Garden Club members and city officials pose next to the Garden Club’s sign. Pictured, from left: Phyllis Goff, City Manager Jim Adnerson, Trish Warriner, Mitzi Bulger, Mayor Rex Buzzett, Ocia Ratliff, City Commissioner David Ashbrook, City Commissioner Eric Langston, Melissa Juberg and Lanann Tuttle [ AMANDA FAGAN-HANSEL | CONTRIBUTED ]
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Port St. Joe Garden Club celebrates 75 years

The Port St. Joe Garden Club celebrated their diamond anniversary on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 — marking 75 years since the organization was founded.

Past and current members, club presidents and local officials celebrated the occasion with a celebration fit to commemorate such a milestone, featuring cake, historical displays and spirited conversation.

Era Daniell, who was the resident of the organization from 1992 to 1994 and again in 2002 to2003, spoke at the meeting. She recalled that since most women didn’t work outside the home in the 1940s, older members had informed her that “the garden club was established to give the wives of mill employees something to do.”

But the club has gone on to perform important tasks in the community, beautifying public spaces and raising money for other local organizations and events.

“The garden club sponsored a butterfly garden for many years at the elementary school so that children could observe nature up close,” said Daniell, recalling one of her favorite projects from her time with the organization.

As garden club members, past and present, caught up over several hours, conversation shifted to upcoming events.

The organization’s annual Spring Plant Sale will be held on April 1 of this year. The event will feature plants and crafts grown or created by members and is one of the garden club’s largest annual fundraisers.

For more information about the garden club, visit their Facebook page at

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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