Linda Uhler, left, Amy Bennett Williams, Gwenda Hiatt-Clements. Photo provided
Linda Uhler, left, Amy Bennett Williams, Gwenda Hiatt-Clements. Photo provided

The Shell Islands Garden Club held its final meeting of the year Tuesday, May 8, at the Sanibel Community House. A salad luncheon has become a yearly event for this final meeting with all the members contributing a salad to share. This year there were quite a variety - layered, Caesar, green pea, spinach and of course potato salad.

At the business meeting plans were laid out for next year’s activities which include the following:

October 9 – Late Season Plants, Fall Thru Early Spring Bloomers

November 13 – Design a Dish Garden - Cacti, Succulents, and Companion Plants

December 11- Decorating the White House for Christmas

January 8 – Easy Orchids for SW Florida

February 12 – Flower Arranging Workshop

March 12 – ART IN BLOOM – a combines art and flower show held at the Sanibel Library

April 9 – Preparing Your Landscape for the summer

May 14 – Plants that Grow Well in Southwest Florida

Speaker for the May meeting was popular News Press columnist Amy Bennet Williams. Years ago Williams started the Tropicalia section of the paper. Today, she not only is featured on NPR radio, but also writes a weekly column for the New Press called Field Notes. Williams read several of her essays and then had a lively discussion about her career. Her final note was that there is good karma in plant sharing.

The SIGC meets monthly from October to May. Although a majority of the members head north for the summer an intrepid group called the Summer Girlz meet monthly on an informal basis for lunch and field trips. The first outing for them this summer will be in June to Brambles Tea Room in Naples. For more information about the club, contact President Susan Bellevue at 239-579-0252.