Announcements 2017-2019

Magnolia flower Duke campus by DavetheMage click image for the attribution

Announcements and news for the 2017-2019 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 back to 2015 may be viewed by clicking here.

The Love Boat - A Standard Flower Show, March 30-31

posted Feb 15, 2019, 9:06 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 2:59 PM ]

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The Garden Club of St. Augustine presents a standard flower show with the theme of, "The Love Boat."  The flower show is part of the St. Johns County EPIC Flower and Garden Celebration of Spring.   The public is invited to attend the Flower and Garden Show.  See the Event Information and General Information for Flower Show Entries below:

Event Information:

Dates/Times:  Saturday, March 30, from 9AM-5PM and Sunday, March 31, from 10AM-3PM.
Location:  St. Augustine UF/IFAS Extension Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL  32092 (click for map and directions)
Admission:  $5 per adult (the fee is good for both days, and for the St Augustine Food Festival).  The fee is a fundraiser for St. Augustine EPIC Behavioral Health Care
Activities:  Flower Show entries viewing (and voting for your "people's choice" entries), horticultural and environmental presentations, tours of the garden grounds, horticultural and craft vendors, food for sale, and the St. Augustine Piecemakers' Guild Quilt Show.  More information is at the St. Johns County EPIC Flower and Garden Celebration of Spring.

General information for Flower Show Entries:
  • The public is invited to submit entries conforming to the Horticultural Division I rules described in the Flower Show Schedule and Description.  Submissions for this Divisions should be brought to the Extension Center between 10AM-3PM on Thursday, March 28.  
  • Members of a garden club affiliated with the National Garden Clubs may submit entries conforming to Design Division II or III rules described in the Flower Show Schedule and Description.  Submissions for this Divisions should be brought to the Extension Center between 11AM-3PM on Thursday, March 28.  
  • Division IV of the  Flower Show Schedule and Description is reserved for youth. Submissions for this Divisions should be brought to the Extension Center between 10AM-3PM on Thursday, March 28. 
  • Judging for all entries (using the Handbook for Flower Shows, Revised 2017) shall begin on Friday, March 29, at 11AM.
  • All entries must be removed between 3-4PM on Sunday, March 31.  (Entries not removed during this timeframe may be picked up at the Extension Center after 8:30AM on Monday, April 1.)
See the Flower Show link at the Garden Club of St. Augustine website.   Contact Chairman, Ginny Pierucci,, to confirm which Divisions are available to receive entries.

FFGC Convention 4/7-9

posted Jan 24, 2019, 4:39 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 9:54 AM ]

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93rd FFGC Annual Convention --- April 7, 8 & 9, 2019 

2019 Convention Registration Form download pdf 

Click on the Fillable Registration Form Below

Fill out the form, print it and mail it to the Registrar noted in the form.

Fillable 2019 Convention Registration Form

Registration must be Postmarked March 31, 2019 for the standard fee.

LATE REGISTRATION FEE Add $40.00 if postmarked after Sunday, 3/31/19

Tentative Schedule posted 1/20/2019


Renaissance World Golf Village; 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092

See for more information

Everglades - An Environmental Alert from FFGC

posted Jan 23, 2019, 6:44 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jan 23, 2019, 6:55 AM ]

Everglades Movie
Too many people think that the Everglades is a swamp, but in fact, this "river of grass" is a lifeline of water to humans and wildlife.  This PBS episode of "American Experience" traces the history and importance of the Everglades.  FFGC urges you to watch it and learn more.  

The show aired on 1/15; it is available for a limited time online at the PBS American Experience page along with short videos relevant to the episode.  Click the image to the left to start playing the episode.

Garden Club of Middleburg Presentations 2/1 and 4/5 (correction)

posted Jan 16, 2019, 2:12 PM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 10:52 AM ]

middleburg historic sign
The Garden Club of Middleburg invites you to attend two meetings featuring informative presenters.  Say hello to spring by learning more about the wildlife you share it with:

February 1:  Native Longleaf Pine Ecosystems and The Chapman Fringed Orchid, by Senior Horticulturist at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Houston Snead

April 5‘Butterflies to Beauties: Every Monarch in Between’ by David Shipman

We meet the first Friday of the month at Watson Realty, 2239 BLANDING Blvd, Middleburg.  

If you have questions, you can call call Nicole Pilliod at 904-343-8235, but no advance notice is needed.  Just be our guest!

Horticultural Program, Friday, March 15, 2019 - Garden Club of Orange Park

posted Jan 11, 2019, 9:59 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jan 11, 2019, 10:02 AM ]

gardener's work bench
Gloves on.  Let's Get Digging.  This horticultural program is being offered by the Garden Club of Orange Park, Inc. for all District IV members and Master Gardeners:
Date:   Friday, March 15, 2019
Times: 9AM - 2:30PM
                511 Kingsley Avenue
                Orange Park, FL
                Google Map
Price: $15, Payable to the Garden Club of Orange Park, Inc.
Registration Info:  Mail the registration form (below) and check payable to the garden club c/o Sadako Long, Registrar, 2445 Country Club Blvd.  Orange Park, FL  32072.  
Registration Deadline:  March 11 (Payment and Registration required by that date)

For more information, contact Linda Fonferek, Horticultural Chair: 904-803-4599

District IV Spring Meeting, May 2

posted Jan 5, 2019, 3:00 PM by Info district4ffgc   [ updated Jan 25, 2019, 10:50 AM by Dianne Battle ]

Hilltop Restaurant
District IV Spring Meeting will be on May 2 at the Hilltop House Restaurant2030 Wells Rd, Orange Park, FL 32073.  New officer installation, club updates, and awards presentations will be on the agenda.  Featured speaker is horticultural expert, Keith Fuller, who will be discussing the topic of, "Annuals vs. Perennials."  More details will be upcoming. (updated 1/25)

2019 Convention Reminders - Corrected

posted Dec 30, 2018, 6:48 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 6:04 AM ]

convention site
Mark Your Calendars for these three conventions: 

FFGC 93rd Annual Convention, "Y'all Come" April 7-9 (correction:  no flower show this year)
Deep South Convention, "Savor the Sea," March 11-13 
National Garden Clubs Convention, "Gathering on the Gulf," April 29 - May 2 

Information and Interactive registrations are available at the website, under the Events page:  

Gardening Study School Courses 3 and 4

posted Dec 30, 2018, 6:30 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Dec 30, 2018, 7:02 AM ]

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Reminder for Gardening Study School Courses 3 and 4 at Ribault 

Course 3:  Feb 4 & 5  
8:30AM -- 4:30PM 
Cost with Exam:  $65 
Registration Deadline:  1/28/19 

Course 4:  March 4 & 5 
8:30AM - 4:30AM 
Cost with Exam:  $65 
Registration Deadline:  2/25 

Address:  Ribault Garden Club, 705 2nd Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250  Ribault Garden Club.  

Registrar:  Debbie Safford, 904-280-8487, email:

Chair:  Carolyn Stevens, 904-2478269, email:

Learn and refresh your gardening skills. See the NGC Gardening Study School series description.  Happy Gardening!

Wekiva, SEEK, and Tri-Council -- Important Dates

posted Dec 11, 2018, 7:13 AM by Info district4ffgc   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 9:17 AM by Dianne Battle ]

Open season for Wekiva camper registration starts in January.  Camper and volunteer registration information can be found at:

Wekiva Youth Forms page, under the FFGC Forms page 

Vice-President, Tina Tuttle, has announced two Wekiva events for February:

To register a youth for S.E.E.K. conference in June, or for providing garden club donations, use the forms below.

Both resources are under the FFGC Forms page.

Tri-Council members with children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren may apply for partial or full funding for these family members who are registered for 2019 Wekiva or S.E.E.K.  Funding applications and background information are noted below.  If you have completed one of the three National Garden Club Study Schools (or are working on completion) you may join Tri-Council.  Contact Carolyn Schaag ( or phone 352.365.6434) for Tri-Council membership details (Tri-Council Dues form below) and for any questions about Wekiva or S.E.E.K. financial assistance (see links below).

Happy 70th Birthday, Garden Club of Orange Park

posted Dec 5, 2018, 7:23 AM by Info district4ffgc   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 8:16 AM by Dianne Battle ]

birthday cake
The Garden Club of Orange Park celebrates its 70th year of operations on December 9th.  Their members honored the event with a cake cutting.  This is something to be very proud of.

Why not send them your best wishes at their new website:  
or their Facebook page:

See their Facebook Photo Album of the event here.   And read the Press Release here.

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