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.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants at Bartram GC April 19

posted Feb 17, 2018, 7:20 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Feb 17, 2018, 7:21 AM ]

sisterhood of the traveling plants
Attend a Designs and Luncheon Event at Bartram Garden Club 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants will be coming to the Bartram Garden Club of Amelia Island for a morning of design demonstrations followed by a gracious luncheon.  Details below:

Date:  Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time:  10AM
Place:  Women's Club of Fernandina Beach
             201 Jean Lafitte Blvd.
             Fernandina Beach, FL   32034
             Click here for directions.

Contact:  Beverly Williams  404-312-8530
Cost: 25.00 payable to Bartram Garden Club of Amelia Island

Gardening School Series Starting March 5

posted Feb 2, 2018, 8:47 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 9:01 AM ]

Gardening Schools 1 and 2 image
Ribault Garden Club is accepting registration for Gardening School Courses 1 and 2, (Series 6 from the National Garden Club).  Information and registration forms are below:  

Course 1:  March 5 & 6 (Monday & Tuesday)

Course 2:  April 2 & 3 (Monday & Tuesday)

Courses will be held at:
    705 2nd Ave., North
    Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250

Registration Deadline for Courses is March 1.

The cost for each course is $60, plus an optional $5 exam fee.  Send check made out to Ribault Garden Club and registration form for one or both courses to:

Debbie Safford 
229 Isle Way 
Ponte Vedra, Florida 32082 

Registration Form (select the format you prefer):

Course Registration (fillable PDF - download and save)

Course Registration (printable PDF)

Course Registration (downloadable Word format)

Courses 3 and 4 will be offered on April 30-May and June 4-5 respectively.  Registration forms will be announced, when available.

Register NOW - Viva La Florida Convention and Flower Show

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:20 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 6:14 AM ]

Viva La Florida Convention
Registration is now open for the FFGC State Convention and Flower Show, Viva La Florida, April 22 through 24, an event that promises fun and learning for you and your family!

Go to the FFGC Convention Link for forms and instructions on registering for the convention, hotel reservations, schedule, and advertising rates.

Location:  World Golf Village Renaissance
                    500 S. Legacy Trail
                    St. Augustine, FL   32092
                      Map with Directions

Dates:  April 22 through 24, 2018

Convention Registration:
Convention Registration Deadline:  Postmarked by March 30, 2018 ($40 late fee assessed afterwards).  No walk-ins!

Hotel Reservations (make individually) :
Phone:  (800) 468-3571 group code:  GCAGCAA
Links to Reservations Information for World Golf Village at  FFGC Convention Link
Reservation Deadline:  March 30, 2018.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Advertising Rates and Booklet at FFGC Convention Link
Questions and Design Assistance:  Inger Jones
Ad Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2018

Convention schedule, prizes, and opportunity drawing information at FFGC Convention Link

And don't forget to Save the Dates for District IV events for 2018.  See our Announcements for special club events open to all District members!

Student Education and Experience Opportunities

posted Jan 25, 2018, 8:15 AM by Dianne Battle

The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and Deep South Region would like to remind all garden club members that several valuable educational opportunities are available for students, and registration is open.  These student opportunities represent opportunities for our members to volunteer and support students.  See the FFGC Youth Programs and Scholarships page for forms, applications, and descriptions.


Student Signups for Camp Wekiva are filling up. More than 400 children have registered as of last week and many weeks are already waitlisted. It’s a great experience! If you know of a student up through grade 8 who may be interested, please have them fill out a registration form SOON! Each camper must be sponsored by a Garden Club or Circle, and many of those clubs provide a scholarship toward the cost. Online registration is at

Wekiva Volunteer Training will happen on February 9 through 11. MORE adults are needed for this! See the information at .  The leadership weekend would be especially helpful for those garden club members involved in youth programs such as Junior Gardeners, 4-H, and scouts. 


High School Students:  The S.E.E.K. program is a special one this year. S.E.E.K. is FFGC's annual environmental conference for students entering grades 10 – 12. The program for 2018 will be based in a coastal hammock near the Gulf of Mexico. This program is limited to 28 students. If you know of a student interested in the environment, point them to

Support  if your club wants to donate money for a children’s program this year, you may want to consider S.E.E.K.  Wekiva recently received the $10,000 Cox Conservation Award! 


FFGC offers scholarships up to $3000 and the last day to apply is May 1st

The Deep South Scholarship ($3000) and the NGC Scholarship ($4000) applications are due by FEBRUARY 1st See

Designer of Distinction Program, March 8

posted Jan 25, 2018, 7:15 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 7:16 AM ]

Designer of Distinction
Designer of Distinction Program, at The Garden Club of Jacksonville:

You are invited to enjoy a floral arrangement demonstration and presentation by nationally-recognized designer, Mimi Brown hosted by The Garden Club of Jacksonville.  Lunch will be served following the program.  See the information below for details:

Date:  Thursday, March 8
Time:   10:30AM to be followed by lunch served at noon
Place:  The Garden Club of Jacksonville,  
1005 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL  32204
Price:   $45 (Credit/Debit cards accepted) including lunch per person
Reservations:  Call (904) 355-4224 (your paid reservation is your ticket)
Deadline:  Wednesday, February 28th

Spring Back to Nature Program, March 2, 2018

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:44 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 11:55 AM ]

Spring Back to Nature 2018                          
Be ready when nature springs back this March by signing up for the, "Spring Back to Nature," program offered by the Garden Club of Orange Park.  This program is open to the public.  Master Gardeners may be eligible for CEU's; check with your Extension Agent beforehand.  Program details and the registration brochure are below:

Date:  Friday, March 2, 2018
Time:  9AM - 2:30PM
Place:  Masonic Lodge #267F&AM, 511 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073, in the Fellowship Room (904) 264-2783 (click link for directions)
Cost:  $15 (Payable to the Garden Club of Orange Park)
Lunch:  Bring  your lunch, beverages provided
Deadline:  Monday, February 26 
Mail Registration and Payment to:
Sadako Long
2445 Country Club Blvd.
Orange Park, FL  32073

New Year's Resolution for 2018

posted Dec 8, 2017, 5:31 AM by Info district4ffgc   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 5:42 AM ]

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Do more, see more, learn more, celebrate more, and make more (friends).  Sound like a tall order?  Not at all!!!!  Your local, District, state, regional, and national garden club networks have an amazing number of opportunities.

  • Learn More.  Take a class.  The National Garden Clubs, Inc. has several Study Schools.  See the offerings at the FFGC Classes page.
  • Make More Friends.  Any of the above activities will give you opportunities to make more friends.  Don't forget that if you don't know someone's email address, Log in to the FFGC website and search the Directory to reach out and connect.
Make Your New Year's Resolution a way to Reach Out and Share the Beauty!  

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

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District IV is Milkweed Country!

posted Nov 29, 2017, 8:09 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

aquatic milkweed
Twenty-one species of milkweed are native to Florida, and twelve of them grow in one or more counties in our District.  The problem is finding the seeds or plugs.  The Florida Native Plant Society has a YouTube showing the various species that should grow in our area.  Here are some resources to help you find native plugs or seeds and to help support and understand the monarch and other butterflies in our area.  Because of the threat of OE, some individuals are advocating against growing Mexican Milkweed, but as more research emerges the prudent thing to do is to cut back your Mexican Milkweed in the fall (translation:  NOW) and perhaps one other time in the growing season.  This minimizes the chance of passing the OE parasite from the milkweed to the butterfly.  You can help scientists collect data on the problem by joining in citizen science efforts, like OE spotting and butterfly counts.

You can also plant a Monarch Waystation garden.   Does your club have one already or one you maintain as an educational resource for the public that provides monarch habitat?  Let us know and be counted like these garden clubs are, as a Monarch Supporter.

Color Our Canopy for Florida Arbor Day January 19, 2018

posted Nov 23, 2017, 7:40 AM by Dianne Battle

The best way to celebrate Arbor Day is to plant a tree (or several).  The Arbor Day Foundation celebrates Arbor Day this year on April 27.  But in Florida, tree planting time is much earlier, between mid-January for zone 11 all the way to mid March (in zone 8).  Florida's Arbor Day is the third Friday in January.   This year, that is January 19.  That's when you may be able to find free tree seedlings offered by garden clubs in your area, or by Master Gardeners affiliated with your county extension office.   That's an excellent time to look for blooming trees (free or for sale) listed in FFGC President's Initiative, "Color our Canopy"

Refer to the USDA Frost/Freeze calendar for your city for the optimal time to actually plant the trees.  They can be maintained in their containers in a sheltered place next to your home until just after the last freeze/frost day, and then planted.

With a little planning on your part, your club can be eligible for the Nell Coe award, which promotes the planting of trees that will "Color our Canopy."  Choose trees from the awards list that will do well in your plant hardiness zone.  If your garden club is offering trees to the public, remember that blooming trees for your growing zone are always popular choices.  District IV garden clubs are in zones 8-9.  For planting advice use the University of Florida's informational website, and search for your selected tree.  You can also use these resources for planting and maintenance instructions. 

Trees provide so much more than shade!  The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time to plant one is right after your last frost/freeze date.  Get planting!!!!

GardenFest 2017 -- October 21

posted Nov 22, 2017, 10:58 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Nov 23, 2017, 7:42 AM ]

Conserve, Observe, Preserve

District IV GardenFest 2017 was a wonderful opportunity to learn, shop, win, nosh, and socialize with our members in the District IV garden clubs.  Thanks to Clay County IFAS/UF Extension center for being such good hosts!  See the photo album and presentation postings on our Useful Links Page under 2017 Events & Information..

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