The Garden Club Library Christmas Tree 2018


Our planned theme was to emphasize the Garden Club’s ”Plants for Pollinators“.
Unfortunately the items we ordered in Sept. are somewhere in transit, hence the traditional decoration.

The team did not miss a beat, they had fun decorating.





We invite you to come and check it out:
Flagler County Public Library – Main Branch
2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137










The Arrangers Team:
Edwina, Marietta, Andrea and Anne.
Special thanks to Tom and Sue.


Article provided by Annalise Bonforte, Chairperson for the 2018 Library Christmas Tree exhibit.

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December 2018 Yard Selection of the Month

Ellen and Ray Lundgren of Wheeler Lane have been recognized as December 2018 Garden Selection of the Month by the Garden Club at Palm Coast.

They moved from New Jersey to Palm Coast in 2003.  Ray says Ellen has the green thumb and she has done a wonderful job!

This yard is nicely landscaped with several islands that are made with slates. They have round shaped green and variegated Ligustrum, pink, red, and yellow Knockout roses, white Gardenias, Hawaiian Ti, Ixora, Hydrangeas and a large weeping Holly tree.

Front door area has two nice pots with pink Desert Roses.  To the right you have a European Palm, a potted Bougainvillea, purple Salvia, red and mixed Vincas and white Jasmine.

In the back yard all along the fence you have peach Hibiscus, Knockout roses, pink Azaleas several pink Curcumas that are part of the ginger family that reproduce themselves. There is a small Crape Myrtle, Sweet Potato vine and white Pentas.

They have a Papaya tree with fruit.  A small garden of Eggplant, Broccoli, Peppers, Beans, Tomatoes, and some Ginger. Inside porch area there are Aloes and several Lavender and pink Christmas Cactus that Ellen has propagated from year to year.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Mrs G’s Famous Pumpkin Soup

At the 11/13 club meeting Margaret’s Pumpkin Soup received much praise. Multiple people asked for  recipe. Here it is:

1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (or 1 Tbsp dried minced onion)
1 clove garlic finely chopped (or 1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne
1 – 15 oz can pure pumpkin puree
3 cups vegetable bouillon (1 ½ cubes Knorr vegetable broth cubes dissolved in three cups hot water)

If you use fresh onion and a clove of garlic you will saute these in the olive oil.
If you are using onion flakes and garlic salt add these when adding the spices. No olive oil needed in this case.

Empty tin of pumpkin into a pan.
Add the 3 cups of vegetable bouillon and stir until completely combined.
Place on medium heat and bring to a slow boil.
Turn down heat to simmer
Add onion & garlic and simmer for five minutes.
Add the brown sugar and spices one at a time stirring to combine well .
When adding the cinnamon you will notice that it takes a few minutes to be absorbed into the soup. Take the time to stir until fully combined.

Simmer the soup for another 10 minutes.

You can also use fresh pumpkin.
If you do – roast the pumpkin and put the flesh through a blender along with the fried onion & garlic.

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Christmas Holiday Party 2018

Christmas Holiday Party

Our meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 is a “Pot Luck Luncheon”. Members are asked to bring a food item to share! This meeting starts at 12-Noon.

Please note that this meeting is at the Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church,
101 Pine Lakes Pkwy, Palm Coast, FL 32164

  • Selection of the Month Presentation
  • Announcements
  • Door Prizes, Raffles & 50/50
  • Luncheon

“Giving Tree”
Please bring a donation for the “Giving Tree”. The two causes selected for this year’s “Giving Tree” are “Whispering Meadows Ranch” and “The Family Life Center”.

  • Your donation is accepted in Cash or Check and we take Credit Cards too.
  • Your donations are tax deductible and we will provide receipts when requested.

Whispering Meadows Ranch
Whispering Meadows Ranch in Flagler Beach is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 dedicated to enriching the lives of those with disabilities and special needs through its recreational, educational and equine-assisted programs.

Family Life Center
The mission statement for the Family Life Center is as follows:
The mission of the Family Life Center is to provide essential support to individuals and families to end Domestic Violence and Sexual violence in Flagler County. The Family Life Center is a private not for profit social services  organization providing no-cost services to individuals and families experiencing Domestic or Sexual Violence.

This organization provides shelter and other services such as domestic abuse therapy, help with clothing, child care and food. The Family Life Center provides a safe house where women and children are safe from violence.

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Bulletin “Clippings” November 2018

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Update on Community Projects

Members of the Propagation Guild have continued their community projects with Old Kings Elementary School and Whispering Meadows Ranch this month.

Old Kings Elementary School

As a special project of the Guild, in collaboration with the marine science teacher at Old Kings Elementary School, six members assisted with the planting of vegetables and herbs in the existing raised beds in the school’s courtyard. Students from the 4th and 6th grades weeded the beds and planted a variety of cool season vegetables and herbs. They also weeded and pruned some of the butterfly plants in front of the greenhouse.

The next phase will begin in early November when the Guild assembles four more raised beds that they have donated followed by assisting students with the planting of more vegetables the school has acquired. This project benefits the “Love in a Backpack” program.

Whispering Meadows Ranch

On Oct. 23 five Guild members provided over 30 propagated plants to Whispering Meadows Ranch in Flagler Beach to complete Stage 1 of the Garden Club’s community project. Members designed and planted a sensory garden in the play area.



A concrete block stand was constructed to hold a galvanized metal bucket planted with herbs and a bird bath was transformed into a planter. Several types of ginger plants and natives were planted along the path leading to the sensory garden and play area.



The goal was to provide colorful, scented and different textured plants in several areas of the play area.



If anyone would like to see what the club has accomplished so far they are invited to attend the ranch’s fall festival on November 3 from 11am to 2pm.

Article provided by Jane Villa-Lobos.

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November 2018 Yard Selection of the Month

Michael Racano and Charles LaFlamme of Arrowhead Drive, Hidden Lakes Community, have been recognized as November 2018 Garden Selection of the Month by the Garden Club at Palm Coast.

They moved from Rhode Island to Palm Coast in 2013.  Micheal was a Caterer and made floral arrangements, and Charles was a Director of Nurses.  Michael now retired is always working out in the yard and propagates his own plants.  He likes to buy reduced plants from Walmart and brings them back to life.  Charles works part time for Home Health Care, but also spends his free time working in the gardens.

They have a large beautiful pink flowering Bougainvillea tree that is over the front door area and blended with a yellow Mandevilla vine and continues climbing up around the house and completely drapes over the garage door.

In front of the house they have two small brick gardens that have Sage, Mint, Rosemary, Zinnias, pink and coral Roses, yellow Mums and pink Dianthus. There are two islands that each have a tall holly tree loaded with berries, Mexican Heather, Mums and pink and red Dianthus.  On the left side of the house there are Bamboo trees, Firecracker, several variegated Coleus, and a nice blue Gazing ball.

They do not use mulch, instead they plant low growing Cypress, natural ferns, Algerian Ivy and Wandering Jews. They have a fig tree, Meyer lemon, Bottle Brush tree and various trumpet plants that reseed themselves.

The back yard has an arbor with climbing Bougainvillea, purple and white bleeding hearts, Ligustrum, a white Jasmine bush that also flowers at night, Plumbago, purple and white Passion flower vine, Vinca and pink Hydrangeas.  Over time they have created a nice back yard with left over pavers and other materials left by contractors.  Michael has also made a beautiful table top from a wide piece of rope and filled the inside with shells and pretty blue and green sea glass, enclosed it with a glass top and is placed at the front door with two chairs to sit and enjoy their beautiful yard!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Bulletin “Clippings” October 2018

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Audubon Society – Gardening Talk

Thursday, October 11, 6:30pm – Climate-Wise Landscaping

Speaker: Ginny Stibolt, author.
Time: 6:30pm social time, 7:00pm presentation
Location: meeting rooms 114 & 115 at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE (at Clubhouse Dr.)

Climate-Wise Landscaping: why a bird-friendly landscape may also be good for our only planet. This presentation is based on topics from the book “Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future,” which shares 100’s of actions that property owners or land managers (homeowners, communities, and municipalities) can take right now:

1) to help the landscape survive climate change,
2) to help wildlife survive climate change, and
3) to help to mitigate climate change.

The book was written by Ginny Stibolt, a botanist in Florida and Sue Reed, a landscape architect in Massachusetts, with a foreword by Doug Tallamy.

Speaker Bio:
Ginny Stibolt is a life-long gardener with a Master of Science degree in Botany from the University of Maryland. Since moving to Florida in 2004, she has written four peer-reviewed books on Florida gardening, all published by University Press of Florida. She has also coauthored “Climate-Wise Landscaping,” published by New Society Press in 2018. She has written hundreds of gardening and nature articles for various publications, and speaks regularly to environmental and gardening groups.

Check out the 2018-2019 Event Schedule of the Flagler Audubon Society:
Flagler Audubon Brochure

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14th Annual Creekside Festival, a Report

October 7th, 8 pm: The Creekside Festival 2018 is in the books.

The Propagation Guild had been working hard planting cuttings and seeds in order to produce a wide selection of plants for the Creekside Festival.

On Friday our tent was erected, tables were unfolded, table cloths were spread and signs  posted. Most of the plants were delivered. On Saturday morning more plants arrived and were placed on the tables. The sales crew was ready for business.

Please buy me!!!!



The plants were eager to meet their new owners.




The store is open for business



Some last minute discussions between the sales crew.

Some final adjustments of the plants.





…..and then the first customers arrived.





The sun was shining brightly and by mid morning it was already pretty hot.





On Sunday it was a little cooler due to some clouds.

There were clearly more visitors at the festival and as a result more traffic in our booth.

The afternoon was interrupted by a rain shower. This passed in 20 minutes, which fortunately was not long enough to scare away the crowds.

At 3 pm a half price sale was announced which sparked some last minute shopping. At 3:30pm we started packing. While the crew was busy taking down the booth, the cashiers started counting the two day income.

As soon as the profit numbers are available they will be announced here.


The Garden Club looks back at a successful event.

We already look forward to the next event, the 2019 Spring Festival and Plant Sale on April 13, 2019.

Save the Date!!!




one more thing……..

In Memoriam

Kat Munro

Kat was an active member of the Garden Club and the Propagation Guild.

Leading up to the Creekside Festival she and a number of other members produced a series of products for the sale, like Air plants in shells and pumpkins. She grew Wheat Grass from seed in pots for cats to eat, which was selling like hot cakes. On Saturday Kat worked in the Garden Club booth at the Creekside Festival as a motivated sales person.

She was planning to do the same on the second day of the festival. Tragically on Sunday morning we got the news that Kat passed away during the night.

She had lots of plans for the current club season, such as running workshops to teach all kinds of crafts for club members.

Kat will be missed.

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