Shelby Garden Club to host presentation on newest and best flowers

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published February 23, 2018

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Gardeners Club will welcome a local greenhouse owner to present the “Newest and Best Flowers for 2018” at 1 p.m. next Thursday, March 8, at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center.

The event with George Papadelis, owner of Telly’s Greenhouse and Garden Center, is free and open to the public for anyone interested in gardening or discovering new types of flowers and plants to spruce up their garden this season. There’s no need to be a member.

Different types of new hybrid annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables will be introduced, and much more.

“George is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic; he’s on the cutting edge of what is new in the horticultural industry. He is a popular presenter who has shared his expertise with the Shelby Gardeners many times. His presentation is free, and I anticipate a big crowd. Those attending should arrive by 12:45 p.m. to get a seat, since we don’t take reservations,” said Shelby Gardeners Club representative Ivy Schwartz by phone.

“Donations are greatly appreciated, but not required, to support our community service work and the upcoming biannual Shelby Garden Walk on July 14. Advance tickets for the walk will be available at the Shelby Township Library and Parks and Rec. They will also be available the day of the walk at the Heritage Gardens and the participating homes,” Schwartz said by email.

The presentation will include a slideshow of the different types of new plants and flowers that are bigger, brighter and can withstand many diverse types of conditions in 2018. Many of the plants are not seen in normal plant stores just yet, as many are customized. There will also be plants at the event to view and purchase.

“The event will provide the community a chance to explore the cool, new and fun plants and flowers that are being introduced in 2018. There are a lot of cool and interesting plants now (that) people should explore that are bigger and better and bright and beautiful and can bloom longer. Some can even be better for certain areas,” said Papadelis.

“I have been the owner of Telly’s at its original location in Troy, along with my brother, for over 40 years, and we are able to both grow and sell our plants, which enables us to be able to specifically customize our plants the way our customers would like them to turn out. We also offer workshops to teach our customers more about their exact interests and design the way they want them. I also travel to give talks to many garden clubs at different locations,” said Papadelis.

All events hosted by the club are one hour long, and club members are constantly reaching out to other organizations and clubs to find interesting opportunities and presenters to come speak at their events.

The club is always looking for people to join. Founded in 1973, the Shelby Township Gardeners Club is a working club as well as a community service organization. The club does charity work, like making crafts for Regency Manor in Utica. Every two years, the club hosts its garden walk fundraiser in July, which is its biggest fundraiser of the year. The brick walkways, planted beds, gazebo, statuary and fairy garden in Heritage Gardens are supported by the club’s fundraisers, ranging from the garden walk to craft and plant sales.

They also host many other free community lectures throughout the year at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center. Donations for the ongoing public service of the Gardeners Club are always welcome. To join, email

For more information about the club, visit For information about Telly’s, visit