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Reminder: SGC Meeting – Tuesday, March 17th, 6 p.m. (Rescheduled from March 10th)

Due to spring break, our March meeting has been rescheduled from the 10th to the 17th, 6:00PM,  at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Rd.  Don’t forget to bring your plants for the plant exchange activity.

Call to Order and President’s Welcome


Pledges of Allegiance

Invocation st patricks day

Dinner – provided by hostesses Martha Billman/Georgeann Moss (Leads), Barbara Kline, Cristie Carter-Stewart, Helen Etheridge, Katie Frazer, Pat Morgan, Sallyann Nevins, Shirley Marlowe, Vicki Slaton,


 “Veg Out” with John Hunt

John is a garden coach, landscape consultant, member of the Gardeners of America and Garden Writers Association. He is a horticulturist and has written more than 100 articles for newspapers, magazines and newsletters.


Officer and Committee Reports

  •  Awards – Jean Holt
  • Sunnyvale Library Fifth Anniversary Celebration – Sallyann Nevins
  • SISD Community Relations Meeting – Georgeann Moss
  • Biblical Arts Center Project – Faye Nabors
  • Floral Arranging Workshop on Saturday, May 9 – Rachel Doyle
  • New Business?


  •  Sharing Life Community Outreach and Christian Care – please bring donations.
  •  The Plant Exchange  – please bring your plants.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Joyce Taylor (  or Carol Duckworth        (

More about St. Patrick’s Day:

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Valentine Project Update – Thank You SGC Members!

L to R: Georgia Dowdey, Darlene Eberwein, Sallyann Nevins

L to R: Georgia Dowdey, Darlene Eberwein, Sallyann Nevins

Dear SGC Member,

 If I knew how to make this email open with a round of applause, I would do that right now!

Once again all the products you brought filled the table to running over with a variety of wonderful products in all sizes.

We managed to fill 85 gift bags to capacity! We ran out of gift bags. This was really a successful community outreach and made each recipient so happy.

At Christian Care Center, we had to empty all the bags and remove all the food items as she reminded me they could only give their residents what was approved on the list.    We still had plenty of toothbrushes, toothpaste, calendars, lotions, crossword puzzles, shampoos, pens, pencils, bud vase with a red rose, and extra surprises as well.   She wrote the name and unit number on each of the quart zip lock bags with the apricot fried pies, saying the resident would receive it on their tray tonight at dinner when someone can  help them. The other  food items will be given to healthier patients.   

It was sad to see so many patients  so ill and fragile. Many of the residents were sound asleep as we came to their rooms and left the bag on their table.  Nancy Keim took the time to accept a visit with one of the residents and visited for 15 minutes providing that welcome visitor they longed to talk to and enjoy connecting  with.  Another lady took the valentine out of her bag and held it to her chest, saying, “This is the only valentine I will receive.”  The creative, sparkling, hand made valentines were a big success in bringing these residents joy at all 3 locations we delivered to.

Imagine how happy they each were to open and remove all the contents and see the treats! Surely it will make them happy all week!    Suzie Duncan at Bakers Rib provided 70 fresh sugar free fried apricot pies that are definitely a great treat to taste and enjoy!   Helen Ethridge and her partner at Windsor Florist provided 70 white plastic bud vases with  an authentic red silk rose in it that was so genuine that you sniffed it expecting to smell a rose fragrance! 

We delivered to  a Rehab facility on Town East as well as  to Crescent Manor — both in Mesquite and completed the last delivery at 4PM.  A lot of people were blessed today and felt the wonder of being loved with these surprise gifts they received at their door!

Thank you for your outstanding and generous support and participation in reaching out to the community as a vital member of the Sunnyvale Garden Club!  You make a difference!  

Ginny Hale

Sunnyvale Garden Club

Philanthropic Chair

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Reminder: SGC Meeting – Tuesday, February 10th, 10 a.m.

heartPlease join us for our next meeting scheduled on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Rd.  Don’t forget to bring your items for the Valentine project.   We will be making  bags to deliver to local elderly shut-ins on Valentines Day!




“Floral Designs from your Garden”

Presenter:  C. A. Hiscock, Dallas County Master Gardener, Associates Degree in Ornamental Horticulture, Richland College, MFA in painting, Pratt Institute (New York).


Call to Order and President’s Welcome – Georgeann


Pledges of Allegiance

Officer and Committee Reports

  •         Nominating Committee – Sallyann, Committee Chair (2015 Nominees).
  •         Flower Show Committee
  •         Valentine’s Bag Project



Luncheon – provided by hostesses Jean Holt (Lead), Jane Nicholson, Joann Burroughs, Johnette Russell, Linda Covaci, Sue Bennett, Gayle Owen


  • Bring items for Valentine Baskets for shut-ins of Sunnyvale and Christian Care; we’ll make the bags at the end of the meeting.
  •  Sharing Life Community Outreach and Christian Care – please bring donations.
  •  The Plant Exchange will be held at the March meeting.


Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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REMINDER: SGC Meeting on Tuesday, January 13th – 10 a.m.

Happy New Year!  Start the year off right by attending the next Sunnyvale Garden Club meeting scheduled on Tuesday, January 13th, 10AM.  The meeting will be held at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Road.

*Note:  If you would like to attend the Dallas Council Fun Day on Monday, January 12th – 11a.m. – 2:00p.m. at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park, please contact Georgeann Moss at  214- 533 3457 or gemoss3@gmail.comShe has two free tickets.  The program is My Rumbley, presented by Jill Beam, daughter of Rose-Mary Rumbley. 


“Tons of Tomatoes”
presented by John Hunt, Dallas County Master Gardener.  John also serves as a Garden Coach, Landscape Consultant, member of the Gardeners of America and Garden Writers Association. He is a horticulturist and has written more than 100 original articles for newspapers, magazines and newsletters and is a pressed botanical artist.

John started his horticultural education about 30 years ago. He now creates framed botanical art, grows vegetables, cats, a dog, plus trees, tropical and semi-tropical plants and gives seminars on garden topics.


  • Call to Order and President’s Welcome – Georgeann
  • Inspirational – Denise
  • Pledges of Allegiance – Carole
  • Officer and Committee Reports
    • Tour of Homes Fundraiser – Georgeann
    • Youth/Education – Nancy
    • Nominating Committee – Sallyann, Committee Chair, needs one more person to serve with her and Ginny Hale on the committee. The committee will report back at Feb. meeting.) If you are interested please contact Sallyann as soon as possible at 972 226 1315 or
    • Flower Show Committee (need chair)
    • Other

Invocation  – Ginny

Luncheon – provided by hostesses Sallyann Nevins (Lead) Denise Clark, Mary Baughman, Darlene Eberwein, Linda Hodge, Susan Wilson, Georgeann Moss.


  • Sharing Life Community Outreach and Christian Care – please bring donations.
  • Turn in any remaining home tour funds.
  • Bring Valentine basket materials for next month.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Sunnyvale Christmas Tour of Homes – Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 – 1-6PM

Living Room big tree B12The 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by the Sunnyvale Garden Club will be a great way to get excited and inspired for the Holidays. Take a few hours in your busy holiday schedule on Saturday, Dec. 6th from 1 to 6 p.m. and come see how some of the folks in Sunnyvale decorate their beautiful and unique homes for Christmas.

There are 6 fabulous homes on tour. Three homes are on Tanner Creek Circle, two are on Barnes Bridge Rd. and one is on Michael Lane. There is a Tuscan mansion, designed after the beautiful Italian homes in the Tuscany area of Italy. A 10,000 sq. ft. home built in Indian-American style has many unique features including a 30 ft. dome and hand-painted cherubs. The “Mediterranean Contemporary” style house that overlooks horse pastures on a 28 acre property has about 6,000 sq. ft. Another contemporary house is built in the Frank Lloyd Wright style and features a “honeycomb” ceiling in the main living area. One traditional style house has a great open floor plan and uses unique tiles manufactured by Sunnyvale’s own Marazzi tile company. Another traditional home has lots of room for entertaining large families. The grandchildren call the backyard their own “park.”

Tickets are required for admission to each house. Tickets cost $15 to tour all six houses. You can buy tickets now through Saturday at the Sunnyvale Public Library. Tickets will be sold on Saturday at the “Tour Headquarters” at the Sunnyvale High School Cafetorium at 222 N. Collins Rd., Sunnyvale. When you present a ticket at Tour Headquarters, you will be given a map to all 6 homes, as well as a little written information about each home.

Parking is extremely limited at the homes. In fact, parking will be “impossible” at some homes (for example Barnes Bridge Rd and Michael Lane). Sunnyvale ISD has generously provided two school buses to be used as shuttle buses to the homes. Park your car at the Sunnyvale High School student parking lot, board the SISD bus to go to the homes on Barnes Bridge and Tanner Creek. Then the SISD shuttle will stop at the SISD Middle School for you to take a smaller shuttle down the very narrow Michael Lane. The two SISD buses will be driving a continuous loop to the homes and back to the school – so you will not have to wait long for a bus. You can take as much time as you want at each home, and you can “jump on” either bus at any time. I know that many people do not like to give up the “control” of driving your own car, but believe me, you will find no place to park at some of the homes. (You cannot park at those steep ditches on the sides of Barnes Bridge Rd.! Nor can you park in private driveways. Parking will be prohibited in the cul-de-sac on Tanner Creek Cir. [bus cannot make the turn if a car is parked there]). You will not want to walk long distances from wherever you may find to park. So, please, do not try to “drive your own car.”

You will also want to come to “Tour Headquarters” because there will be a wonderful Bake Sale featuring home-baked goodies made by the fabulous cooks of Sunnyvale Garden Club. There will also be a Gift Shop that will have more than 20 vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothing, food products, glass plate garden art, local Sunnyvale honey, SGC Cookbooks and much more. Get some of your Christmas shopping done now! If you shop before the tour, your purchase can be held for you until you return from the tour.

Sunnyvale’s florist, The Wild Orchid (owned by SGC member, Kathy Dalby) has generously donated beautiful floral arrangements for each home.Tour artwork

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes, Gift Shop/Bake Sale to be held on Sat., Dec. 6

This lovely home was on one of the previous tours.

This lovely home was on one of the previous tours.

It’s been five long years since the Sunnyvale Garden Club (SGC) presented  the Christmas Tour of Homes, Gift Shop and Bake Sale. But the beloved event is back! With the presentation of a ticket, participants will be able to tour six of Sunnyvale’s finest homes bedecked in their holiday splendor.

The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Tour Headquarters will be located in the cafeteria of Sunnyvale High School (SHS) at 222 Collins Road.  Maps identifying the six homes on tour will be distributed at this location on the day of the event.

During the tour, participants will choose how long they stay in each home.  Parking will be extremely limited at each location.  All tour participants are encouraged to use the free shuttle buses.  Bus transportation will be provided by the Sunnyvale Independent School District. The bus route will begin and end at the Tour Headquarters.  If tour participants decide to drive their own cars, they may find they will have to walk longer distances because parking is so limited.

Tickets cost $15 each and can be purchased at the Sunnyvale Library, from any garden club member or at the Tour Headquarters on the day of the event. You must have your ticket with you during the entire tour.

Holiday Gift Shop and Bake Sale

The Holiday Gift Shop and Bake Sale also will be located Tour Headquarters in the SHS Cafeteria.  There is no charge for shopping. Community members are invited to visit these booths even if they don’t take the tour.

The ladies of Sunnyvale Garden Club are outstanding cooks, so come early for the best selection of holiday candies, cookies, breads, pies and cakes. Individual pieces/slices as well as full cakes/pies will be sold.

The Holiday Gift Shop will feature more than 20 vendors selling items that make great holiday gifts. Vendors will include:

  • Gardenuity
  • Girlfriends
  • Janie’s Crosses
  • Magical Memories
  • Scentsy
  • Southern Gypsy Rose
  • Sunnyvale Garden Club – glass art, cookbooks and local honey
  • Usborne Books and More
  • Wreaths by Stephanie

Shoppers can buy baked items and/or gifts early and these items can be held for pickup at the end of the tour.

This event is the only fundraiser that Sunnyvale Garden Club will undertake this year. Proceeds of the event will benefit:

  • Sunnyvale Independent School District – wildflower conservation garden
  • Sunnyvale Library – equipment
  • Sharing Life – job training program

SGC President Georgeann Moss said, “We are so grateful to the six homeowners who are so graciously opening their homes for the tour. This requires a huge investment of time and energy on their part during one of the busiest times of the year.”

“Their generosity will allow SGC to make a positive difference in our community through education, literacy and job training.”

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Buy Your Tickets Today for the Christmas Tour of Homes!

Tour artwork

Sunnyvale Garden Club
Christmas Tour of Homes
Saturday, December 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Purchase Tickets**
From any Garden Club member,
at the Sunnyvale Public Library, or
Call 972.203.9175

Ticket Price: $15
Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour at Bake & Gift Shop

Park in Student Parking Lot at
Sunnyvale High School
222 Collins Rd., Sunnyvale, TX
Get map to homes in
Bake & Gift Shop in High School Cafetorium
Ride Shuttle Bus to Homes

(No parking at cul-de-sac at Tanner Creek)

**Ticket required for admission to homes on tour.


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