Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Celebrate National Pollinator week, June 17-23, by planting a pollinator garden!

Why we need pollinators?  Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination – they need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators.

 

Pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy and honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.

Tips for creating a pollinator garden:

  • Plants that provide nectar and pollen sources – flowers
  • Provide a water source
  • Situate the garden in sunny areas with wind breaks
  • Create large “pollinator targets” of native or non-invasive plants
  • Establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season
  • Eliminate or minimize the impact of pesticides

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have established your pollinator garden, be sure to register it at: pollinator.org/mpgcmap/register

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Club Picnic – Rain Fest 2019

A photo impression:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography by Denise Garcia.

 

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Thank You Note from the Flagler County Education Foundation

Recently the Garden Club at Palm Coast awarded two scholarships to Flagler Highschool students.

The Flagler County Education Foundation sent us this Thank You Note:

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National Garden Week, June 2-8, 2019

The Garden Club at Palm Coast is joining garden clubs across the country in celebrating National Garden Week, June 2-8. National Garden Week is sponsored by National Garden Clubs Inc. to promote beautification, education of environmental efforts, and gardening in local communities.

This year The Garden Club at Palm Coast installed a display at the Palm Coast Public Library with posters of local gardeners who were selected this Spring as Selection of the Month for their beautiful curb appeal gardens and outstanding landscapes. Examples of gardening books are also on display which can be signed out.

 

The address of the Palm Coast Public Library is:
2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW
Palm Coast, FL 32137

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June 2019 Yard Selection of the Month

Ruth Van De Weert of Point Pleasant Drive has been recognized as June 2019 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.  She and her late husband, Cornelius,  bought the three Lots in 1982, built the house in 1986, rented it out until they moved from New York to Palm Coast in 2014.  They had lived on a dairy farm and planted many of the plants and trees prior to moving in while visiting family in Florida. The have a plaque on the stone windmills with their farm name of Laroedale Farm.

Mr. Van De Weert made all the beautiful windmills and two have working water wheels.  He made smaller ones throughout the property from bicycle wheels and they all work as well.  He also made black and white cow props  out of cement and several barn style bird houses and a barn mailbox.  He was always making something wonderful for the yard.

Mrs. Van De Weert takes care of this big property along with a neighbor that gives her a hand whenever needed. Everywhere you look you see beautiful flowers such as Mandevilla, yellow and purple roses, blue Salvias, pink and white Vincas, red and yellow Canna Lilies, red and white pink- striped Amaryllis, Petunias, Sunflowers, white Easter Lilies, mixed Zinnias, various bushes and several  fruit trees.

The tranquil back yard  setting with only sounds of birds and soothing water sounds from the water wheel windmill in an island with several flowering plants, holly bush, Bush Daisy, yellow, orange and purple Mums and purple white-striped Petunias.  There is a large area approx. 12 x 12 entirely full of many flowers that come back year after year.   Mrs. Van De Weert  has so many beautiful flowers throughout that she once promised her church for one year she would make them an arrangement weekly and she kept her promise!

There is also a walkover bridge with  a covered arch of sweet smelling Jasmine which leads you into their next lot with  a nice windmill in the distance and shaded trees.  These gardens have many colors to offer and enjoy year round and definitely has charm and curb appeal.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Bulletin “Clippings” May 2019

The May 2019 Bulletin is Available for Download:

CLIPPINGS MAY2019

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Trans-Atlantic Garden Tour

April 28 – May 3, 2019

On April 21 Margaret and I embarked on a 14-day Transatlantic cruise from Ft Lauderdale to Amsterdam. Along the way we visited a number of gardens. Here are some impressions.

First stop: Praia da Vitoria, Ilha Terceira, Azores, Portugal, April 28th

The Azores are in the middle of the North Atlantic and have a very mild climate. It never gets warmer than 75F or colder than 55F. The vegetation is very green and contains many sub-tropical plants including palm trees.

The color of the Delasperma cooperi, in the family of Ice plants, jumps right at you.

This remarkable plant I could not identify. Anyone? Looks like a Salvia to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second stop: Ponta Delgada, Ilha de Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal, April 29th

On the island of Sao Miguel we had a choice of three botanical gardens. We chose
Jardim António Borges.

The first large group of pink flowers was stunning. They look like gladiolus, but they are different from the familiar kind.

Then there were at least a hundred Natal lilies (Clivia Miniata)

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the center of the park is a very old Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus Macrophylla). The dimensions of the roots really show next to the little girl.

 

Then there was this pristine member of the Amaryllis family: Belladonna Lily.

 

 

The foilage is different from the familiar Amaryllis. The leaves grow on a stem, not from the bulb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a different kind of plant: Pride of Madeira, Echium Candicans.

I have seen them before in Mendocino, CA.

 

Third stop: Cherbourg, Normandy, France, May 3rd

Stepping off the ship one cannot miss this memorial.

The Titanic on her first and last voyage made the first foreign call in the port of Cherbourg.

 

 

 

 

 

Translation of the plaque:
R.M.S. Titanic (R.M.S.  = Royal Mail Steamer)
In the course of her inaugural ocean crossing the passenger ship Titanic made her only stop at Cherbourg on April 10, 1912.
It would sink in the night of April 14 to 15 off the coast of Nova Scotia.

 

In Cherbourg we visited Parc Emmanuel Liais. Mr Liais (1826-1900) was an astronomer, botanist, explorer and also Mayor of Cherbourg. He made many overseas trips, especially to Brazil and brought many plants to build his extraordinary collection in a park including green houses. Also his museum is located at the park.

Look at this beautiful Iris: Libertia ixioides,  Mikoikoi, New Zealand Iris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another mystery plant. Can anyone identify?

 

This looks like an orchid, but it is another Iris. Fringed iris, Iris japonica.

 

 

 

 

A good old rhododendron, it needs a little support at its old age.

The flowers are gigantic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Orange, Choisya Ternata

 

 

 

Interesting tree:

Lowland Ribbonwood, Plagianthus Regius

 

 

 

 

 

The man who collected all this for us:
Emmanuel Liais

 

 

 

 

Article by Marinus Grootenboer
Photography by Marinus Grootenboer

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Green Isle Gardens – Florida Native Plants

May 1st, 2019
The Propagation Guild took a tour of Green Isle Gardens, a wholesale nursery which specializes in Florida natives. Located on 8 acres in Groveland, it features more than 150 species of natives with a focus on upland species. The plants are grown without pesticides.

Marc Godts, who runs the nursery and is a horticulturist and designer, gave a tour of the propagation greenhouse and explained how they are growing endangered plants for Bok Tower Gardens for their endangered plant garden.

 

 

 

After eating a bag lunch, members of the Guild loaded up their cars with wonderful natives to add to their gardens.

 

 

You could also pick your own blueberries which some people took advantage of and shared the delicious fruit! It was another great educational trip.

 

 

Article by Jane Villa-Lobos
Photography by Jane Villa-Lobos

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Flagler County Orchid Society, meeting May 28th

The Flagler County Orchid Society is meeting Tuesday, May 28th at 7PM.
Flagler County Art League, Room B208, City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy, Palm Coast.

Guest speaker: Keith Emig, Winter Haven Orchids.
Keith will have Orchids for sale at this meeting.

Share your passion…Friends & Guests Welcome!

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Trip to Savannah, GA

April 26-27, 2019.
The Garden Club at Palm Coast organized a motor coach trip to the 44th Annual NGOS Tour of Hidden Gardens in Savannah.

 

 

 

Forty-two garden club members from Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Melbourne attended the self-guided tour of nine beautiful gardens “hidden” behind the gates of historic homes.

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour ticket was A Southern Tea at the Green-Meldrim House where General Sherman headquartered during the Civil War.

 

 

Everyone toured the area at their own pace over the 2 days and were able to hop-on and hop-off the Savannah Old Town Trolley to visit the gardens, shop at local shops, eat at fabulous restaurants or just stay on the trolley for a 90-minture narrated tour of Historic Savannah.

 

Many of the Palm Coasters dined together at Belford’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in City Market Friday evening enjoying a lovely meal under the canopy of trees and sharing where everyone had ventured.

 

The second day many gathered again to experience Paula Dean’s Southern cuisine at Lady & Sons Restaurant which was within walking distance of the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3-hour motor coach ride back to Palm Coast was abuzz with everyone sharing their experiences.

 

The next trip with The Garden Club at Palm Coast is a 10 night cruise from March 7, 2020 to the Panama Canal on Princess Cruise line. Garden tours in Jamaica and Costa Rica are being planned. For more information, see the Club’s home page.

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