The November 2018 Bulletin is Available for Download:
The November 2018 Bulletin is Available for Download:
Members of the Propagation Guild have continued their community projects with Old Kings Elementary School and Whispering Meadows Ranch this month.
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.
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.
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
The October 2018 Bulletin is Available for Download:
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.
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
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.
The plants were eager to meet their new owners.
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……..
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.
Dear Club Members,
Monday, October 8, is our next Monthly General Meeting. We are all looking forward to getting back together and catching up.
Guest speaker is Danielle Anderson, Executive Director of Friends of A1A Scenic & Coastal Byway and Marge Rooyakkers, VP of Pride. They will be discussing “BEAUTIFY A1A SCENIC HIGHWAY”.
Plant sale opens at 12:30 pm and the meeting will start at 1:00 pm.
Attached is the meeting agenda: General Meeting October 8, 2018
VISIT SAVANNAH’S HISTORIC DISTRICT & ENJOY A “HIDDEN GARDENS TOUR & TEA”
The Garden Club at Palm Coast has organized a trip to Savannah, GA in spring 2019. In addition to visiting one of the south’s most beautiful and historic cities, we will tour seven hidden gardens and enjoy afternoon tea at one location. This “Hidden Gardens Tour & Tea” is an annual event held by The Garden Club of Savannah, a fellow member of NGC (National Garden Clubs).
For more details and a SIGN UP sheet, download ENJOY SAVANNAH.
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7, 2018
Princess Place Preserve
For 13 years, the annual Creekside Music & Arts Festival has invited Flagler County residents and guests to gather under the majestic oaks at Princess Place Preserve for a local tradition that celebrates the natural beauty of Northeast Florida.
On October 6 & 7 join us for the 14th Annual Creekside Music & Arts Festival, where this tradition continues.
The Garden Club at Palm Coast participates with a booth at the Creekside Festival. We offer hundreds of plants for sale. The vast majority of the plants have been propagated by our active Propagation Guild. Proceeds from the sale are invested in scholarships and community projects.
Come and join us, buy some of our beautiful plants for you home and your garden. We have many unique plants which will give you color, fragrance and joy for many years.
This will be our last plant sales event in 2018. We intend to finish the season with a BANG!!!
Our Garden Club Meetings will continue throughout the winter. Feel free to visit our club meetings which are held on the 2nd Monday of each month, September thru May.
Meetings, unless otherwise designated, are held at The Flagler County Cooperative Extension Service (Ag. Center), 150 Sawgrass Road in Bunnell, Florida. Meetings begin at 1:00 PM with sign-in at 12:30 PM.
Kay and Perry Peruyero of Clearview Ct S, Palm Coast, have been recognized as Selection of the Month for October 2018 by the Garden Club at Palm Coast.
Kay is a Floridian from Gainesville and Perry is from Cuba. They moved to Palm Coast in 2016.
Their yard is a corner lot with a canal in the back and has several islands of plants, shrubs and flowers. The landscape has over 40 palms from Majestic, Robellini, and Triangle Florida palms.
The front door has a covered area that welcomes you with a red Bistro table 2 chairs and a lovely Turtle planter with assorted plants and an angel fairy. On the wall is a metal type basket frame that holds many large beautiful sea shells. Below are several stands and pots of Kangaroo fern, Bird Nest fern, Coleus, Persian shield, Orchids, Star plant, miniature Pineapple, a large Pothos Ivy and Zebra plant.
They have red and yellow Firecrackers, red Crown of Thorns, Little white Butterfly Whisper, red flower Aloes, Crimson Hibiscus, red miniature Knockout roses, devil’s Trumpet and peach Trumpet.
From left side to the back you have a beautiful climbing deep blue Sweet Pea, and a wheel barrel full of assorted plants. There is a yellow painted step ladder with various plants on the shelves. They also have a red stand that has Persian Orchid, Donkey Tail, pink and white Siam Tulips, pink and purple Shamrocks, white Jasmine, straw flowers and miniature snake plant. They have a Chinese Lantern, orange Honey Suckle, Ixora, white and purple Bleeding Hearts and a golden Dew Drop bush.
Their fruit trees are Orange, Grapefruit and lemon and some blueberry bushes she harvested one cup full! Lastly, an unusual plant she calls her “stinky” plant (Starfish or Stapelia) because of its odor, but it has very large beautiful star shape flowers that measures 12 inches across from tip to tip. All around this landscape has curb appeal with its many colors to enjoy!
Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee