January Yard Selection of the Month

Laura and Antonio Oliveira of Boyd Place have been recognized as January Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast, They moved to Palm Coast from Massachusetts in 2009.

Laura does most of the garden work and she loves to plant trees throughout the yard.

Front yard has variegated yellow leaf Arboricola bushes, a small leaf Magnolia tree, several types of succulent Cactus that grow under the canopy formed by native palm trees.

Corner lot has pink Roses, pink Crown of Thorns, Wandering Jew, Asparagus Ferns, Fuchsia Hibiscus, a large colorful Croton, Bird of Paradise, Blue Daze plant, Camellias and a large leaf Magnolia tree.

Patio area has potted pink and red Crown of Thorns and a beautiful fully bloomed pink Christmas Cactus.  There are purple and white Orchids, a beautiful red Hawaiian Sunrise, as well as red and white striped Amaryllis plants.

The back yard displays rows of fruit trees such as Figs, Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, Papayas, Meyer lemon trees, and several Holly berry trees. She grows Cabbage, Tomato plants and herbs such as Parsley, Mint and Dill.

This corner lot is a show case of greens with various palms and cactus within the islands.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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December Yard Selection of the Month

Antonio and Ana Sousa of Furness Place, Palm Coast have been recognized as December Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

They are originally from Connecticut and moved to Palm Coast in 2014.

Antonio does most of the yard work but has help from Ana as well and they have a very nice manicured landscape.  Their front walkway welcomes you to two large connecting arches of their Bougainvillea bush.  Heading up to front door on the right flower beds they have red Geraniums, white Daisy Mums, orange Marigolds, pink Hibiscus, and Vincas, two Hydrangeas, Trumpet plant, several alternating large variegated Hostas, Mother of Tongue plants and a large Rosemary bush that completes a running hedge up to the house. Right side of house there are some yellow and light pink Roses.

At the front door area  they have variegated hedge bushes with two large potted Begonias, there are two nice blue and pink vase stands one with an owl and the other has a praying Angel.  Hanging above is a nice peace Angel and a Rooster on the opposite side.

There are several fruit trees in which he grafts to expand his fruit trees on either side of the house.  They have five Fig trees, three Navel  Oranges, two Olive trees, Lime tree and about a dozen Papaya trees. He even has some Potato plants growing underneath the Orange tree!

He is especially talented with his very large vegetable garden that measures 30’ by 30’. He grows Cabbage, Kale, Pole Beans, large Carrots, Lettuce, Scallions, Squash even Grapes.  Many of his Papaya trees border the left side of the vegetable garden as well as several Rosemary bushes. There are even several tomato plants in large pots ready to be planted.

Along the edge of their property there is an empty wooded lot with small Fan Palms and Acorn Squash growing along the border and there is even a large Acorn squash that made its way into the woods and is growing up a tree!  They also plant Temoso seeds (aka Lupini beans).  You boil them up then peel the skin off and eat them like peanuts for a snack. They always had a big garden in Connecticut and they have surely mastered the saying of ”living off the land!”

This amazing yard really has curb appeal especially when you see the beautiful Bougainvillea Arches and their nice manicured yard.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli                                                                                                                              Garden Club at Palm Coast

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Library Christmas Tree 2017

The Garden Club has decorated its Christmas tree at the Flagler County Public Library as part of the Festival of Trees which will be held through December 2017.

The official opening of the event is Friday, Dec. 1st at 6PM with music and refreshments.

Tree Top


This year’s theme is “Creating a Butterfly Garden”. The Arrangers’ Guild has created beautiful origami butterflies and also adorned the tree with photos of plants which are nectar and host plants.  The tree is very educational as it gives one an idea of which plants attract butterflies.

Be sure and visit the library to see this tree and others decorated by various organizations in Palm Coast.





The Main Palm Coast Branch Library is located at
2500 Palm Coast Pkwy. N.W., Palm Coast, FL 32137
Phone: 386-446-6763

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Scholarship Program 2018

The Garden Club offers scholarships to high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors who qualify and reside in Flagler County and who will pursue further studies in the areas of agriculture, horticulture and the environmental sciences.

In order to be considered for a scholarship applicants will need to fill out a form and submit an application package to the club. All applications for the 2018 scholarships have to be received by January 15, 2018.

The application form for a scholarship can be downloaded here: Scholarship application

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Creekside Festival 2017

The 13th Annual Creekside Festival originally scheduled on October 7&8 was postponed due to the heavy rains and flooding in early October.

The festival did take place on November 11 and 12 at Princess Place Preserve, a beautiful state park worth visiting in any season.




The Garden Club at Palm Coast had hundreds of plants for sale.




Ready for customers




Succulent Bowls and Xmas ornaments

Succulent rings





Bamboo attracting Butterflies



A very successful weekend!! Most plants were sold!!!



Thanks to all volunteers who propagated the plants and made various other products.

Also thank you so much to everyone selling the merchandise as well as the crew for building up and breaking down the booth.




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Cooking with Herbs

November 13, 2017

At our November Club meeting the guest speaker Ruth Micieli made an excellent presentation on Cooking with Herbs.

She  discussed a variety of herbs and showed examples. Ruth provided many tips on growing and preserving herbs and the application of herbs in cooking. On top of that she prepared multiple dishes for us to sample. Yummy!!!!

It was a wonderful event. Clearly a lot of preparation went into the presentation and demonstration. Thank you so much Ruth!!!

Ruth makes the discussed recipes available to all club members.

Feel free to download:

Cooking with Herbs Recipes



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Club Meeting November 2017

The Garden Club at Palm Coast will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. November 13th (sign-in begins at 12:30 p.m.) at the Flagler County Extension Service, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell.

Ruth Micieli will discuss “Cooking with Herbs”.

There will be a raffle for a floral design, plant sale and door prizes as well as light refreshments.

Visitors are welcome. For more information write to info@gardenclubatpalmcoast.org.


Please bring your order forms for the Holiday Fund Raiser.  If you have misplaced your order forms there will be forms available at the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Janet Correia,  Publicity

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Holiday Tours and Festivals 2017

A list of Holiday Tours and Festivals for the 2017-2018 Holiday season has been composed by Jane Villa-Lobos. The document can be downloaded from our Resources page:


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Arrangers’ Guild – October meeting

October 19, 2017

The Arrangers’ Guild had a great meeting in October.

We had Jan Sillik, past state FFGC president, as our instructor. She covered basic information after which she made several arrangements for examples.



The students then made their arrangement and we discussed each one.








And here are the results.




A lot of learning, fun and fellowship, was enjoyed by all.

Linda Hensler.

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November Yard Selection of the Month

The Garden Club at Palm Coast have selected Jim and Doreen Cathers of 17 Fleming Ct as November Yard Selection of the Month.

The Cathers are originally from Chicago and moved to Palm Coast in 2006.

Their lovely yard has several islands of colorful flowers, flowering bushes and palm trees. The center island has a large Magnolia tree, a split leaf Philodendron, pink, purple and white Mexican Petunias, 2 small Bottle Brush and pink and white Pentas.

In the side corner lot island their landscaper installed a unique large oval shape rock with a hole in the center and it is surrounded by Asparagus ferns with red berries, heart leaf pink Ice plants, purple and white Mexican Petunias, 2 Pygmy palms in pots, and a very old Phoenix Reclinata Palm.

Going up to the front walkway you are greeted by a duck family and several frog ornaments. There is a red Ixora bush (aka Jungle Flame), a large potted Rubber tree, Pink Bleeding Hearts and Bird of Paradise.  Along right side of garage you have climbing Sky Flowers and creeping Fig vines, a large Cardinal Holly, Wondering Jews, pink Christmas Cactus and many bright red Ornamental Pineapple bushes. There are several hedges throughout the yard of colorful pink flowering Loropetalum with its pink shining leaves.

In the pool area you have a pink, orange and yellow Bromeliads in a pot, Pectra Croton bushes, red, orange, pink and yellow Hybiscus trees, a peach Christmas Cactus, pink Crown of Thorns, a split leaf Philodendron, even a potted Money tree!   Potted fruit trees consist of Lemons, Limes, Blood Oranges and Papaya.  Doreen is always seen outdoors working in her gardens and she even propagates her own plants.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli

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