Garden Club installs new officers, leadership team

November 20, 2021
By Boca Beacon Reader

SUBMITTED BY THE BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB – Boca Grande Garden Club members are anticipating a packed slate of in-person meetings, events and workshops for the 2021-2022 season. A new board and leadership team is spearheading the busy calendar. 

Officers are:

• Gail Miller, President

• Tanny Clark, 1st Vice President

• Kris North Mampe, 2nd Vice President

• Candy Sasser, Membership Chair

• Nancy James, Treasurer

• Courtney Morris, Recording Secretary

• Lamar Toole, Corresponding Secretary

• Susan O’Brien, President Emeritus

The Leadership Team includes:

• Judy Thomas and Judy McDermott, Art in Bloom

• Cathy Ballman, Publications

•Jennifer DiMare, Communications-Website

•Alison Henderson and Peggy Saewert, December Luncheon

•Bobbie Allardyce, Gina McFadden and Christine Evans, Entertainment

•Stephanie Williams, Field Trips/Overnight

•Jean Johnson and Francie Johnson, Field Trips/Local:

• Margene Fox and Sally Hornig, Garden Tour

•Nancy Garraghan and Nancy James, Hospitality Teas

•Pat Rice and Tish Staley, Nametags

•Candy Sasser, Previous Membership

•Marilyn Hull, Workshops

•Barbara O’Connell, Bylaws

Susan O’Brien is 2022 Chair of the Nominating Committee.

A couple dates to jot down now are the presentation by Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 and the Garden Tour on Wednesday, April 6. 

Dr. Tallamy is a naturalist and faculty member at the University of Delaware. He is also author of the seminal work, “Bringing Nature Home: how Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens.” This book has been extremely influential since its publication in 2007 about why and how to use native plants as gardening and conservation tools.

The always-popular Garden Tour resumes after a pandemic-imposed hiatus. It includes invitations into six private island gardens. 

To see a complete list of activities, check out bocagardenclub.com. Be aware that this is a dynamic website with information added often. 

For the first time in several years, the Garden Club is able to accept some new members. Interested? Give Candy Sasser a call at (813) 601-2759 for information and application materials. Annual dues are $75.

Meetings will be held in the auditorium at the Boca Grande Community Center. Because of the ongoing pandemic, Lee County is abiding by Center for Disease Control criteria, with masking “recommended and encouraged” for indoor events.