|Garden Club of St. Augustine, Inc.
Founded in 1926
|Message from the President
Garden Club of St. Augustine, February/March 2018
|The Memory of Beautiful Flowers Last Forever
A Year in Review
The Garden Club of St. Augustine has had a wonderful and exciting year.
In June we started out the year with an open house and invited the members as well as the public.
We had speakers on roses, succulent and bromeliad, and floral arrangement made easy.
Members donated plants and we set up table for our children program Nature Detective, Bees,
St John Mosquitoes Control and Teacher Grant Information where we can award grants to any local schools
who wants to set up a garden at the school.
Summer had us sprucing up the club house, repairing the water pump and cleaning up the yard and
installing a picket fence. We have developed a 5 year plan to make our grounds more welcoming.
Hurricane Irma invited herself to our first meeting which had to be rescheduled.
We created a butterfly garden and a way station for the butterflies.
We installed A Little Free Library on our property sponsored by the Rotary.
Books to borrow or keep on every subject.
Our 10 Circles participated in community outreach programs, under the grant program,
visiting local nursing homes and local schools, demonstrating and having the participants create
flower arrangements or help plant and take care of their gardens and trees.
This year, a partnership with the Lightner Museum had us supporting the Dressing Downton Abbey Exhibit
with beautiful flower arrangements. Before the 10 week period of Downton Abbey members of the Garden Club were involved with
a Mother and Daughter event, a Victorian Christmas where Ribault Garden Club in Jacksonville Beach did Victorian crafts to place
on the Christmas Tree and a English Tea Party where the history of flowers was told along with a demonstration of hats of the time
and the creating of a Tussey Mussy. A different theme was created for each 10 week period based on the set of the TV show.
Two Victorian style flower arrangements were displayed weekly.
We then were asked to decorate Villa Flora, a historic home in St. Augustine owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph where over 100
Nativity scenes were on display. This home has been renovated as a retreat and is now opened to the public. This was one of our
community grant programs decorated by the Gaillardia Circle.
On the first Sunday in December we have our Tour of Home were 1500 people come to tour 6 unusually home. Our theme was
”Christmas in the Flagler Era.” All homes were either on historic properties or the home itself was historic. We had a tea at the
COA and a boutique where members made over 1,000 handmade items. Also on display were ‘Treasures of the Past’ which
proved to be a big seller and items were donated by the members.
In November we are involved with the COA “Christmas on the River” where we make
wreath for them to sell for their annual fund raiser.
Our monthly meetings have been enhanced by a large TV. We are using this TV for Circle and Council programs on flowers and
ground maintenance. We developed a suggestion box where we gave away a token if you gave a suggestion. We have developed
a new membership application along with a business card so that we can develop our membership base. We are planning to put
information in local neighbor’s newsletter to start new garden circles in new neighborhoods.
We awarded (4) $1250.00 scholarship to high school graduates who are interested in the
environment and landscape gardening design.
Our Ways and Means Committee has a yearly luncheon and fashion show featuring beach wear which is very successful.
We had a wonderful flower and horticulture show in April at the Agriculture Center with many creative designs and beautiful plants.
Many ribbons were received by the participants.
We are sending 13 children to Wekiva for summer camp.
During the fall months we have a program called Fun with Flowers where we invite the community to this ‘make a take event.’ Cost
is $20.00 which covers the instructor, vase, flowers and refreshments.
We celebrated Arbor Day at a local school by having the student plant 6 trees
along with viewing their program on the environment.
Social Magazine a business and event magazine in St Augustine and a reporter Laura Eastman
wrote an article about our club, pictures were taken of beautiful flower arrangements by members of
Las Adelfas Circle in front of our club house. This article appeared in the April issue.
This summer we will once again offer programs along with the St John County Library for children up to
12 called Nature Detectives. These workshops delve into the science of pollinators from bees to birds and this summer we will talk
about lizards. We assist in setting up this program in Dade City, Fl with student’s workshop kits for the Nature Detective Bee
In June we will once again hold an Open House, plant and book sale.
We will have speakers on Orchids, mosquitoes and flower arrangements.
At our own club house in August we will hold a free Environmental recycling, repurposing,
reusing children program. This program in from ages 6-12 will include hands on craft session.
At District IV meeting at the Ravines in Palatka we were awarded the following: Congratulations !
Camellia Circle-Garden Therapy Geriatric & Exceptional Award
The Garden Club of St. Augustine – A Community Service Award-Downton Abbey
The Deep South Garden Club-awarded to St Augustine Garden Club the Community Action Award
lst place-Downton Abbey.
Keith Fuller had a great article in the Records -- here are his words of wisdom
”If you like plants, arts, design or just want to learn more about plants, you may enjoy joining a local garden club.” Is that why you
The beginning of Summer and looking forward to our first meeting in September
it should be fun so bring a friend.