100 years at the Garden Club and beyond

2022-03-26T22:12:39-04:00March 25, 2022|History, News|

The Garden Club of Jacksonville celebrates our 100th anniversary on March 25, 2022—but we are looking forward to the next 100 years.

Inspired by the gardens of Europe, Ninah May Holden Cummer gathered a group of 17 friends in her Riverside home 100 years ago to organize a garden club to create a more beautiful city. This group ultimately was to become the Garden Club of Jacksonville. Read more about our history here.

Check out this story by Tom Szaroleta about our anniversary in The Florida Times-Union with photos by Bob Self. The story includes a photo gallery of historic images.

Garden Club President Tiffany Davis greets guests at the 2022 Flea Market in February. (Photo by Susan Dixon)

The Garden Club hosts dozens of programs each year, including monthly Horticulture Corner and Budding Gardeners, frequent Fun with Flowers classes, an annual Designer of Distinction presentation, plus Open House, Flea Market, Luminaria Festival, and many more. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, the Garden Club began hosting virtual programs and continues to offer many hybrid programs with recordings that can be watched on our website.

In 2021, the Garden Club organized the Horticulture Show at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair and is planning an even greater event in 2022.

Visitors gather in the Garden Club Courtyard at the Ninah Cummer Birthday Picnic in October 2020. (Photo by Brandi Hill)

We’ve been growing our membership ranks over the last two years with the addition of the Friends of the Garden Club of Jacksonville. We have 25 circles that meet monthly and for Combined Circles at the Garden Club.

The Garden Club has an exciting year of programming planned over our 100th year, starting with the giant Blooms Galore & More plant sale on April 8-9.

Celebrate the 100th anniversary with the Garden Club at our Annual Meeting on May 19.

Wildflower Circle member Catherine Rieman helps children at Budding Gardeners: Herb Life in March. (Photo by Denise M. Reagan)

Ashley Woodson Bailey presents at the Designer of Distinction in May 2021. (Photo by Brandi Hill)

At the Open House in October 2021, the Garden Club unveiled the Carolyn Marsh Lindsay Library, built with a generous donation from longtime Garden Club member Carolyn Marsh Lindsay and her family to house her collection of books to encourage education and appreciation for gardening and environmental stewardship. Lindsay died on May 18, 2021, but she personally oversaw the design of the space. (Photo by Denise M. Reagan)

Guests visit the 2022 Flea Market in February. (Photo by Susan Dixon)

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