ELWD ECHO October 2020

Hi Garden Club Members,

I’ve attached the now electronically available for all, Washington Garden & Design; I always love the Horticulture articles by Ellen Rector.   Check out all the ELWD info below. If you register for the Zoom program, you’ll get the invite a couple days before the event; sign up if you think you’re interested and receive the invite – if you decide not to take part, just don’t link up – it’s all okay.   Jon Throne has become a favorite of many of us and it will be interesting to see how his enthusiastic in person presentations translate via Zoom – think we’re in for a treat. We’ve also included a message from Alison Johnson with a free program offer for your club; those of you who Zoomed with us last time enjoyed one of her presentations. I’ve seen some of her other ones and they’re all good.

Stay safe – mask up and socially distance, and PLEASE VOTE

Joyce Voldal, ELWD Mailout Chairman


Save the Date: November 16, 1:00 PM via Zoom

Have we (ELWD) got a treat for YOU!

Jon Throne will regale us with stories and holiday designs at 1:00 PM via Zoom
Register by November 10 with Elaine Fowler at efowler207@aol.com
Elaine will send out the Zoom link by November 14.
Jon owns Countryside Floral in Issaquah on Gilman Blvd and The Royal Bee in Covington WA.

Do you know? Your ELWD nominating committee will begin searching for District officers for the 2021-23 term after Thanksgiving 2020. The slate will be presented at the January meetings with voting in February. Got officer suggestions??? Please contact Lana: lanafinegold@msn.com or Marti:  martib1@earthlink.net  or Elaine: efowler207@aol.com

Notes on the Washington Garden & Design attachment

Do open it and pay special attention to page 4 . Awards begin on page 6 and continue to page 9. Normally we would receive awards at convention. Several clubs are listed as well as our District. Page 10 is where the design section begins and horticulture information is on pages 14 & 15.


Forgot to order a calendar and need some for gifts? Not to worry. A limited supply of the fantastic 2021 Vision of Beauty calendar is available at $5 each. Contact Lana Finegold or June Ann Hassebroek, juneannhas@aol.com


Woodsy Owl is turning 40 in 2021. To celebrate, all posters must feature Woodsy Owl with his message, “Lend a Hand—Care for the Land.” Entries are due to District Chairman Lana Finegold by December 10. Students from K-5th grade are eligible. Email Lana at lanafinegold@msn.com for more information. There were no entries from our District in this contest last year. So please encourage children you know to enter. If you Google Woodsy Owl Poster Contest, you’ll find more information and pictures of winning entries from other years.


Huge THANKS to Carol Galea our ELWD Arbor Day chairman. Because of Carol, ELWD received a sizeable grant from WSFGC. Due to COVID our April Arbor day was postponed and BBG is still not allowed to have work parties. However, the BBG crew will plant a Western Hemlock between the new trail at the Native Discovery Garden and the friendship circle. Nancy Kartes will take pictures of the planting and your Director Team will share those pictures. Planting should happen sometime in November.


ELWD congratulates the following garden clubs for reaching these longevity milestones and for service to their communities. YOU make us proud.

  • Hilltoppers   60 years
  • Terra Tillers   60 years   
  • Willowmoor  35 years

Lana Finegold has the three certificates for the clubs above.

Congratulations to all ELWD Clubs for paying District and State dues on time. If you need anything, call or email Lana , Marti or Elaine. Your Director team is here for you.


Marcus Weichel, grandson of Joy Jackson, Issaquah Garden Club and our ELWD Recording Secretary, won the ELWD pollinator poster contest and his poster was sent to WSFGC where it placed second. See his poster of page 19 of the attached publication.


A Life on this Planet: David Attenborough narrates this 130 minute documentary movie on Netflix focusing on the changes in plant and animal life from David’s early career travel to now.

The Gardener: Garden genius Frank Cabot and his wife Anna P. Cabot developed property in Canada-Les Quatra Vents. This Amazon Prime film is awesome featuring his garden’s history, many garden rooms and at the end of the 154 minute film, we see the plants with their Latin names on screen. His family and others provide the commentary.

ELWD Calendar 2021

January 12 & 13:Gardening School via ZOOM co-sponsored by NGC.
January 18  ELWD Exec 1:00 – 3:00 Zoom
January 25  ELWD Board meeting 1:00 – 3:00 Zoom
February 22  ELWD General Membership programs Zoom : do let us know what format you would like. Perhaps two 45 minute programs with a 10 minute meeting since we need to vote on new officers. 10 am start, 45 minute horticulture program, 10 minute meeting, 45 minute design program or 10 am start with a one hour horticulture program followed by election of new officers or whatever you tell us you want. Marti, Elaine Fowler and I want to hear from YOU.


Be sure to visit our ELWD website: https://elwd.org 

Also, the NGC website has been revised: https://gardenclub.org

Pacific Region website also has a wealth of information: www.pacificregiongardenclubs.org


My name is Alison Johnson and I am Co-President of Northwest Perennial Alliance.  I am looking to promote NPA with a presentation on ‘Virtual Tours of NPA Gardens 2020” to fellow garden groups via Zoom. I am happy to present this talk free, to any of your garden groups as its membership renewal time for NPA and we are hoping to attract new members.  I know you can appreciate that with so many of the usual promotional avenues closed to us we are hoping to get the word out about our non-profit group to other garden groups. The talk is a PowerPoint and video clips of the gardens that were open to NPA members this year, because of the pandemic we videoed and made then made available via Vimeo to our members. I then complied a few favorite videos added some plant picks and recommendations from each garden and created an entertaining talk that I think your members will really enjoy and then want to join NPA! The best way to contact me is email: ajohnson.npa@gmail.com

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