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Blanco Woman’s Club Visits Klepac Greenhouses
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014

This March’s meeting included an enchanting tour of one of the Klepac Greenhouses. Klepac Greenhouses was started in 1995 by Jimmy Klepac’s grandparents and you can still tour his grandmother’s original greenhouse today! The business is still family owned and operated, but it has grown tremendously and now its nurseries cover about 100 acres or more. Jimmy was kind enough to give the Blanco Woman’s Club a tour of one their nurseries. We were dazzled by the beautiful flowers and plants of all kinds. The tour was also highly educational. Did you know that you can find Klepac plants in stores all the way in Dallas and Houston? Did you know that stores have specific regulations about the forms of plants that they sale, such as height, color, and number of blossoms? Jimmy has a degree from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Agronomy, which focuses on working with field crops to improve their health and production. His expertise allows his company to produce desirable plants on a demanding time schedule. Some plants take 5 weeks to finish developing and some up to 30 weeks to be ready for stores. They manipulate these schedules through the use of coolers, water, fertilizer, other chemicals, and most important of all, blackout screens. Most plants start to bloom at a predictable rate after the longest night of the year. Klepac artificially creates the longest night with the screens to activate the “response time” required for plants to mature. Did you know that not all daisies have the same response time? If a store wants certain kinds of daisies by a certain week, Klepac has to carefully schedule the blackout periods. Some daisies have to be de-budded to create the affect desired by stores. Klepac is a very hands-on facility, for example Easter Lilies will bloom about 40 days after 100 leaves have unfolded about 45 degrees from the stems; Klepac has employees that count the leaves on these plants to make sure they are on schedule. The Klepac Greenhouses Inc. is a very giving family, donating plants to Live Oak Medical Center and other local non-profits for events and fundraisers. They only pick the best plants to sale as well as donate. Thank you Jimmy for the beautiful and educational tour! Thank you Gardening Department for hosting such a lovely program!

The business part of the meeting included accepting the proposed vote: In order to make progress toward the facility needs of the James and Evelyn Williams Memorial Library, also known as The Blanco Library, the plans to build a multi-million dollar facility on 1623 are hereby postponed. The proposal for the new Department “Home Life Department” and corresponding Amendment changes were presented and will be voted on in April.

Thank you to our hostesses Priscilla Seals, Deena Gardner, Linda Howard, and Dean Myane for creating a delicious St. Patrick’s Day spread! Everything was green and delectable! Remember ladies to have your orders and payment in for May’s Luncheon by April 19th and it is $19. We will be enjoying our luncheon at Onion Creek Kitchens, prepared by our lovely Miss Sibby Barrett.

If you are interested in learning more about Blanco Woman’s Club, please contact us at BWC1938@gmail.com.

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