The Citrus Garden Club unfolds a new leaf and begins a fresh start with its exciting 2019-20 season to make many happy memories. A warm welcome is extended to everyone, so please join us at our first meeting.

The club will meet at the Whispering Pines Recreational Building on Thursday, Sept. 5, with the social beginning at 9 a.m.

President Sandra Hume will call the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. The program will begin approximately at 10:45 a.m.

The program, “The Gopher Tortoise” will be presented by Katie Wagner. She will discuss, and give a fresh light on the wildlife and gopher tortoise’s habitat assessments, burrow surveys and relocation. Wagner is an environmental scientist and a geographic information systems specialist at Michael G. Czerwinski, P.A. Environmental Consultants.

Gopher tortoises belong to a breed of land tortoises which originated some 60 million years ago. This fact makes them one of the oldest living species on the planet earth. Due to the rise in deforestation, these tortoises have decreased in number and this breed has become an endangered one. I believe we all do revere these slow moving creatures, so let us become more aware and appreciate these treasures of our land — watch for the turtle crossings.

The hospitality committee will greet all members and guests with freshly made coffee. The hostess this month is Diane Mancini, and she and her helpers will have a banquet of classic fare for your enjoyment. While sipping and eating, take time to look over the Ways and Means Table that chairmen Pamela Noel and Shelby Jordan have arranged with many inspiring items.

The agenda is planned to inspire and entertain everyone with a variety of educational and interesting segments. Master gardener Jerry Lubowiecki will be on hand to answer questions you may have concerning your fall landscape. Then Master Gardener Shelby Jordan will discuss a Florida native plant/flower that we all would like to possess. Also, member Mary Smalley will select a topic to talk about from one of “Natures Nuggets.”

We all look forward to the segment when two of our volunteer members, Sandra Hume and Pamela Noel, each present a floral design that will become a learning experience when talented Vicky Ross critiques their work.

Together, club members perform civic and environmental duties every month. The Whispering Pines Butterfly Garden, chaired by Judith Thomason, has a clean-up planned for Monday, Sept. 9, at 8:30 a.m. She and the butterflies would appreciate your help.

Lucy Murphy, chairman of the Pine Hill Cemetery and Garden, plans for everyone to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, to pick up debris, rake and trim/prune plants. This cemetery is located off Line Avenue in Inverness.

Then the Wags and Whiskers Garden, chaired by Patty McCoy and located at the Inverness Animal Shelter, welcomes all to join in the clean-up of this garden at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

We will continue to collect non-perishable food items for the food banks of Citrus County and also supplies/food for the animals at the Inverness Shelter.

For more information or questions, call President Sandra Hume at 352-560-7205.

Judy Morris submits publicity for the Citrus Garden Club. Contact her at 352-341-0954;

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Judy Morris

Citrus Garden Club

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