The Garden Club of Jacksonville celebrated a year of accomplishments at the Annual Meeting on May 16. Garden Club members gathered to approve the new Board of Trustees, hear a report from the treasurer, and learn about progress on the work to build a resilient campus landscape for the next 100 years of the Garden Club.
The day’s biggest announcement was the Garden Club of Jacksonville won Garden Club of the Year from the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. #GardenClubJax, one of 235 in FFGC, was nominated for the club of the year award by member LaVonne O’Shields of the Garden Divas Circle.
Garden Club President Tiffany Davis began the program with a warm welcome and a moment to honor Garden Club members who have passed over the last 12 months. Treasurer Cathe Gray presented a financial report, outlining a summary of this year’s income and expenses. Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District IV Director Sam Runyon presented this year’s awards.
Garden Club Awards
National Garden Clubs Plant America Community Project Grant for $475: San Marco Garden Circle
FFGC Butterfly Conservation Award: Garden Divas Garden Circle
Deep South Garden Clubs Butterfly Conservation Second Place: Garden Divas Circle
FFGC Garden Therapy Geriatric & Exceptional Award: Wildflower Garden Circle
FFGC Horticulture Series Award: Garden Club of Jacksonville, Co-chairs Mika Hardison and Susan Painter
FFGC Fun with Flowers Series Award: Garden Club of Jacksonville, Co-chairs Martha Davis and Madiha Zahir
FFGC Environmental Education Involving Youth Award: Garden Club of Jacksonville Budding Gardeners Program, Co-chairs Maureen Baiocco and Jean Moyer
Vice President of Programs Lynda Erwin outlined the past year’s programs and thanked each program chair for their work. Executive Director Denise M. Reagan outlined the Garden Club’s upcoming programs, outreach initiatives, and this year’s membership numbers. One highlight was that this year’s Flea Market and Blooms Galore & More were the most successful ever. She also discussed the status of the campus landscape master plan. The renderings were displayed with sticky notes available for attendees to offer feedback.
National Register of Historic Places
A very special piece of news was that the Garden Club of Jacksonville has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Special thanks were given to Joel McEachin who wrote the original application for the city of Jacksonville’s historic designation in the summer of 2019. The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission approved it in January 2020. McEachin then updated the application along with images and a letter of support from our staff to submit to the state of Florida in 2022. The Florida National Register Review Board approved and recommended our application to the National Park Service in January 2023. Signage to celebrate this designation will be included in the landscape renovation.
You can watch the full 2023 Annual Meeting below:
Tiffany Davis, President
Marty Jones, First Vice President
Julie Howard, Second Vice President
Cathe Gray, Treasurer
Sonja Skinner Jones, Recording Secretary
2023-2024 Board of Trustees
Martha Collins Davis