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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.

50 Year Anniversary Celebration

The Westlake Garden Club celebrates 50 years this year.  The club was conceived on April 24, 1963 and one of the original members, Lillian Bialosky, is still a member today.  The big celebration will coincide with the annual fundraiser luncheon this year.  A special event requires a special setting, so the Westwood Country Club has been selected as the location of this year's luncheon.  The date is Wednesday, September 18, 2013.  Doors will open at 11 a.m.. with lunch at 12 noon and the program at 1 p.m..  We are currently in the process of securing a speaker for the program, so stay tuned for more information.  To carry through the theme of 50 years, we will have 50 raffle baskets and a silent auction and/or a 50/50 raffle.  Members and guests who have attended our luncheons in the past know that we host a great party.  Save the date and look for more information on our website and in our newsletter, Garden Scoop.  We hope you will help us celebrate a Golden 50th Anniversary in style.



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