Boy Scout Project

The club received a thank you from Philip Cangialosi, a Boy Scout who received a $500.00 club scholarship to aid in his design and installation of a garden to beautify the entrance to the Palm Coast Historical Garden in James Holland Park. Philip and his Boy Scout Troop have worked at the Spring Festival and Plant Sale for several years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This project was part of earning his Eagle Scout Badge. The garden was planted on October 10 and Carol Walker and Jane Villa-Lobos represented the club. The day before five garden club members assisted in gathering the mulch, trees and plants at various locations in Palm Coast and Ormond Beach.

 

The garden surrounds the Garfield turtle which will be re-dedicated on October 31 at 11:00 a.m. This turtle is one of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s Turtle Trail.

 

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Arrangers’ Guild Fall Arrangement

The fall arrangement is made in an asymmetrical trailing of imperial red Lilies surrounded by Sunflowers, Thistles,  cream spray Roses and Anigozanthos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed by Debra Isham

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Thank You Notes Scholarship Recipients

The club has received Thank You notes from two scholarship recipients.

The first one is from Abby Denino

The second one is from Masen Steinwehr

The Notes were forwarded from the Flagler Education Foundation.  The Foundation also thanked the Garden Club for its support.

The club appreciates their gratitude and wishes both recipients success in their studies.

Danity Little
Scholarships Committee

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October 2020 Garden Selection of the Month

Mavilde and Manuel Gomes of Elliot Place have been recognized as October 2020 Garden Yard Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Mr. and Mrs. Gomes moved from Connecticut to Palm Coast in 2004 when they retired.

Walking up their driveway on both sides they have a stone area with newly planted orange bird of paradise, a tractor seat plant (Ligularia reniformis), and several colorful crotons in which Mavilde likes to plant 2 varieties together to add color and texture.  Then your eyes are focused on their beautiful front door garden area with neatly planted pink curcuma ginger lilies, amaryllis, ponytail palms, 2 poinsettias, a plumeria, orange and white bird of paradise, pink caladium, hanging baskets with succulent varieties, 2 spectacular single-stemmed pom-pom shaped yucca plants beaked with a stunning spray of bluish-green thin blades that are 2 feet long. Centered in the middle there is a tranquil oval egg-shaped green water fountain that compliments this front yard.

There are several varieties of fruit trees throughout the landscape such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, bananas, guava, papaya, nespera loquat, fig and olive trees.

The back yard faces a golf course and a fishing pond so they have planted a hedge of Queen palms, bottlebrush, Phoenix roebelenii, river birch tree, fan palms, oleanders, crape myrtles, Schefflera arboricola, several crotons, and bird of paradise.  On the left side yard she has 3 large staghorn ferns. She also has a starfish cactus (Stapelia gigantea).

Mavilde is known to have a green thumb as she has much success with anything she plants.  Her friends and neighbors bring over their sad plants and she always brings them back to life!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Garden Club recommends native pollinator-friendly landscaping

Danielle Anderson, Correspondent

The Flagler Palm Coast News Tribune

September 9, 2020

Discussing native species, club propagation guild members were treated to a tour of a fellow member’s Florida native selections, with an added focus on creating pollinator-friendly landscaping.

Spotting multiple butterflies, including Florida’s official butterfly, the zebra longwing, and bees buzzing quickly before settling on a vibrant red firebush shrub, Jane Villa-Lobos, director of the club’s propagation guild, explained the important role pollinators play in the ecosystem.

Directing visitors’ eyes to the blooming shrubs providing pollination for the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, some of which also bore berries to feed the birds, Villa-Lobos is no stranger to her subject matter.

Among her credits, a career with the Smithsonian Institute’s Department of Botany allows her to expertly guide new members looking to beautify their homes and community while making it affordable through propagation.

“The idea is to inspire people to grow different plants that they’ve never seen before, to see it in a natural habitat instead of a nursery, and then they can see the butterflies, the bees and the landscaping,” she said.

As part of the propagation guild’s newly formed subgroup focusing on native plants, Susan Anderson was excited to see healthy established plants, like the seaside goldenrod, a native fall-blooming plant, and the purple beautyberry bush, on full display during the tour, while dispelling the myth that pollination occurs only in the spring.

“Pollinators are year-round. As long as you have the plants, the pollinators will come,” said Anderson. “All our insects evolved with a native species and we’ve created deserts with exotics and lawns that they can’t use. We actually have a shortage of insects. That’s the beginning of the whole ecosystem and the natives are helping nature.”

Efforts of the propagation guild to educate the community and encourage native pollinator-friendly landscaping are supported by plant sales, like the hugely successful event held the previous weekend at Wild Birds Unlimited, a supporter of the club. Funds raised enable the guild and club to help with projects in the community, starting with children and including working with students at the elementary schools, as well as supporting the current Eagle Scout gardening project underway in advance of Palm Coast’s Founder’s Day celebrations set for October 2020.

“We’re increasing knowledge because they don’t understand,” said Anderson. “They don’t know that it really does help the ecosystem. They don’t need fertilization, they don’t need watering. You’re doing a whole good thing for the ecology.”

Florida-friendly native plants: Ideas for your landscape

Native Firebush, Simpson’s Stoppers, Wild Petunia, Swamp Milkweed, Rouge Plant, Tropical Sage, Liatris Blazing Star, Purple Beautyberry, Seaside Goldenrod

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Master Gardener Newsletter, Flagler County, Summer 2020

Enclosed is the Summer 2020 Newsletter from the Florida Master Gardener Volunteers in Flagler County.

Master Gardener Newsletter Summer 2020

It contains a lot of good information for gardeners around our county.

Recent Master Gardener Newsletters will be available on our Public Resources page.

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The Florida Gardener – Fall 2020

“The Florida Gardener” is the official publication of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs (FFGC). Each issue covers all facets of garden club activity to include: educational opportunities, legislative alerts, current projects, upcoming events, community projects, book reviews, and more. Published 4x per year.

The magazine is free with membership of the Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Feel free to download your digital copy of The Florida Gardener – Fall 2020

Enjoy!!

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September 2020 Garden Selection of the Month

Jackie Huseman of Beechwood Lane has been recognized as September 2020 Garden Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Jackie moved to Palm Coast in 1992 from Rochester, NY and has been living at this location for seven years. Jackie enjoys working in her flower gardens always adding to her diverse selection enhancing this curb appeal landscape.

Jackie has added a center island with an interesting blue wishing well along with asters and a  Phoenix robelinii palm.

The beds along the house have an elephant ear plant, African daisies, plumed cockscomb, crotons, purple and white curcuma lilies, orange canna lilies, golden trumpet , pink Belleza gaura, leopard plant and a sable palm. To the right side of the garage Jackie has started a new island with her propagated pink Belleza gaura, heather and buttercup plants.

Moving towards the back yard there is a starburst bush, large philodendron, a long hedge of buttercups and an enormous orange canna lily plant.  Along the pool there is a century plant, potted red geranium, orange canna lilies, Indian hawthorn, red hibiscus, coontie palm and pink and green caladium.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli                                                                                                   Selection of the Month Committee

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What is growing in Florida in August?

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 the month of August:

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

Survives Transplanting:  Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Eggplant, Endive/Escarole, Kale, Peppers, Tomatoes.

Transplant with Care: Carrots, Celery, Mustard.

Use Seeds: Beans (bush, pole, lima), Cucumbers, Onions (green, shallot), Squash, (summer, winter), Turnips.

Lots of choice!! 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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What is growing in Florida in July?

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 the month of July:

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

Survives Transplanting:  Peppers, Tomatoes.

Transplant with Care: n/a

Use Seeds: Cucumbers, Okra, Peas (Southern), Pumpkin.

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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