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Updated: 06/11/2014 08:00:03AM

Awarded for horticultural program

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Hannah Collinger shows her gopher tortoise sculpture to Audrey Swindal, District IX Youth Chairman.


From the District IX meeting, on left is Opi De Falco, District IX Awards chairman, Kathy Kibler, president of Greater Lakeland Area Gardening Club, and Garden Club President Shannon Martin. They are holding the awards that Opi just presented.

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At their final meeting of this club season, members of Bartow Garden Club learned that Barb Hergenroder was to be honored with other designers who had been selected to exhibit in the 2015 FFGC Calendar. She accompanied club delegates Eda Marchman and Audrey Swindal to the Convention and Flower Show of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs in St. Petersburg. State President, Sue Angle of Sarasota presided.

It was quickly followed by the FFGC District IX Meeting in Lake Placid where the club delegate was their president, Shannon Martin. Mrs. Marchman and Mrs. Swindal accompanied her along with Kathy Kibler, president of the Greater Lakeland Area Gardening Club.

Several state awards were presented by District IX Awards Chairman, Opi de Falco. Bartow Garden Club won for the Best Single Horticulture Program in the state. It was presented as a game that taught members how to translate a flower show schedule and make proper entries.

They also won an award for sponsoring a School Ground Beautification Project at Highland City Elementary. Ginger Hansill planned and executed the project with Kathy Kibler. The Junior Master Gardeners of Highland City Elementary won an award for their efforts to make their school more attractive.

Hannah Collinger, a member of the Green Thumb Junior Garden Club at Bartow Elementary Academy, attended the meeting to receive her state award for a sculpture of recyclable and reused materials. She constructed a gopher tortoise which she had learned about at FFGC’s Wekiva Youth Camp near Apopka. After winning first place in Florida, it was sent to the Deep South Convention of seven southeastern states, where she won second place. She will be returning to camp this year along with three other students from her garden club.

A covered dish supper was enjoyed by the members, a new member and two guests.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Bartow Garden Club is invited to call 863-533-2377 or 863-533-8219 for information.

— Audrey Swindal

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