Invitation from the Garden Club of the Halifax Country

FFGC District VI, which includes the Garden Club at Palm Coast, is invited to
“Open Program from the Garden Club of the Halifax Country”
on January 14, 2020 at 11:00am.

Program: “Pollinator Friendly Plant Research”
Speakers: Heather Kalaman and Cindy Sigler, the GCHC Scholarship Winners for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 from the University of Florida.

Location: Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters,
515 S. Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach, FL.

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What is growing in Florida in December?

Flagler county is located in the Agricultural “North” Region of Florida.

If you are a Florida based ornamental gardener, you might want to know what is blooming in December:

Flowering: Beauty Berry,  Camellia Japonica, Camellia Sasanqua, Poinsettia, Powderpuff, Tea Olive.

Poinsettias galore

Or if you love fresh vegetables and are growing your own veggies, then these Edibles planting projects may interest you:

Easily Survives Transplanting:  Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard.

Survives Careful Transplanting: Carrots, Celery, Mustard, Spinach.

Use Seeds: Onions (Green, Shallots), Radish, Turnips.

Enjoy!!!

The Infographics are produced by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and can be found here online: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/plant-of-the-month/infographics.html.

PDF versions of the Infographics can be downloaded and printed if you are interested.

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December 2019 Yard Selection of the Month

Doris and Joel Houslander of Clearview Court North have been recognized as December 2019 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

The Houslanders, originally from Illinois, bought their home in 2014 and were snowbirds for 2 seasons before moving to Palm Coast in 2017.  The couple enjoys gardening, boating and playing adult ice hockey in a league in Jacksonville.

Walking up the driveway on the left side is a small garden that has a Loquat tree, Oyster plants, Soap Aloe and rose Penta.  There is a Phoenix Robellini palm, yellow Hibiscus, Crotons, Gerbera daisy, pink Star Penta, and Liriope.  The front door area has several pots with Spider plant, Mamy Croton and orange Mums.

In the front of the house are Xanadu Philodendron, red Coleus, ribbed Elephant ear, Hawaiian Ti and Petra Crotons.  There is a large coquina boulder that has a blue fish and 2 blue turtles sunbathing.  On the right side is a large Palatka Holly along with some Hydrangea, variegated Agave, yellow Coreopsis, red Penta and Gazania. Going around the corner there is a multi-trunk Robellini palm with some pink Vinca and several white and yellow Mums that circle around the curbing.

This lovely curb appeal landscape was also showcased in our recent Garden Tour of 2019 and they were presented with a beautiful stepping stone made by our Garden Club volunteers!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Garden Club Christmas Tree 2019

The Holiday season is here and one of the annual Palm Coast traditions is the Palm Coast Public Library Festival of Trees. Many local organizations decorate a Christmas tree to showcase their club, their good cause, or just display a beautiful tree.

Preparations for this year’s Garden Club tree started two months ago. Kelley Callery organized a workshop where club members created ornaments for the tree. A variety of spiders, bees  and bugs were made of plastic spoons and other everyday items. The results were amazing and amusing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On November 21 Andrea Rogers and her team of Arrangers and other club members decorated the Garden Club tree. This year’s theme is “Diversity in the Garden”. The tree displays Birds of many species, Lady bugs, Spiders and Dragonflies.

Last Saturday Margaret and I took a peak at the library. Here are some impressions. I forgot to count the number of trees, but I guess there are at least 50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I encourage you to go and take a look yourself at the Flagler County Public Library – Main Branch, you will love the show.

The library is located at:
2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137.
Phone: 386-446-6763

Thank You! to the ornament creators and tree decorators. Great job!!

Article and photos: Marínus Grootenboer

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Arrangers’ Guild Meeting November 19

The Arrangers Guild met today (11/19) for our November class.

Pamela Lace was in charge of the meeting today and made the announcements  as our Director Linda Hensler was away at school to learn how to be a judge at a flower show!

Linda also gave Edwina an Easter wreath made out of pastel ribbons to put on display.

 

 

 

Pamela introduced our very own member Edwina Tabit who was our trainer on how to decorate holiday and other various wreaths including a succulent wreath!

 

 

Edwina had made wreaths with apples, some had sea shells, some made with pine straw and a beautiful wreath made with Magnolia leaves and one with pine cones and various greens. She also made a smaller ring wreath to put a candle in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edwina and Kathleen Terlizzo also showed the students tips on how to make bows and ribbon inserts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon after the class was very busy creating our own wreaths.  At the end of class we all admired each other’s creation. Everyone did a fantastic job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article by: Nancy Iandoli
Photos by: Nancy Iandoli

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A Message from FFGC President Al Latina

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

Hello FFGC Members!

Attached is the November-December issue of Keeping In Touch (KIT) from NGC.  It includes a great deal of interesting information, and I know you will enjoy reading the issue. I would like for all clubs to pay particular attention to the section for Plant America in which the proposal is made for Plant America Trees. NGC would like for us to plant one Native Tree for each member of NGC, which would result in over 165,000 trees planted if the project is successful.

Please view the attachment:
KIT November-December 2019

Thank you,
Al Latina, FFGC Headquarters

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What is growing in Florida in November?

Flagler county is located in the Agricultural “North” Region of Florida.

If you are a Florida based ornamental gardener, you might want to know what is blooming in November:

 

Flowering: Sasanqua Camellia, Mexican Sunflower, Ornamental Sugercane, Tea Olive, Beautyberry (Native, the berries are in full glory).

Or if you love fresh vegetables and are growing your own veggies, then these Edibles planting projects may interest you:

Easily Survives Transplanting:  Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Endive/Escarole, Kale, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard.

Survives Careful Transplanting: Carrots, Celery, Mustard, Spinach.

Use Seeds: Onions (Bulb, Green, Shallots), Radish, Turnips.

Enjoy!!!

The Infographics are produced by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and can be found here online: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/plant-of-the-month/infographics.html.

PDF versions of the Infographics can be downloaded and printed if you are interested.

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The 2019 Garden Tour

After a postponement due to heavy rains on October 19, the Garden Tour was held on Saturday, October 26 from 9-4. Scattered showers did not deter the over 100 attendees from visiting the eight residential gardens in Palm Coast. This year the club contracted for a 20-passenger van for an additional charge allowing participants a carefree day.

Each garden was selected for its plant diversity and design. Garden accessories such as water features, colorful pots, sculptures, wind mills and seating were tastefully placed in many of the gardens to add an element of interest. Some gardens featured bromeliads, tropical species, perfectly shaped hedges and topiaries, natives, and vegetables.

 

There was also an education in the use of different types of mulch. Some gardeners used cypress mulch because it does not float, others used fine pine bark, and another used environmentally friendly Florimulch composed of shredded melaleuca, an invasive exotic in South Florida. However, one of the main attractions was the 3-6 inches of pine needle mulch used by one of the homeowners. He proclaims it prevents weeds and also allows the soil to breathe as well as acidifying the soil.

 

 

Three garden locations were a rest stop for ice tea, lemonade and baked goods provided by members of the club. Luckily for the people on the van, the homeowner at the last garden had grilled hot dogs for the group!

All in all it was a very successful fundraiser for the club.

Article by Jane Villa-Lobos.

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November 2019 Yard Selection of the Month

Carol Sutton of Bann Place has been recognized as November 2019 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Carol spent 40 years in Virginia until she retired and moved to beautiful Palm Coast where she has been residing for the past 17 years. Carol currently volunteers part time at a cat rescue.

When you enter the cul-de-sac you will notice Carol’s yard has the appearance of three gardens. The one on the left is filled with a kaleidoscope of color, Pentas of purple, red and pink, Oyster plants, Society Garlic, Bush Daisies and the vibrant blues of Blow My Mind Blue Daze, along with the beautiful greenery of the Chinese Fan palm.

The center garden is almost a mirror image with the exception of a dolphin that appears to be leaping out from behind peach Azaleas, Lantana and ornamental grass. In the background there are Hawaiian Ti plants, Needle palm, variegated Flax Lilies, along with beautifully shaped hedges all under the tall slim Queen palms.

On the right of the driveway are large hedges of Philodendrons and a few large Crêpe Myrtles. Manicured hedges all trimmed with Palm grass and variegated Flax Lilies lead you into the back yard which overlooks a peaceful pond with various statuaries and a stone path leading to a wooden swing where you can sit and watch the pollinators busy at work.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli and Debra Isham
Selection of the Month Committee

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Arrangers’ Guild Meeting October 15

The Arrangers’ Guild was off to a good start with our October meeting.

Our instructor was Margaret Kirkpatrick, a certified Florida Federated Garden Club instructor for over 30 years, having traveled throughout the country presented the October Arranging class on the dynamics to make miniature arrangements with or without flowers.

Margaret reviewed some basic terminology such as design principles, lines, expression, distinction, idea, balance, scale, mood and harmony.

 

 

 

She then proceeded to create five of her own examples for demonstrations.

 

 

 

 

The following photos were taken of the arrangements created by the students  and when finished the instructor critiqued our creations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a few new members who did an excellent job for their first time!

Article by Nancy Iandoli
Photos by Nancy Iandoli

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