Preserving the Past, Growing the Future
Coral Gables Garden Club celebrated its 85th anniversary year in 2010. Since 1925, we have continued to have a significant impact on the betterment of life in Coral Gables. We gather to share, learn, create, and enjoy the South Florida natural wonders that encircle us—from the bays to the Everglades.
As part of a complex ecosystem that depends upon the regular replenishing of nutrients, we feel a responsibility to support and sustain environmental quality, and to protect the water, birds, wildlife, fish, trees, and plants that are in such abundance here.
Coral Gables Garden Club is dedicated to studying horticulture and the artistic use of plant material. Monthly meetings offer educational programs on varied topics such as, landscape design, how to grow orchids, historic preservation, and how to make floral arrangements for a dining room table. Participation in artistic workshops and judged Flower Shows creates excitement and good-natured competition.
Members are committed to offering opportunities for others to learn about conservation and gardening. Junior Gardeners are encouraged to “dig some dirt” at the Heritage Community Garden at the historic Merrick House; exhibits at the Green Festival in February show the public ways to leave a smaller imprint on our planet; and scholarship donations empower students to continue their education in fields related to gardening. In addition, we help support the summer camping activities sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs at Wekiva Youth Camp and through SEEK—a camp experience for high schoolers—at Wakulla Springs State Park.
Historic preservation and beautification of the City of Coral Gables has long been a passion of our members. From landscaping public schools to constructing architectural entrances on city streets to placing artistic bronze monuments in important places, we have promoted civic pride and left lasting improvements to the beauty of the city.
While adding to the “flowering” that colors our community, we are growing deeply-rooted relationships within our membership. Forming friendships with others of like-minded interests brings us together and it unites us to serve others.