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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“Clippings” October 2019

The October 2019 Garden Club Newsletter “Clippings” is Available for Download:



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District VI 2019 Fall Meeting

The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District VI 2019 Fall Meeting is hosted by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Meeting Date is October 22, 2019 at Halifax Plantation Golf and Country Club, 3400 Halifax Clubhouse Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

8:30 – 2:00 – Tickets are $30.00. Registration Form and Fee are due by October 15, 2019.

Questions – Contact Susan McConnell

Registration Form is available here: District 6 Fall Meeting

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Leu Gardens in October

Leu Gardens is located  on the North side of Orlando. The Leu Gardens were started by Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Leu. In 1936 the couple purchased the House and 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land. The Leus traveled all over the world and brought back many exotic plants, including 240 varieties of Camellias for their gardens. In 1961 the house and the gardens were deeded to the city of Orlando.

The gardens’ extensive plant collection has a lot to offer in any season. Here is an impression of Leu Gardens in the month of October.




Senna didymobotrya, “Popcorn Senna” or “African Senna”. You guessed it, it is a native of Africa. It looks similar to the Candlestick Senna, except that the unopened flowers are dark; they turn yellow when the open up.





Bauhinia tomentosa, “Yellow Bell Tree”. A relative of the Orchid Tree, it has a much different and delicate looking flower. This species is found in South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka.




Indigofera tinctoria, “True Indigo”, once the source of Indigo dye. A very unique flowering shrub with the flowers seeming to stand on the branches. This plant hails from India.






Aristolochia elegans, “Calico Pipevine”, “Elegant Dutchman’s Pipe”(I feel connected).
Upon approach it looks like a common arch covered with vines. But when looking closer one can discover the fascinating flowers. This vine is native in South and West S-America.













A burst of color in this Orchid bush. Unfortunately no name displayed.





Megaskepasma erythrochlamys, “Brazilian Red-cloak”.  Amazing display of beauty. Venezuela and Brazil are some of the S-American countries where this plant can be found.





Mystery bush. No name. Who has an idea?







Hibiscus schizopetalus, “Spider Hibiscus”, “Japanese lantern”, “Coral hibiscus”. Look at the refined structure of the blossom. This plant is native to tropical Eastern Africa in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.








Tibouchina grandifolia, “Silverleafed Princess Flower”, “Glory Bush”. It is native of Brazil.








Clerodendrum paniculatum, a striking example of a “Pagoda Plant”. It is native in tropical
Asia and Papuasia.




For this year the Garden Club has adopted the theme of “Diversity”. The Propagation Guild will make an effort to come up with new and diverse plants this year. Fellow Propagators!! perhaps you can find inspiration in this presentation?

Article by Marínus G.
Photography Marínus G.

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Farmers Market Tractor Supply

September 28, 2019

After the success of last year’s Farmer’s Market in front of the Tractor Supply Company store on Belle Terre in Palm Coast, we were eager to participate in this year’s edition. The Garden Club was again the largest vendor at the Farmer’s Market situated on the Tractor Supply parking lot.




One tent was in use by the Arrangers’ Guild. The Guild members were demonstrating flower arranging and selling their creations.




In another tent Kelley was selling crafts and photos for her own account,







Four tents were utilized by the Propagation Guild to sell plants.





We sold a large number of plants, although the dollar amount was less than last year. There was not as much foot traffic and we had fewer plants for sale. All in all the sale was a success.




We also had a large number of packets of seeds for sale, donated by Jane’s neighbor.






And our unique species of cactii (stone) and other crafts were also available.




We look back on a good sale event.

Article written by Marínus G.
Photography by Nancy Iandoli and Marínus G.


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Arrangers’ Guild Meeting September 17

The Arrangers’ Guild met at their regular meeting on September 17, 2019 at the Extension Office on Sawgrass Parkway, Bunnell, Florida at 10:00 a.m. Linda Hensler opened the business portion of the meeting with the following dates for upcoming meetings, October 15th, November 19th and December 17th.


Edwina Tabit volunteered to do a workshop in  November on wreaths. Andrea Robertson announced she would be needing assistance with decorating the Christmas Tree at the library this year due to her upcoming surgery. Dues and workshop fees for the classes were collected. Sue Bara announced the “trash/treasure” table was open for purchases and donations.

Members Anne Bonforte and Kathleen Terlizzo led a workshop on a traditional arrangement to use for your dining table. Guidelines for creating the arrangement and use of greenery, some purchased and some collected from the garden and surrounding fields was discussed.

The arrangements were critiqued individually and a discussion followed on where it could be used.






Article by: Edwina Tabit
Photos by: Nancy Iandoli

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What is growing in Florida in October?

Palm Coast is located in the Agricultural “North” Region of Florida.

If you are an ornamental gardener, you might want to know what is blooming in October:

Flowering: Sasanqua Camellia, Muhly Grass, Beautyberry (the berries are in full glory), Butterfly Bush.

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

Easily Survives Transplanting:  Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Strawberry.

Survives Careful Transplanting: Carrots, Mustard, Spinach.

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


The Infographics are produced by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and can be found here online:

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

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October 2019 Yard Selection of the Month

Austin and Jean Young of Felshire Lane have been recognized as October 2019 Garden Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

The Youngs are from Jamaica and the family moved to Fort Lauderdale until 2005 when they relocated to Palm Coast. They are both retired but spend most of their time taking care of their beautiful yard and landscape.

They do all the work themselves and must water twice a day in order to keep everything blooming.  They both sit on stools in order to prune their bushes as well as all the weeding. Their walkway and edging on all the islands are terracotta color and with stones in the front beds which looks very colorful.

They have a variety of plants and trees in their front yard such as Phoenix date palm, Queen palm, pink Crape Myrtles, and a Holly tree. In the spring time bright red begonias outline their entire front walkway and continue along the islands on each side of the house. Behind them are nicely shaped Boxwoods and Schillings, colorful Crotons and to the right side 3 beautiful Bird of Paradise and a potted Firecracker plant.

When I was escorted to their back yard and opened the gate my breath was taken away by such beauty and diversity of the colorful mix plants, flowering trees, bushes, and a variety of nice statuary throughout it was like walking into a paradise oasis!

There were red, pink and orange Geraniums, pink, purple and white Penta, yellow and orange Gerbera Daisy, purple Agapanthus (aka Lily of the Nile), blue Delphinium, Bougainvillea, pink and red Crown of Thorns, pink and red Knockout Roses, red Hibiscus, orange Mums, Hawaiian Ti, and several Plumbagos,

They have a large open L-shaped patio area with 2 tables and chairs where you can sit and just take in all this beauty.  I have to admit that I did not want to leave their back yard.  Their beautiful yard has also been selected to be in this year’s The Garden Club at Palm Coast Garden Tour 2019 on October 19.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month

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Belle Terre Community Yard and Craft Sale

September 21, 2019

The Garden Club at Palm Coast – Propagation Guild sold many plants at the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club Community Yard and Craft Sale this past Saturday.

The Garden Club also sold creative crafts as well as tickets for the upcoming Garden Tour 2019 to be held on Oct. 19 from 9am to 4pm,  showcasing 8 beautiful landscapes. Rain date Oct. 26.

Our next plant sale will be held Saturday, Sep.  28 from 9am to 3pm at the Tractor Supply Farmers Market at 250 Belle Terre Blvd in Palm Coast.

Article by Nancy Iandoli
Photography Nancy Iandoli

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What is growing in Florida in September?

If you are an ornamental gardener, you might want to know what is blooming in September:

Flowering: Yellow Elder, Plumbago, Bush Allamanda, Buttonbush, Firebush, Turk’s Cap Mallow.

Or if you are busy producing veggies, then the Edibles planting projects may interest you:

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

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

Use Seeds: Beans (Bush, Pole) Cucumbers, Onions (Bulb, Green, Shallot), Radish, Squash (Summer, Winter), Turnips.

Lots to do this month!!!

The Infographics are produced by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and can be found here online:

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

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