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SGC Arbor Day Celebration – 4/17/14 – 10 a.m.

bur oakSince 1972,  when J. Sterling Morton proposed a day be set aside for the planting of trees – Arbor Day  has been celebrated.  The Sunnyvale Garden Club Arbor Day celebration will be on Thursday,  April 17 at 10:00 am behind the Sunnyvale High School.

The tree is already planted – a Bur Oak.  It was planted in December so it would have a good start on establishing roots before the heat of the summer.  The Bur Oak can grow to 60’ tall and 45’ wide.  It will shade the backside (East) of the school building in years to come.

Please come and celebrate the importance of trees in our lives – April 17, 10:00 am.

Submitted by:  Patricia Gatlin – Beautification

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DCCCD 4th Annual Sustainability Summit

Newsustain-summit-logo300x108Who: Dallas County Community College District
What: Fourth Annual Sustainability Summit
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: North Lake College,5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75038Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


At the DCCCD Sustainability Summit, you’ll learn ways to live sustainably that can last beyond seven generations.

This is a free event, which includes lunch, and:

  • Hear a keynote by permaculture expert Toby Hemenway
  • Enjoy a variety of fun and informative workshops and presentations
  • Visit with exhibitors offering green products and services
  • See the documentary movie “Arise”

For more information or to register, visit Summit

Location Information:
North Lake College (View Map)
5001 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038
United States
Phone: 972-273-3000

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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Sunnyvale Garden Club Meeting – 4/08/14 – 10:00 a.m.

Our next Garden Club meeting is Tuesday, April 08, starting at 10:00 a.m. in the “Cafetorium” of the old Sunnyvale Elementary School located at 417 E. Tripp Rd.


We will celebrate Arbor Day with our program speaker, Steve Houser.  Steve is a Dallas County Master Gardener and certified Arborist who is well known in the Dallas area.  Here’s a link to an article he wrote for Neil Sperry: .  You may want to ask Steve about trees in your own yard.


  1. Brunch – The hostesses will be serving brunch before the meeting,   so don’t eat your breakfast before you come to the meeting!
  2. Plant Exchange – Bring one or more plants to exchange with other members (one your have grown and bought).
  3. Sharing Life Basket – The basket will be passed around for donations.
  4. Membership Renewal – It is time to renew your membership for next year.  Be prepared to pay your $35.00 dues.

Submitted by:  Martha Bilman – Communications Committee

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National Garden Club Convention – April 30 – May 3, 2014

This year’s National Garden Club convention is being held in Norman, Oklahoma April 30 – May 3.  The convention includes meetings, seminars, tours and a speaker series.  You can register online with a secure credit card payment, or you can print and mail the registration form with your payment. Registration deadline is March 29, 2014 and  there will be no refunds after this date. Registrations received after March 29, 2014 will incur a $50.00 late fee.

For more information the programs being offered and  registration, please see the NGC Web site: .

Georgeann Moss is planning to attend and would like other club members to consider doing so also.  The SGC will receive credit toward our Gold rating for our attendance.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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IMPORTANT: SGC Meeting Postponed to Thursday, 02/13/14

postedponedPlease mark your calendars for Sunnyvale Garden Club meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 13.  Please call or check with your Garden Club friends to make sure they got this message.  Not all members have e-mail, and many who do have e-mail do not check their e-mail messages very often.  We would hate for them to show up for a meeting on Tuesday morning and find no one there. 

We will still “do” Valentine bags on Thursday.  So, please bring your items to add to Valentine bags to be taken to the elderly and shut-ins in the Sunnyvale area.  We all pitch in to deliver the bags – and it is really a blessing. The recipients are so happy that someone thought of them on Valentine’s Day.  They are just as happy with the visit as with the bag.  It will bless you as well as them.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee 

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Meeting – 02/11/14

Date/Time:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – 10AM

Weather Alert: 

The extended weather forecast does not look good for Tuesday (40% chance of ice pellets). We will monitor the weather forecasts on Monday and make a decision about Tuesday’s meeting.  Be sure to watch your e-mails on Monday for an update on the meeting. We are hoping that nasty forecast goes away.
  • Sunnyvale Community Center (formerly the old Sunnyvale Elementary School)
  • Board Room
  • 417 E. Tripp Road
  • Sunnyvale, Texas 75182

Our  “Home of Sunnyvale Garden Club” sign  will be erected by the sidewalk at the entrance.  As you come through the entrance, the “Board Room” is immediately to your right.

Program:     “Friends from the Garden to the Table”

Program Speaker:

C.A. Hiscock, Dallas County Master GArdener and flower designer.  Brings a hands on work shop to demonstrate creating floral designs from your garden.

Hostesses:  Co Hostesses:  Patricia Gatlin and Nancy Griffin, Kaycey Bruhn, Sylvia Carter, Cristy Carter Steward, Doris Padgett.

Business:  Call to Order, President’s Welcome, Inspirational, Pledge of Allegiance, Officer and Committee Reports, Old and New Business, Announcements, Invocation.


  • valentine4Bring goodies for the Valentine Bags
  • Deadline for Contributions to TGC
  • Donate money for Sharing Life.
  • Send your nomination for the District X Garden Club Member of the Year to Sallyann

Submitted by Martha Billman – SGC Communications Committee

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SGC Needs Goodies for Valentine Baskets


Each year, the SGC makes goodie baskets and delivers them to community shut-ins on Valentine’s Day. Please start collecting items for the baskets and bring them to the next meeting scheduled on Tuesday,  February 11th, so we can stuff and deliver them.

The following is a list of suggested items: stamps, Post-it-notes, notepads, pens, pencils, crossword puzzles, sugar-free cookies and candy, crackers, lotion, shampoo, soap, anti-bacterial soap, wipes, toothpaste, Kleenex, Chapstick, envelopes, magnifying class, small address book – or – any other item you feel is appropriate.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Merry Ziegenfuss


Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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