Community Service Projects

 

The Tallahassee Garden Club has a rich tradition of being involved in community projects, as evidenced by the ownership of our beautiful historic building at 507 N. Calhoun St. Since 1954, members have used the building for their meetings and have graciously shared the building through rentals for the community. The following are projects that members of Tallahassee Garden Club are involved in:

 

BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKERS

 

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

National Garden Clubs has adopted the program to honor all those who have served, are serving or will serve in the future. TGC has placed two Blue Star Markers in Tallahassee, one on US Highway 90, between Riggins Rd and Phillips Rd., and another one on Apalachee Parkway, two blocks east of the State Capitol. The blue star featured on the brass memorial symbolizes the blue star on the WWII service flag which hung in so many homes of service men and women as a tribute. These markers are maintained and wreaths placed on them by garden club members on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.

 


GOODWOOD MUSEUM AND GARDENS

 

TGC is a member and supporter of Goodwood. Members work as volunteers in the Gardens and serve as docents, giving tours of the Main House that was assembled in the 1830’s and has played a major role in Tallahassee history since that time.

(Picture) This is a workshop on making square boxwood wreaths that was held during the 2013 holiday season directed by TGC members.


ALFRED B. MACLAY GARDENS STATE PARK

 

TGC is a member and supporter of the Friends of Maclay, Inc. These beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home.

"Polly pollinator" TGC's entry for Maclay Gardens state park scarecrow contest

“Polly pollinator” TGC’s entry for Maclay Gardens state park scarecrow contest

Magnolia and Jasmine Circles participated in the Maclay scarecrows exhibit during October 2014. “Maggie Magnolia” from Magnolia Circle, and “Pot Lady” from Jasmine Circle are featured here.


CITY OF TALLAHASSEE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD

 

This board serves as advisors to the Tallahassee City Commission and according to the by-laws at least one member of the Board will be a member of the Tallahassee Garden Club. The Board encourages citizen participation; presents or discusses policies and programs affecting parks and recreation; studies issues; provides input on the values, goals and objectives of a program; develops program plans; and makes recommendations to both the Parks and Recreation Department and the City Commission for overall quality program/service deliveries.


YOUTH GARDENING

 

TGC currently sponsors gardens at Gilchrist Elementary and Kate Sullivan Elementary. These gardens were requested by a teacher and members work closely with the curriculum in teaching the children the joy of gardening and all the wonderful opportunities it opens.

“Polly pollinator” buzzed Gilchrsit Elementary School

“Polly pollinator” buzzed Gilchrsit Elementary School

Monarch carterpillar munching at Gilchrist Elementary School

Monarch carterpillar munching at Gilchrist Elementary School

Kate Sullivan school gardens

Kate Sullivan school gardens


CITY OF TALLAHASSEE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD

 

This board serves as advisors to the Tallahassee City Commission and according to the by-laws at least one member of the Board will be a member of the Tallahassee Garden Club. The Board encourages citizen participation; presents or discusses policies and programs affecting parks and recreation; studies issues; provides input on the values, goals and objectives of a program; develops program plans; and makes recommendations to both the Parks and Recreation Department and the City Commission for overall quality program/service deliveries.


TMH CANCER CENTER HEALING GARDEN

 

This award-winning project was funded by TGC. It is a place where cancer patients, their families and the Center staff can go for respite and to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature. The committee continues the work; ensuring that the plants are getting proper water; changing out perennials and annuals as needed, and of course weeding. Like any garden it is always a “work – in- progress”.

TGC's pink lemonade stand for breast cancer awareness

TGC’s pink lemonade stand for breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness


SEEK (Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge)

 

This is an environmental conference for high school students in Florida ,sponsored by FFGC, held at Wakulla Springs State Park in July. TGC provides scholarships for students in our area to attend. The students come to Tallahassee on the last day for meetings at the Garden Center, where TGC members feed them lunch and send them home.
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WEKIVA

 

A junior nature camp located at Wekiva Springs State Park in Apopka, Florida. Each week for 6 weeks from early June through the end of July, over 100 young boys and girls, grades 3-8, are welcomed to camp by garden club volunteers and friends, as well as highly qualified staff. TGC provides scholarships to campers as well as volunteers.
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FUN WITH FLOWERS

 

Fun and flowers is a perfect match! If you love flowers and fun, then you will love attending a class at the Tallahassee Garden Club’s garden center where you learn to make a seasonally appropriate flower arrangement. All the supplies and flowers are provided for a nominal fee of $20. Attendees take home a unique floral design that they make themselves. In the process attendees learn about horticulture, design styles, flower selection and placement, color dynamics, containers, mechanics to hold the flowers in place, conditioning of the flowers to make them stay fresh and much, much more. The only hard part is registering and paying the fee a week in advance so that the proper amount of supplies is available on the day of the class. Fun with Flowers is open to the general public and garden club members, including men for special Valentine’s Day classes. Bring a friend and learn something new in a relaxing, easy-peasy class. Brighten your day and your home! Please watch our calendar of events for dates and times of classes.
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MONTHLY PLANT EXCHANGE AND HORTICULTURE PROGRAM

 

Since 19__, TGC members have hosted monthly plant exchanges on the Thursday after the third Wednesday, where circles are assigned a month to bring plants from their own gardens to share, as well as offer advice to new gardeners. Everyone is welcome to attend and invited to stay for the horticulture program that features outstanding speakers and workshops.
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SPRING BAZAAR

A garden bazaar takes place in the spring on the grounds at 507 N. Calhoun St.  Garden club circles sell plants and garden related items.  Every hour Tallahassee Garden Club members share a short presentation on a gardening topic such as preserving magnolia leaves, propagating seeds, worry-free gardening with daylilies, invasive plants, native bee pollinators and all about pruning.

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Free kid-friendly activities were provided by FSU Family & Child Science Undergraduate Club this past year.


FLOWER SHOWS

 

TGC sponsors a flower show in the spring, where members are invited to make a flower arrangement according to a schedule and anyone is invited to enter their award-winning horticulture. The show is open to the general public at no charge.

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KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY

(Pictures)CHRISTMAS TEA AND OPEN HOUSE
ct3ct1ct6In addition, the Tallahassee Garden Club provides financial assistance to the following:Goodwood Museum and Garden
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Maclay State Park and Gardens
Garden Therapy
Penal Therapy
Roadside and Trailways Beautification
SEEK (Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge)
Wekiva Summer Camp
Youth Gardening

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