Gardening School Course 3 via Zoom

Attached is the Gardening School Brochure. The dead line to register is July 28th 2020.


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Joe Dahlbom Memorial

Memorial from Elawags (East Lake Washington Arrangers Guild) from Linda Oberloh,  (

Joe Dahlbom

Joseph Arthur  Dahlbom Jr.   July 29,1936 – June 27, 2020 Life memberships in WSFGC, Pacific Region, and NGC. Joe was a member of WSFGC for over 50 years. He served as Director of the Evergreen District and president of several garden clubs in that district. He was in ELWD’s Eastside Garden Club and then joined Willowmoor garden club so he could remain in Elawags. He was an active participant in design and arrangers clubs in Evergreen, Greater Seattle, and East Lake Washington districts. He entered designs in other districts as well as in state shows. His living room walls were covered with ribbons and awards from the fair in Monroe Washington. Longtime the ELWD members may remember “Men at Work” and the “Joe Show” programs for our district. He will be missed but remembered for his great designs and his infectious laugh. Joe requested that any donations in his honor go to: ALL ABOARD ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES ACTIVITY PROGRAM, Founded by Marie Waller (Betty Arnold’s daughter – both long time garden club members active in WSFGC, Evergreen and ELWD districts)  Because of present times and conditions any gathering will be postponed for now.

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Ask a Master Gardener on line

        You can now “Ask a Master Gardener” live & online or via email  

The King County Master Gardener Program in-person plant clinics have been suspended for the 2020 season, but you can still reach us with your gardening questions. Reach us live and online with your laptop or cell phone, where you can talk with our trained clinicians.  Bring your questions, and even share images of problems or concerns you’re observing in the garden. 

For instructions to access the Online Clinic, go to Online Clinics operate every Wednesday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. PDT to 1 p.m. PDT, through the 2020 gardening season.

The“Ask a Master Gardener” Email Clinic is also available daily.  Send your messages with questions and photos to or use the form you’ll find online at                 Master Gardener Foundation of King County   Master Gardener Foundation of King County
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ELWD ECHO EXTRA time sensitive – June 2020

ELWD MEMBERS: Here’s information about the Vision of Beauty Calendars (order by 6/21/2020) , some club news and garden items that may interest you.  If you have things you’d like to share in a future email, please let me know.  Lana did the Director’s Message which includes updates on happenings at the National, Regional and State levels of garden clubs.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Joyce Voldal, ELWD Mailout Chairman and VOB order taker  (please respond soon)

 ELWD ECHO EXTRA – June 7, 2020


Dear Club Members

East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs has been unable to meet for a long time now and your Director Team hopes that you and your family are well.  Some of the things our clubs have done during this time are in this Echo Extra.  One thing many members are doing is sharing photos of their garden.  We can take virtual tours or space visitors ten minutes apart or whatever works. With the mostly nice weather, meeting outside can be done with safe spacing of people. And of course virtual meetings via Zoom or whatever means you share, can be effective and grow your groups feeling of being connected.

 Even though we cannot meet in person, there are other ways to maintain contact. Friendship is the cornerstone of our clubs as is sharing knowledge and plants. During this Pandemic Pause, we are learning how to cope and support each other. Lets share ideas that work.

Our ELWD website is filled with things to explore and anchor you during this difficult time. National Garden Clubs postponed the National Convention but NGC is having a Virtual Flower Show in mid June. Pictures will be posted on the NGC website. The rules for the NGC show are posted on the ELWD website.

The Pacific Region Convention has been postponed to August 2021 at the Oregon Garden. The WSFGC Convention was moved from June to late September assuming gatherings are allowed by then. It will be held in Ellensburg WA. For more information on these events, see our ELWD website or call Lana at 425-747-5742.

The state WSFGC magazine and the National magazine are going to be distributed via email from now on. The region has been distributing its WACONIAH magazine electronically for several years now.

I have a perennial garden. If you want free plants, come dig. I always have plants I can share. I can be reached at 425-7475742 and I live in Bellevue at 1414 179th Ave. NE, Bellevue 98008 near Crossroads.

Wishing you all the best on behalf of the ELWD Director Team:  Marti Bolcer (Terra Tillers), Elaine Fowler (West Sammamish) and Lana Finegold (Sherwood Forest).

If you need help, do let us know.

Lana Finegold

Vision of Beauty Calendars

ACTION NEEDED by June 21  (Club Presidents – Please note ordering change from what you were sent earlier)

Vision of Beauty Calendars: It’s time again to order the National Garden Club Vision of Beauty Calendars; they are spiral bound 6″ x 8 1/2″ desk calendars.  The cost is $5  and in an age of electronic calendars, you’ll still find these are useful for floral design inspiration or just to enjoy the talents of those who submitted things. Debbie Spiller, former Hilltoppers Garden Club member, now living in Olympia has her design on the cover.  VOB has beautiful photos and identified plant materials.   Many members save their collection of these calendars. 

Note from June Ann Hassebroek re Vision of Beauty Calendars:  (in case you don’t know June Ann, she is our lead cheerleader for all things garden club) 

These lovely calendars make great Public Relations items.  The story inside the cover about the purpose of our organization, the lovely emotion inducing designs and gardens should inspire anyone to want to learn what our organization shares. Clubs could consider buying to give to the people that come to give club programs.  Maybe give them to leaders in other garden or design or environmental groups.  This calendar is an amazing buy and a great keepsake, I probably have about 30 I’ve saved over the years.

To order a calendar, please email Joyce Voldal,  (if you receive the ECHO EXTRA directly from Joyce all you have to do is “reply” with how many you would like.  You don’t have to prepay, money will be collected prior to distribution which usually happens after the Fall State Board Meeting. Please respond by June 21.


Woodinville Garden Club – Online Plant Sale Success   (report by Hazel Beatty)

The Woodinville Garden Club recently presented Hopelink a check for $ 16,244.00, made possible by overwhelming public support for their recent online plant sale The club donated 100% of the revenue from the sale to Hopelink’s Greatest Need Fund Covid-19. The plants that were nurtured from seedings and starts by club members in early spring were nearly all sold out in less than a day. Then, the plants were personally delivered to local Woodinville zip codes or safely picked up “curbside” by the shoppers. Leftover tomato seedlings were shared with the Woodinville Food Bank, the Maltby Food Bank and the Bothell Senior Center Food Pantry. 

The Woodinville Garden Club would like to express heartfelt gratitude to our wonderful supporters without whom our sale and donation would not have been possible. The location where the planting and growing takes place is thanks to the overwhelming generosity of a Woodinville family who for many years have welcomed the garden club to use their beautiful greenhouse. This year, order fulfillment for over 170 plant orders took place at the greenhouse as well. Many thanks also to The Wooden Cross Church in Woodinville who graciously approved curbside pickup to take place in their parking lot. 

A sincere and appreciative thank you goes to all who shopped the online sale that resulted in the club’s donation to Hopelink’s Greatest Need Fund Covid-19. The plants are now growing in gardens in Woodinville, Bothell, Renton, Everett, Bellevue, Monroe and Seattle. For the past 35 years, the Woodinville Garden Club has made contributions to our community and globally because of this remarkable support. We look forward to seeing you next year when the plant sale will return to beautiful Chateau Ste. Michele in May and the Tour of Gardens in July.

Terra Tillers Garden Club

During the time our club hasn’t been able to meet we have been circulating a friendship letter for members.

Pine Lake Garden Club

Our club has managed to tour some of our gardens by following social distancing and wearing facemasks.

Avant Designers Guild

We shared photos of designs we created and gave information about plant material that we used.


East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs: 

Pacific Region:

National Garden Club Inc:

Bellevue Botanical Garden:


Bellevue Demonstration Garden Speakers – online

Some of you may have attended the excellent garden speakers on Saturday mornings at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in         Bellevue.   These talks are now online.  I attended the one last Saturday Sasha Shaw talking about Noxious Weeds – it was great.  The Zoom    link below should work fine.   If it doesn’t; I suggest you copy and paste the link into your browser.  Or, you can enter the meeting ID and       password into your own Zoom app on your device.  Or, call the phone number listed.   

Join Zoom Meeting for Bellevue Demonstration Garden Speakers

Meeting ID 983 5780 8723 password 060052
Call in +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID 983 5780 8723
Password 060052

  • June 13   Sharon Collman, WSU Snohomish County Extension “Good and Bad Bugs in the Vegetable Garden”
  • June 20  Emily Bishton, Sustainable Garden Educator “Rain Garden Design”
  • June 27  Jules Arvin, Tilth Alliance “Composting at Home”Master Gardeners – no public clinics this season

Online Clinic:   Talk to a Master Gardener live and online.  Share  your questions and images of problems or concerns in your garden.  If you are trying to identify the plants in your yard, this is a good opportunity to do that as well.  The Online Clinics operate every Wednesday and Saturday from 11 am to 1pm through the 2020 gardening season.  

Email Clinic:  The “Ask a Master Gardener” Email clinic is also available daily.  Send your questions and photos to,  or use the form you’ll find online at    

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Hilltoppers Garden Club News Letter June 2020

Hilltoppers’s member Jo Ann Evans created a beautiful newsletter. Members share many pictures from their gardens. See whats growing!


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Convention Planning in May

Convention Planning – What a Ride

By Diane Franchini, 2020 Convention Chairman

I’ve never really been a fan of roller coasters. Their basic foundation structures look a bit shaky to me and I’ve never been fond of gaining incredible high’s just to be plunged into devastating low’s. I try to function on a more even keel. That’s just who I am.

However, we are finding ourselves in an unusual place right now. We’re facing how to return to “a new normal” that may still require maintain social distancing, wearing masks in public, and lots of different ways to live our life to its fullest. The bottom line is safety and exercising caution in every aspect of our lives.

After 2 months of Covid-19 shutdowns, we find ourselves at the top of that steep roller coaster climb ready to take that “stomach-in-my-throat” plunge – right at that point where we collectively hold our breath in uncertain anticipation of what’s to come next.

Charting New Territory for a Convention

Being an obsessive planner and organizer (as well as an unrelenting optimist) I’m pleased to say that the 2020 WSFGC Convention, “Welcome to the ‘Burg Where East Meets West” has been rescheduled so that we can still meet together and catch up with garden club friends from across the state. From the very beginning this has been an “unconventional convention” and it will continue to be molded into a form that will allow us to move forward. It’s bound to look and feel a little different than what we’ve experienced in the past, but sometimes different can be better for everyone.

The New Details

o The dates have been changed with Hotel Windrow to Tuesday, September 29th through Thursday, October 1, 2020. Those who made reservation for the June convention have been contacted and have rebooked for September. Hotel booking deadline is now August 28th.

o The “old” registration form can still be used but a rescheduled form is now available from Diane Franchini at, on the WSFGC website, or in this newsletter. Deadline is now September 15th to register.

o We’ve added a ½ day (September 29th) for the Special Breakout meetings beginning at 1:00 pm, but we did not change the registration package cost or number of meals included. Dinner on the 29th will be “Explore Ellensburg Eateries” allowing for a variety of options on your own or in small groups.

o The Pre-Convention Board Meeting will be held the morning of the 30th but will also include an adaptation of the Fall and Winter Board Meetings. Strange you might say but think of this as a 3 for 1 deal!! Three board meetings + one hotel reservation and one registration = a big savings for our members.

o We may (or may not) be required to add face masks to our garden club attire (think of a glitzy version for the Gala Night Dinner) but even if we are passed that requirement by then we have decided to add a face mask fashion show to one of our lunches. So now’s the time to get crafting or sewing a special garden related face mask and join in our First-ever Face Mask Fashion Show!

o At this time the Tours are all the same as before. We’ve been reaching out to the businesses involved and some are difficult to reach right now but we are looking forward to showing you what Ellensburg has to offer.

o As of right now, the Dedications for a Blue Star Marker in Ellensburg and a Gold Star Marker in Selah have not been rescheduled but we’ll let you know when we are able to hold those prestigious ceremonies.

I think that should provide everyone with enough information and hopefully a reason or two to look forward to the newly revamped and rescheduled 2020 Convention – “Welcome to the ‘Burg Where East meets West.”

Today, I’m trying to find a balance between panic and embracing the chance to slow my pace. I am trying to maintain a little bit of my normal routine – cup of tea in the morning, get dressed, do my hair and makeup (even if I’m just going out in my yard), eat a good breakfast. And I definitely am looking forward to September 29th when we can greet one another and share our stories like never before.

Questions??? Contact Diane Franchini,
May 3rd 2020

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Enter A Virtual Flower Show July 2020

National Garden Clubs, Inc. presents A Virtual Flower Show
Gay Austin, PresidentNational Garden Clubs, Inc.

“Originally the Perfect Vision 2020 Petite Horticulture Specialty Flower Show was created for our members to exhibit at NGC’s Annual Convention in Milwaukee May 2020. Due to the cancellation of this annual event, this well-planned flower show also had to also be cancelled. Rather than just walk away entirely from this event, we decided to attempt a virtual Flower Show. With some modifications of the original flower show schedule, this “Virtual Flower Show” was created.” National Garden Club

Click below to see the schedule.

June 1-15, 2020: Flower Show entries accepted
June 16-30, 2020: Subdivision and Judging
July 2020: Winners posted on website and social media

Perfect Vision Virtual Flower Show Schedule

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Avant Virtual Meeting April 2020

The Avant flower arranging guild was unable to meet in April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Our board decided to have a virtual meeting. The topic for April was “Exploring History“. Members were asked to create a period design at home, and then send a digital picture to member Linda Thompson.

Enjoy Linda’s gallery of the prints with narrative.

Linda’s Photo album without the narrative.

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Computer/phone/Ipad spring classes

Sally Ann Mowrey is a member of W Sammamish Garden Club, a good friend and an excellent teacher.   She teaches classes for seniors at North Bellevue Community Center and the Peter Kirk Community Center in Kirkland WA.  Spring Classes are starting this month (March).  Classes are the same at each location. Cost for a series of 4 sessions is $32.00 for a resident or $42.00 for a non resident.  Attached are dates, times and details for the classes.  Pre registration is required.  Expand your knowledge. Take a class.



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Flower Show “All Shook Up”

Here is the Flower Show Schedule (15 pages). Move cursor onto page to see page controls. In Windows, using CTRL P will print the screen.


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