Whispering Meadows Ranch Garden Renovated

Whispering Meadows Ranch is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization
founded in 2008. It is located at 5011 John Anderson Highway, Flagler
Beach. You can visit their website here: Whispering Meadows Ranch
The ranch provides those with various disabilities and special needs a
safe, outdoor experience combined with the magical spirit of horses.
Programs offered are therapeutic horseback riding, nature and
sensory activities, summer camps, field trips and many community based
festivals and events.

  • Equine – Assisted Activities (PATH Int’l) Professional Association of Therapeutic
  • Work Skills Program- Program for Young Adults with disabilities to encourage
    independence through social and recreational activities. Projects incorporate the barn,
    property maintenance and nature activities to boost self-esteem, accountability and
    interest in new activities.
  • Stable Moments – Weekly mentor program to help change and brighten children age 5-21 who are in foster care or recently adopted. Activities are focusing on outdoor
    activities, building healthy relationships and life skills.
  • Veteran Program – Provides a place of peace and refreshment for Veterans and their
    families. Activities promote inner strength, relationship skills and re-establishing trust in their surroundings.

The Propagation Guild committed to redoing the Whispering Meadows Ranch welcome area with a new garden and the road entrance into the property.

Our monthly meeting was held at the ranch on August 1st and guild members planned a garden which was completed on August 11th.

Welcome Area Garden – before

Welcome Area Garden – after PG treatment







Left side of gate ……………….

……………. Right side of gate


The PG weekend warriors

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September 2018 Yard Selection of the Month

Linda and Dave Markey of Egan Drive have been recognized as September 2018 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Dave moved to Palm Coast from Michigan in 1989. Linda moved from upstate New York in 2003.  They both met in 2008 on eharmony.com fell in love and were married at Washington Oaks State Park in 2009. They purchased their home on Egan Drive in 2011. The home was closed for 2 years as the owners passed away and it took time for the estate to sell.  Much yard work had to be done as the grass and gardens were mostly dead and a circular driveway had to be finished.

The previous owner, a custom home builder, designed and built his “dream castle”. When his wife had died he built a brick castle memorial next to the house along with a Medieval Knight in shining armour.  The Markeys decided to add a Medieval fountain along with a red Hibiscus, Firecracker plant and Morning Glory.  Linda researched plants for a theme and chose English Rose Gardens.  A center island was created with concrete brick shaped border.  A Majesty Palm in the center, a bird bath with two blue birds surrounded by beautiful roses such as New Dawn, Don Juan, Perfume Delight, Black Magic, Cinco de Mayo and Spectra.  Asiatic creeping Jasmine green and variegated were planted throughout the bed with Blue My Mind aka Blue Daze and Dwarf Morning Glory.  A small battery operated fence had to be installed to keep deer out, they LOVE Roses!

Inside lanai area you have 2 Shamrock plants Purple leaf with pink flowers and Green leaf Shamrock, Bromeliads, Pencil Tree, Peace Lily,  Spider plant and Aloe. Outside pool area a bordered garden was created with Bird of Paradise, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Bush Daisy, Periwinkle, Pink Angel Trumpet, Red and Orange Camellia, Blue Agapanthus, Orange Milkweed and Mexican Petunias.  Their latest addition was a beautiful wood arbor with Bleeding Heart vine, honey suckle, climbing red roses and white Jasmine.

The Markeys worked hard to create a garden that gives them such joy in color and fragrance!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Garden Club Display at Palm Coast Library

FL State Symbols

The Garden Club at Palm Coast installed an educational display on Florida’s State Symbols at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast for National Garden Week which will continue through the month of June. The display includes photos of 15 state symbols as well as a short description of each. Books pertaining to some of the symbols are next to the exhibit which is located on the piano.

The official state tree, the Sabal Palm, was designated in 1953. Sabal palmettos are native to the southeastern US, Cuba and the Bahamas and are extremely salt tolerant and can grow to 65 feet tall. The state flower is the orange blossom and the state wildflower is the coreopsis, which is planted extensively in Florida for highway beautification. Animal symbols include the American alligator, Florida panther, manatee, mockingbird, largemouth bass, dolphin and zebra longwing butterfly to name a few. Visit the library and learn more about the Sunshine State’s official emblems.

Article by Jane Villa-Lobos

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Field Trips Propagation Guild

The Propagation Guild has taken two field trips recently. In May a group of nine drove to Lukas Nursery in Oviedo and shopped for landscape plants and toured the butterfly house. After lunch they stopped at Beck’s Nursery in Port Orange and several bought gorgeous exotic hibiscus as well as allamanda.

Group Photo


On June 6, 11 members toured Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens in Williston.

Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens





This spectacular complex is composed of over 50 gardens with numerous waterfalls and koi ponds that were born in a 100 year old retired lime rock quarry.




Island and Lookout



It took the owner 25 years to design and construct the property which is planted with bamboos, gingers, bromeliads, palm islands, orchids, Amazon and water lilies, ferns and vines.




Red Bridge


The Guild had a guided tour for nearly 2 hours walking around 1.4 miles on paths winding around and in the quarry.




Amazon Lily










The surrounding property is a 54 acre conservation easement maintained by the Conservation Trust of Florida.

Unfortunately it rained  the whole time during the visit, so a return trip will be made in September.

Article written by Jane Villa-Lobos.


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June 2018 Yard Selection of the Month

Elsie L. Matthews of Pickering Drive has been recognized as June 2018 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.  Ms. Matthews was born in Ocala Florida in a family of 14 children.  She worked very hard and retired from the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services then moved to Palm Coast in March of 2012.

When she purchased her home she knew it needed much landscaping in order to make it her own, therefore, developed a plan which included removing grass and relocating shrubs to other areas of the yard.  In front of the house she has stepping stones that lead to a bench to enjoy a colorful garden of Azaleas, Tiger Fern, Midnight Jasmine, red and white Geraniums, Shasta Daisies, Chrysanthemums and two beautiful Yesterday Today Tomorrow bushes that have multiple blooms of dark purple, lilac and white flowers.

Front door area has a potted Norfolk Island Pine Tree and beautiful red Geraniums.  She also has planted red and white Poinsettias that bloom at Christmas time.

There is an island along the driveway which has several varieties of beautiful Amaryllis, Angel Trumpets, Firecrackers, Mexican Heather, Hibiscus, Sweet Potato Vine, Marigolds, Zinnias, Caladium bulbs, Lantanas, Salvias, Dusty Miller and a beautiful Rose Bush.

Back yard has a vegetable garden with collard greens, tomatoes, snap peas, carrots, chives, basil, parsley, large rosemary and large thyme.  There are fruit trees of lime, temple oranges, Kumquat, lemon, figs, peaches and 2 guavas. There is also a Crepe Myrtle and Crotons.

A well thought out plan for a very colorful yard to start the warm season ahead!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Thank You Note Flagler Schools

Please find attached a thank you note from the Flagler County Education Foundation and Flagler Schools for your participation in the scholarship program.

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May 2018 Yard Selection of the Month

Helen Hunte of  Boxwood Lane, Palm Coast has been recognized as May Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast. 
Ms. Hunte was born in Trinidad, moved to the US on 9/13/1970 to New York for 35 years then retired and moved to Palm Coast 12/11/2004 to take care of her aunt and has been here for 13 years.

The front yard has an island with two big beautiful bright pink Tea Roses which has many clusters of roses. There is a Sabal Palm in the middle and a back ground of small penny round shaped  Boxwood bushes.

The front door area has several potted grayish Graptopetalum plants (AKA Ghost plant) that make tiny white star like flowers with a yellow center. They reproduce themselves when their leaves fall off.  She has an edible Pimento Pepper tree and a Meringa tree.  There is also a red Rose bush which was not yet in bloom and a yellow Croton.

On either of side of the garage there are two nice Topiary bushes and along the driveway is a beautiful Trumpet Flower bush with yellow blooms turning into a pretty peach and white color.

This yard has curb appeal with its beautiful splash of spring colors along with several green Boxwood hedges throughout the yard.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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FFGC Convention 2018

Convention Booklet


This year the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Annual Convention took place at the World Golf Village in St Augustine. It was the 92nd edition of the Convention organized by the 94-year old FFGC.

The proximity to Palm Coast was a great incentive for members of our club to participate or visit.

A Flower show was one of the events connected to the 2018 Convention. Flower shows are held every other year. Many members of the Garden Club at Palm Coast visited the Flower Show and/or participated in the Convention.


The Four Award Levels

Several members of the GCPC submitted plants and arrangements to the contest and many awards were won.

There are four levels of Awards: First, Second and Third Place, as well as an Honorable Mention

Here is a selection of the entries submitted by GCPC members.


Arrangers Guild

The GCPC Arrangers Guild participated in the Flower Show. Flower arrangements were sent in by Linda Hensler, Kathleen Terlizzo and Sue Bara. A Collage was submitted by Pam Lace.

Arrangement with a Bamboo structure created by Linda Hensler

Illuminated arrangement created by Kathleen Terlizzo











Both Linda and Kathleen scored a Second Place

The mask on the left, created by Sue Bara, received an Honorable Mention.

Collage by Pam Lace, received an Honorable Mention

Sue also submitted an Arrangement and received an Honorable Mention for that.

Propagation Guild

The Propagation Guild was represented at the Flower Show by Jane Villa-Lobos, Judith Davies and Marinus Grootenboer.

Judith with her First Place winning Terrarium with Succulent Design.

Judith’s Neoregelia ‘shamrock’ Bromeliad, Second Place











Judith won THREE First, two Second and one Third Place.

Jane showing her First Place winning Phalaenopsis orchid.

T. xerographica submitted by Jane and winning First Place








Jane won FOUR First Places and one Second Place. Her winning Phalaenopsis also won a Flower Show Award (Green Ribbon)

Prize winning entries by Jane










Marinus’ First Place winning Hoya

Second Place for Marinus’ purple Phalaenopsis orchid










The prize harvest for Marinus: One First, one Second and three Third Places. Also one Honorable Mention.

The Garden Club at Palm Coast did very well.  Great job y’all!!!!


Reporting from the FFGC Convention,

Marinus Grootenboer

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Bulletin “Clippings” April 2018

The April 2018 Bulletin is Available for Download






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Arrangers’ Guild Meeting

The next meeting for the arrangers guild is May 1, 2018.

It will be class 9. Also our last meeting for the year. We will have a pot luck for our food. Should be a fun time for all.  I will be sending another email to give all the needed information.   Any question you can always call Linda.

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