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|Our members have a love of plants and flowers along with a desire to learn more and to share that enthusiasm with others. Like gardens, we offer lots of variety for our members:|
|•||Participate with monthly educational programs, garden tours, demonstrations.|
|•||Volunteer with club activities.|
|•||Help create a heritage for the future with community projects.|
|•||Make new friends from "diggers to designers!".|
|•||Create alongside area designers at monthly, "Fun With Flowers".|
|•||Stay informed about Florida gardens and horticulture and opportunities to learn.|
|HOW TO JOIN|
|There are many ways to meet us and participate:|
|•||Contact us, using this link, and let us know your interests.|
|•||Sign up for Fun With Flowers. You'll leave with a wonderful floral display of your own design and meet many of our members.|
|•||Look for us at the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival - we operate the Children's Corner to show kids the fun in gardening.|
|•||Attend one of our General Meetings or Combined Circle Meetings. Dates and the program topics are listed on our public event calendar.|
|•||Contact one of the Circles below for information.|
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|•||Annual Dues - for an individual and per couple.|
|Benefits of membership include:|
|•||Monthly Circle meetings with wide variety of educational programs plus programs at General and Combined Circle meetings.|
|•||Garden tours, access to Gainesville Garden Club Library and annual yearbook.|
|•||A subscription to the Florida Gardener magazine published four times a year by Florida Federation of Garden Clubs (FFGC).|
|•||A subscription to Gainesville Garden Club's monthly e-newsletter, The Seedling.|
|•||20% discount on use of the facilities for your private event, once per year (for members in good standing after 1 year of membership)|
|•||Many opportunities to participate in flower shows, floral design classes, gardening study courses, etc. We work with many local and state organizations to assist you in furthering your special interests.|
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OUR CLUB ORGANIZATION
Because our club is large, the Gainesville Garden Club members each belong one of five different Circles that meet at varying times on the third Thursday of each month from September through May. The meeting places may change from month to month as programs often include visits to area gardens or activities.
There are Combined Circle and General meetings at the Garden Club during the year with educational programs of wide interest for all members and guests. Click on our Calendar for dates and topics.
As a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, our members have opportunities to participate in events at a district, state and national levels. In our District V there are two meetings a year hosted by various clubs in the north central Florida area. All Garden Club members are invited as either a delegate or guest.
The Gainesville Garden Club is more than 90 years old and proud of the long history and legacy of education and civic involvement. Read our history for a glimpse of the role our members have played in making Gainesville a wonderful community.
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|OUR CLUB CIRCLES|
|The normal meeting days are the 4th Thursday of the month, September through May, except for November and December the day is moved to the 3rd Thursday of the month. The Circles listed below would welcome your contacting them for information on their programs and an invitation:|
|•||Begonia Circle, members are women and men who love gardens, gardening and floral design. Like our botanical namesakes we have great variety in our Circle: some are tall and elegant like the stately cane begonias; some, like the fancy Rex Begonias, are fashion plates; some are quiet work-hard types like the Wax Begonias with a profusion of blooms! Besides learning more about gardening and design, we volunteer at Wilmot Gardens, assist with service projects of the Gainesville Garden Club, and help maintain the butterfly garden at the clubhouse. We also help at the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival and support the garden at Kanapaha Middle School.
We often meet in one of our member's homes to pursue our passion for gardening and design. Contact our chairman and come visit us, colorful begonias that we are. We'll make you feel welcome!
|•||Gardenia Circle, organized in 1971, is committed to service in the community as well as beautification of the community. Our projects reflect these commitments. We have supported youth gardens in local schools, the greenhouse at Loften Center, and the VA Honor Center therapeutic garden. Members have actively worked and the circle has contributed financially to beautify Hope Lodge, Haven Hospice Attic, and Ronald McDonald House. Service to and in our community is an essential to Gardenia Circle members.
Meeting places determined monthly, 9:30 am.
|•||Jasmine Circle, meetings are held primarily at the Garden Center at 6 pm. Meetings begin with a speaker and/or program while eating a dinner provided by the hostesses of the month, followed by a business meeting. Jasmine members are active in the community with a number of gardening projects done primarily outside of normal work hours. Since this circle meets in the evenings, many of the members also work.|
|•||Mimosa Circle, started in 1947, has 24 members who enjoy exchanging plants, informative meetings and field trips. Our annual fundraising sale of caladium bulbs (about 14,000!) supports volunteer efforts and community projects at Wilmot and Kanapaha Gardens, Loften Center and other local schools, Camp Wekiva and Ronald McDonald House. We include our family member at special events. The Circle meets at 10 am at the Garden Center or at a member's home. Please join us!|
|•||Wildflowers Circle, has an assortment of 10-15 beautiful women: employed, retired, single, married, and all with a free spirit. Lunch meetings are held in members' homes, restaurants, and area sites with an annual trek to Dunnellon nurseries. Two months of the year we work with nursing/rehabilitation facilities and also have projects for our home gardens. We would love to have you come visit one of our meetings with the hope that you will join our bouquet of "wildflowers".|
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