2023 January ECHO

In this ECHO EXTRA you’ll find information and 7 attachments for the upcoming events listed below. I know there’s a lot of attachments and I did get a message from hotmail that it was big and sharing on One Drive might be better; I haven’t done that before but if you’d prefer things that way I think my daughter would be able to help me.  Let me know if that’s the way you’d like it.  They also should be up on our elwd.org website soon.  I tested sending this with a friend and she mentioned it looked different when she looked at it on her phone and like I’m seeing my copy when she saw it on her computer. So hope you’re able to see everything – let me know if you have issues with it.  Also, If you have any questions about things, let me know – if I can’t answer, I’ll find someone that can.

Your not so techie Mailout Chairman,

Joyce Voldal

ECHO EXTRA – EVENTS January 21, 2023

January 30 – ELWD Board Meeting at the BBG,  Aaron Education Center, open to us at 9:30, meeting starts at 10,  any club member is welcome to attend ELWD Board Meetings. Attachment ELWinvite

February 27 ELWD General Membership Meeting St Andrew’s Lutheran in Bellevue.  Also Attachment ELWinvite. All club members encouraged to attend – WSFGC President, Anne Sullivan will join us and we will have artist, Aranca Ehrenwald , showing some of her beautiful work using things from nature (note from Joyce: she’s a friend and her work is amazing). Also we’re wanting some members with hobbies or crafts to display – show off your talents – contact Gale Baullinger, gale5904@aol.com or 425-643-2722 if you’d like to participate.   More GMM details later.

March 6-8 National Garden Club’s Flower Show School 2 in Tacoma. Attachment FSSII registration form. The schools do not need to be taken in order so you can start now. The deadline to register is February 20; late registration is possible but there’s an extra fee.   More information about all NGC schools can be found on their website:  http://www.gardenclub.org and our state web site http://www.wagardenclubs.com .

April 17-20  Pacific Region Convention in Lynnwood.   Attachments :

WG&D2WACONIAHPR Convention Speaker Information

Tour info with pics Tullip fields tour Information

PRCon2023TentativeSchedule Conference Schedule

Registration Form. Complete this form to attend the conference.

Lana Finegold, former ELWD District Director, WSFGC State President and now Pacific Region Director encourages our members to attend any or all of this convention.  Since it’s near our district, commuting would be possible or staying at the hotel can be fun – you’ll be meeting members from other states in the Pacific Region (WACONIAH – can you name these states?). Business meeting parts of the convention are mainly for state officers and chairmen but you can register part time and chose the meal(s) with speakers you’d like to hear.  As a member of WSGFC we get a little break on the registration fee because we are the host state this year.  If you have any questions about things, let me know – if I can’t answer, I’ll find someone that can.

June 5-8 Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs Convention in Olympia. Attachment 2023 Convention Flyer – Save the date message – more info wil come out later.

Joyce Voldal, Mailout Chairman

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NGC Flower Show Schools

The opportunity to attend Flower Show School 1 is coming up this October 4th-6th 2022 in Wilsonville, Oregon. The deadline to register is September 24th which is quickly approaching. 

Click WA State Web Site to get the current registration form.

Horticulture Topics ~ Hostas , cut specimens & Evergreen branches
Flower Show Procedure Design Topic ~ Traditional Designs

FS School 2 will be
March 7-9, 2023
in Puyallup, WA

Design and Photo by June Ann Hassebroek
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2022 March 5th ECHO

Thanks to Joyce Voldal for alerting us to all the events in East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs.


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All Shook Up


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NWFGS Feb 2022

North West Flower and Gardn Show


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Judges Meeting Jan 2022

Winter Interest Horticulture
Collages & Plaques (Pg 93 Handbook).

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The Garden House is Saved

The Garden House is Saved

“In the words of our friends at Vanishing Seattle, this is #NOTVANISHING! Beacon Hill’s Garden House will be restored to its longtime community use…because we acquired it on December 23!!!

The Victorian home was constructed in 1886, and its grounds are home to pear trees that date back as far as a century. The Garden House is also known as the Turner-Koepf House, and it served the Jefferson Park Ladies’ Improvement Club and Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs for decades. A longstanding covenant that had guaranteed the property’s use for community purposes was deemed invalid in a 2016 lawsuit, and the property was listed for sale in 2018. Despite making a higher offer to purchase the property in 2018, Historic Seattle was unsuccessful in that bid, and a private party took ownership instead. The property is a landmark, but landmarking does not protect use (and in some cases landmarks can still be torn down).

After 3 years of working towards this deal and a lot of community advocacy work, we will partner with Beacon Arts & community members to return it to public purposes in perpetuity.

The $2M deal, which closed on December 23, was made possible through grants from the King County Conservation Futures program, contributions from more than 100 private donors thus far, and City of Seattle seed funding, which was championed in 2018 by then-president of the City Council Bruce Harrell. Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold an easement, permanently protecting public green space in the neighborhood.

Thank you to all the people who have worked alongside us to make this possible! Our mission is saving meaningful places to foster lively communities, and we can’t think of a better way to end the year than with this perfect example of that work.”

(20+) Historic Seattle | Facebook

Historic Seattle – Home | FacebookHistoric Seattle, Seattle, WA. 4,304 likes · 7 talking about this · 72 were here. Saving meaningful places to foster lively communities since 1974.www.facebook.com
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Membership Monday – NGC

 You are invited to join us for a special MEMBERS ONLY Holiday Celebration Visit with clubs around the Americas as they celebrate the holidays GARDEN CLUB STYLE! From winter wonderland to Southwest spice, we will take you on a tour of some of Garden Club’s long-standing traditional projects and nouveau designs.  Brought to you by NGC’s Virtual and Membership Committees Dec 13, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)  LIMITED SEATING – Please register in advance for this meeting.REGISTER HEREAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 MEMBERSHIP MONDAYS is a new program launched by NGC to help clubs LEARN, GROW, CONNECT, AND SERVE TOGETHER We do this by bringing members together on the 2nd Monday of each month for a one-hour program. The first 15 minutes is a presentation on a club-related topic like recruitment, member retention, leadership, etc. After each presentation, we open the floor to our members for questions, suggestions and success stories. This is the real gem because clubs get to work out issues with each other by sharing information of what works and what doesn’t. The 3-Rs series started on November 8th and the first video and information can be found on our website at https://www.gardenclub.org/member-resources under the Member Resource Library.  

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: DECEMBER 13TH – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, GARDEN CLUB STYLE – a fun holiday celebration featuring clubs across the Americas decorating in local style and flavor. JANUARY 10TH – 3-Rs:RETAIN GREAT MEMBERS – this workshop will focus on mentorship, member orientation, member education and the tried and true methods to keep members happy and engaged. FEBRUARY 14th – 3-Rs:REVITALIZE YOUR CLUB – this workshop will focus on how to restore energy and enthusiasm within your club so that all members feel revitalized and new members are begging to join in the fun. MARCH 14th – LEADERSHIP – this workshop with Robin Pokorski will focus on how to groom great leaders.  Space is limited to 500 but all workshops are recorded and posted on the Member Resource page of the website https://www.gardenclub.org/member-resources 

 Virtual Resources: Workshops and Programs Upcoming: Starting January 2022 Workshop WednesdaysThird Wednesday, every month. 10 and 2 PM EDT30 Minutes, Novice and UP, skills.Learn software skills: ZOOM, PowerPoint, CANVA, PDF’s and more. 2022 PROGRAMS HOSTED BY President Mary Warshauer – SEE Next issue of KIT for dates, time. National Garden Clubs 4401 Magnolia Ave.Saint Louis, MO
GOTO the NGC web site for registration

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Sammamish Heritage Garden

Grand Opening June 2nd 2021

“Big Rock Park Central (Parcel B) has opened as of June 2nd, 2021 at 1516 220th Ave. SE. It is the site of the historic Reard House, a special tree house, and the Heritage Garden, which is a project created and maintained by the SBGS. Over three miles of meadow and woodland trails connect Big Rock Park North and Central. Enjoy a walk and the ongoing discoveries in our beautiful Sammamish parks system.SBGS (sammamishbotanical.org)

Pine Lake Garden Club has partnered with the Sammamish Botanical Gardening Society (SBGS) to support the creation of the new Heritage Garden in Sammamish WA. Come and enjoy this new treasure. Parking is available close to the garden.

” The garden demonstrates heritage plants which might have been found in early gardens in our area. We have a large herb selection, fruiting trees, vegetables and shrubs. Our beds will be harvested at regular intervals during the summer and fall, with donations to the Issaquah Food Bank. As of September, over 200 pounds of garden produce have been delivered to the food bank! ” Sammamish Botanical Gardening Society

Photo by Marianne Wilkins

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Festival of Color Top Awards 2021

    Review of Festival of Color, ELWD FS 7/31 – 8/1/21 Entries, Top Awards & Blue Ribbons (104 entries)

DIVISION I- Horticulture

Color Excitement – ELWD Best Horticulture Award – Gale Baullinger – West Lake Sammamish

  1. Color Symphony- Annuals
  2. Flowering –  (8 entries) Blue Ribbons – 2 Lana Finegold , Sherwood Forest, Joan Harris, Issaquah, Gale Baullinger, W. Lk Sammamish
  • Foliage – (1 entry) Blue Ribbon –Joan Waldeck, Hill & Dale
  • Color Accents- Perennials

a.   Flowering –  (11 entries) Blue Ribbons – Joan Harris, Issaquah, 2 Krystal Kaald  W Lk Samm., Pat Kaald, Hill & Dale & WLS,  Elaine Pinkerton, Willowmoore,  2 Joan Waldeck, Hill &Dale,                  3 Marianne Wilkens, Pine Lake

b.    Foliage  – (15 entries)  Blue Ribbons –  5 Gale Baullinger, W Lk Sammamish, Mary Dahlgren, Hill & Dale,  2 June Ann Hassebroek, Issaquah,  Krystal Kaald, W Lk Sammamish,  Janet Wall, Issaquah,

        3.   Appetizing Color – Edibles

              a.    Fruit – (8 entries) Blue Ribbons – 2 Marti Bolcer, Terra Tillers, Joan Waldeck, Hill & Dale

b.    Vegetable- (8 entries) Blue Ribbons – 4 Joan Waldeck, Hill &Dale,

c.     Herb – (4 entries) Blue Ribbons – 2 Marti Bolcer, Terra Tillers    


Color Magic – ELWD Best Design Award – June Ann Hassebroek – Issaquah

        1.   Color Blends – (4 entries) Blue Ribbon– Gloria Woo, Issaquah

        2.   Diminutive Color- (5 entries) Blue Ribbon – Lenda Sundene, Willowmoor

        3.   Tranquil Color – (4 entries) Blue Ribbon – Dianne Tanner, Issaquah

        4.   Color Essays – (4 entries) Blue Ribbon – June Ann Hassebroek, Issaquah

DIVISION III – Photography

Color Bursts –ELW Best Photo Award, Joan Waldeck, Hill and Dale

          1.  Nature’s Colors (10 entries) Blue Ribbon– Marti Bolcer, Terra Tillers

          2.  A Fusion of Green – (9 entries) Blue Ribbon – Melissa Fruz, Willomoor & ELAWAGS

          3.  Color Me Beautiful – (10 entries) Blue Ribbon– Joan Waldeck, Hill and Dale

EDUCATIONAL (Not Judged) 3 entries, 1. Cathy Williams   2. Lana Finegold   3. Janet Wall

All those who made the FESTIVAL of COLOR happen, in alphabetical order. Hope we did not miss anyone.                                     


Gale Baullinger

Marti Bolcer

Jennifer Brumley

Karen Bukantz

Sally Cadranell

Mandy Carter

Mary Dahlgren

Debbie DeFilipps

Mary Deviny

Alvin Finegold

Lana Finegold

Melissa Fruz

Patty Parker Gillis

Nan Gordon

Joan Harris

June Ann Hassebroek

Leah Jaswal

Joy Jackson

Krystal Kaald

Pat Kaald

Renee Kroese

Georgann Lennon & her sister

Jean Pass

Elaine Pinkerton

Sandra Roberts

Mary Stumph

Lenda Sundene

Dianne Tanner

Charlene Trent-Lewis

Nancy Truscott

Joyce Voldal

Joan Waldeck

Janet Wall

Shadi Wang

Linda White

Cathy Williams

Marianne Wilkins

Gloria Woo

And Cynthia and Nancy from Bellevue Botanical Garden.

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