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).
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.
The March 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 March 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.
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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.
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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.
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