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Meeting Reminder for Tuesday, May 12th – 10AM

The next Sunnyvale Garden Club meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, May 12th, 10AM.  The meeting will be held at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Road. Sarah McReynolds, immediate past president of Texas Garden Clubs, will install the officers for 2015-2016.


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Program Speaker:   Vicki Agee, Dallas County Master Gardener, is a clinical psychologist who retired to the Dallas area. Her garden is usually on tour in the spring for the Collin County Rose Society and will be an Open Garden during the American Hermerocallis (daylilies) Society’s Regional Convention in 2015.

Hostesses:  Ginny Hale (Lead) Ann Parrish, Cindy Burkett, Debi Tisdale, Georgia Dowdey, Joan Perry, Dorothy Bolton


  • Call to Order and President’s Welcome – Georgeann Moss
  • Inspirational
  • Pledges of Allegiance
  • Officer and Committee Reports
  • Invocation

Installation of Officers for 2015-2016


  •  Sharing Life Community Outreach – please bring donations.
  •  Pay Dues for 2015/2016 Year

Submitted by:  Martha Billman, Communications Committee

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Last chance: Sign up for our free floral design workshop on May 9

Sunnyvale Garden Club (SGC) will host a free floral design workshop on Saturday, May 9 at the Mesquite Christian Care Center (CCC) Greenway Center dining room. There are a few seats left, but they’re going fast. Please contact Rachel Doyle by May 6th to participate (214.675.5218). There is no charge for this workshop, but participants are asked to bring a bouquet of flowers from grocery story or Sam’s and some greenery from their yards..

Barbara Baker will be the instructor. Barbara is former President of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. and is currently Director South Central Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. She is a Master Flower Show Judge and a NGC Flower Show Schools Instructor — teaching members how to become Flower Show Judges. Almost every year she travels to England studying landscape design and offers her own garden for garden club tours. Barbara will demonstrate how to make floral designs using three different containers supplied by SGC. She will demonstrate at least two designs per container.

Participants will learn how to make Floral Designs – not just “flower arrangements” – using flowers that can typically be purchased as a “bouquet” at a grocery store or Sam’s.
Before lunch, workshop participants will be shown the space where their designs will be displayed at CCC – in public places or in residents’ rooms. The participant will design her floral arrangement to fit the designated space.

Lunch will be served in the CCC Greenway dining room. There will be a small fee ($8.75 for all you can eat) for each participant who eats there. If a participant does not wish to purchase the meal, she can bring a brown bag lunch.

After lunch, each SGC member and guest will create two floral designs. One design is for the member to take home (if she wishes) to enjoy for Mother’s Day and the other design is to be installed at the designated CCC space and left there. CCC residents will create only one design, with flowers provided by SGC.

The floral designs will be on display “to the public” from 2 to 4 p.m., and they will be “judged” at that time.

We have asked flower show judges to review each design and provide helpful comments. This will not be a competition and there will be no ribbons awarded. However, this will be a good learning experience and the critiques will be helpful. The focus will be on designing unique arrangements for our own homes and/or for friends.

SGC logo no 50Schedule:
Set–up (committee members) 8:30
Design instruction 9:30 – 11:30
Lunch 11:45 – 1:00
Creating designs 1:00 – 2:00
“Judge” and display designs 2:00 – 4:00

Participants are asked to bring at least one “grocery store bouquet” of flowers. They are also asked to bring greenery from their yards and/or shrubs (e.g. boxwood, holly, ligustrum, pittosporum, cast iron plant, peace lily plant, hosta leaves, palm, monsteria or Japanese aralia, magnolia leaves, ivy, evergreens, etc.) to share with the group. If trimming shrubs or trees, try to bring some long stems – at least 30,” for the tall arrangements. Participants should also bring their own cutting shears or clippers (please label them with names, so they don’t get mixed up or lost).

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Doris Padgett Celebrates 50 Years with Sunnyvale Library

Doris Padgett 042415Our very own member, Doris Padgett, was recently recognized in the Dallas Morning News for her 50 years of service to the Sunnyvale Library.  Please take the following link to read the full feature:

Doris has praised the SGC for being instrumental in Sunnyvale getting a library.  In 1964 SGC members petitioned Judge Lew Sterrett to establish the Sunnyvale Library, making it the 13th library in Dallas County.

The Sunnyvale Library’s 50th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th from 10—2.  SGC has been asked to serve cookies, cake and sandwiches in 2 hour shifts.  If you would like to participate, please contact Sallyann Nevins at 972-226-1315 or


Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Why Recycle?

Trash is never “thrown away.” It’s only moved from one place (our homes and businesses) to another (landfills or incinerators).   You have the power to choose:  will you trash that item or recycle it?

Before you decide, read the following “Benefits of Recycling” and think about this question: Where will your trash do the most good for future generations? In a landfill? Or at a recycling facility?


Recycling creates jobs

Recycling creates new, well-paying jobs and promotes economic development in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

Recycling reduces pollution

Pollution from landfills — including cyanide, dioxins, mercury, methane, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and lead — escapes into the air and leaches into groundwater. In 2012, Americans recycled 87 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW), eliminating the equivalent of emissions from more than 33 million passenger vehicles. Making products from already refined waste materials reduces — and often avoids altogether — the need for manufacturers to use toxic chemicals, essential when using virgin materials. Municipal waste incinerators spew out all kinds of air pollutants, and are often located in urban neighborhoods. Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to incinerators.

Recycling saves energy

The 87 million tons of MSW Americans recycled in 2012 saved the equivalent of energy consumed by almost 10 million U.S. households in one year.

Recycling conserves resources

Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, minerals and water. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months. Turning trees into paper is the most water- intensive industrial process in the United States. Paper recycling mills nearly always use less water and they don’t pollute the water nearly as much. Recycling also protects wildlife habitat and biodiversity because it lessens the need to mine, extract or harvest virgin materials.

This is a public service announcement brought to you by Sunnyvale Garden Club.

Sources: U.S. EPA website and readyrecyles.comU.S. Flag

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Celebrate Earth Day – April 22

Earth Day 2015

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.  For more information about international, national, and local events, please click on one of the following links.

Earth Day Network (an International Movement to protect the plant and secure a sustainable future)

Free Earth Day Classroom Resources

Earth Day Oak Cliff – (Oak Cliff – April 12)

Earth Day Texas 2015 – April 24-25-26 (Dallas Fair Park – free admission)

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Meeting Reminder – Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. (Time Change)

The next Sunnyvale Garden Club meeting is  scheduled on Tuesday, April 14th, 10AM.  The meeting will be held at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Road.

*Note:  The start time for this meeting  has been  changed to 10:00 a.m. instead of 6:00  p.m. as listed in the Yearbook. 

Program:Cecilia Manousel 2

 “The Arrangement – Inviting Friends for Arbor Day”

 Program Speaker:   Cecilia Manouel is a Dallas County Master Gardener with more than 25 years of experience in the floral industry.  Cecilia enjoys creating arrangements using what nature has provided.  She is also a member of  the American Institute of Floral Design.

 Arbor Day Program – Sallyann Nevins

 Hostesses:  Kathy Dalby (Lead), Doris Padgett, Joyce Lee, Glenda Ricco, Joyce Taylor, Nancy Griffith, Sharon Kinkel


  •  Call to Order and President’s Welcome – Georgeann Moss
  • Inspirational
  • Pledges of Allegiance
  • Officer and Committee Reports
  • Invocation


  •  Sharing Life Community Outreach – please bring donations.
  •  Pay Dues for 2015/2016 Year

 Submitted by:  Martha Billman, Communications Committee

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SGC Hosting “The Love of Flowers” Design Workshop – 5/9/15

The Sunnyvale Garden Club (SGC) will host “The Love of Flowers” design workshop on Saturday, May 9 at Christian Care Center (CCC) Greenway Center dining room for SGC members (up to 30) and CCC residents (up to 20).  See attached document for more details.

There is no charge for this workshop. A variety of containers will the furnished, but SGC members are asked to bring a bouquet of flowers from the grocery store or Sam’s and greenery from their yards.

SGC members must sign up with Rachel Doyle (by May 6th) to participate.  Please contact Rachel (via cell phone or e-mail — 214.675.5218 or ) if you have questions or would like to sign up for the workshop.

Here are  samples of the types of designs that can be created  with the containers that will be provided.  Keep in mind that the look of  your design will vary depending on the type of flowers and greenery you provide and the designs that the instructor teaches.

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