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									            BLOOMING TALES
                       from    Terrific Ten
                                  March, 2013


            Direct from the Director: Barbara Hadsell
            “KNOW, SOW & GROW” A Two Year
            Reflection as District Director
As my 2 year term ends, a big thank you goes out to all District X members for
their hard work, enthusiasm and support of the many National Garden Club, Deep
South and FFGC projects. Heightened communication was a key element with more
information available via our web site, district newsletter, e blasts and club visits by
the director.
        Among the noteworthy projects supported by District X clubs are the
National Garden Club’s Environmental Studies School, Judges’ Symposium, Blue
Star Memorial Markers, Penny Pines, Smokey Bear/Woodsey Owl poster contests,
National Garden Week, Plant It Pink, Protecting Our Aquatic Ecosystems,
Gardening with Edibles, Unsolicited Landscape Design Awards in our communities,
creating Butterfly Sanctuaries and wildflower plantings with county commissioners’
involvement. The lives of many of our youth were enriched by the college, Wekiva
and SEEK scholarships offered. The FFGC Tropical Short Course was well attended
both years with members able to Tri-Refresh in 2012. Our club members are working
diligently to have many petitions signed for the Constitutional amendment for the
2014 FL ballot on Water and Land Legacy.
        The public was treated to wonderful flower shows, horticultural days, plant sales,
garden fests and Arbor Day celebrations. The new NGC short award application was
greeted enthusiastically with many award applications. District meeting attendance
has steadily increased and although 2 small clubs voted to dissolve and one to resign
from the Federation, our existing clubs are all growing and new clubs are forming
and being nurtured to become viable federated club. The Jensen Beach Garden Club
is joining the Federation and the Covered Bridge Garden Club is in the formation
stages with the aim of becoming Federated.
  The overnight trip to attend the Marathon and Key West garden tours was a unique
District X experience—not to be forgotten.
        In conclusion, A WARM WELCOME is offered by Terrific Ten to our
incoming Director, Emilie Palmieri. Please join me in this welcome at our Spring
District meeting, April 12 and at our Annual Convention, April 29, 30 in Ft. Myers.
Registration information for the District meeting and the FFGC link to the state
Convention can be found on our web site www.districtx.org.
An invite from                               St Lucie West GC presents annual
Director Elect                               Fashion Show to large audience
Emilie Palmieri
  You are all cordially invited to join me
at the spring 2013 District Meeting,
Friday, April 12, 2013 at Breakers
West Country Club. You will have the
opportunity to meet our new 2013-
2015 Executive Board:
Assistant Director: Donna Sereno
    Jupiter Tequesta Garden Club
Recording Secretary: June Beers
    Garden Club of Ft. Pierce
Corresponding Secretary: Patty Moum
    Boca Raton Garden Club
Treasurer: Li Roberts,
    Garden Club of Stuart
Parliamentarian: Jo Ann Guise,
    Boca Raton Garden Club
Chaplain: Jane Mills
    Garden Club of Stuart
                                                 The St Lucie West Garden Club held their annual Fashion Show on Feb 7th
   You may think this is just another
                                             with over 90 in attendance. The Valentine Extravaganza was a fun-filled event with
meeting; well, it is not! Our hostess
                                             lots of door prizes, interesting raffle baskets, great food and vendors that included
club, the Wellington Garden Club,
                                             the sale of bromeliads, garden art made from upcycled found materials, cement
promises to make this meeting
                                             leaves, jams and jellies.
distinctive, interesting and entertaining.
                                               The tables were decorated with the valentine theme of a gold painted heart made
Their theme is “Wild and Wonderful”
                                             from the robellini palm and plant material from member’s gardens. The proceeds
and I dare anyone attending to not have
                                             will help send children to Camp Wekiva this summer.
a fun-filled day.
     I hope you will consider attending
our annual FFGC Convention held              Town and Country GC of Lake Worth
in Ft Myers on April 28-30, 2013. It         designs and plants Meditative Garden
would be so nice to see your friendly
                                             The TCGC of Lake Worth’s Butterflies/      be refined with additioan plants, such
faces during my installation as your new
                                             Birds Committee deserves applause for      as milkweed, porter weed and broad
District X Director. “Gardens are for
                                             designing and planting a Meditative        leaf crown of thorns from the TCGC
Sharing” I hope you will share this with
                                             Garden at the First Congregational         members and friends.
me.
                                             Church, where the Clubs holds their
Emilie Palmieri
                                             monthly meetings. The design uses the      The Committee who designed and
District X Director Elect
                                             existing fountain and brick-outlined       planted includes: Susan Coates, Chair;
Boca Raton Garden Club
                                             cross. The plants are hosts, as well as    Norma Corso; Jane Greene, and Martha
                                             a food supply to attract butterflies and   Weinberg.
                                             birds.
                                                                                        The project will encourage the church’s
                                             The design combines plants and             members and others to learn about
                                             flowering shrubs. The initial plantings    butterflies and to protect the life and
                                             included, plumbago, butterfly bush,        well-being of this fragile creature.
                                             shrimp plant, red and white crown of
                                             thorns. Phase One will continue to
Boynton Beach GC learns, lunches and loves bus tour!
On a gorgeous day in February a bus 	
                                                banks of the St. Lucie River. The gardens
full of enthusiastic BBGC nature lovers                                               are only 2 years old and are managed
headed for the Indian River Lagoon. We                                                and operated by Friends of the Port St.
climbed aboard a boat whose captain                                                   Lucie Botanical Gardens. Volunteers
is a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist                                                provide hands-on daily oversight of
and toured the lagoon, learning about                                                 the facility, including staffing. Within
the ecology, including the affects of                                                 the 20 +/- acres, specific volunteers
development and fertilizer, and in awe                                                maintain each garden room: orchids,
of the beauty. The lagoon is composed                                                 butterflies, succulents, native plants,
of several river systems, and extends                                                 bromeliads, bamboo, rare fruit, and
approximately 156 miles, from the Ponce through the Lagoon seasonally. Between        roses. We were fortunate to have Joleen
de León Inlet in Volusia to the Jupiter 200 and 800 Bottlenose dolphins               King and Connie Lydon of Rio Lindo
Inlet in Palm Beach. varying between .5 normally live there.                          Garden Club as our docents. What a
and 5 miles wide, and averaging 3 feet                                                wonderful day!
deep. It is North America’s most diverse After a delicious lunch we headed for
estuary, spawning ground and home to the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens.            To learn more about the gardens,
thousands of animals and plants. A large These beautiful and serene gardens           check the website: http://www.
manatee population lives or migrates include wetlands and mangroves on the            pslbotanicalgardens.org/index.html

Boca Raton GC hits grand slam by hosting four
fundraising events since beginning of the year!
  The Boca Raton Garden Club hit             container and, most impressively,           And, finally, club members went on
a grand slam by hosting four hugely          individually decorated cupcakes!         a personalized, docent-led museum
successful fundraising events since            Customers were lined up around         tour at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
January 2013.                                the block waiting for the Treasures/     Close to 40 BRGC members and their
    Nearly 80 BRGC members and               Plant Sale to open on March 2, 2013.     guests attended “IMPACT: 50 Years
their guests attended a Fashion Show         Record-breaking sales were reached       of the Council of Fashion Designers
and Luncheon on January 18, 2013.            for both the rummage and plant sales.    of America” organized by Co-Chairs
Professional models from five                                                                 Evangeline Lewis and Barbara
exclusive boutiques graced our                                                                Minsky. This spectacular exhibit
stage showing this year’s latest                                                              features clothing and accessories
fashions and accessories. Co-                                                                 created by the most influential
Chairs Connie Aiello and Loretta                                                              fashion designers of the last half-
Proia coordinated this wonderfully                                                            century
enjoyable afternoon with the help                                                                   In addition, the BRGC is
of Chef Emilie Palmieri and                                                                   holding the first six units of the
Baker Jean McGrath.                                                                           FFGC Floral Design Study Series
  Next up was a Bunco Party held                                                              from January – March 2013 with
on February 15, 2013 which was                                                                30 students participating. The
attended by over 60 people. Raffle prizes    Clothing, jewelry, small appliances      club is hosting the series in anticipation
consisting of plants and gift certificates   and other household items sold like      of its 2014 Flower Show.
were donated by local nurseries and          hotcakes inside the clubhouse while in         The club also held its second
merchants.                                   the gardens happy customers came away    Orientation session of the season in
   The Bunco-themed decorations              with orchids, bromeliads, herbs and      February 2013 due to the installation of
included dice in many variations – from      whimsical outdoor accessories. Photos    25 new members since October 2012.
the gigantic decorative cubes (pictured      and interviews of the event were also          It’s an exciting time to be a Boca
below with Co-Chairs Leslie Zimmer           published in the Sun-Sentinel’s “Boca    Raton Garden Club member!
and Charlotte Lewis,) to the centerpiece     Raton Forum” newspaper.
                                     	
  
Wellington Garden Club celebrates National Garden Week
                                                                                                   seed germination cups made
Every year National Garden
                                                                                                   from recycled newspaper
Week is celebrated in June.
                                                                                                   and other recycling projects
Since many of our members are
                                                                                                   the club has undertaken.
seasonal, and not here in June, we
                                                                                                   On       Wednesday,        the
celebrate our National Garden
                                                                                                   Equestrian Trails Elementary
Week earlier.
                                                                                                   Environmental Club planted
                                                                                                   a butterfly garden, and
  The celebration began with
                                                                                                   additional plantings were
Bob Margolis, the Mayor
                                                                                                   done in the butterfly garden at
of Wellington, reading a
                                                                                                   Wellington Landings Middle
proclamation declaring the week
                                                                                                   School. The Environmental
of February 24 – March 2, 2013
                                                                                                   Club from Palm Beach
Wellington Garden Club Week.
                                                                                                   Central High School planted
  A Horticultural Day and Plant
                                                                                                   native gaillardia, and weeded
Sale was held at the amphitheatre.          just for us. We were able to select from
                                                                                         and spruced up the native plant garden
The walkways were adorned with              many miniature flower pots, baskets,
                                                                                         they developed at the entrance to the
beautiful plants for sale, and there was    silk flowers, and foliage for our designs.
                                                                                         Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Refuge
a long list of people waiting to get a      We made 11 floral designs which were
                                                                                         on Flying Cow Road.             Member,
5 minute makeover from landscape            delivered around the community and to
                                                                                         Roxanne Henry, representing the
designer Pamela Crawford, who just          last year’s garden tour sponsors to thank
                                                                                         Wellington Garden Club, was honored
moved back to this area from Georgia.       them for their support.
                                                                                         with the Partners in Education award
  Several members spent a fun day                  Our Junior and High School
                                                                                         for her dedication and hard work
making miniature flower carts. Our          Garden Clubs were active participants
                                                                                         helping the Wellington High School’s
instructor, Alice Zinn, has been            in Wellington Garden Week. The
                                                                                         Environmental and Science Clubs
designing and handcrafting miniatures       Wellington Landings Middle School
                                                                                         renovate the 30-year old landscaping at
for private collections and museums         Environmental Club fifth grade students
                                                                                         the entrance of the school.
since 1978, and designed a workshop         had a display at the plant sale featuring


A personal thank-you from Carol L. Hall
  As many of you might know Alex and        your support during my terms as Vice         azaleas are early this year, but this latest
I have moved to Tallahassee. Hopefully      Presidents, and everyone was terrific        cold spell has put a stop to the early
this will be our last move, I never knew    and even more supportive during my           spring. The good thing is the grass isn’t
I had so much stuff.                        term as President. “Tropical Treasures”      growing.
   You, the members of District X, have     and “Shrunken Treasures” were the best           I grew up in the Tallahassee area
been very important in my Garden Club       Convention and Flower Show ever. The         and look forward to reconnecting with
life. Boots Bush and the West Palm          entire district supported both, and it       family, many nieces, nephews and their
Beach Garden Club gave me my start          meant so much to me to have you all as       children.
and enthusiasm. Thank all of you.           just great friends.                            Call 850-402-3057 or stop by 7614
   My first duties for the district were        I thank all the Flower Show Judges       White Fence Lane, Tallahassee, FL
helping with Tropical Short Course          who have helped and inspired me to be        32311 if you are in the area. My e-mail
and later I became its Chairman. I          a better judge.                              (clinnhall@mindspring.com) is the
think TSC is the best program FFGC            I will be joining the Tallahassee Garden   same so let me know what is going on in
and we have to offer. Thank all you that    Club and hopefully will continue to          the district and your clubs.
worked hard and continue to make this       see many of you at State Board and           Thank you again Terrific Ten for
such a success. We must keep TSC in         Conventions.                                 teaching and supporting me as a Garden
the district, and that means a chairman     Alex and I have to learn another way         Club Member.
needs to step up every two years.           of gardening! Right now our azaleas
   I can’t thank all of you enough for      and camellias are in full bloom. The                 Carol L. Hall
 The Amazon                                                      Garden Club Calendar
                                                                  District X 2013
 Connection                                  MARCH
                                             Friday, March 15
    Dear District Directors and FFGC           *Applications to Emily Kane for Landscapes nominations for
Board Members, your support of the               Unsolicited Awards in your community to be awarded at District X
Amazon Associates Agreement with                 meeting on April 12
amazon.com has been very gratifying.           *NGC award applications due for “Protecting Our Aquatic Ecosystems”
I cannot thank you enough for your               3 pages--www.gardenclub.org
attention to this worthwhile program.            Go to Projects--Presidents Projects
FFGC has made over $1,500 since I            Tuesday and Wed. March 19-20
became Website Promotion Chairman,              *Gardening Studies, Course II in Ft. Lauderdale
and we would not have attained that          Wednesday March 20
success without your help.                      *Deadline for $30 Spring District X meeting reservation (after
       We must contine to encourage          March                20, reservation goes up to $35)
our membership to be sure all their          Sat. and Sun. March 23-24
purchases are made through FFGC’s                *GC of Stuart’s Flower Show and Garden Fest
link to amazon.com. Also we need to          Sun. March 24-27
continue to bring more members on                *Deep South Convention in Savannah, GA
board along with their relatives and
friends to make perchases in this way.       APRIL
    Are you aware of Amazon’s Prime          Monday, April 1
Membership? For just $79 per year, it            *Deadline for emailing your ONE page award applications for the
is possible to become an Amazon Prime             following NGC’s Plantings for Public and Special Places
Member which proides you with very                www.gardenclub.org Projects
useful benefits. Amazon offers:                  *Gardening with Edibles be sure to copy barbarahadsell@cs.com to be
  * A one month free trial membership             eligible for a special $100 FFGC TriCouncil award
   *FREE two-day shipping on millions             Container Gardens, Trees and Shrubs--all your Arbor Day, Habitat
of items                                          Landscaping, Blue Star Memorial gardens, etc. come under this
   *No minimum order size                         project category.
   *Unlimited instant streaming of           Friday, April 12
thousands of movies and TV shows                 *District X Spring Meeting at Breakers West, WPB, hosted by
with Prime Instant Videos.                        Wellington GC
    *A Kindle book to borrow for free        Monday April 15
each month from the Kindle Owners’               * FFGC Convention registration deadline www.ffgc.org under Events
Lending Library.                             Friday, Sat. April 19,20
   My wife and I have recently become           * Ft. Lauderdale Flower Show
Prime Members and my wife has                Sunday, April 28-30
already downloaded a free Kindle book           * FFGC Convention Sanibel Resort, Ft. Myers
to read. What I really enjoy is the FREE
Two Day shipping with no minimum
order for anything fulfilled by Amazon.
                                            through amazon.com is easy, enjoyable,
( Please note! This does not apply to
                                            safe, and most of all - FFGC benefits.
their 3rd party sellers.)
                                               Please do not hesitate to contact me
   With Spring approaching and Easter
                                            if you have any questions about the
the end of March. please get the word out
                                            Amazon Program. Thanks
to remember FFGC’s Amazon Program
for purchases. I was surprised to learn
                                            Al Latina (alatina1@tampabay.rr.com
Amazon sells Easter candy!
    I’ll close with my usual. Purchasing
Garden Club of Fort Pierce wants Town and Country
to share the beauty              GC raises money at
Our theme this year is: It’s a Beautiful
Thing! With that in mind, here are
                                            arrangements to Hospice.
                                            containers were recycled glass from
                                                                                The       Hard Rock Casino
some activities we are sharing with our     tall votive candles. A lot of love went          Town and Country Garden Club,
community.                                  into cleaning those containers, and it        Lake Worth, actively participated in the
                                            was our pleasure to send the beautiful        District “X” Tropical Short Course at
Hospice Activities Are Growing              arrangements to the patients at our Fort      Mounts Botanical Gardens at the end of
    In 2007, with then President Anna       Pierce Hospice facility wishing them a        January and shared in the horticultural
Yanaros at the helm, our club laid the      very “Happy Valentines Day”!                  education with other members.
groundwork for the now established                                                          A successful rummage sale at the First
butterfly garden at Treasure Coast Please join us for Plants in the                       Congregational Church in February
Hospice in Ft. Pierce. Although Anna Park!                                                earned some dollars for the Wekiva
left our earthly garden in December, we                                                   Campers, and the TCGC members
                                               Mark your calendar: April 27 will be
know she would be proud to see the a terrific day to wander through shady                 worked for two days sorting and selling
growth!                                                                                   lost and found treasures from attics and
                                                            Glidden Park, home of
           GCFP                                                                           garages.
                                                            The Garden Club of Fort
Tr e a s u r e r /                                                                          Also a fund raiser to the Hard Rock
                                                            Pierce. This day will be
Master Gardener                                                                           Casino in January added to the coffers
                                                            perfect for sharing a
Coleen Rodeffer                                                                           for the 2012-13 year. Not only did the
                                                            garden of information
has          been                                                                         Club earn money for scholarship, but
                                                            plus excellent shopping
heading        our                                                                        some members won $’s, too!
                                                            provided by local non-
talented team,                                                                               The Club shared in the joy and
                                                            profit plant related
progressing from                                                                          appreciation at the Habitat for
                                                            groups.
maintaining the                                                                           Humanity’s dedication of five additional
                                                              Maybe you’ll need an
butterfly garden                                                                          new homes in Lake Worth. The wishes
                                                            Orchid or African Violet
to planning for GCFP/Hospice Garden Committee                                             and dreams of the families were fulfilled,
                                                            for a Mother’s Day gift.
an       expanded Standing: MarilynWaugh-                                                 and the TCGC donated garden hoses to
                                                           Maybe you’ll want some
garden.              Stinnette, Georgia Davis, Mary                                       help cultivate further growth.
                                                           colorful Caladiums, native
      Along with Jane Mazzarelli, and Sara Dale.
                     Seated: Syliva Krchnak, Robin         plants or fruit trees to add
                                                                                            Looking forward to the Camp Wekiva
Robin Pelensky, Pelensky-ASLA and Coleen Rodeffer to your collection. Maybe               week away, our campers are eager to
Landscape                                                                                 attend the state park to further their
                                                           you’ll have some thorny
Architect,Master                                                                          experiences with nature conservation
                                                           plant issues or specific
Gardener and member of Indian River palm growing questions. Or maybe you                  measures. Our TCGC members look
Garden Club, our team recently toured just like watching things grow and want             forward to meeting the young people.
both Martin County and Treasure Cost to support community projects.
Hospice Butterfly Gardens, plus June           If any of the above thoughts apply to
Beers’ garden, researching concepts for you, then Plants in the Park is the place
garden design and techniques ideal for to be. Share the beauty of gardening
butterfly plants.                           on Saturday, April 27th, in the shade of
  Our Phase 1 project goal is to present the palms!
the plans to Hospice in March followed
by planting in the beginning of April. Time: 10:00 - 2:00
Phase 2, the remainder of the House Location: Garden Club of Fort Pierce,
Area, will begin at a later date.                      Glidden Park
   All involved are enjoying the sharing               911 Parkway Drive
process of planning and working                        (Georgia Ave. and 10th St.)
together.                                              Fort Pierce, FL
    In addition, on February 13, club
members delivered a dozen floral
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