Linda's garden passion is planting perennials. She loves to see them return every year, and greets them like good friends. She also enjoys garden decorations, like rocks and signs with inspirational sayings and a bird bath to attract the birds. "I love being a member of the Frisco Garden Club because of the many friends I have met, and the fact that I am constantly learning about new garden techniques and the environment."
I joined Frisco Garden Club in 2008 when I retired from teaching. My husband and I moved here from Cincinnati, Ohio to be near our children and grandchildren. My neighbor was President of FGC and I quickly became involved in the Wildflower Luncheon and worked on the raffle and auction items. I met so many wonderful women and continued to work on Main Street Gazebo gardens and membership as well as the Wildflower Luncheon. The last 4 years I was Chairman of the Crozier-Sickle House at Heritage Village.
I have found that the best way to make good and lasting friendships is to get involved in the wonderful projects that the Frisco Garden Club sponsors. Through the years I have learned so much about gardening from our programs and fellow gardeners and have felt so fulfilled by contributing to the gardens and events.
It is an honor and pleasure to be President of this fantastic Club. -Linda Stricker
"My grandmothers who lived in Kansas both had small flower gardens and both grandfathers grew gladiolas. My mother grew bearded iris several summers when we moved to Colorado but I think my love of gardening started with pansies. A couple of years at Easter my mother put pansies in our Easter baskets to be planted outside - in Colorado they are a spring and summer flower. Every year in when the weather turns "cool" enough I plant several flats of pansies using bone meal and then sprinkle the plantings heavily with Rabbit Scram to help keep the rabbits away." -Kathy
"Growing flowers in Texas is more difficult here than it was in the lower Hudson Valley in New York. I have been able to adapt through. I have been planting and working in gardens since I was a child. It has always given me great pleasure to play in dirt and watch my plants grow. I joined Frisco Garden Club in 2009. I enjoy the monthly programs and working in our gardens with my fellow FGC Members. Chairing the Wildflower Luncheon has given me the opportunity to work with many wonderful members of the community".
-Donna Schmittler, Club President 2010-2013
Robin's Garden Passion is growing flowers and trying new plant materials. She loves figuring out their perfect spot in the garden.
Her Garden Nemesis is the Texas heat. "I love it ...but my plants only tolerate it sorta."
Her Garden cannot do without Butterflies! "I love to see them flitting about.... busy, busy, busy!"
What keeps her in the Club? "I enjoy working in the gardens and tending the flowers and plant material. I specifically love all of the different presenters at our meetings that teach us about new plants and help us to grow as gardeners."
"The peace I find when I dig in the dirt or watch a seed turn into something wonderful. That fuels me to continue to blossom, bloom and grow. The Frisco Garden Club allows me to learn, and give back to the community through the many civic projects we support throughout the City."
"In 2012, I was invited by a close friend and Club member, Dottie Jones, to visit Frisco Garden Club. I don’t know if she invited me because my lawn was on life support or because she knew I would find kindred spirits, gathered to learn about plants, horticulture and the environment. Whatever the reason, I found a place to blossom and grow."
-Marlene Byndon, Club President 2016-2018
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"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."
"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 Deatherage, Club President 2013-2016
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. -Bonnie
"As a fairly new 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!" - Faye
Shirley moved to Texas from Ohio in 2009 and joined FGC in 2019. She was never known for her green thumb but has found more success since attending the FGC educational programs! Her favorite plant is the Vinca because the flowers are so colorful, prolific, and easy to care for.