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.

FFGC Yearbook Information

posted Jul 16, 2018, 3:57 PM by Dianne Battle

Information for 2018 is available at the
 FFGC Awards page.  Go to the Award 11: Yearbook Award for the links to the Yearbook Data and to the Yearbook Awards 11 explained.

Short Course North 8/9-10, 2018

posted Jul 13, 2018, 6:29 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 6:32 AM ]

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“TEN THINGS I WANT TO KNOW” Short Course North:  

(Advanced Master Gardener Training) 
Date: August 9-10, 2018  
Daily hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Sponsored by:  
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., 
District I and University of Florida, IFAS 
Location: Escambia County Extension Office, 4-H Building
3740 Stefani Drive Cantonment FL 32533  (click for directions)
For more info: or 850-293-4902

Topics of Study will include:
Ornamental Grasses, Shade Gardening, Attractive Native Plants, Wildflowers for Landscaping, Understanding GMOs, Adaptive Gardening for Aging, Rain Gardening, Beneficial Bugs, Our Changing Environment, Alternatives to Turf
Optional Topics: Manipulating Leaves from your Garden Using Manipulated Leaves in Design
Optional: (3-4 pm) Floral designs to showcase by Linda Henderson

Orange Park Monarch Byway

posted Jul 10, 2018, 7:43 AM by Dianne Battle

Orange Park Garden Club
The Garden Club of Orange Park has a monarch waystation, as part of the Orange Park Monarch Byway.  Congratulations to this garden club, and tell all the monarchs you know that "dinner is served."

2014 Water and Land Conservation Amendment Compliance

posted Jun 27, 2018, 6:37 AM by Dianne Battle

Water and Land Legacy Amendment Upheld
On June 15, 2018, Florida Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled in favor of environmental organizations that brought suit against the Florida legislature for being out of compliance with the Water and Land Conservation Amendment.  

The Amendment, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2014, requires funding to be used for land acquisition, restoration and management, not for other purposes.  The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs was officially in support of of the Amendment's passage in 2014.  

The environmental groups that brought the suit include:

Gardening Study School Series Begins October 1-2

posted Jun 23, 2018, 5:17 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 6:41 AM by Info district4ffgc ]

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Gardening Study School Course 1, Series 6. The first of this four-course series runs from October 1-2, 2018:  Learn and refresh your gardening skills. See the Gardening Study School series description.  Details for these four courses offered by District IV are below:

Course 1
Dates:  October 1 - 2, 2018 (Mon.-Tues., 8:30am - 4:30pm)
705 2nd Avenue North                                 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250                Click here for directions.

Chair: Carolyn Stevens, 904-247-8269, email:
Registrar: Debbie Safford, 904-280-8487, email:
Cost: $65 with exam   
The course brochure, registration form, and deadline will be announced shortly. 

Course 2 is scheduled for October 29-30.  Course 3 will be offered February 4-5, 2019.  Course 4 will run from March 4 to March 5, 2019.

Leadership Meeting - July 26, 2018

posted Jun 16, 2018, 7:44 AM by Dianne Battle

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Leadership Meeting:  July 26, 10AM, at The Garden Club of Orange Park.    The meeting will end around 1PM. 

Club and District leaders are invited to collaborate in planning upcoming District IV events, especially GardenFest (scheduled for October 20 in Starke).  Bring your ideas for GardenFest speakers. If you have additional topics for the meeting, please contact Jan Litchfield to discuss them prior to the Leadership Meeting date.  Note that our District is looking for clubs to volunteer to host the District's Spring Meeting (late April or early May 2019). 

The Garden Club of Orange Park is located at 1820 Smith Street, Orange Park, FL  32073.  They have repaired/renovated their club house since Hurricane Matthew.  

To allow for participant planning, RSVP to Jan Litchfield at 904-819-6864,

Upcoming Summer and Fall District IV Events

posted Jun 16, 2018, 7:43 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jun 16, 2018, 7:55 AM ]

District IV Meeting and Event Dates are are listed below.  Don't forget to check our Member Clubs page and Announcements page for any events being advertised on behalf of our clubs.

Leadership Meeting:  July 26, 10AM, at The Garden Club of Orange Park.  Club and District leaders are invited to collaborate in planning upcoming District IV events, especially GardenFest.  Bring your ideas for GardenFest speakers and for a venue for the District's Spring Meeting.  See the Leadership Meeting Announcement for more details.  The Garden Club of Orange Park is located at 1820 Smith Street, Orange Park, FL  32073.  RSVP to Jan Litchfield at 904-819-6864,

District IV Fall Meeting:  October 12, 2018, at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32204.  FFGC Officers will be in attendance.  Call letter and registration form to be published later.

GardenFest:  October 20, 2018, at the Bradford County Senior Center, 1805 N. Temple Ave. (US301), Starke, FL  32091.   The Garden Club of Alligator Creek Starke will be hosting.   Details will be announced at a later date.

National Pollinator Week 6/18-6/24/18

posted Jun 11, 2018, 5:55 AM by Dianne Battle

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Learn about the many animals that pollinate our northeast Florida plants during National Pollinator Week.  Public events going on in our "back yards" include: 

The Bees are Back!  On 6/20 from 3-4PM GTM Research Reserve is offering an Afternoon Insight into the native bees that call northeast Florida home.  See the native bee collection, take a walk in the native plant garden, and listen to research-based findings guaranteed to improve your understanding and increase your appreciation for these industrious pollinators.  

Camp Florida-Friendly Classes  Pick a day, or take all three classes on June 25, 27, or 29 at the Duval UF/IFAS County Extension Center.  Each class starts at 9:30 and ends at 2PM.  Each day has a different focus:  gardening for local wildlife, plant identification, or basic horticultural skills.  Bring a brown bag lunch; drinks and snacks provided.  
  • Mail your check for $10-per-class, payable to  Camp Florida Friendly, to Duval Extension, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, FL  32254It must be received by June 18 to reserve your place.  
  • Call (904) 255-7450 weekdays if you have questions.

Does your garden club have plans for pollinator week?  Use the Contact page here to share your news!  

2018 NGC Award for District IV & New 2019 Awards

posted Jun 7, 2018, 11:42 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 9:00 AM ]

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The National Garden Clubs has an "award winning double-header":

Several FFGC clubs were honored with NGC Awards, Ribbons, or Certificates of Appreciation.   District IV was awarded first place for its website.  Other clubs distinguished themselves as well.   See the List of FFGC clubs and members that won awards this year!

NGC  has announced several new award categories for 2019, and is keeping the Plant America Grant award open again this year:

See the National Garden Clubs Awards section for award rules, winners, and grants.  Award applications are submitted to/through FFGC by the stated FFGC deadlines.

Sharing the Beauty this Summer

posted Jun 6, 2018, 7:58 AM by Dianne Battle   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 12:00 PM ]

District IV clubs aren't just cooling their heels this summer.  Here are some examples of how our clubs are sharing the beauty:

The Garden Club of St Augustine's Nature Detectives visit youth at St Johns County Libraries during the summer months to keep young minds active.  See their schedule.  

Fleming Island Garden Club meets all summer.  The next program on June 11 at 10:00 A.M. Includes a presentation on "What's Blooming in Your Garden" and a tour of the Clay County Extension Center's Demonstration Gardens. The program will be at the Godbold Building at the CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURE CENTER 2463 S.R. 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043   See their website for future meeting dates and times.

FFGC holds classes, and short courses and events all year.


Learning beyond the FFGC Garden Gate:

Take a visit to a garden and get an education at the University of North Florida's Garden Events.

If gardening is your passion, become a University of Florida (UN/IFAS) Master Gardener!   UF/IFAS Master Gardener Programs are "Growing New Master Gardeners" this summer.     Learn about the program and contact your county's Extension Office for details and deadlines.

Florida has over 1,100 miles of ocean shoreline, and District IV has a sizeable amount of beachfront territory.  Take the plunge and learn about horticulture, animals, and the environment along the ocean and within our estuaries by visiting the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR).  Guided activities, educational programs, and a chance to do "citizen science".

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