Monthly Newsletter
Garden Club of St. Augustine, Inc.
Founded in 1926
Garden Club of St. Augustine, March 2017  
17 -- 10:00 – Tour of Homes meeting
18 -- 10:00 -- Environmental program for Children --
18 -- 12:00 – Dedication of the Blue Star Marker at the
National Cemetery on Marine Street

March 31 - April 2 -- Flower Show and EPIC,
Ag Center

5 -- 1:00 – Planting at our garden club, Phase 1
6 -- 10:00 – Tour of Homes meeting
6 -- 1:30 – Floralines meeting
12 -- Garden Club Meeting -- 9:30 (social), 10:00
14 -- 1:00 – Flowers on Silk design class, Sunflower
circle fundraiser
20 – Shamrock bus trip to Savannah
26-28 – FFGC Annual Convention, Kissimmee.  Go to for more information and registration forms.

5 – District IV Spring Meeting - Outlet Mall Conference
Room. Go to for information and
registration forms or talk with your Circle president.
11 -- 10:00 – Planting Committee meeting

May 19 -- June 23 (Fridays) – Floral Design Study
Units 1-6, Fernandina Beach. Cost $65. Go to for more information.
Presidents’ Message

This is the time of year when we get started on putting our yards in order.
Our garden club grounds are now being looked at, also. We’ve had some trees removed and are
in the process of cleaning up the branches and roots in our parking lot – a big job.

We are hoping for our driveway to be fixed soon, as well. It is becoming a bit dangerous close to
the road as we enter and leave.
You may notice a new pink garden in the front perimeter area of the parking lot! Flagler Hospital
donated money for this Cancer Awareness garden, and Teresa Lopez, with Ann Westhues as
helper, did the purchasing of flowers and the planting.  A great project!
Next to that is the Monarch Way Station, installed last fall by the Poinsettia Circle.

It is becoming more colorful by the day, and we notice that caterpillars have already been climbing
among the milkweed.
We ask that people do NOT pick the flowers in the gardens! This has happened lately,
and stops the area from attracting the butterflies, bees, and birds that we want in our
community yard.

We have many great activities planned for the next few months.
Please read below for information, and try to join in on as many as you can.

Blue Star Marker for St. Augustine           

Our club is participating in the Blue Star Marker dedication ceremony on March 18th at noon at
the National Cemetery on Marine Street. Sponsored by FFGC District IV, this marker will honor
veterans, past and present. This is a National Garden Club project that began in 1945.

Our FFGC president Arlene Rand has set a goal to have markers placed in all Districts in Florida
during her tenure. Arlene will be in attendance at Saturday’s ceremony.
Please come to support this effort. We are to supply food, so if you’d like to contribute a plate of
cookies or something similar, it would be appreciated.
The dedication ceremony should take about 45 minutes.

Spring District Meeting

This year’s spring District IV Meeting is being hosted by our Garden Club!
It is scheduled for May 5 at the Outlet Mall Community Room – not our usual spot. We’ll meet the
new District officers and have a guest speaker who is very knowledgeable, funny, and

We hope to have many members join us! If you want to volunteer, talk with Ann or Jan.

Flower Show

Our Standard Flower Show, A Mad Hatter’s Garden Party, will be held on March 31 through
April 2 at the Ag Center, in conjunction with Epic’s Celebration of Spring.
Free admission to the show is on Friday, March 31st, from 2:00 to 5:00.
Paid admission for EPIC and our flower show will be from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday
and from 10:00 to 4:00 on Sunday.
We need Horticulture entries! Please deliver your plants or cuttings on
Thursday March 30th, between 10:00 and 3:00 only. There is no sign up needed beforehand.
Designs are to be entered on Thursday between 11:00 and 3:00.

Artistic Crafts are also needed, and are not judged. You could decorate a hat or
a framed mirror, with stand. Only fresh or dried natural plant materials should be used.
Go to our website at or contact Barbara Huber at 797-0660.
You need to sign up to enter these crafts. Be part of the FUN of our Flower Show!

Nature Detectives

It’s not too early to think about our summer programs. According to Cathy Snyder and Marilyn
Smith, five of the six Nature Detective 2017 Programs on Bees have been set at local libraries:
June 14 -- Bartram Trail
June 24 -- Hastings
July 8 -- Ponte Vedra
July 19 -- Anastasia Island
July 22 -- Main
We are working with the SJC Beekeepers Association to have a live hive and a Beekeeper at
each location. We want to remind Circle members who participate in this fun and factual outreach
that SJC Libraries require all presenters to fill out a clearance form. You can streamline the
process by working through the Youth Services Librarian at the branch that you service. Each
Circle president has the three-page forms to fill out. The Librarians are enthusiastic about the
series returning to their literacy efforts this summer and have made highly complementary
comments on their Garden Club presenters. Training for the Bee program will be in late May or
early June - just as soon as the program and materials are assembled. We thank all of the
volunteers who have participated for over six years for their generous donation of their time and
talents. We reach over 200 children and parents every summer and are shaping Garden Club
interest for the future!

Planting Committee

The first meetings of the planting committee have gone well and plans have been set to
add color and a new fence to the front of our building, including a window box.
Actual planting will take place on April 5th, starting at 1:00.
ALL Garden Club members are welcome to help with this effort!
Bring your tools. The next meeting of this committee is on May 11th at 10:00.

Celebrating our 90th

In prior issues, we covered the first 40 or so years of our club’s existence.
Fifty years ago, during the 1966-67 year, our club had recently acquired the use of the Garden
Center on San Marco Blvd. Each of the thirteen circles were assigned a month during

which they were responsible for the upkeep of the building and for being present during any
scheduled activity.
The Club charged $10 to the Circles for using the building for money-making projects.
Thirty-five dollars was charged for wedding receptions and other functions ($25 for members).
Cocktail parties were not allowed. The Club president that year was Mrs. Arthur Campbell.
Note that husbands’ names were still used throughout the yearbook.

Community outreach projects by the Circles included creating and maintaining

gardens at various schools, at town buildings, the Senior Citizens Home, the Amphitheater, and a
special  touch-and-sniff garden at the School for the Deaf and Blind.

A two-day Flower Show titled “Holiday Showcase” was held in October 1966. Our Club
membership included five National Accredited Flower Show Judges and three student judges,
one Accredited Landscape Design Appraiser, and four Life Members of the FFGC.

During that time in our city, the Civil Rights Movement was the biggest news story. In addition,
the Great Cross at the Mission Nombre de Dios was completed. At 208 feet, it was billed as the
“world’s tallest cross.” Because of the spotlights used to highlight it during the nighttime hours,

the cross did not require the blinking red lights mandated for other structures over 200 feet tall.

Also in 1966, a time capsule was placed in the Cathedral Basilica. (It was found and opened in
2015.) In addition to news articles and items from the sixties, the capsule contained coins from
1882 to 1900.  And a last note about that year: Bob Dylan released his popular song
“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.”  He was singing about the person, not our town of course,
but we can still take some credit!

Environmental Program
We are hoping for more participants in the Environmental Committee’s program on Reduce
Reuse, and Recycle on March 18 at 10:00 at the clubhouse. The committee members will have
hands-on projects, books to give away, and lots of other information for young folks aged 6
through 12. Contact Bea Imhoff (825-4614) for more information.

Sunflower Fundraiser
The Sunflower Circle is sponsoring a Flowers on Silk design program on Friday, April 14,
from 1:00 to 3:00 at the garden club. Cost is $25, which pays for all supplies.
Class size is limited; contact Marla Ward 281-635-3449 to sign up.

Wekiva Box Tops
We’ve been informed that, starting in August of this year, the Box Tops for Education program
to purchase supplies for Camp Wekiva is ending.
Get those coupons to our garden club soon so we can take advantage of them!

Interested in Solar Energy?
If you have ever considered installing solar panels in your yard, you may be interested
in learning about the Solar Co-ops that are becoming popular around our state.
The Florida Solar United Neighborhoods group is holding information sessions in our area and
elsewhere and is sponsoring a bulk purchase program for equipment. See more information at .

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