November Garden of the Month

A beautiful example of a layered and mass planted garden is owned by Karen James of 640 Lake Drive in DeLand. Like many gardens of this type, hers was born out of necessity. The house, located atop a steep slope with a great deal of road exposure, posed two basic problems for Karen. The first was erosion and the second was privacy.

Unable to grow grass due to the shade from numerous oaks, Karen began the mass planting of azaleas to serve as the garden’s anchor. Today they number more than 500. Planting in clusters and drifts which overlap and interlock, the effect is one of harmony and cohesion. Punctuating the masses of azaleas are philodendrons which add interest due to the change in texture, color and leaf size.

From the road, one can see the vertical and horizontal layering and repeating patterns which visually connect the garden. The lower front areas, some planted with grass, liriope and and agapanthus, provide quiet places for the eye to rest. Then rising in height, variations come in through the color of loropetalum and the rounded shapes of ligustrum.

By planting in masses and layers, Karen solved her lot’s inherent problems in such a way that has created a rich tapestry of textures and shapes.

Elements of a Layered and Mass Planted Garden

Plants in a series of layers: short in front moving to medium and tall
Use anchor plants that can be counted on for evergreen foliage in each spatial layer
Blocks of color and texture
No straight lines, rather drifts and clusters that overlap and touch each other avoiding gaps Lower level contains restful spots for the eye

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's Mission Statement is 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 March 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 ten circles, you are bound to find one that matches your interests and schedule.

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.

Newsletter Archives from 2014-2015

Gabby Gardener
Our Garden Club Newsletter

Monthly Maintenence Schedule

Sensory Garden


July Sparkleberry

Aug. Rose

Sept. Magnolia

Oct.  Daisy

Nov. Blue Sage

Dec. Magnolia

2015 - 2017 Garden Club Circle Presidents

*see Membership Page to learn more about each Circle

Blue Sage - Ruth Moorman
Daisy - Marti Walker
Firecracker -Sara Zollinger
Magnolia - Elaine Waidelich
Marigold - Sharon Causey, Pauline Fenner
Pansy - Fran Strawn, Eleanor Griffin
Rose -  Susan Altom
Sparkleberry - Jennifer Condo
Sunflower - Alex Andrews

Garden of the Month

Jennifer Stone, Chair

The Garden Club of DeLand will feature local gardens in the city of DeLand.

Downtown DeLand Planters

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

October  2015 "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 2015 - 2017

Judy Maurer: President
Susan Osterhout: First Vice President
Othal Deshazo: Second Vice President

Anita McFeeters: Recording Secretary

Jennifer Condo: Corresponding Secretary
Karen Hall: Treasurer

Memorial Walk Brick Pathway to our Arbor.

Remember your Garden Club members and loved ones with this everlasting tribute.

"The Garden of Inspiration"

"Beautifying DeLand One Seed at a Time"

 Making a World of Difference - Choices Matter

Organized in 1925 - Federated 1927

Club Flower- Day Lily

Members of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Region, and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Inc

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

December 3, 2015 General Meeting   9 am

Program - Holiday Flowers

Accessory- Wearable ornament

Design - Holiday Arrangements for Auction by our own Designers

Hostesses and Greeters: Magnolia Circle