Apple Canyon Lake has an active Garden Club consisting of members who are interested in beautifying the area with flowers and plants. The Club plans many outings and has several plant sale fundraisers throughout the year; including one during the Annual Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day weekend Sunday and another during the annual Ice Cream Social and Craft Fair on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
For further information or to join The Garden Club, please contact either co-chair by clicking below.
Co-Chairs: Therese Nelson & Ann Yorke
Treasurer: Pam Meyer
Secretary: Jan Laing
Garden Islands Chair: Deb Laethem
The Garden Club maintains landscaping and potted plants at:
- The Apple Canyon Lake Clubhouse
- The Apple Canyon Lake Pool
- The Apple Canyon Lake Pro Shop
- The Apple Canyon Lake Signage Areas
- The Cove Restaurant
We usually have a great selection of hostas, day lilies, ground cover plants, and some indoor plants/succulents. Don’t forget to check out our garden gloves and Cobra hand tools.
REACH FOR THE SKY SUNFLOWER CONTEST
Celebrating 35 years and National Garden Club Week
June 7- June 14
With Reach For The Sky Sunflower Contest and Celebration
Open to ACL residents
Download the Entry Form here.
We are asking all property owners to plant sunflower seeds during the first two weeks of June in honor of the Apple Canyon Lake Garden Club’s 35th year anniversary and National Garden Club Week. What a spectacular way to unite our community. Find a sunny spot in your yard to plant your sunflower seeds and watch them reach for the sky.
The ACL Garden Club was established in 1985 and has been an integral part of the landscape here in our lake community. The ACL Garden Club reinvests in the community through proceeds from membership dues, donations, and the Annual Plant Sale revenue. The ACL Garden Club continues to beautify the landscape around the lake including lake signs, clubhouse, pro shop, pool areas, gazebo, campground, and other areas around the lake, as well as, hanging the greens and decorating for the holidays.
Sunflowers are a great competitive plant to grow with a lot of interest from gardeners and non-gardeners alike. For this activity, the sunflower must be homegrown by a property owner or an immediate family member. Multiple family members may enter. Only one entry per person. There certainly are bragging rights for the tallest sunflower and the largest sunflower face at Apple Canyon Lake. Photos of individuals and families taking care of their sunflowers throughout the summer will be published in the Apple Canyon Lake Apple Core. Winners will also have their photo published in the Apple Core.
- The tallest sunflower plant will be measured from the base of the stem (not including the roots) to the top of the head. The head will be extended to measure the full height of the plant.
- The largest face will be measured as the diameter of the seed head. The yellow petals do not factor in the measurement.
The deadline for measuring is August 30. The sunflower height and face width must be measured by two Sunflower Judges and will take place at a time and place to be determined.
Sunflowers are one of the easiest flowers to grow in the garden. For this reason, they took the top spot in the Top 5 Easiest Plants for Kids to Grow. Sunflowers are a beautiful addition to a summer flower garden and are helpful with attracting pollinators to the garden. Many of us have memories of planting sunflowers when we were young; the stems seemed to shoot up before our eyes. Bring some of that magic into your garden by growing sunflowers.
If you choose the right variety, you get the added benefit of harvesting delicious sunflower seeds. To protect the seeds from being eaten by birds. Loosen seeds by hand to remove them from the head. Let seeds dry out before storing. Another method is to harvest the head when outer seeds are mature, and the inner seeds begin to ripen. Cut off the stalk about 4 inches below the head and hang upside down in a warm area covered in a paper sack until seeds mature.
Five tips for growing & harvesting your own sunflower seeds:
1. Sunflowers are simple to grow.
Sunflowers are not picky about the soil. Sunflowers tolerate rocky and sandy soils; to be sure though, sunflowers grown in rich soil grow taller and fuller than those that are not. Sunflowers are easily grown from seed. If you do transplant, do not wait too long as sunflowers get rootbound quickly and do not always recover well. Space large sunflower plants 2-3 feet apart. If the plants are too close to each other, the heads will be smaller.
2. Choose the correct variety.
Confection varieties are grown for edible seeds. There are two main types of confection varieties: “tall” types and “short” types:
Tall confection types typically produce the most seeds, but seeds may be smaller sized. Varieties include “Giganteas”, “Mammoth Gray Stripe”, “Mammoth Russian”, and “Titan”.
You can tell from the names these are going to be big flowers!
Short varieties are (obviously) shorter and they normally have fewer seeds per head, but the seeds are larger. Varieties include “Royal Hybrid”, “Snack Seed”, and “Super Snack Mix”.
3. Harvest at the right time.
Growing sunflowers is easy but knowing when to harvest the seeds isn’t. If you harvest too soon, you will have plenty of seeds but small kernels inside. If you wait too long, on the other hand, they may dry out or get harvested by the birds. A few things to look for when determining when to harvest are:
● Harvest when seeds are plump and developed.
● Harvest when flower petals begin to dry out and fall off.
● Harvest when the back of the flower turns from green to yellow (if you are cutting the stem off to dry).
● Harvest when the back of the flower is brown (if you are letting seeds dry with the stem intact).
4. Choose a method for collecting seeds.
One method is to let seeds develop on the stem, harvesting them when they begin to loosen. This method usually requires you to cover the heads with netting or paper bags Once dry, you can store sunflower seeds for 2-3 months in a sealed container, or up to a year if kept in the freezer.
5. Enjoy your harvest!
After collecting the seeds, you can eat them right away, roast them with a little salt, or save some to plant for next season. The nice thing about growing sunflower seeds is you will probably have enough seeds to last all winter.