Florida Federation of Garden Clubs convention attendees from the Port St. Joe Garden Club are, from left: Leesa Haire, Lynn Pisano-Pedigo, Phyllis Goff, Leelee Doughty, Sarah Darden, and Sue Meyer. [PSJ Garden Club | Contributed ]
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Six attend state garden clubs convention

Six members of the Port St. Joe Garden Club attended the 100th anniversary convention of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs in Jacksonville April 9 to 12.

Members statewide who were born in 1924, including past president of the Port St. Joe Garden Club Era Daniell were recognized. In addition, five garden clubs in Jacksonville, Winter Park, Halifax Country, Miami Beach, and Gainesville were simultaneously celebrating a century dedicated to horticulture. 

A centennial quilt composed of patches designed and sewn by various affiliated garden clubs was unveiled for the occasion. The square created by the PSJ Garden Club featured a daylily motif in shades of buttery yellow, smokey greys, and subtle blues. 

Other highlights of the state convention included tours of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the first Members’ Only Art Show, and a Flower Show at the home of the Garden Club of Jacksonville. 

National Garden club president Brenda Moore and former White House floral designer Laura Dowling were notable luminaries that inspired their audiences. 

Caladiums in Sue Meyer’s garden [ Sue Meyer | Contributed ]

While club leadership was in Jacksonville, other members of the local garden club were preoccupied with preparing for the Plant/Bake/Yard Sale on Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET at the Garden Center at 216 Eighth Street. 

This major fundraiser allows the garden club to sponsor beautification projects throughout Gulf County, offer scholarship awards, sustain the seed library, maintain Blue Star markers that honor members of the U.S. armed forces, and organize gardening opportunities for youth in the area. 

An array of plants for the home, patio, and yard will be available. Each has been nurtured by a club member and is suitable for the rigors of coastal weather and sandy soils. 

Vines, native plants, succulents, herbs, veggie starts, and flowering plants will be offered on the grounds of the garden center… rain or shine. Inside, unexpected treasures await and the Bake Shoppe is known for its sweet and savory delights. Be sure to have the trunk cleared and empty to accommodate the bargains to be found. 

For more information about the Port St. Joe Garden Club, visit its Facebook page. The Garden Center may be reserved for showers, receptions, and graduation parties. Contact rental coordinator Lanann Tuttle at 404-932-0646 for details.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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