Dedicated to furthering the beautification of Northern Idaho by providing horticultural and educational activities, and providing wildlife habitats through the use of plants.


SEPTEMBER 29--President's Message:

Isn't this a gorgeous orchid? My mother sent me the picture of 
her favorite flower. Not that the picture has anything to do with our club meeting this month. I just wanted to share with you.

   Coeur d' Alene Garden Club Meeting

   When:  Tuesday, October 13, 1pm
   Where:  Dalton Gardens City Hall

Agenda: White Elephant Sale. Bring your donations of anything garden related. 
Books, aprons with flowers on them, rocks painted, garden accessories, you name it. (I personally am in need of a riding mower if you have one!) ha.  Tickets will be one ticket $1.00. 6 tickets $5.00.  This is always a fun event. 

It's also time to nominate new board members!!! Please, consider volunteering for a position on your club's board. We have some members who have graciously served on the board over 3 years.  Our club rules state positions are limited to two years (unless we can't fill the position with a new member). It's a great way to become involved with the club. Our voting will take place at the November meeting. 

November's meeting will be Voting and this year's "Hints and Tips". 
December is the installation of new board members at our annual Christmas Luncheon to be held at the beautiful Hayden Country Club. 

See you all soon,
Penny Ragland, President of Coeur d' Alene Garden Club

AUGUST 7--Now is a GREAT TIME TO JOIN THE GARDEN CLUB!  We are lining up a wonderful list of field trips, speakers and activities in the months to come.  Join us at our next meeting and become a member for $7.50 through the rest of 2015!  A small investment for a large payback in gardening knowledge, friends and plants we share!  Click here for an application.

JULY 19--
Here it is the middle of July and I'm just getting to this letter! It's been a busy month with the Coeur d' Alene Garden Tour and all the pre- activities involved. What a great tour we had this year! Six Beautiful gardens to visit thanks to the dedicated garden owners generously allowing so many folks to view their hard work. Our annual Garden Tour would not be possible with out all our wonderful garden club volunteers! A very big thank you for all your dedication, knowledge and warm smiles! We have two member's gardens to see Tuesday, July 28 and 3 more throughout August. Look for our V.P. to send out information about August's meeting soon.  Before building my home I rented this house. It had a big porch which begged for all my planter boxes to be filled. It was so pretty!  Maybe next year I can add some annuals to my new yard. I've heard gardening is an ongoing project! If not exhausting!  See you all soon, Penny Ragland, 2015 President

JULY 2--Garden Tour time is upon us once again.  Bless the sunshine! The CDA Garden Club has selected six lovely gardens for tour this year. They are all diverse and express the individual tastes and passions of these gardeners. Many good ideas can be shared as to plant selection and combinations along with garden art and garden decor. So come join us on Sunday, July 12 from 11-4pm and enjoy the pleasure of a stroll through beautiful gardens that didn't require your efforts!  See you there, Bonnie Warwick, Garden Tour Chairman

Do you have your tickets yet?  Click here for a sneak peak and more information... and get your tickets now!

JUNE 3--President's Message:
From my porch to yours:  Hello to all our wonderful gardening friends. This is a very busy time of year for us all. (when isn't it?)  Our plant exchange was a great success. Yummy food and lots and lots of plants generously provided from our gardens. Thank you, Ron, for hosting the exchange once again this year. We always love seeing your beautiful gardens. And look forward to seeing everything in bloom when we visit again in June.(more about this later).  Our June meeting will be at the Northland Rosarium in Spokane, WA. We will meet at the Dalton City Hall to car pool. Departing at 10:00 sharp! Maps and directions will be provided at that time. We suggest a couple of dollars each be given to the drivers for gas $$. Pack your own lunch. The Rosarium is providing drinks and a place to picnic. The Rosarium is giving club members a 15% discount!!  I am in the process of finalizing our "garden visits" to members’ gardens. To have your garden included, give me a call or e-mail. It is always enjoyable to visit members gardens and get ideas! Or in my case, give me some ideas! Oh, the picture here is from my front porch, and no, I am not growing curtain rods! Ha! I needed markers for the 30+ peonies bulbs and scrounged these up. They work.  So in closing, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your lunch for a fun day!  See you soon, Penny Ragland, 2015 President

MAY 7--President's Message:
The sun is shining! Yea! The trees are so happy they are blooming. My peonies are stretching their limbs up up and up!  The Alliums are sending their big flower heads towards the sun ready to burst in bloom. It's an exciting time in the garden. Of course we have lots of chores now to keep it all looking beautiful. But then we can relish the outdoor warmth and beauty of our gardens as we toil. We hope you can make it to our always fun annual event:  PLANT EXCHANGE AND POTLUCK on Tuesday, May 12 at noon. More details were emailed to all members. If you didn't receive yours, please let us know!  We hope to see you all there. Penny Ragland, 2015 President

APRIL 9--President's Message:
Hello Gardeners!  Every morning, evening and admittedly several times inbetween it's a quick scan around the gardens in anticipation to see if those bushes that were bought on clearance the end of the season last year are going to be re-born. The 85 white iris and alliums are awake now and pushing up through their winter blankets. The crab apple tree is bursting with buds as is the apple tree. Hope the fencing goes up before the local wildlife decides to have a nice lunch! Eva Lusk is our speaker this month on "Oh Deer!"  She should have some good ideas to protect our gardens from these beautiful creatures and their appetites. Now if the same could be said for elk and moose!  We are meeting Tuesday, April 14 at 1pm at Dalton City Hall (*note facility change!).  Looking forward to seeing everyone there.  Happy Spring!  Penny Ragland, 2015 President

FEBRUARY 8--President's Message:
Do you have visions? Waves of beautiful flowers to view as you walk through your yard, I mean garden? Waiting for those garden catalogues to appear? Boy I am! Finally, after the ground being covered in winter’s blanket for almost two months and tired of looking at dead looking twigs, formerly known as my new landscaping, I am being encouraged by little tiny sprouts of green from the iris and chives popping up from their frozen state. A thoroughly enjoyable time last week found me in one of our local big box stores perusing the garden section. So nice to see green plants! And it was cozy warm in there too! Now is the perfect time to plan for this year’s garden experience and the Coeur d’ Alene Garden Club is here to help and encourage you. February’s guest speaker is Stefani Hoffman, speaking on greenhouse growing. I had the pleasure of taking her course at the college a few years ago and found her to be very knowledgeable! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to gain some of her wisdom on growing undercover! I look forward every month to seeing all my garden friends and meeting our visitors too.  Penny Ragland, 2015 President

JANUARY 24--Garden Tour Chair's Message:

Even though the snow is still on the ground and the Springtime bulbs are barely popping out of the ground, it's time to start thinking about the 2015 Garden Tour.  The planning has begun, volunteers for sub chairmen have stepped forward (thankfully), and this lady has ideas to share and discuss. It takes lots of help to "hatch" and carry out all the details of a successful tour -- so let's begin!  The first meeting is February 3 at 2pm at the CDA Library and subsequently monthly. Future dates and times to be determined.  Fortunately, we have lined up six beautiful gardens to feature and a back-up garden is also in place. As in the past we plan to have live music in each garden as well as some exciting artisan/vendors with garden-related items to sell.  As a big thank you to all garden club volunteers and garden owners we plan to once again visit the beautiful and eclectic garden of the Hoods as the site of our pre-tour celebration. This is always a joyous and fun evening held in preparation of the big tour day. Tour day is Sunday, July 12, 2015. Tickets may be purchased at select locations in June. Further information will be posted on our website.

JANUARY 2015--Join us for the first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 13 at 1pm (Dalton Gardens City Hall)!  Donna Souza (Spokane Orchid Society) will be our featured speaker covering everything about orchids.  Bring your orchid questions to get expert orchid advice!  It's a great time to check out the Garden Club if you're contemplating joining!

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