Save the Date: Our Annual Flower and Plant Sale is June 15, 2019

Seal Rock Garden Club

10377 NW Rand St. 

Seal Rock, OR 97367

About Us


History of the Club

Founded in 1948, Seal Rock Garden Club is a 70 year plus community non-profit organization formed for coastal gardeners to share their knowledge of plants and to provide a social setting for individuals interested in gardening,  conservation and support of community gardening projects.  A housing barracks for conscientious objectors during World War II, the clubhouse originally located at Camp Angell, Waldport was purchased at auction for $306 and was moved to its' present site in Seal Rock in the 70's. 



Monthly meetings are held from September to June with presentations on gardening topics relevant to coastal gardening.  We meet when the weather starts to turn cool and rainy, allowing us maximum time in the garden during the warmer, drier summer growing months.  Field trips to private and public gardens are available to members as well as visitors throughout the course of our "club season". Experts from Oregon State University, private enterprise, University of Oregon and others in their field of expertise present informative lectures and demonstrations on horticulture, flower arrangement and master gardening.  Presentations begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a business meeting and a light lunch.  Our meetings are free and open to the public.  The club is a non-profit organization, 501 (c) (4). 


Special Events

Each year members are involved in two major fund raising events, the Greens Sale in December and the Flower and Plant Show in June. 


Our annual Christmas Greens and Gift Sale takes place in early December.  Locally grown greens are crafted and designed  into wreaths, swags, and table arrangements made by members.  Holiday gifts, small live decorated trees and a raffle of gift items are available for purchase.  Funds from the Greens Sale are used for maintaining the clubhouse and grounds. 

The Flower and Plant Sale on June 15 is an end of the year event with the clubhouse decorated with spring flowers and the surrounding yard full of sale plants suitable for coastal gardens.  Mark your calendars for our Plant Sale.  The sale is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Gardeners start lining up early to buy plants.  Sales are brisk.  A portion of the funds raised go to nonprofit organizations that support gardening, education, conservation and local civic gardening projects.

Thoughts for The Month

"You know you are a real gardener when compost is a fascinating subject." Author Unknown

"If you look deep enough you will see music.  The heart of nature being everywhere music!"  Thomas Carlyle*

*compiled by Lyssa Watkins, SRGC Member 


Earth Day 2019, April 22

"In nature, nothing exists alone."   Rachel Carson, 1962

Celebrate Earth Day 2019 by simply enjoying things that we take for granted: the smell of fresh air, making contact with soil, looking and admiring the natural beauty that surrounds us.  Go for a walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers, mushrooms, ferns and  moss. Walk the seashore. Go outside, no matter what the weather!

What is Earth Day and when did Earth Day start?  This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.  In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration.  McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22.  Millions of people participated and today, Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated.  Common celebration activities include planting trees, cleaning up liter, or simply enjoying nature through hiking, starting an organic garden, growing native plants that attract pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds, watering wisely or taking a walk in the woods or beach. *

*Taken from "The Old Farmer's Almanac" and 2019 Earth Day Network sites.   For additional information on Earth Day and how to make every day Earth Day, click on the button below to visit two of the many links available: (for their lists of threatened and endangered plant and animal species) , and The Old Farmer's Almanac.  

Earth Day 2019

Horticultural Links

The monthly Garden Calendar produced by Oregon State Extension provides reminders of key garden chores, such as fertilizing, pest control, planting and maintenance.  Recommendations in this calendar are not necessarily applicable to all areas of Oregon.  For more information, contact your local Extension Office.  Use the  'action button' below to access the Garden Calendar and other information.  

Watch this space for links to additional information, handouts, references, bibliographies, etc. sourced from the Club's program presentations, such as,  propagation, rhododendrons, Tower Gardening, etc.  On this website, you will find action buttons like the Oregon State University Extension action button or link below. Click on the button to explore the link for more information, and for links to related topics.

Oregon State University Extension

Event of the Month

April 17, 2019

Tower Garden: One New Way of Growing Vegetables, by Linda Sebring, Corvallis, OR

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Seal Rock Garden Clubhouse

+ Event Details

April 17, 2019

Tower Garden: One New Way of Growing Vegetables, by Linda Sebring, Corvallis, OR

Linda Sebring is a Healthy Lifestyle Advocate and Educator.  She writes:  I started my first organic garden in the Willamette Valley in 1980.  My special interests have revolved around soil health and composting.  Year round gardening and making the most of the food production possibilities are very important to me.  While I have a strong knowledge base gained over many years I find that not everyone has loads of time to devote to growing food.  I want to make it easy for everyone to enjoy fresh produce year round!  Since 2016 I have been doing demonstrations of a new system, aeroponics, based upon the work of Tim Blank and commercialized in a product called the Tower Garden.  In the PBS show "Growing a Greener World",  Brie Arthur evaluated various innovative methods and chose the Tower Garden as top pick!  Tower Garden is easier for people who have challenges with traditional gardening or for anyone who wants to try something new! 

The  program, which is free and open to all, will start at 11 am at the clubhouse, followed by a short break, business meeting and a light lunch.  

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Seal Rock Garden Clubhouse

Coming Events at the Clubhouse


May 15, 2019, "Rhododendron Care for the Oregon Coast", By Mike Bones, Bones Nursery, Florence, Pres., American Rhododendron Society, Florence Chapter.    

Mike will be speaking the same week as the Florence Rhododendron Festival is celebrated.  In addition to discussing Rhododendron care, he will touch on grooming and preparing a truss for a flower show, Rhododendron Festival highlights and a couple of special plant auctions.  He has been growing rhododendrons for more than 50 years and has a large collection of mature plants, species and hybrids -- some over 20 feet tall.  He has rhododendron color 8 months in his garden.  In recent years, he started branching out into other plants and has a garden with color all year long.  He has had a nursery for 45 years, working with customers to find the correct plant for the right spot in their gardens.  A retired Oregon State Park Ranger and native to Florence, he knows what plants grow well here.                                                            

May 22, 2019, "Field Trip to Gathering Together Farms", Grange Hall Rd., Philomath, OR

Gathering Together Farm is an enterprise in certified organic vegetable and fruit production that began in 1987 with their home base just south of Philomath, OR on Grange Hall Road.  Their more than 50 acres of fields are small odd shaped parcels. Gathering Together is owned by John Eveland and Sally Brewer, husband and wife.  In the heat of the summer, there are over 120 employees working to nurture and harvest high-quality food, prepare it for customers, and sell it at market to individuals, at farmers' markets, to local restaurants and wholesale.  

The trip is for members and a limited number of spaces are set aside for visitors.  

June 15, 2019. "Flower Show and Plant Sale",  at Seal Garden Clubhouse, 9  to 2 p.m., 10377 NW Rand St.

Mark your calendars for this sale.  Local gardeners and bargain hunters line up early to buy plants.  Sales are brisk and everyone goes home with bargains. 

The photo at top left depicts a wall sized quilted mural on display at the clubhouse made by Lois Pleger, a member.  The photo does not fully capture the beautiful design and craftsmanship of the quilt.   

Recipes from the Clubhouse

Our members take turns each month in generously providing delicious  luncheons and sharing their favorite recipes with us.   There are many recipes to test and enjoy here, but unfortunately we have room for only a few.   Each month we will feature one or two dishes that are sure to become your favorites.  

April Luncheon Committee:  Laura Gill, Kathy Kroessin, Shirley Orwell, Susan Thompson, Lyssa Watkins 

Marinated Italian Bean Salad

from Lyssa Watkins

2 -3 cans of beans (any type: garbanzos, white, black, etc.)

1 small can sliced black olives

 1/2 can corn

1 bottle Wishbone Balsamic Salad dressing (use about 6 - 8 ounces) 

Extra Balsamic vinegar as desired

Italian dry seasoning, to taste (optional) 

Mix above ingredients in large bowl.  Marinate in refrigerator for 2 - 3 days; covered.  Before serving shred 2 carrots; dice 1 small (green, orange, red or yellow) bell pepper; add 1 - 2 small diced tomatoes and 4 - 5 green onions to bean mixture.  Mix well and serve.   You may also add diced cooked bacon, or salami strips or diced mozzarella for extra flavor.  Mangia!  

Herb Pull-Apart Bread 

from Shirley Orwell, adapted from Taste of Home, 2017

3 T minced fresh chives

3 T minced fresh parsley

1 t each dried basil, oregano and thyme

3T sesame seeds ( I used Kroger Private Selection Everything Bagel Seasoning)

24 frozen bread dough dinner rolls (Rhoades Rolls)

1/4 c melted butter

1.  In a small bowl, mix chives and parsley.  In another bowl, mix basil, oregano and thyme.  In a well greased bundt pan, sprinkle 1 T Everything Bagel Seasoning, 2T herb mixture and 1 t dried herbs;  spread around the pan. 

2.  Arrange eight dinner rolls over herbs.  Sprinkle with 1 T Everything Bagel Seasoning, 2 T fresh herbs and 1 t of the dried herbs.  Drizzle with one-third of the butter.  Repeat layers.  Arrange remaining rolls over top; drizzle with remaining butter.  I sprinkled the Everything Bagel Seasoning over this.  Refrigerate covered with plastic wrap, 12 - 24 hours.  (I put everything together on Monday and refrigerated it until I baked it on Wednesday morning prior to coming in for the meeting.)

3. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake uncovered 20 minutes.   Cover loosely with foil: bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.  I removed the foil and left it in the oven for another 5 minutes to brown more.  Cool in pan at least 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.  Serve warm.  Yield:  24 servings.

Clubhouse Bulletin Board

"Clubhouse Bulletin Board"  posts information  in a downloadable format on classes and 

activities of interest to gardeners in our community . 

2019.Newport(3) (pdf) file is "Seed to Supper" which introduces a beginner's guide to low-cost vegetable gardening in a free six week course for adults living on a low-income.  It is taught by Master Gardeners, topics include:  garden site and soil development, container gardening, planning and planting your garden, garden maintenance, and harvesting.  The course is hosted by Oregon Food Bank, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Master Gardeners and the OSU Extension Service, Lincoln County. 

  Classes are held at the First Presbyterian Church, Newport, Tuesday from 5:30 - 7:30 pm from April 23 to May 28.  To register, please visit or call 541-574-6534.  Click below on the file name to print the flyer.  


2019 Hortlandia's 31st Year

April 20th and 21st at the Portland EXPO Center

10 am - 3 pm

In April of every year, HSPO (Hardy Plant Society of Portland) sponsors an event that is one of the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, named "Hortlandia".  Vendors from far and wide come to Portland to offer the latest plant introductions as well as the time-tested (and hardiness-tested!) plants.  Complementing the plant vendors are specialty garden art vendors bringing one-of-a-kind pieces from metal, wood, glass, ceramic, fabric, and stone.  There is plenty of parking in the EXPO center lot, and the City of Portland charges for parking there.  For more information visit their website at