Wildflower Bunch takes spring from blustery to full bloom

Wildflower Bunch president Sandy Boring keeps warm in her spring coat during the blustery March tour of Gibbs Gardens. Photo by Rose Horsley

By Rose Horsley
The first day of spring and a visit to Gibbs Gardens

Thirty-six hardy souls “danced with the daffodils” at Gibbs Gardens on a cold, blustery day in March.
Guided by volunteer Master Gardeners Debbie Dickson, Pam Elliott and Anita Rosen, the Wildflower Bunch (WFB) divided into three groups to tour the gardens and enjoy the beauty of 50 acres of blooming daffodils. The late cold snap did not diminish the pleasure of seeing so many flowers in bloom.

The WFB guides provided those on the tour with an educational history of Gibbs Gardens, and even those who had been to Gibbs Gardens many times learned new facts, including the use of a “dead goose decoy” in the ponds to deter migrating geese from stopping and devouring the water lily blooms.

Mary Jones, left, and Cherie Muehlberger, two WFB ambassadors, happily welcome new members to the club. Photo by Rose Horsley

WFB ambassadors welcome new members to the club

Are you new to the WFB or thinking of joining the club? If so, expect to be contacted by one of the WFB ambassadors: Anita Wight, Mary Jones or Cherie Muehlberger.

Joining a club in Big Canoe can be intimidating. To help ease new members into the fold, the WFB instituted the ambassador program. Each new member will receive a personal call from an ambassador to answer any questions and explain how meetings are organized.

At their first meeting, new members receive their membership notebooks, nametag and a clip-on flower to identify them as new members. All members are encouraged to stay for lunch after the meetings, and the ambassadors will be glad to join new members for lunch to continue getting acquainted.

It’s not too late to join the WFB, and when you do, you’ll hear from the ambassadors!

New WFB members Vickie Wetmore, left, and Gail Cody show off their new member flowers at the April meeting. Photo by Rose Horsley

April program review: "Pruning and Garden Cleanup" by Susan Franklin

Susan Franklin was the speaker for the April WFB meeting, and members thoroughly enjoyed her presentation on methods of pruning shrubs the deer don’t prune for you. Franklin offered handouts explaining the pruning times for five popular hydrangeas, as well as providing helpful websites for more detailed instructions.

At the business meeting, Linda Baker solicited help from interested parties to offer ideas and feedback on beautifying the area around the Big Canoe postal facility. Anyone with innovative ideas or suggestions is encouraged to contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lynn Affleck informed members the annual Garden Tour will be September 13-14 this year, rather than in June. The search committee is already busy finding Big Canoe gardens to tour.

May events

  • Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m.: Erica Glasener presents “Proven Plants: Southern Gardens” during the May 1 WFB meeting at The Clubhouse. Glasener is a local horticulturist, author and host of “A Gardener’s Diary” on HGTV. She has written many books for the Southern gardener. There will be a business meeting following her presentation, and members are invited to stay for lunch at The Clubhouse afterwards.
  • Thursday, May 9: Grower’s Outlet in Loganville is on the Adventures and Opportunities menu. Visit the website, growersoutlet.com, to see what they have in stock and to check out their hard-to-beat prices. It will take about an hour and a half to get to the outlet. Lunch is planned in the area and a quick trip to Vines Botanical Gardens, weather permitting. Contact Debbie Dickson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Anita Rosen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.

Upcoming events in June

  • Wednesday, June 5, 10 a.m.: WFB meeting at The Clubhouse – Pam Sunderland from Mountain Conservation Trust will give a presentation. Also on the agenda: Valley View Farms.
  • Saturday, June 8: Adventures and Opportunities will journey to Serenbe Farms, as well as to Wilkerson Mill Gardens in Palmetto.
  • Wednesday, June 19: Trip to Cottage Garden Antiques in Gainesville, plus other shopping opportunities and lunch en route. Check out the WFB bulletin board in the postal facility to find out more.


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