Garden Club of DeLand   865 South Alabama Avenue * DeLand, FL 32724  * 386-624-6960

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The Garden Club of DeLand wishes you a Happy New Year!

January 4, 2018      6  PM
Program:  Paul Garfinkle
Accessory: Something Green from your Garden
Design: Plant of the Month

Host, Greeters & Door Prizes: Firecracker Circle

The native plant landscaped and designated “Florida-Friendly Yard” of Roger and Genna Wangsness at 341 W. Wisconsin Ave. is the Garden Club of DeLand’s December Garden of the Month.
    Blooming pink wispy muhly grass and beauty berry plants with their deep purple berries are under planted with dune sunflowers and pink flowering sunshine mimosa. Fire bushes flanking the sides of the paved entry give stability and visual balance leading to the house and curved reclaimed concrete paths lead through the casual garden. Two older camellias full of buds help give a grounded feel. Coonties along the paths give continuity and structure and low growing purple wandering jew lend pops of color. Tall shell gingers, peacock gingers and two types of mondo grass flank the sides of the house.
    A wooden deck gives a shaded relaxing spot in which to view the Zen style back yard. A light bedecked pergola, koi ponds and pea gravel walkways enhance the calm feel. A knot style garden for herbs and vegetables in the sun allows ample planting area. Large bamboo stands and tall porter weed plants give height and a strong, warm sense of enclosure.
    Built in 1921 with materials and plans from the Sears Catalog, the Wangsness home continues its honest, down to earth roots with a colorful and easy to care for landscaping. 97% of the plants are Florida natives which require less water, fertilizer and maintenance. In 2008, the garden became certified as a “Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation and as a “Florida-Friendly Yard” by the University of Florida and Volusia County extension center.
    The Wangness’ have proven that environmentally sensitive native planted gardens can have strong curb appeal all year round as well as provide a home and food for our native creatures. Even mere blocks from the heart of DeLand.

Become a Florida-Friendly Yard/National Wildlife Habitat

 Florida Native Yards

 National wildlife habitats 

Newsletter Archives from 2016 - 2017

Gabby Gardener
Our Garden Club Newsletter
2017 - 2018

Monthly Maintenance Schedule

Sensory Garden


June Sunflower

July Rose

Aug. Marigold

Sept. Blue Sage

Oct.  Daisy

Nov. Firecracker

Dec. Marigold

2017 - 2019 Garden Club Circle Presidents

*see Membership Page to learn more about each Circle

Blue Sage - Ruth Moorman
Daisy - Peggy Ferrera & Valerie Seinfeld
Firecracker- Julia Neumann & Susanna Trittschuh
Marigold - Betsy Dieguez & Shanda Hebert​
Magnolia - Elaine Waidelich
Pansy - Joyce Fisher & Penny Smith
Rose - Judy Maurer
Sparkleberry -Eve Sckolnik

Garden of the Month

Jennifer Stone, Chair

National Garden Club, Inc.
Mission Statement
“National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.”
     The Garden Club of DeLand supports the above mission by bringing to the forefront outstanding gardens in DeLand, FL. area and awarding the “Garden of the Month” to deserving homeowners. Educating our members on the month to month care of their own gardens.

Downtown DeLand Planters

Ongoing Project:" Beautifying DeLand One Seed at a Time"

October  2017 "Planting it Pink" in Downtown DeLand in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Twice a year in November and May the 68 container gardens, in which 15 of these are pedestals and are replanted by all the Garden Club Circles in November and May. One Saturday out of the month, a group of volunteers, from the Garden Club meet to weed, tweak, and evaluate the condition of each container garden. All month long as time allows each Garden Club Circle checks on their assigned containers. Diana Bitler, Master Gardener: Chair

Penny Pines Project:

The Garden Club of DeLand joins with the National Garden Club and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs by collecting money to help with the reforestation/forest education program.  Just your pennies will help reforestation in Florida’s most damaged National and State Forests.  For just $68, your District, Club and Circle can help to purchase and plant trees in Osceola National and John Bethea State Forest which have had over 11,000 acres destroyed by the Okefenokee fires in 2010 and 2011.  The US Forest Service is trying to reforest 250 to 500 acres per year to replace trees destroyed in these fires.

Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden was designed for people to explore and enjoy with all senses (touch, taste, smell, sight and sound) located in Bill Dreggors Park-230 North Stone Street, DeLand, Fl. on the site of the historic Old DeLand Memorial Hospital, which is now a museum about the hospital. The Park also includes a playground and a hiking trail, as well as a lovely little butterfly garden that includes a self-guided tour. The sensory components of the garden were included for the visually and physically challenged. Upon the Sensory Garden’s completion the Garden Club of DeLand dedicated the garden on June 8, 1998. Members of the garden club regularly maintain the Sensory Garden, as an ongoing project.

Karen Hall- Chair

Garden Club of DeLand Officers 2017 - 2019

President - Elaine Waidelich
1st Vice President - Barbara Willey
2nd Vice President - Janie Owens
Recording Secretary - Evelyn Kelsea
Corresponding Secretary - Suzanne Locke
Treasurer - Sharon Gullett

Garden Club of DeLand
Garden Brick Pathway 

Remember your Garden Club members, Veterans, loved ones, special events and years of service with this everlasting tribute. Download form and order today!

"Plant, Bloom, Grow With Us"

"Beautifying DeLand One Seed at a Time"

 "Plant America"

Organized in 1925 - Federated 1927

Club Flower- Day Lily

Members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and

 Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Inc.


Susan Altom
Diana Bitler
Debra Gaffney

Margaret Gillen

Karen Hall
Peggy Mault
Anita McFeeters

Joan Richardson

Marilyn Thomas

Norma Thomas

Sue Thurmond

Susanna Trittschuh

Valerie Seinfeld

Lisa Schnetzer

Nancy Stafford

Elaine Waidelich 

Marti Walker

Barbara Willey

Hall of Fame

Karen Hall

Elaine Waidelich

Barbara Willey

Master Judge
Mrs. Richard Waidelich (Magnolia)

Mrs. Georgia Kirby (Magnolia)

Barbara Willey (Magnolia) 

Emeritus Judge
Mrs. John Hall (Rose)

FFGC Life Members

Mrs Taffy Branham  Marigold Circle
Mrs. Gerard Ferrara  Daisy Circle
Mrs. John Hall  Rose Circle
Mrs. Richard Waidelich  Magnolia Circle
Mrs. John Trittschuh  Firecracker
Mrs. Georgia Kirby  Magnolia Circle

Mrs. Susan Osterhout Rose Circle

Mrs. Janie Owens Magnolia Circle
Mrs. Joan Richardson  Daisy Circle

Mrs. Valerie Seinfeld Daisy Circle
Mrs. Mary Jane Welch  Daisy Circle
Mrs. Barbara Willey  Magnolia Circle
Mrs. Judy Maurer  Rose/Magnolia Circle

Mrs. Susan Osterhout  Rose Circle

NGC Life Members

Mrs. John Hall  Rose Circle
Mrs. Richard Waidelich  Magnolia Circle

Deep South Region Life Members

Mrs. John Hall  Rose Circle
Mrs. Richard Waidelich  Magnolia Circle

The Garden Club of DeLand is a member of National Garden Clubs. Who is National Garden Clubs? This video showcases many of their programs and activities.  Join a NGC garden club today and be part of something bigger! Watch this video and learn about the value of being a Garden Club Member.

As a Member of a Garden Club you receive

"The Florida Gardener" 4 times a year.  

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

​Mission Statement:
To further the education of the members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, botany, floral design, landscape design, environmental awareness through the conservation of the natural resources, civic beautification, nature studies, and to instill in our youth the love of gardening and the respect and protection of the environment.

Celebrating our 90th year!

Pink Diamond Garden Club with the

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

​Federated in 1927

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January Magnolia

February Blue Sage

March Rose

April Daisy

May Firecracker

June Sparkleberry

July Sparkleberry

Aug. Pansy

Sept. Magnolia

National Garden Club, Inc. Mission Statement
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Garden Club of DeLand's Mission Statement:  

To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association, to protect the quality of the environment, field of conservation, and civic improvement. General meetings are held September through May on the first Thursday of the month at 9:00am (with the exception of October, January and April which are at 6:00pm) If mornings do not work for you, don’t worry. Each circle offers their own monthly meetings with some meeting in the evening for those working individuals. With eight circles, you are bound to find one that matches your interests and schedule.