April 10, 1982, Jacksonville Florida
Jacksonville Chapter 1958-1968
Jacksonville Sesquicentennial Photos
Views of Jacksonville Florida
We would like to thank Mr. George N. Martin, of Chapin, South Carolina for his contribution of materials to our history page,and our Duval High School 1924 Yearbook.
The Garden Club of Jacksonville, Florida
CLUB FLOWER (ON COVER) GORDONIA LASIANTHUS (Loblolly Bay)The Gordonia belongs
to the Theceae or Camellia Family and is closely related to the beautiful lost Franklin Altamaha.
It was named for James Gordon, an English nurseryman, who died in 1870.The range of the
Gordonia is narrow, being found along the coastal plain from North Carolina to about the
latitude of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. It grows in abundance in Swamps and lowlands of
Duval County, Florida. In this region the trees reach a height of sixty feet. It is perfectly hardy,
easily transplanted and will flourish under ordinary care in almost any garden within its range.
The blooming period is long, from the middle of April through October.
The white flowers are large, fragrant and of a lovely magnolia-like texture
with quantities of bright yellow stamens in the centers.