Anne Bonner

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Anne began arranging flowers while living in Hawaii where she earned Gardener Of The Year trophies two consecutive years in the Hickham Garden Club. She was Secretary of the Hawaii Federation of Garden Clubs. Anne was proud to have been chosen to be on the floral committee for Washington Place, the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. Mrs. Jean Ariyoshi was a lovely first lady and so appreciative of the floral arrangements of the island’s beautiful flowers.

Garden Club

Anne is a Life Member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

As a member of Straw Hat Garden Circle of the Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club, Anne (above center) conducted a workshop for the ladies of the club, followed by an outdoor pool/garden luncheon at her home in Satellite Beach.  Besides growing and arranging flowers, the garden club  is a nature club, with emphasis on preserving wetlands, the birds (even bats) and manatees. Gardenias, magnolias, hibiscus, azaleas, and roses are the most popular flowers.

The magnolia (left) is an ancient species named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. These flowers evolved before bees appeared and encouraged pollination by beetles. As a result, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are tough, to avoid damage from eating and crawling beetles.