“‘Tis the Season” . . .

“‘Tis the Season” . . . these three little words mean so much for so many people. For me it is a time of celebration with family and friends. It is about sharing my good fortune with those less fortunate. It is a time to be thankful for food for there are many that walk in hunger; to be thankful for faith for there are many that walk in fear; to be thankful for friends in a world where many walk alone.

A special time of the year is just around the corner . . . our 41st Holiday Home Tour! We are thankful for our most generous homeowners that allow us to showcase their homes in order to benefit our community. Gloria Zannis and Jeanne Ann Moorman have helped us to put our best foot forward by highlighting our many skills of decorating, baking and welcoming everyone to the tour.

black and orange Monarch Butterfly on a yellow sunflower with a blue sky behindOur December program will be extra special celebrating “Christmas Joy” with Will Span-heimer who has performed in many venues around the U.S and worldwide venues. We are indeed fortunate!

At our November meeting Nomenclature segment Betsy Tilghman talked of the demise of the Monarch Butterfly. Last year’s migration numbers of a low 60 million has been reduced to a mere 3 million this year if these numbers continue, “this spectacular migration could be near collapse”. Butterfly gardens are the ‘drive-thru’ for butterflies and trees are “not only grocery stores, but insect ‘pharmacies’ for not only butterflies but bees as well”. So ask Santa for natives . . . plants, shrubs and trees . . . so that we are able to do our part and help end this terrible demise.

Sandy Milledge sent me a link to an article relating to Hurricane Haiyan and how preventable the destruction could have been. “Some of the destruction could have been prevented, not with seawalls or dykes, but with mangrove trees. That’s because mangroves provide a natural buer that slows down inland tidal surges, absorbing 70-90% of a normal wave’s impact.” The people of Tacloban said “we were ready for the wind. We were not ready for the water”. I am so proud of the nearly 60 ladies that grew their pups knowing that someday we may help our lovely Coral Gables in the event of a future hurricane. After a failed attempt due to a very stormy day, we will make a second go of it in January and we hope to see many of you at the planting!

Mangrove pups

So . . . as you go about your holiday preparations remember the Garden Club and all the wonderful happenings! Come to a meeting. If you need transportation, give me a call, we’ll get you there! Last year I ended with these words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and they still mean a lot to me:

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men!”

                                                               -CHRISTMAS BELLS

May 2014 bring each of you good health and happiness.

Sharon Trbovich
-Sharon Trbovich

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