Monthly Newsletter
Garden Club of St. Augustine, Inc.
Founded in 1926
Message from the President
Garden Club of St. Augustine, S
eptember 2017  
The Memory of Beautiful Flowers Last Forever
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President's Message
Open House:
On June 3rd we held our first Open House at the club house to start the beginning of National Garden Week.  
We had a great turnout.  From 9am to 1pm speakers such as Fred Whitney - Roses,
Dottie Hudson - Succulent and Bromeliad, Elli Steiger - easy flower arranging, gave valuable information
to the attending guests.   
Members donated plants along with some beauties from the Shirley Barber a Master Gardner.  
We had tables set up for Nature Detective, Ways & Means, South Horticulture, Kim, the Bee Lady, Teacher Grant
information, and St John’s Country Mosquitoes Control.  We had fun, delicious refreshments and giveaways.

Club House:
During June, July and August we were busy at the club pressure washing, repairing  items and the pump,
hiring a yard man who is doing a great job and attending to the beautiful garden.  
Led by Teresa Lopez circle  members planted, weeded and watered on a daily bases.
The yard looks great, so much so that we decided to award the Garden of the Month, with permission of Camellia,
to all of us.  
We hired a cleaning crew that took two days to clean the inside of the club.  We were going to be ready for
our September meeting.

District IV:
In August I went to a District IV meeting in Orange Park with Jan Litchfield  where I learned  about State membership
number, how to run a meeting, the web site, and information on Garden Fest.
A Hurricane Disaster Fund letter was received by Ann McCormick, informing us of the need to donate
$.25 to 1.00 to replant thousands of trees that had been destroyed due to the hurricane Harvey.  
If members donate .25 that would be $2,500; a 1.00 would be $10,000.  This devastation occurred in Texas and
Louisiana.  Please send your donation in any amount of Gina Jogan, 6727 Highway 99, Molino, FL 32577.  
Memo line should state Hurricane Disaster Relief
The Ribault Garden Club is making arrangements for the October 13th meeting at their club house in Jacksonville Beach.
State Officers will be giving presentations on their programs so don’t forget to register.
It is going to be a great meeting.
On Saturday, October 21, Gardenfest will be held in Green Cove Springs from 9:00AM - 2:30PM.  
There will be speakers offering a wide range of topics in horticultural and environmental.  
Deadline to register is October 14th.  
Fee is $15. Bring a bag lunch, drinks will be furnished.
Checks payable to District IV FFGC Inc.
Linda Fonferek 6241 Du-Clay Road, Jacksonville, FL 32244, 904-803-4599

Meeting:
Hurricane Irma invited herself to our first meeting which had to be rescheduled to October 11th.  
We hope you all will come to hear about Butterfly gardens and using flowers from the garden to make beautiful
arrangements.
Yearbooks were available at the club house during the last week in September.  They were counted and put in boxes
with the circles names on them.
The state slogan is Plant, Bloom and Grown which fits in with our goals for the 2017-2018 year.  We have a beautiful
treed lot and would like to plant more flowering trees.  We have a great gardening committee and we want to
have more bird houses, bat house and one of the circles (Poinsettia) has already established a butterfly garden.
Plant America is a grant program that involves the community that our circles can apply for and receive a $1,000 for
expenses.  See Sue Swain for details.
We are working on a 2-5 year plan which is listed in our new yearbook.  We are looking forward to all of our circles
participating in community activities which will enable us to increase membership.

Downton Abbey:
Our big project this year will be the Downton Abbey participation with beautiful flower arrangements for 10 weeks
by our very talented Garden Club membership.
This exhibit from October 3rd thru January 7th 2018 will feature Victorian
style flowers and vases displayed in the lobby and also in the exhibit lobby.  
An afternoon tea will be held daily along with seminars and the viewing of the fashions and jewelry from the
television show Downton Abbey.  
The Garden Club will have a special showing on October 9th at 7pm.  
Please wear your name tags and hats. This showing will be for members only.
 
Tour of Homes:
Tour of Home in December “Christmas in the Flagler Era” will be very neat. Homes chosen are on historic properties.   
Our Tea Party with homemade cookies and Boutique crafts will be held at the beautiful River House
located on the Matanzas River.  
Houses on the Tour:
Lordis Berg-- 67 Saragossa St.
Jerry & Lois Swietnicki-- 56 Riberia
Nathan & Angela Baer-- 122 Bridge St.
John Valdes and Cece Reigle-- 343 St George St.
Dr. Ben & Connie Pineau-- 131 Marine St.
Gina Torkos-- 135 Marine St.

Dates:
Put the following on your calendar for 2017-2018

October 9, 2017 – Floral Design Class Cancelled
October 9 – Downton Abbey Garden Club members only 7PM
October 13 --  District IV Meeting Jacksonville, FL Ribault Garden Club
October 14 -- Clay County Master Gardeners Plant Sale at the US/IFAS Clay County Extension Office
                       next to the fairgrounds
October 21 -- GardenFest. Speakers. Green Cove Springs, Fl.  9-2:30PM
October 26 -- Trip to Winter Park-- $60.00-- Shopping, boat trip and Morse Museum
November 1 -- Deadline for Plant America Grant see Sue Swain for details $1,000.
November 3 -- Christmas wreath, swags, centerpieces, miniature trees-donations to be delivered this day to the COA
November 19 -- Christmas on the River wine tasting, silent auction, entertainment and delicious food and fair trade
                       items for sale
December 3 -- Tour of Homes
January 20, 2018 -- Trash or Treasure FFGC Headquarters Winter Park. Two items per person
                       (must be able to be carried) appraisal value, fairy garden vendor and a crepe food truck for refreshments
April 22-24 --  Viva La Florida 92nd Annual Convention—World Golf Village, State of Florida Flower Show, workshops
June 9 --  National Garden Week

History:
It is interesting to note that at one time San Marco was referred as Shell Road.  To attract new residences a
special meeting was called to rename this main thoroughfare with a more dignified name.  
Some of the suggestions were City Gate Avenue, North St, George Street, Broadway, Marion Avenue, Kings Highway,
The Boulevard. But J.A. Usina's suggestion won the most popular vote -- San Marco Avenue,  
taken from the old Spanish name for the fort San Marcos.
The "s" was dropped giving it the Italian spelling of the name and was easier to pronounce.