March 2018 Yard Selection of the Month

Don and Dolores Ryan of Boulder Rock Drive have been recognized as March Selection of the Month by the Garden Club at Palm Coast.  They moved to Palm Coast from Connecticut in 2001.

Their front yard was heavily damaged from the hurricane but they diligently worked very hard to recreate their gorgeous oriental landscape!

Don has a passion for creating beautiful bonsai trees shaped from Hemlock bushes. On either side of garage there are two tall bonsai bushes. Left side of front door you have a lovely stone bed and red mulch with a usable crossover bridge, pink, white and lavender Azaleas, a large leaf Bird of Paradise, a potted pink Rose bush, a Hawthorn tree with little pink buds and a tall Red Bud tree with beautiful pink flowers.

To the right side of front door is a lovely sitting area and benches to enjoy their lovely yard as well as a big island that has two lovely crossover bridges, two large metal Cranes enjoying the beauty, deep pink Carnations, bright orange Impatiens and Mums in pots, a fragrant pink Rose bush, a Japanese girl statue as well as several oriental Pagoda Lantern Statues throughout with Juniper bushes, round-shaped Boxwoods and each island has several large round stepping stones that the Ryans had engraved a Japanese letter or symbol on each of the stones which adds a nice finishing touch. A must see to enjoy all the beauty this exotic front yard has to offer!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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February Yard Selection of the Month

Bob and Karen Kovaly of Egan Drive, Palm Coast have been recognized February 2018 Selection of the Month by the Garden Club at Palm Coast.  They are originally from New Jersey and moved to Palm Coast in 2000.

Despite the recent heavy frosts, this yard had little damage. The Kovalys have a unique corner lot which has big islands from the front yard and continues to go around the side with several varieties of succulent plants and native palms which endured the frost. Center island has a large extended Prickly Pear dessert cactus with red tip flowers, Firecracker and Garlic plants, Arbicolas, Bird of Paradise and a Bottle Brush tree.  The Front door has a large Fig Olive tree and a basket of red Poinsettias.

The Kovalys have an Oregon Grape Holly that makes yellow flowers then deep blue edible berries that look like grapes. Going towards the back there are white Gardenias, a large Magnolia, red and white Azaleas, a large Dogwood that produces white flowers a Florida native from the Gainsville area.  Back yard has lots of native bushes, plants, Fan Palms and a Bayberry tree that produces white flowers, a large Camellia tree with red flowers and a pink Crape Myrtle.

Pool side has a very large Bird of Paradise, a Bougainvillea, large Orchids and yellow and blue Bromeliads.

Near the driveway there is a very unique Monkey Puzzle tree a native from Africa also grows in England and Chile that is very prickly even the stem but when fully grown it will resemble a perfect shape Christmas tree.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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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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