Tapping into the wealth of expertise and the broad skills sets of their members, The Garden Club at Palm Coast is getting creative this year as they prepare for the 8th Annual Spring Festival.

What do propagated plants and transplanted people have in common? Both have the opportunity to enhance and beautify their surroundings.


Tapping into the wealth of expertise and the broad skills sets of their members, The Garden Club at Palm Coast is getting creative this year as they prepare for the 8th Annual Spring Festival.


Gathering recently for a recording session, the publicity team is determined to get the word out and have little fun in the process.


Tasked with helping create an audio commercial for the second year time, Marinus Grootenboer is getting to be a pro at publicity for the club’s upcoming plant sale and gardening showcase staged at Flagler Palm Coast High School, set for April 18th.


Breaking into a smile, as the Dutch aerospace engineer stepped behind the microphone to read the script prepared by garden club member Carol Geran – a New York/New Jersey 2016 Florida transplant whose love of gardening was instilled in her from an early age by her father, it’s clear he’s as comfortable propagating plants as he is helping get the word out about one of his favorite hobbies.


“In 2015, I retired and moved to Florida,” said Grootenboer. “Now I can fully dedicate myself to my gardening hobby. My dad was an avid gardener and I learned a lot from him from the age of 6 when I worked in my first garden.”


“I recorded the radio commercial two years ago and it was the first time I ever did something like that,” he said, enjoying the moment. “Apparently they were impressed with my voice which I was not aware of at all, so that’s kind of fun to find out, an unknown quality.”


Enlisted to help the club deliver a professional quality representation to the community is the man behind the soundboard, Delaware native, Dennis Setting.


Naturally the retired critical facilities engineer for Cox Enterprises, recording engineer and studio musician, has a spouse with a green thumb.


Enjoying the opportunity to help out his wife, retired Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture Mary Ellen Setting, whose love of plants spans her entire life, including a 38-year career with the department, from the comfort of his home studio, is a bonus.


“My wife is a member and asked if I’d help out, and I’m glad to,” said Setting.


“I have enjoyed Mary Ellen’s gardens and houseplants for nearly 50 years,” he throws in for good measure.


The couple moved to Florida in 2016 and say as with any non-profit, each member has a role to play.


Never lacking for volunteers ready to step up, they’re ready to lend a hand – whether it’s with a community outreach educational project at the schools, staffing a booth for an event or even recording a catchy commercial to bring in plant lovers.


“It’s very exciting to cross over our interests between gardening and music,” said Mary Ellen Setting. “He’s always up for a challenge — he hasn’t recorded anything quite like this but similar, so it’s been fun.”