Moringa Garden Circle 

Special Events

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Eben Reiger Tree

Moringa Members joined Cindy Reiger and her daughter Kris Blake at George English Park on June 30th for the Memorial planting of the tree in honor of Eben Reiger.

The 20 foot tree was planted next to the boat ramp - a fitting place to honor the man who so loved the water!

manor pines tree planting memorial trees for Jerold Ford and Lilian Stetz

The residents of Manor Pines lined the courtyard as they watched Moringa Garden Circle members dig the hole for a memorial tree planted in memory of Jerold R. Ford.  Each member took turns with the shovel under the direction of nurseryman, Jesse Durko.  Robert Haehle, selected the rarely seen Radermachera 'Kunming' - Dwarf Tree Jasmine for its drought tolerance and fragrance. 

“This shrub/small tree from South East Asia is very easy to grow and it is an excellent bloomer”, said Haehle.  Radermachera doesn't take a lot of space compared with plants of the same height and can be grown in full sun to filtered light with average water and fertilizer.

Margie Perez, Activities Director for Manor Pines, remarked how many residents and visitors enjoy being in the garden with its lush plantings and central fountain feature.  “They already like this tree”, she stated as she and several of the nurses passed sweet fragrant clusters of the light pink flowers with orange throats among the crowd.

The club also planted the Butterfly attracting, Aloysia virgata -Sweet Almond Verbena, in memory of Lillian D. Stetz , M.E. DePalma’s  mother, who passed away in January.  Few shrubs sweeten the air of a warm summer evening like the sweetly fragrant spikes of white blooms on this shrub

Moringa's Board for the 2008-010 season
Pat Miller (center) performed the ceremony installing Moringa's 2009 Board of Directors at the May meeting.  Shown are: Chalene Curry, Secretary; Sandy Diehl, President; Pat Miller; Janice Stencil, Co-Vice President; and Cindy Long, Treasurer (not shown:  Maureen Frazel, Co-Vice President)

The Youth Flower Show
- Stars And Stripes Forever
Scored a 99!
Hadny Fayyaz chairman of the Youth Flower Show Hedge hog made out of sweet potatoes and lentils
Hadny Fayyaz, show chairman and a whimsical design featuring a hedgehog
made from sweet potatoes and lentils
For more pictures from the show go to Brenda V. Smith's onlineGallery - 36 images

Congratulations Rose!

Rose Bechard-Butman Earns Professional Certification

Rose recently  demonstrated professional competency by successfully
completing the CERTIFIED ARBORIST examination administered through the
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

The purpose of the ISA Certification Program is to improve the level of
knowledge and standard of practice within the tree care profession. It is
designed to assist the public in identifying those professionals in
arboriculture who have demonstrated, through a professionally developed
examination and education program, a thorough knowledge of tree care

The International Society of Arboriculture is a scientific and educational
organization devoted to promote the professional development of those
involved in the field of arboriculture or tree care.

The Fort Lauderdale Garden Club will be sponsoring two Special Events in JUNE

Wednesday June 4th at 10:00 AM

"Fun With Flowers":
 Is open to the public. It will be a Floral Design Workshop. So viewers can
learn to do some of the flower arrangements they have seen Garden Club
members make.
They will make their own arrangement. Flowers and containers will be
provided. Registration is required. Fee is only $15.

 Saturday June 7th is "Kids Day"
9:30 AM Children 5-8 years old
10:30 AM Children 9-12 years old
Their will be a Butterfly Program that includes a tour of the Park trails
and our butterfly garden.
Each child will be given a butterfly plant to take home.

Ft. Lauderdale Garden Club Center
Birch State Park
3108 East Sunrise Boulevard ( Sunrise & A 1 A)  954-561-8475

The Moringa meetings are Fun Events
At the February meeting ...
moringa martini - the ruddy daggerwing
Hadny Fayyaz created her recipe for a peppery  Moringa Pesto served with pasta and shrimp.

Sharon Bogard created the fabulous "Moringatini"
 A delicious combination of her homemade Clementine infused vodka, Chambord -  A French liqueur with an intense flavor of black-raspberries, fruits, herbs and honey - and dusted each glass with sugared cocoa to resemble our butterfly - The Ruddy Daggerwing. Click here for Recipes
Moringa Donations for 2008
                Habitat for Humanity                         100.00                   
FLGC Crystal                                 20.00
Pennial Therapy                            25.00
World Gardening                          25.00
Echo                                           50.00
6 Camperships                         1,410.00
Bonnet House  membership            55.00
President to State Convention         200.00 
Memorial Tree Fund                    100.00
Youth Gardening Sup.                   75.00

lighthouse before
Learning to make a difference in the lives of others and improving the environment.

The Youth Gardeners worked at the Lighthouse for the Blind Sensory Garden taking the medians from unattractive, dried grass and poor soil unto visually pleasing gardens.

Take a look at the before and after photos and see the fun they had doing this project.

Lighthouse For the Blind 2008

Moringa Celebrates 50 years
Moringa Celebrates their 50th Anniversary
by honoring Past Presidents at the Annual Holiday Party
View: Party Pictures by our Photographer Barbara Richie

Moringa Member Betty Ann Zeiher is honored with a Deep South Life Membership at the Fall District XI meeting held at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale

Betty Ann Zeiher
Left to right: Betty Ann Zeiher, Moringa President Hadny Fayyaz and State President Margaret "Cinny" O Donnell

This lady with the southern charm and the energy of a racehorse wrangled me into the garden club. Then served as my mentor as she induced me to take advantage of the many opportunities garden club has to offer.

I wish to honor her with a Deep South Life Membership.

To thank her for her willingness to share:
*Her enthusiasm,
*Her talent and
*Her love of gardening
*Along with the many friends she has made in the FFGC– the Finest Friends God Created.

I am certain that many members of the garden club would join me in saying:

Thank you Betty Ann Zeiher for all of your contributions.

From the very grateful…………M.E. DePalma

Check out for regular appearances by Moringa Members on the

South Florida Today Show (Highlighted title is a link to each video)
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Thank You letter to Moringa and from the FFGC for reproducing the Camp Wekiva  Song Books
April 2007 at the Lighthouse - The Moringa Team cleans up!

Fort Lauderdale Garden Club Flower Show
"Give our Regards To Broadway”
March 17th & 18th  2007
View Photos and results from the show