Friday, November 22, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Festive Whimsy & Fine Art Show / Sale

Festive Whimsy & Fine Art Show / Sale to be held December 6th & 7th at Straw Town Store on Washington St., Pella, IA in conjunction with Pella Christmas Tour of Homes.

Marlys' Garden with Ruthann Van Vark has been accepted as vendors to the show.  We're so excited!

We will again be donating all our earned proceeds to "Building A Dream" to help build a new home for our friends the Sue Spece family.

The Building A Dream team has sent us darling snow people & large and small Christmas angels to sell.  We have gorgeous fabric wreaths for you, plus natural gourd wreaths, Christmas center pieces & décor in our papercrete planting dishes, Ruthann's Christmas collages, & Christmas pickles, & birdhouse planters filled with fun decorations.

Warning!  At our last sale the snow people went fast and the angels just flew off the shelves.  We only have 4 large garden angels left and a limited number of little garden angles.

This is a boutique style showing set up so items are intermingled with other items.  Hope to you can come support our fund raising.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Reminder; Marlys' Garden & Ruthann Van Vark will be @ Pella High School Craft Show on November 9th, 2014.

Please stop by our booth & check us out.

to help build an all handicapped accessible home for our friends, the Sue Spece family near Independence, IA.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Marlys' Garden with Ruthann Van Vark will be at the Pella High School Craft Show on November 9th 2013.  We're so excited to be offering our Thanksgiving and Christmas décor items.

Country Angels benefiting "Building A Dream in the Country" an all handicapped accessible home for the Spece family of Independence, IA will be for sale.  All proceeds go to the project fund.


Papercrete bowls / planters will also be available with all proceeds going to "Building A Dream".  We want to get the Spece Family into their new home before the snow flies this year.  The new house has been ordered and in kind donations are rolling in bringing this dream ever closer to a reality.

Natural gourd centerpieces and floral accents will be for sale along with fall and Christmas wreaths and ornaments, papercrete snowmen, festive seasonal birdhouse planters, and gourd birdhouses for spring.  Yes! spring will always come.

Please come see us November 9th @ the show.

Marlys & RuthAnn

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Knoxville Federated Garden Club's Scarecrow Contest is October 12th
@ the downtown Knoxville Farmer's Market 9:00 AM - noon.  Scarecrows need to be in place before 9:00 AM, judging at 9:30 AM.  Bring your own "stand" for your scarecrow if it needs one.  All proceeds go to Marion County Humane Society.  No entry fee to enter a scarecrow.
First place = $50.00, second = $25.00, third = $25.00, People's Choice = Ribbon Only.  Voting will be by putting cash money in a can by each scarecrow for people's choice.  All money in cans will go to Marion County Humane Society.  First, second, third place receive cash prizes and ribbons.  They will be decided by appointed judges and are sponsored by the garden club.

Please have fun and invite friends, relatives, acquaintances to participate and support the Marion County Humane Society. Contact Marlys Anderson 641-780-6487 or Pasty Murphy 641-842-5209 for any questions.

Happy October!





Friday, September 6, 2013

New Adventure for Marlys' Garden


I've been helping my daughter, Annie / Ruthann Van Vark @ the Pella Farmer's Market on Thursday afternoons this summer.  Annie decided to go to FM to sell her brown eggs. And well, one thing led to another.

We have been bringing planting dishes nicknamed "bucket bowls" to FM. These are unique planters made from a product called papercrete. It's like hypertufa but made from shredder paper, perlite, & Portland concrete. We have donated all of the money from our papercrete products to Building A Dream in the Country. A fund to build an all handicapped accessible home for our friends the Spece family near Independence, IA. We will be designing these bowls for winter bouquets soon. Learn more about papercrete @ previous posts.

We brought some beautiful fall décor & gourd fall center pieces to market this week. We had fun doing them and my grand daughter, Marlee helped. She is quite the worker and quite the designer.

Last Pella Farmer's Market is October 24, 2013



Monday, March 25, 2013

Garden Gala 2013 is officially "SOLD OUT"

200 guest have reserved seats @ Garden Gala 2013 Knoxville Federated Garden Club's celebration of spring, our only annual fund raiser that supports the Bessie Spaur Butterfly Garden in Knoxville, IA and other community projects.

All our vendor spaces are filled plus a couple outdoor vendor spaces.  We have created three new vending spaces.  Several new vendors have joined us this year as well as many of our past vendor friends.

We are hoping for warmer weather and sunshine on April 6th.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

  Knoxville Federated Garden Club
  Garden Gala 2013
April 6, 2013

8:30-9:00  Registration, Coffee, Shopping

9:00-9:15  Welcome: Patsy Murphy
President KFGC

9:15-10:15  Leanna Culver
     “Who Needs Blooms?”

10:15-10:45   Shopping Break

10:45-11:45   Daniel Barbec
“Spring Garden & Home Décor Trends”

12:00-12:30 “Present Honorary Members”

12:30-1:30    Lunch & Shopping

1:30-2:30    Rita Minard
 “Social Climbers, Clematis”

2:30-3:00  Door Prizes
must be present to win

3:00 – 3:30   SHOP VENDOR BOOTHS
 Plants & Assorted
 Garden Paraphernalia

For more information please contact:
Marlys Anderson

Thank you
for attending

2013 Garden Gala Speakers

Leanna Culver:  Polk County Master Gardener & Volunteer Curator of Coleus @ the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. 

Leanna is crazy about coleus.  For the past five years she has donated countless hours tending the coleus collection @ the GDMBG.  She is extremely proud of what is thought to be the “largest coleus display garden” around and she loves teaching & talking all about coleus.  Two of her favorite coleus are ‘Alabama Sunset’ & ‘Mississippi Summer’

Daniel Barbec: Owner & Operator of Coe’s Floral & Gifts in Ames, IA will delight us with his floral designs and entertain us during the creative processes.  Dan always puts on a fabulous fun demonstration & performance. We’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not for our spring garden & home décor.

Rita Minard: Clematis Enthusiast & Avid Clematis Collector of over 90 clematis cultivars & over different 100 plants
Mission Statement:  “Simplify, demystify growing and caring for clematis.” 
Rita says clematis is so elegant & surprisingly easy to grow.  She tells us we can see clematis in bloom from early spring to late fall in our gardens.  She will give us tips on how to grow, care for, & display these diverse magnificent plants.


We are unable to accept late registrations or walk-ins

Please return no later than March 22, 2013




Phone: _______________________________

Email: ________________________________
(to contact you for future Garden Club events)

      Garden Gala Registration Fee - $35.00
           non-refundable, lunch included
     No Late registration or walk-ins accepted

Please make checks payable to:
Knoxville Federated Garden Club
Box 645
Knoxville, IA 50138

 Continuing Education hours granted for     
                          Master Gardeners.  Please pick up certificate at                                
    registration table

Proceeds go to
Knoxville Federated Garden
Club to support community

Save the Date-Garden Gala April 12, 2014