Dear Garden Club Members
July marked the beginning of the 93rd year of Ft. Lauderdale Garden Club’s continuous service to its members and the greater community. It has been a challenging year so far, as our foundation of normalcy was completely dislocated in early March when all meetings, classes, flower shows and celebrations were abruptly cancelled. Zoom meetings are now part of our “new” norm as we’ve persevered on as a club in an effort to stay connected with one another.
What has not waivered is our club’s commitment to encouraging the love of gardens and gardening. We all benefit from the premise that “every garden counts” whether it found in a public area, someone’s beautiful yard or perhaps just a few treasured plants, potted and residing on a terrace or balcony.
Our Club’s gardeners have been dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise in horticulture both with fellow Club members and with the Ft Lauderdale community through our flower shows, garden tours, NGC classes and our monthly programs, all of which are open to the public.
Our flower shows and Secret Garden Tours not only provide the funds we need to sustain our Garden Center but are invested back into the community as scholarships for students to attend Camp Wekiva, a FFGC nature camp that nurtures the love and respect for our environment. FLGC volunteers mentor Ft Lauderdale students of all ages through Youth Gardening to educate and guide them to become stewards of the land and instruct them as to how to nurture their own environment.
FLGC has been and will continue to be actively involved in enriching the public’s understanding and appreciation for the importance of planting native trees, bushes and flowers. Tree replacement and memorial planting is an ongoing effort by our club volunteers.
All of these collective efforts by our members bind us to our Garden Club and to one another. I am honored to have been asked to be President of this dynamic group and am grateful to all of the Board members who dedicate their time and efforts to oversee all of the Club’s projects and to all of the individual members who volunteer their time and energy.
I am hopeful that we will be able to resume our meetings, classes and events in the near future as we have a full and exciting forward calendar. I am looking forward to seeing and working with you all in the coming year.
President of Fort Lauderdale Garden Club