Selection of the Month – May 2021

Tom and Sue Armstrong of Cimmaron Drive have been recognized as May 2021 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.  The Armstrong’s moved to Palm Coast from Georgia in 1999.

They grow over 105 different bromeliads and Tom can list them all by their scientific name which is pretty amazing!

The front yard beds have a variety of plants such as dyckia bromeliads that resembles a succulent but they do not store their water in their leaves.  There are rain lilies (Zephyranthes), yellow dancing lady globba ginger as a ground cover, shampoo ginger, a pink silk floss tree, a pagoda plant (Clerodendrum), yellow butterfly ginger, pink crepe myrtle, pink pentas and a bottlebrush.

As you go towards the back there are yellow devil bromeliads (Neoregelia), red blooming bromeliads (Quesnelia testudo), large live oaks, sable and sago palms, coontie, white bird of paradise, and a pony tail palm. Tom planted a two year old fast growing Tipuana tree in 2007 and now it is 30 feet tall with orange blossoms.  This tree originates from Bolivia, Peru and Argentina.  Besides bromeliads they have a variety of plants: agapanthus, foxtail agave, pencil cactus, bougainvillea, shrimp plant, crown of thorns, red spiral ginger (Cheilocostus), desert rose, staghorn fern, burning bush, rubber tree and lemon grass.  Of course, more bromeliads, such as queen’s tears (Billbergia nutans), and pink flowering bromeliads (Portea alatisepala).

Attached to the house is a large green house where they have many varieties of succulents and various plants they propagate for planting.  They have collected several bromeliads from many trips around the world to have such a large collection. The Armstrong’s live at the end of a canal with large trees that provide shade and shelter and they had a rare visit from a mother manatee who gave birth to her calf!


Submitted by Nancy Iandoli

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April 2021 – Selection of the Month

Jim Lyman of Fernmill Lane has been recognized April 2021 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Originally from Connecticut, Jim has been in Palm Coast since 1998.

He was a mason by trade and now enjoys reading. Since his retirement he has been working in his yard to keep himself busy.  He has several varieties of trees and bushes and he is doing his part in helping Palm Coast continue to be the Tree City.

What caught my eye was the thicket of Heavenly bamboo, (he started with only two) that he keeps nicely trimmed and is an entrance to a tranquil sitting area with several art features, including white marble Flamenco dancers, a fountain, a spectacular wisteria arbor, sun dial and a light house.

His front yard has a large Norfolk Island pine, (which he is attempting to propagate) and a variety of palm trees. There are topiary shaped Schilling holly bush hedges and holly trees throughout.  An orange flowered hibiscus, elephant ears, rose bushes and pineapples add diversity. Near the front door are large pots of philodendron and an elegantly curved purple bougainvillea, two potted purple and blue flowering bird of paradise, slim cedar trees and some podocarpus.

The back yard welcomes you with gardenias, small-leaf magnolias, bottle bush, cedar trees, two century plants, red oleander, orange knockout roses and orange blooming succulents.

As a former mason he decided to cover his wooded picnic table with tile on the table and the seats since he has had to replace two tables due to weather damage.  He is designing a new garden area along the side of the house that has pavers. He has put sea shells into the concrete and will eventually add large flower pots to complete the area.

He has a large area in his side lot which he tried to make into a putting green, he made a large    hedge of trimmed Schilling holly bushes in a circle, however, he is having a hard time keeping the grass green like a golf course.


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March 2021 – Selection of the Month

Vinnie and Angela Yacuzzi of Feling Lane have been recognized as March 2021 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

 The Yacuzzi’s moved to Palm Coast 3 years ago from Worcester, MA.  When they bought their house their front yard was totally empty.  Angela became a member of The Garden Club at Palm Coast where she acquired much knowledge on how to grow succulents and other varieties of cactus.  She would buy plants and succulents at The Garden Club monthly meetings (prior to covid).  She also bought some plants and beautiful metal art work online and at local flea markets.

Vinnie is really the one that plants everything Angela brings home for him!  He enjoys creating and designing new garden areas throughout their property. He even has an area out back dedicated to his potted plants and it has a sign that says, “Vinnie’s Pot Herb Garden… Plant Smiles…Grow Love”.

The front island contains a pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii), aloe with orange flowers, Hawaiian ti, prickly pear cactus, other succulent varieties and a ground cover called Blue My Mind blue daze. The front door area you will find podocarpus bushes, red crown of thorns, prickly pear with flowers, agave, flap jack, snake plant, pink hibiscus, variety of bromeliads, “Mammy” and “Petra crotons”, air plants on rocks and many fun features such as an alligator, gnomes, frogs, pagoda, coquina rocks and an ant band!

Going towards the back yard there are banana plants, bottle brush, ponytail palm, Norfolk Island pine, coontie palm, shrimp plant, lemon tree, more succulents and bromeliads, starfish cactus and poinsettia. Hanging along the back fence they have several whimsical metal art pieces such as different size iguanas, butterflies, and frogs.  And the diversity continues with a staghorn fern, pencil cactus, foxtail fern, donkey ears, jade plants, air plants and tricolor ginger (Stromanthe sanguinea).  Vinnie also made a working bench where he propagates plants to add to his gardens.

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February 2021 – Selection of the Month

Joaquin (Jack) Ligeiro of Edge Lane and also proud owner of his back lot address of Eric Drive has been selected as February 2021 Garden Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.
Jack, originally from Portugal, lived in New Jersey for 40 years with his lovely wife Evonne and they moved to Palm Coast 4 years ago.
When I first noticed this back lot I thought this has to be a private nursery but I soon discovered that it belongs to Jack as well. When he retired he wanted a hobby to keep him busy. The entire lot had an impressive thick mat-type ground covering with areas cut out where the plants go in order to control the weeds and no messy dirt to walk on. This entire lot looks like an orchard with many fruit trees, flowers and various vegetables. He has over 50+ banana trees (and most had many bananas on them) as well as many varieties of oranges, lemons and tangerines.
There were also fig trees, peach, apple, loquat, olive, plum, pear, mango, papaya, cherries, and pistachio. In between fruit trees in each row he took advantage of the spaces by filling them in with his many vegetables such as different varieties of jumbo lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, pole green beans, pineapple, hot chili peppers, chives, parsley, mint, oregano, and star fruit.
He has an impressive large dragon fruit and this plant has given him over 28 fruits! Closest to the street on Eric Lane he reserves this area for flowers and plants such as vinca, pagoda, Hawaiian ti, milkweed, liriope, cockscomb plume, snake plant, aloe, mountain snow cap, crotons, asparagus fern, rubber trees, century plant, and Schefflera arboricola.
You must be wondering what does he do with all his harvest? He says he loves to give it away to his friends and neighbors around him! When asked how he takes such good care of his crops, he showed me two large fertilizer charts that shows you when to fertilize, what kind to use and how many times a year he has to use them. I was totally amazed!
His front yard has a large magnolia tree, holly trees, some Phoenix roebelenii, bottle brush, various hedges and a large poinsettia plant. In the back yard along the house there are colorful crotons, a small waterfall pond with stone turtles and knockout roses.
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January 2021 Selection of the Month


Benita and Rey Mayo of Whittington Drive have been recognized as January 2021 Garden Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.  Originally from the Philippines, they lived in Chicago and would vacation in Palm Coast where they had their house built in 1995 and while vacationing did the entire landscape then finally moved to Palm Coast in May of 2000.

This very diverse landscape has many impressive large crinum lilies of pink and white variety throughout the entire property.  The front island has a topiary cedar tree next to a round shape maple tree that Rey is proud of! There is a fire spike bush surrounded by red bromeliads, variegated irises, century plant, snake plants, pagoda, pink and white vincas and a large spiny interesting Yucca  Aloifolia.

The front area also has holly bushes, crape myrtles of pink, white and purple.  There are camellias, oyster plants, devils tongue, white cactus, Hawaiian ti, plumeria, canna lilies and hot pink azalea.

As you head towards the back a princess of the night (fragrant after 6 P.M.), cambia (very fragrant from the ginger family), calamondin (lemon and lime), banana trees (they use the flower to make pickles for salad) anda moringa tree with long bean-like fruit and the leaves are used as an herb. Among other fruit trees they have pomelo (grapefruit), avocado, and navel oranges.

A very interesting landscape for the cold month of January to enjoy and get excited for spring arrival!


Submitted by Nancy Iandoli

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December 2020 Garden Selection of the Month

Ophie Cordero of Winter Haven Court has been recognized as December 2020 Garden Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast. 

Ophie is origininally from the Phillipines and lived in Chicago until she moved to Palm Coast in 2008.


The front landscape has a variety of plants. Behind the stone wall you see bromeliads, red miniature knockout roses, plumeria, Liriope muscari (lily turf), pink dwarf oleander, Schefflera arboricola, pindo palms, red and pink hibiscus, yellow ixora, society garlic, yellow and red coreopsis, and bird of paradise.

Along the meandering stone walkway are gardenias, hydrangea, Sampaguita (the national flower of the Phillipines which is used to make a fragrant garland),  ti, orange Ixora, loropetalum, junipers, boxwood, schilling holly, Mammey and Petra crotons, bush daisy, all under a canopy of fan palms, magnolia, holly,  loquat, persimmon, and a fig tree.

The left side of the yard continues to have an abundance of color with coreopsis, ti, Mammey crotons, Mexican petunia, crape myrtle, cassia, plumeria, canna lilies, Schefflera arboricola, Sampaguita, and fan palm.

The back yard has wandering jew under the magnolias, as well as pagodas, jade, ti, a pot of bromeliads, climbing yellow and red mandevillas, a lime tree, and parsely and basil herbs.  Truly a beautiful landscape with diversity.

In absence of an in-person garden club meeting as a result of the COVID epidemic, the Selection of the Month certificate has been handed out on location.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
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Garden Club Christmas Tree 2020

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 a while ago. Kelley Callery created a slew of ornaments.

Here are some shots from last Friday’s Christmas Tree decorating at the Palm Coast Library from the Arrangers Guild.
















Many Thanks to Denise Garcia for allowing us to use her house to decorate the ornaments, Kelley Callery for making the Ornaments, and ALL the ladies who helped decorate both days!

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!

Article and photos: Andrea Rogers

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Fall Plant Sale

The Garden Club’s plant sale on Friday and Sat. Nov. 6 & 7 was a huge success! In addition to the 122 bromeliads that were donated from a man in Hammock Beach there were at least 150 propagated plants. The sale was open to club members, family and friends. Masks and social distancing were in effect.

The club is grateful to Linda DuLong who stored the bromeliads for a week and graciously said we could have the sale at her side “preserve” area. A team of Propagation Guild members set-up the tables and organized the plants on Thursday afternoon despite a quick rain shower. Luckily the area was shaded so there was no need for canopies.

The sale ran from 9 am to 1 pm both days. Saturday brought the most attendees as the group decided to post it on Next Door and on the Club’s Face Book page. Jane also posted a temporary sign in the neighborhood to attract passersby.

By noon on Saturday most of the plants were sold, and Denise Garcia took some of the leftovers to sell to her friends in Island Estates.

The profit was nearly $1,000 which was earmarked for the Club’s unrestricted budget. Since the club is not meeting nor having monthly plant sales, this was a good opportunity to boost the bank account to pay the Club’s monthly bills and support its programs.

I want to thank all the people who helped set-up, propagated beautiful plants and worked the sale and came to buy!!! The team was fantastic!

Article and photography by Jane Villa-Lobos
Director Propagation Guild

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hear yeah, hear yeah: Plant Sale in Palm Coast

The Garden Club at Palm Coast has organized a 2-day plant sale on November 6 & 7. The first day – today was a great success.

For Saturday November 7 we still have a great selection of plants available.

Invite your neighbors and friend and come buy some plants from the Garden Club.
Location: 4 Whitt Place, Palm Coast, FL.
Hours: 9 am – 1 pm.

We want to abide by CDC guidelines, so masks will be required and of course social distancing.

It is a great time to plant, so come and support the club.

Thank you, Jane Villa-Lobos and the Propagation Guild.

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Zoom Meeting : Restoring Camellias in Wilmot Gardens

You are invited to attend a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 4:30 – 5:30pm.

The Presenter is Elizabeth (Leah) Diehl, Director of Therapeutic Horticulture, Wilmot Botanical Gardens at the College of Medicine University of Florida.

Leah is one of our workshop speakers for the FFGC Spring Convention in Daytona Beach in 2021.

Register here for the Zoom Meeting

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