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

Newsletter Archives from 2015-2016

Gabby Gardener
Our Garden Club Newsletter

Monthly Maintenence Schedule

Sensory Garden


July Sparkleberry

Aug. Marigold

Sept. Blue Sage

Oct.  Firecracker

Nov. Magnolia

Dec. Pansy

2016 - 2017 Garden Club Circle Presidents

*see Membership Page to learn more about each Circle

Blue Sage - Ruth Moorman
Daisy - Peggy Ferrara, Valerie Seinfeld
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  2016 "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 2016 - 2017

Susan Osterhout: President
Betsy Dieguez: First Vice President
Othal DeShazo: Second Vice President

Anita McFeeters: Recording Secretary

Sharon Gullett: 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 the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Region, and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Inc


January Sparkleberry

February Marigold

March Rose

April Daisy

May Firecracker

June Sunflower

July Rose

August Marigold

September Blue Sage

The Garden Club of DeLand’s September Garden of the Month is the home of Karen Burgess at 1637 Bent Oaks Boulevard.
Plants arranged in staggered blocks of color, size and texture fill Burgess’ garden beds which flow in an undulating pattern around her corner lot. Giant fern, purple loropetalum and pink petunias are staggered along beds interspersed with tricolored jasmine, oyster plants, and pink Mexican petunias. Cannas, a giant milkweed and oak, green ash and magnolia trees provide vertical interest.
Mindful of nature and its role in the home garden, Burgess began by removing most of the front yard grass and working in sections, utilized the mantra “right plant, right place”. Now a stream flowing with ground covers, small trees, fire bushes and drift roses provide not only a sense of enclosure but nesting places for birds, food and safety for zebra long wing butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Inviting garden paths and beds are filled with eco-friendly renewable pine straw.
The back and side yards continue the flowing lines and curved paths offering shaded nooks with seating and adorned with topical staghorn fern, spider lilies and gingers. Sunny areas sport wildlife attracting dwarf abelia, sweet almond and jatropha.
Thoughtful plant decisions and plant placement along with an eye for color, line and texture, give this lush informal and all season garden a health balance of beauty, wildlife sanctuary and curb appeal.
Flowing lines created with curved plant beds provide movement in this informal garden, while gentle contours with staggered grouping of plants give harmony and undulating rhythm. Blocks of color and texture in the form of purple loropetalum, oyster plants and pink pentas contrast with giant fern small azaleas and cannas. Tricolored jasmine, beach daisies, miniature Mexican petunias, variegated mondo grass perfectly placed give stability and restful places 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.”

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. 

2015 Large Garden Club Website Award Winner

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.

October 6, 2016       6  PM
Program: Bears
Accessory: Animal
Design: Featuring an Animal
Host, Greeters & Door Prizes: Sparkleberry Circle

All are welcome!

If you are thinking about joining the Garden Club this would be a good time to do it. Be our guest.  Use the Membership tab to learn more.

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 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 nine 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.

Diana Bitler
Debra Gaffney

Margaret Gillen

Karen Hall
Peggy Mault
Anita McFeeters

Joan Richardson

Marilyn Thomas

Sue Thurmond

Susanna Trittschuh

Elaine Waidelich

Valerie Seinfeld

Lisa Schnetzer

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. Joan Richardson  Daisy Circle
Mrs. Mary Jane Welch  Daisy Circle
Mrs. Barbara Willey  Magnolia Circle
Mrs. Judy Maurer  Rose/Magnolia 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