Art Student Creates Garden Club Logo | West Orange Times & Observer

Peyton Cottle, who won a local chalk art competition this spring, designed Buzzy, the mascot for the Bloom & Grow Garden Society’s Pollinator Power project. The West Orange high school student was asked to create the bee for the garden club’s new Pollinator Power initiative.

“Buzzy is our logo and mascot for the project, and we are very proud of Peyton’s accomplishments,” said Joyce Carcara, Bloom & Grow’s advertising president.

The club asked Cottle if she would like to design the new mascot as they knew of her artistic talents. Cottle knew she could create something the club members would like and accepted the assignment.

“I wanted her design to be soft and friendly,” Cottle said. “I was asked to draw a ‘bee with personality’, so I thought a garden bee would be a better fit for the project.”

Peyton Cottle and her father, Jack Cottle, won Best of Show at the Spring Fever in the Garden Chalkin it Up art competition.

Cottle won the Best of Show award in the Chalkin it Up art competition at the garden club’s annual Spring Fever in the Garden festival in April. Cottle and his father, Jack, designed the award-winning chalk art, which featured a fuzzy bee hovering over bright pink flowers with the downtown Winter Garden clock tower and the words “Save the bees” in the background.

“We were so impressed that we asked him to design a bee for our Pollinator Power initiative,” Carcara said.

Cottle’s Buzzy has a cartoonish appearance and sports a purple flowered bucket hat and green gardening gloves.

“I got excited about doing a real commission,” Cottle said. “I think it’s a great first step in getting my name out there, if art is the career I end up following. I also like experimenting with different mediums, so a digital control like Buzzy was pretty new to me. All I used was an app on my phone and my finger.

To see Cottle’s other work, visit his Instagram page: @peytlaartist.

Carcara said Buzzy will appear on Bloom & Grow signs that will be displayed in participating pollinators’ school gardens during the five-year program.

The club has created a website for the new Pollinator Power project: bloomandgrow.club/pollinator-power.

Club members have set a goal to add 2,500 acres of pollinator habitat in Orange County within five years. The club participates through a partnership with the National Garden Club.

Residents interested in participating in the program and adding pollinator habitats to their yard, neighborhood, school or business can contact Bloom & Grow through the website. Pollinators are a key species for the health and balance of wildlife and the environment.
The Pollinator Power program has several components. Bloom & Grow offers a community education series for residents called “What’s the Buzz?” Who are native pollinators and why are they so important? Members will meet with individuals and homeowner association boards to advise them on adding pollinator habitat.

Through sponsorship with Healthy West Orange and Orlando Health, the garden club provides Waystation gardening kits to area schools and works with them to advise on planting plants.

So far, members have provided plants to 10 schools in the area; six more are to be added in the fall.

Bloom & Grow will also provide pollinators for parks, public properties and businesses.

The club holds bi-annual waystation and pollinator plant sales to help the community increase their pollinator habitats.


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