Once again, I was so pleased to see such a wonderful turnout at our February meeting - 136 members and 21 guests!!! Our program on Orchids was so informative for our members, especially to those who are new to gardening in South Florida! Advertising our programs in the newspaper is bringing in individuals who want to learn more about gardening and are looking to join a garden club as well. Our membership is currently at 230!!!
Allamanda Circle did an absolutely fantastic job with regard to the Opportunity Drawing. It is just fabulous to see so many of our members working together for the club, from greeting guests and helping everyone feel welcome, to setting up refreshments, working at Ways & Means, bringing in floral designs for display and critique, and buying chances on the Opportunity Drawing. It is great to have so many arrive early at 10 AM to socialize with friends during our Meet & Greet time.
In an effort to help our Members at Large who do not meet on a regular basis like our circles, tables will be set aside for them to sit at during the general meetings. In doing this, our Members at Large will have the opportunity to get to know one another. Circle members will also have the opportunity to invite them to sit with their circle during the general meeting and possibly invite them to their circle meeting as a potential member as well.
The next few weeks will be busy for all of us as we get ready for our Secret Gardens Tour, March 22-23. With full member support and participation, it will be very successful as members in our community opened their gardens as a way for us to highlight some very lovely gardens, to showcase growth requirements for specific plants and get some great ideas to emulate in their own gardens. The garden tour profit is what supports all of our civic projects for the next two years - such as high school scholarships, all youth programs in the schools, Possum Long, camperships at Wekiva and many others listed in the yearbook under Civic Accounts. And I know we are all looking forward to the Kick Off Gala at Sandhill Cove, March 5th.
Your nomination for any of our awards to recognize members for their contribution to garden club and the community is due in to me by March 1s. More detailed information can be found in your yearbook and this edition of the newsletter. Many thanks for your continued support. Stay well and hope to see you at the March 10th meeting!
Donna J. Berger, President
Our Mission Statement
The Garden Club of Stuart, Inc., is a nonprofit organization for the purpose of engaging in activities which are charitable, educational and scientific and to further the education of members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, floral design, botany, land- scape design, conservation of natural resources, civic beautification, public sanitation and nature studies.