FFGC District VI Spring Meeting – May 9, 2023

May 9, 2023, was our District VI Spring meeting hosted by The Garden Club at Palm Coast and held at The Hammock Dunes Club.

The meeting was called to order by Valerie Seinfeld, District VI Director.
Denise Garcia, Garden Club at Palm Coast (GCPC) President, introduced Greg Hansen, Flagler County Commissioner, for the Invocation.
Pledge of Allegiance: Ellen Werner.
Introduction of Head table: Valerie Seinfeld
Recognition of the 2021-2023 District Director: Suzi Bailey
District VI Former Directors and Guest

Our program speakers were Angela TenBroeck (Marineland Mayor, World Wide Aquaponics, 2021 Agriculture Women of the Year) and Shelley Steele (Yaupon Rise).

We had 15 beautiful raffle baskets for our fundraiser, and the Propagation Guild had plants for sale, especially the most popular Harmony Rex Begonia, named after our previous FFGC President, Marge Hendon.

We had several vendors, such as The Creative Team, Ways and Means, Snap Jewels, Pampered Chef, and The Chocolate Biz, to name a few.

Our Arrangers’ Guild made the beautiful table floral arrangements that were later given away.

Suzi Bailey and Valerie Seinfeld handed out winning club Awards, and we voted on our new District VI Wildflower, The Spotted Beebalm, a fantastic plant that butterflies and native bees love.

Suzi Bailey, 2021-2023 District Director, handed over her Banner and well wishes to our newly elected District Director, Valerie Seinfeld, 2023-2025.
Our Fall Meeting will be held on October 25, 2023.

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Clippings Newsletter May, 2023

Inside this issue:

  • Words from our President
  • Meeting/Picnic May 8 at VFW Pavillon
  • Sunshine Report
  • Welcome New Members
  • National Garden Week
  • Horticulture Spotlight
  • McKee Gardens
  • Jr Garden Club Newsletter
  • The Arrangers’ Guild Meeting
  • Selection of the Month
  • Places to Go/Events
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    Florida Club Arbor Day 2023 Ceremony

    Florida Club Arbor Day 2023 Ceremony was held on May 12, 2023.

    A Redbud tree was planted by the Garden Club at Palm Coast, Inc. and the City of Palm Coast, in MEMORY of our Deceased members:

    • Linda Thiele
    • Norma Rizzo
    • Donal March

    The ceremony took place on Friday, May 12, 2023, at Linear Park, 31 Greenway Ct., Palm Coast, Fl 32137.

    2022 Deceased Garden Club members and their relatives present were:

    January 13, 2022 – Linda Thiele; husband Wayne present
    January 22, 2022 – Norma Rizzo; daughter Megan present with her husband, daughter, and son
    October 26, 2022 – Donal March; wife Connie, and daughter Donna present.

    Denise Garcia, President of The Garden Club at Palm Coast, introduced:

    Ellen Warner, Garden Club member, to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Kathleen Fuss, Garden Club member and Arbor Day Chair and organizer, gave open remarks and announced the following speakers:
    Chaplain Dom Scardigno gave the invocation.
    James Hirst, City of Palm Coast Parks and Recreation Director, represented the City.
    Family members and friends shared their fond memories of their loved ones.

    A special thank you was given to the city staff and Parks and Recreation for their help with planting the tree, mulch cover, and the memorial Plaque.

    Submitted by: Nancy Iandoli and Kathleen Fuss
    Photos submitted by: Nancy Iandoli

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    June 2023 Selection of the Month

    Patty and Dan Murphy of Evans Dr. have been recognized as June 2023, Selection of the Month by the Garden Club at Palm Coast. Originally from western NY, they moved to Florida in 2007. In 2013 they purchased their (foreclosure) home.

    Patty & Dan Murphy – June 2023 Selection of the Month

    They first planted palm (Sylvester, Queen, date), sago, and ponytail palms. Then they added coral-colored Encore azaleas, hot pink crape myrtles, and an array of multicolored cannas, amaryllis, Asiatic lilies, and native lilies to their front island. They even tried their hands at growing pineapples and were successful! In a shaded area under their giant date palm, they have lots of color with bright orange begonias, tropical bromeliads, and pink variegated gingers exploding with color.

    Their backyard is a real surprise. A winding pathway that leads to a beautiful courtyard that’s surrounded by lush plantings and dozens of over-flowering pots and hanging baskets with amazing annuals and perennials mixed for a butterfly’s paradise, along with a white gardenia, exotic bamboo, and giant elephant ears.

    The garden’s focus is a HUGE white crape myrtle tree (Natchez) that is home to dozens of her fabulous orchids. Beneath is a sea of bromeliads, chenille plants, and sweet potato vines. A stunning purple bougainvillea really grabs one’s attention, surrounded by a huge three-year-old hot pink geranium. Each Spring, they await the return of their unique varieties of caladium.

    Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
    Selection of the Month Committee

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    Garden Club Presents Scholarships to High School Students

    The 2022-2023 Garden Club at Palm Coast Scholarship Committee awarded a total of $8,000 to 3 Flagler High School Students at the May 2nd Education Foundation BBQ and presentation visit. The following seniors were awarded the scholarship certificate at their homes, Jessica Neal FPCHS, Lilly Archins, FPCHS, and Abby Amaturo, Matanzas HS. They all have career ambitions to become involved in environmental health sciences.

    Scholarship funds come from the proceeds at club events during the year. The club’s biggest annual fundraiser is the Spring Festival and Plant Sale, which is held in April. Thank you to all who came out to support our events.

    The Garden Club at Palm Coast was established in 1975 and, at the close of our 2022-2023 season has 207 members. Meetings are held from September through May at the VFW on Old Kings Road on the second Monday of the month at 1:00 PM.

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