[Library- Pam Molesky (L), pictured with Librarian Aide Richard Gopie (R), loaned a ZZ plant to Cooper Memorial Library]   
By Grace Rabano & The Clermont Garden Club

Every month, from September through May, Clermont Garden Club members loan plants to Cooper Memorial Library and Clermont City Hall to promote horticulture awareness and connect our community to Clermont Garden Club’s programs, civic activities, and community outreach.

Clermont Garden Club member, Pam Molesky, has loaned a Zamioculcas zamiifolia (also known as ZZ) to Cooper Memorial Library. A ZZ plant makes a great room accent and practically thrives on neglect. This easy-going houseplant is forgiving if you forget to water, tolerate low light, and rarely need to be fertilized. Overwatering is a surefire way to kill the plant, as ZZ is an African native that survives drought by storing water in its thick rhizomes and semi-succulent stems. To avoid soggy soil, use a cactus potting mix or fast-draining mix with sand or perlite.
[City Hall- Mary Adams (L), pictured with Dana Wiseman (R), loaned a Peace Lily to Clermont City Hall]

Clermont Garden Club member, Mary Adams, has loaned a Spathiphyllum (also known as Peace Lily) for April to Clermont City Hall. Peace lilies are not true lilies. They are tropical, evergreen plants native to tropical Central and South America. These plants thrive on the forest floor, receiving dappled sunlight and consistent moisture and humidity. Replicating these conditions in your home is the key to keeping the Peace Lily happy and healthy. Keep the soil lightly moist to the touch, but not overly saturated. Peace lilies can tolerate short periods of dry soil, but their leaves will develop brown tips if they don’t have enough water or humidity.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month (September through May) at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue, Clermont, FL (except during scheduled field trips or luncheons). New members and guests are warmly welcome. Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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