The Garden Club of Jacksonville welcomed nearly 200 guests at the 2021 Open House on October 21. The event celebrated the Garden Club’s origins in 1922 and the upcoming year of programs leading up to its 100th anniversary in 2022.

Guests learned about fun and informative events like Horticulture Corner, Budding Gardeners, Fun with Flowers, Combined Circles, Designer of Distinction, Flea Market, and Blooms Galore & More. You can register for these events here.

The Garden Club is also organizing the Horticulture Show at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. on November 4-14. You can enter on November 1-2 by checking out the 2021 Horticulture Show Call for Entries.

Guests enjoyed the beautiful fall weather by stretching out under the giant oak tree in the creative outdoor living room built with hay bales provided by Standard Feed & Seed or gathering at seating areas in the Courtyard or next to the St. Johns River. They ate delicious bites catered by Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, including mini empanadas, petite steak and gruyere wraps, tangy Asian chicken lollipops, Jamaican jerk chicken skewers, and vegetable kabobs.

The Garden Club unveiled the new 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. She hoped her donation would encourage others to invest in the Garden Club’s upcoming landscape redesign plans.