Announcements 2019-2021

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Announcements and news for the 2019-2021 term are posted here.  If you have any items you'd like listed, use the email links on the Contact page, to get in touch with the District Director or the Website Chairman.



Archived Announcements from 2013-2015 may be viewed by clicking here.

Gardening in the News - October 2020

posted Sep 24, 2020, 7:48 AM by Dianne Battle

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District IV Birds, Bees, and Butterflies Chairman, Carolyn Warren of the Garden Club of Orange Park, has published another wonderful article about the unsung critters that should be in YOUR garden.  Ladybugs are beneficial insects that eat insect pests.  Find out about them on page 27 of the October 2020 issue of Clay Today Online.  Click the link to read the article, "O.P. Garden Club Reminds Everyone Ladybugs are Friendly." 

Meet a District IV Club - The Garden Club of Middleburg

posted Sep 7, 2020, 8:53 AM by Info district4ffgc   [ updated Sep 7, 2020, 8:55 AM ]

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions our clubs cannot meet face-to-face.  But we can visit each other virtually.  Early in March, before the pandemic, I was able to travel to Middleburg to meet the Garden Club of Middleburg and learn from Master Gardener, Care Valleau, how to create an award-winning succulent display using plants that are available from local garden centers.

Please enjoy Meet the Garden Club of Middleburg 

Remember, many of our clubs are holding or are sharing in virtual meetings (often through Zoom).  If you have an upcoming (or an archived) meeting you'd recommend to your fellow garden club members, please don't be shy about contacting the webmaster, district4ffgc@gmail.com.  And when face-to-face meetings and events are once again allowed, let me know.   Your event can be advertised in our Announcements section and on our Facebook page, or highlighted in our Meet A District IV Club section.

To read about our clubs go to the menu About Us/Awards- Meet a District IV Club and click on the Meet a District IV Club link.  As new articles introducing our clubs are added to this section, new announcements will be made on the Home page.

Gardening in the News - September 2020

posted Sep 2, 2020, 6:01 AM by Dianne Battle

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District IV Birds, Bees, and Butterflies Chairman, Carolyn Warren of the Garden Club of Orange Park, has published an interesting article in the September 2020 issue of Clay Today newspaper and Neighbor to Neighbor about our beautiful and useful dragonfly.  Click the link to read the article, "Dragonflies are Helpfut!," and view the pictures she took in her garden.

National Garden Clubs Inc. Awards

posted Aug 22, 2020, 7:42 AM by Info district4ffgc   [ updated Aug 22, 2020, 7:56 AM ]

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Our District IV Facebook page has won the 2019 National Garden Clubs award for a District Facebook page.  Thanks to all the clubs in our District that have Facebook pages because we share your events and club-related postings to ensure other clubs are aware of how WONDERFUL you are!  Our Facebook page also shares important FFGC and NGC Facebook postings.  And by the way, the FFGC Facebook page also won an NGC award for a Facebook page representing garden clubs in that state.  Congratulations!

See the About Us/Awards page by clicking the menu link to the left to see all the awards won by clubs in our District over the years!  Woo-hoo!

If you and/or your garden club has a Facebook account, please consider following/liking these three organizational Facebook Pages.  They are also available to view even if you don't have a Facebook account.  Just click on these links:

The Florida Gardener - Fall 2020

posted Aug 22, 2020, 7:28 AM by Info district4ffgc

The Florida Gardener Fall 2020 magazine cover
The fall 2020 edition of The Florida Gardener magazine is posted on the FFGC website page, The Florida GardenerYou can also access it by clicking here.  Archived copies of the magazine can be found at the Useful Links page by clicking the menu at the left..

Despite the pandemic FFGC and our District clubs have been busy.  See what each club has been up to in the District News section of the magazine.  Not listed in the magazine, but also noteworthy are the many Zoom presentations by The Garden Club of Jacksonville.  See their Virtual Programs page for an archive of the presentations.  Bravo for taking technology by the reins!  

Also in the magazine, club president, Al Latina, has indicated that for the foreseeable future, meetings will be done using web-based technology, specifically, Zoom.  FFGC is working on procedures and training to make this platform accessible to all our clubs!

FFGC is striving to reduce membership costs by eliminating paper copies of The Florida Gardener in the future.   Log in to your member profile to opt in for electronic deliver of the magazine.  You'll not only save trees, but you'll save some money as well!

Perfect Vision 2020 Flower Show Winners

posted Aug 17, 2020, 7:22 AM by Dianne Battle

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The Perfect Vision 2020 Flower Show was an international event. The Horticulture, Design and Botanical Arts Divisions feature approximately 540 entries from over 10 Countries and 30 States. Some of the most outstanding specimens, designs and crafts were judged by distinguished Nationally Accredited Judges.

A sincere thank you to all Exhibitors who made this show one of the most diverse and unique flower show events NGC has ever presented. The Winners Lists of all 3 Divisions are posted on the National Garden Clubs' website at:  

https://www.gardenclub.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/virtual-fs-winners-design-botanical-arts-2020.pdf
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CANCELLED - Flower Show School Course III: 10/26 - 10/28/2020

posted Aug 5, 2020, 8:41 AM by Info district4ffgc   [ updated Aug 17, 2020, 7:03 AM by Dianne Battle ]

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Due to COVID precautions, course III in the series of the National Garden Club Flower Show School has been cancelled.  

The next Flower Show School will be announced at a later date. (updated 8/17/20)

Opportunity Drawing from FFGC Convention

posted Aug 3, 2020, 12:59 PM by Dianne Battle

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 We the 2020 Convention Committee haven’t forgotten that we still have one thing left to do and that is to draw the winning tickets for the Opportunity Drawing prizes. But before we do that we need to receive all the ticket stubs and monies. You have to be in it to win it!!!  The drawing will be held at the September Board meeting via ZOOM. All tickets will be in a barrel and tickets will be drawn live.  THE DEADLINE IS AUGUST 21ST, 2020


Please mail ticket stubs and checks made out to FFGC 2020 Convention to Kathy Echevarria, 308 N. Beverly Avenue, Tampa, FL 33609-1408. Please do not mail to the P.O. Box on the flyer or tickets as it is not in use any longer.

Any questions please e-mail Kathy at kathy.echevarria@gmail.com or Kitty Wallace at kittwal@aol.com.

Click here for the Opportunity Drawing Tickets!

Thank you and stay safe and healthy.

Christy Linke



Gardening in the News - July 2020

posted Jul 30, 2020, 8:34 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jul 30, 2020, 8:34 AM ]

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District IV Birds, Bees, and Butterflies Chairman, Carolyn Warren of the Garden Club of Orange Park, has published an interesting article in the July 29, 2020 issue of Clay Today newspaper about the beautiful black swallowtail butterfly and its juvenile caterpillar form.  Click the link to read the article, "Black Swallowtail Butterfly isn't a Pest," and view the pictures she took in her garden.

Report Suspicious Seed Packets from China

posted Jul 28, 2020, 2:26 PM by Dianne Battle

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is warning Floridians about unsolicited packages of seeds received through the mail. The seed packets, which may arrive unexpectedly in packages bearing Chinese characters, may bear the name China Post, and may be labeled as jewelry, have been reported in multiple states including Virginia, Kansas, Washington, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, and others.

As of July 27, FDACS has received at least 160 reports from Florida residents reporting having received suspicious seed packages. The content of the seed packages is unknown at this time.  See the Press Release.

The introduction of plant seeds into the United States is tightly regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Seeds of unknown origin may constitute agricultural smuggling, may be invasive, may introduce pathogens, toxins, or plant and animal diseases, may pose a risk of foodborne illness, and may pose a threat to plant, animal, and human health. FDACS is working closely to receive guidance from the USDA and its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the lead regulatory body on this issue, in consultation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“Plant seeds from unknown sources may introduce dangerous pathogens, diseases, or invasive species into Florida, putting agriculture and our state’s plant, animal, and human health at risk,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Anyone receiving these suspicious seed packets should not open them, should not plant them, should limit contact with them, and should report them immediately to both our department and USDA officials.”

What To Do: Anyone receiving unsolicited seed packages from other countries should follow these directions:
  • Do not open the seed packet and avoid opening outer packaging or mailing materials, if possible
  • Do not plant the seeds or discard them in trash that will be landfilled
  • Limit contact with the seed package until further guidance on handling, disposal, or collection is available from the USDA
  • Report the seed package to the FDACS Division of Plant Industry at 1-888-397-1517 or DPIhelpline@FDACS.gov
  • Report the seed package to the USDA APHIS Anti-Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835 or SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov
When reporting the seed package to FDACS and USDA/APHIS, please be prepared to provide one’s name, physical address, phone number, and email address for contact purposes.

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