FFGC – District VI Meeting – Invitation

FFGC –District VI  Meeting
Tuesday – October 17th

Hosted by the Ormond Beach Garden Club

Anderson Price Memorial Building
42 N Beach St, Ormond Beach , Fl  32174

Your $25.00 Registration Fee includes the chance to:

  • meet and greet old friends from District VI
  • share coffee and light refreshments from registration at 9:00 am to the Call to Order at 10:00am
  • hear from our FFGC-District VI Leaders and your fellow Garden Clubs
  • shop at District VI home & garden related vendors
  • win prizes (from both raffle baskets and 50/50 drawings)
  • enjoy a catered lunch

All Garden Club at Palm Coast members are welcome.

For more information and registration form please download this PDF document:

District VI Fall 2017 Call to Mtg


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Creekside Festival 2017

The Garden Club at Palm Coast will participate in the 13th Creekside Festival, Oct 7-8, 2017. The Propagation Guild will be selling a large variety of beautiful plants.

Creekside is a two-day festival with family friendly activities including live bluegrass music, historical demonstrations and exhibits, arts & crafts vendors, a photography contest, a kids’ zone, pony rides, amazing food vendors and much more.

The annual festival is held under the majestic oaks at the beautiful Princess Place Preserve. Address:  2500 Princess Place Rd, Palm Coast, FL 32137

Admission is $7 per carload per day.

Hours are Sat 10/7 from 10am-5pm, Sun 10/8 from 10am-4pm.


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Garden Theme Cruise – Booking Deadline Extended


“Garden Theme” Cruise

Hosted by
The Garden Club at Palm Coast

 Your journey begins on February 4, 2018 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. This 7 day cruise sails from Port Canaveral, Florida. Travel to the western Caribbean and visit the Hope Botanical Gardens and Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. Then off to Cozumel, Mexico to explore Tower Hill Botanical Gardens and the Mayan City of Tulum. Not a gardener? Choose from many other excursions or simply enjoy the many amenities aboard ship or shop in the ports. Returning to Port Canaveral on February 11th.

 Pricing is per person, double occupancy (taxes & port fees are included)

  • Superior Ocean View Stateroom w/Balcony $1,033
  • Central Park Neighborhood w/ Interior Balcony $968
  • Ocean View Stateroom $918

CONTACT:  Travel Consultant Cindi Korpacz for cabin availability at cindi@aneasyjourney.com

Although Group 1 closed on August 8th, a Second Group of Staterooms is now available for booking with a closing date of October 8th. Availability is limited, so book quickly!

For a virtual tour and registration form link to:


We look forward to seeing you aboard the Oasis of the Seas!

If I can assist you please call me at 386-864-7460. Ask for Kathleen
Or e-mail Cindi Korpacz: cindi@aneasyjourney.com

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September Yard of the Month

Chuck and Liberty Heynen of 16 Boxwood Lane, Palm Coast, have been recognized as September Selection of the Month by the Garden Club at Palm Coast.  They recently moved in March to Palm Coast from Illinois.  They both love to garden and Liberty has a degree in Agriculture as she loves working with living plants!

The heart shaped center island is really appealing to the eye with red mulch color that matches the driveway, house trim and metal roofing.  It has a small Century plant, two big leaf Philodendrons, and six Queen Palms.  In the center  yard a large Magnolia tree, and side yard has some Oleander and Crepe Myrtle.

The beds near the front entrance have a Bottle Palm, pink and white Vincas, alternating Petra Crotons, and Capella/Arbicola bushes with variegated streaks of golden yellow that really brighten up the yard.

The back yard has interesting vegetable plants: Asian long String Beans, Kalamansi (small citrus limes from Phillippines that looks like an orange inside), two Moringa trees, Ong Choy cabbage, Rosemary, Basil, Chili Peppers, Lemon Grass, Asian Eggplants and a small pineapple plant. There is also 2 potted Pink Rio Dipladenia (from the Mandevilla plant family).  This is a nice simple yard with color that really has curb appeal!

Nancy Iandoli

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Bulletin September 2017

The Garden Club September Bulletin is available for download:

GCPC Bulletin_September_2017

The Club’s Monthly Bulletin entitled “Clippings” is an short informative newsletter of gardening tips and events of interest to all members, BUT it needs an editor to survive!!!  Noreen Walker composed last year’s bulletins but unfortunately is unable to continue this year.  Jane Villa-Lobos has kindly produced this month’s bulletin.

If this communication is to survive, a volunteer should contact Jane or President Cindy to take over this task. She will be glad to help each month, and chairpersons of committees are encouraged to provide information.  

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Arrangers’ Guild – Open House Get Together


The Arrangers’ Guild is holding an Open House Get Together on September 19th at 10:00AM.  The meeting location is at Flagler County Extension Service 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell.  Come see what the Arrangers Guild is all about.

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September Garden Club Meeting

Please note that the GCPC meeting has been re-scheduled from the 11th to the 18th of September!!

The Garden Club at Palm Coast will hold its first meeting of the 2017-2018 season on Monday September 18th (sign-in begins at 12:30 p.m.) at the Flagler County Extension Service, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell. The new officers are Cindy Balazik, President, Sue Bennett-Bara, Vice-President, Susan McConnell, Treasurer and Andrew McConnell, Assistant Treasurer.  We have an opening for the Secretary’s position.

Our guest speaker at this meeting will be Eric Learn from T&D Tree Service who will educate the club on Queen Palms, Hardwood trees and shrubs.  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 please contact our website info@gardenclubatpalmcoast.org.

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Building a Trellis

In need of a trellis for your climbers? You could buy a ready made wooden trellis or construct one from lumber. Wood is pretty expensive and the materials for a home made trellis add up quickly. Also in the wet Florida soil the wooden trellis does not have a long life expectancy. I have seen wooden stakes rot away in the ground within a year.

Here is a DIY project that will build a trellis 6ft tall and 3 ft wide, made of PVC irrigation parts.

10ft PVC pipes

Items needed:

  • 4 pipes 10ft long and 1/2 inch diameter
  • 2 elbows, 90 degrees, 1/2 inch
  • 10 tees, 1/2 inch
  • PVC cement
  • cost for this set: approx. $20, a bargain compared to the cost of wood!!!

Tools and PVC parts


Tools needed:

  • tape measure
  • hacksaw or similar saw to cut PVC pipe
  • Stanley knife or file to smooth the rough edges after cutting



Cut PVC pipes

Step 1, cut the pipe components

  • cut 6 lengths of 3 ft (horizontal bars)
  • cut 2 lengths of 2 ft (bottom vertical bars)
  • cut 10 lengths of 1 ft (other vertical bars)
  • remove the burr (smoothing the rough cutting edge) with a Stanley knife, or file


Step 2, assemble the structure and glue with PVC cement. Caution: the cement dries quickly, you only get a few seconds to get it right.

  • ensure that the black print on the PVC parts faces the same/back side of the trellis.

    Assembly steps

  • work on a flat surface (floor) to ensure that the structure will be flat
  • start with a 3 ft length and connect the elbows (this becomes the top horizontal bar)
  • working from the top down: insert a 1 ft pipe in each of the elbows.
  • connect the first tee to the right down pipe; straight T section running up/down; make sure the tee is flat on the floor.
  • connect a second tee (side opening) to the next 3ft pipe
  • stick the other end of the 3 ft pipe in the first tee (side opening)
  • connect the second tee to the left 1 ft down pipe.
  • repeat process until all 3 ft and 1 ft pipes are used.
  • the 2 2ft pipes are the bottom vertical bars, of which 1 ft will sit in the ground.

Step 3 optional.

Completed Trellis

  • the white PVC pipes make an architectural statement. They contrast with the green of the plants and the color of the possible flowers.
  • one may chose to paint the trellis in a contrasting color
  • alternatively one may chose to let the trellis blend into the background by painting the structure in the same color as the wall.

Step 4

  • dig two holes 1 foot deep and 3 ft apart.
  • place the trellis in the holes and fill the holes and compact the soil.
  • this example trellis is 6 ft tall. One can make the trellis as tall as desired by adding more vertical segments in 1 ft increments
  • depending on the final height of the trellis one should anchor the trellis to the wall on one or multiple levels when exceeding 6 ft in height.

…. and this is the end result:

In this case the trellis has been painted in the color of the wall.

Climb away Confederate Jasmine!!



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Propagation Guild Meeting August 2017

The Propagation Guild will meet on Wed. August 2 at Jane’s house (29 Clearview Ct. North) at 1:00 p.m. We will be discussing plans for the upcoming Garden Club year including a plant sale at the Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market on Friday Oct. 20.  It is time to start propagating plants for the Oct. sale as it is a good time to get plants started.  Jane has pots for everyone so check your inventory.  Be thinking of any special projects, techniques you would like the guild to participate in this year. Let’s continue making this a fun group.

Please let Jane know if you will be attending the meeting, janevl@pcfl.net.

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District VI Summer Newsletter

Enclosed please find the District VI Summer Newsletter: District VI Summer

Our Garden Club at Palm Coast is one of 15 garden clubs in District Six of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The Federation consists of 12 districts covering all of the State of Florida with a total of 235 garden clubs.


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