2016 are still being finalized, the following is an idea of what to expect for this year:

  • How to control the geese problem on and around your property
  • Cooking with Herbs
  • The Importance of Wildflowers in the Park System
  • Picnic and Plant Exchange
  • Mini Garden Tours
  • You Grew It - Now What do you do with it
  • We have a National Park in our Backyard

We attempt to get the best professionals in their fields for programs and often go to the Metro Parks, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Master Gardeners of Ohio, and other organizations for speakers.  The complete list of programs for this year will be completed by the end of February and will be listed on this site. 

Congratulations to the New Board for 2016

The Westlake Garden Club celebrated the holidays at Westwood Country Club with a delicious lunch and installed new officers for 2016.  Regina McCarthy, outgoing president, has served the club well and broken new ground for the club.  We anticipate the new president will continue the progress.  The newly elected officers are:  Marsha McEntee, President; Jean Smith, 1st Vice President; Shirley Lutts, 2nd Vice President; Marie McCarthy, Treasurer; Kathy Shimko and Brian Thompson, Recording Secretaries; Regina McCarthy, Corresponding Secretary.  Congratulations to all.  Emily Rose provided piano music for the luncheon and we had a holiday sing-along. 

The club does not meet in January and February; the first meeting of the new year will be on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Westlake Porter Library.  The program will be presented by Ohio Geese Control.

A Great Lunch With a "Food Critic"

Wednesday, October 23 was a near perfect day with cooler temperatures but abundant sunshine as 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to “have lunch with a food critic.” And what a lunch it was! A green salad was followed by chicken piccata with roasted vegetables including red skin potatoes, carrots, beets, green beans and Brussel sprouts with rolls and butter. Two trays of desserts per table included mini crème brulee, chocolate mousse brownies, linzer cookies, and other delightful sweets. The table centerpieces were seasonally festive and there were limitless raffle baskets and door prizes, and tempting goodies in the Bake Shoppe. Comments made to luncheon committee members were that this was the Westlake Garden Club’s best luncheon in recent years. Emily Rose provided background piano music as guests arrived. Westlake Ward 1 Councilwoman, Lynda Appel, said a few words then the key speaker, Joe Crea, was introduced. Joe is a very down-to-earth, likeable person and seemed to have the audience engaged with his first few words. He talked about his background and how he came to be the Dining and Restaurant Editor for the Plain Dealer. Surprisingly, Joe worked as a sous chef at Westwood Country Club many years ago, so it was somewhat of a homecoming. He told entertaining stories of past experiences and famous people he has met and left the audience wanting to hear more, even when he went slightly over the time limit. The luncheon was co-chaired again this year by Robert Pearl and Jean Smith, and newcomers, Shirley Lutts and Marsha McEntee, who will share the chairing responsibilities next year. The luncheon committee expects this year’s luncheon to be as successful as the 2014 luncheon. This is the Westlake Garden Club’s only fundraiser of the year and proceeds support various educational and civic programs and organizations in the west shore area. A list of those recipients for 2014 were listed in the luncheon program. The Westlake Garden Club would like to thank everyone who attended the luncheon and the area merchants who so generously donated gift cards and certificates and products for the raffle and door prizes. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2016 luncheon.

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