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Board Members

President's Message

My first encounter with the Frisco Garden Club was at their 2015 Wildflower Luncheon. Until that time, I had lived in Frisco 17 years without knowing that Frisco had a garden club! I also spent that time struggling to garden in North Texas. I did so want to recreate the beauty of my hometown of Bossier City, Louisiana. There, the flowers grow prolifically and effortlessly.

 

Frisco Garden Club is a wealth of information for new gardeners as well as seasoned gardeners. Through the Club, I’ve learned about Texas perennials and the annuals that grow best in our North Texas soils. As a member of the club, I feel that I am constantly learning new “best practices”; and that shows in my own home garden. I also feel that I am making civic contributions and impacting Frisco’s future! 

 

For my President’s Project, I have chosen to introduce bird nesting boxes to several of Frisco’s public parks. Providing homes for wrens, chickadees and bluebirds will add another enjoyable committee to our already impressive slate. To be President of Frisco Garden Club is such an honor. To think it all happened with a ticket to enjoy a fundraising luncheon. I invite you to join the Wildflower Luncheon, as a guest or as a member of our Club; where we live life in full bloom!

Faye Lipham
President

As a fairly new avid gardener, I have found FGC to be a wealth of information. It is fun and challenging to watch your hard work come to life in the garden! Being from Louisiana I wanted beautiful southern plants that grow so easily there, I've had to adapt to similar North Texas perennials that thrive here. To have the opportunity to garden with FGC members and learn new tricks is so fun!

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Bonnie kenan
Vice President - Programs

We moved to Frisco, Texas in October 2020. I began my interest in gardening as a young girl helping my father plant his rose garden. It was this pride and joy and he had several different varieties. He taught me how to plant, fertilize and water each rose bush. I've mastered growing roses and decided to try my hand at succulents. So far, I've been successful and love to purchase different varieties from different online and in-person nurseries. My goal is to see them thrive in containers on my patio and see how they react to the Texas heat and cold weather. It's been a pleasure to be part of the Frisco Garden Club. I love meeting new people and I have enjoyed many new friendships within the Club as Membership Chairperson.

pat gordon
Vice president-
Membership

I gained my love for flower gardens from my Mom and Sisters. My Mom especially loved to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs, and I enjoyed assisting while growing up.

 In Connecticut, they don’t have to be dug up.  They stay in the ground year round and return faithfully.

Personally I especially love purple iris. I was smitten after seeing Van gogh’s incredible paintings of them. So I enjoy planting them and also painting them to enjoy year round. 

I joined the FGC to learn garden tips for Texas and have gotten active after meeting many really nice Members.

I have had my best garden results in Frisco with purple Phlox and Stella d’Oro. 

My biggest flop has come inside my home after friends have given me orchids as gifts.  I don’t let it bother me though, and I  have learned to stick with African Violets!

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Earlene Caldwell
Recording Secretary

As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother who was always cultivating new bulbs, roses and other plants that she loved. That led to my interest in gardening and especially to discovering new perennials. I moved to Frisco from Corpus Christi in 2010 and immediately began to notice the lush variety of shrubs and plants in the area. Not long after we moved, I realized that I knew a few FGC members from my association in other organizations, which were fun connections to make… so I joined FGC too!

 

I enjoy being a member because of the education, friendships and the opportunity to become more engaged in different areas of our community through their partnerships with the Frisco Garden Club.

karen vernon
Treasurer

I was born, raised, and have lived in the Collin County area most of my life. My love for growing plants began early as I used to ride with my Father to the Dallas Farmer's Market and other local farms to purchase produce for my Parent's grocery store in downtown Plano.  My happy place is still visiting farmer's markets and farms around the area. 

 

I am moved to grow vegetables, but I also enjoy landscaping and floral design.  My other love is growing herbs in my Aerogarden Hydroponics System that sits right in my kitchen.  On the horizon I am hoping to start growing microgreens; and I'm toying with the thought of gaining my Master Gardner's Certification. 

 

I have been a member of the Frisco Garden Club for a year now and I have most enjoyed the Club's gardening programs, field trips and the educational opportunities that I can practice in my own garden.

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Kathy Grieser
Reservation Secretary

"Trying to keep my plants alive, especially in the Texas heat" is Kathy's garden passion. Her Garden Nemesis: "I have so many rabbits and trying to find plants that they do not like to eat is a problem. Her Garden Cannot Do Without: "I love my palm trees."What Keeps Her in the Club: " I’m from Ohio and I have enjoyed learning about the Texas soil. I have enjoyed making new friends and the ladies are great."

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Amy Deatherage
Historian

I started my garden club membership as a youth in the Day Heights Junior Garden Club of Milford, Ohio. I have been a Texas Resident since 2003, and a Frisco Garden Club member since 2008. The five years in between was spent cursing the dirt! I am honored to be the Historian for Frisco's oldest active civic organization. Ninety years and counting, we are adding to our rich history every new day!

 

-Amy, Club President 2013-2016

Daphne Arnold
Member Advisor

Daphne Arnold has been with the Frisco Garden Club through many presidents and projects and has more than paid her dues (but thankfully, still does annually). Her home garden has been awarded "Best Yard" in her Lone Star neighborhood more times than she can remember. With a talent for entertaining, as well as for gardening, she has been an integral member of many meetings and an impeccable tablescapes designer at all of our Wildflower Luncheons!

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Member-at-Large

Moving here in 2019 from California (where gardening is easy), I am slowly learning the elements of Texas life...

100 degree heat, bad soil, hail, snow and below 30 degree temps!  Having said all that, I am so happy to be here

in Texas near my family.  Fortunately, I was introduced to FGC and I look forward to many years of working together with these great gardeners.

 

One thing I have learned is that Raised Bed Herb Gardens on wheels can be moved all around my patio for all weather conditions!

bonnie Sajjadi
Parliamentarian
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