***3/19/2020 update on meetings. The April 15, 2020 general meeting had been cancelled. The May Board and General Meetings are to be determined at a later date. The FFGC District VI Spring Meeting is being rescheduled to fall 2020 also the Annual Florida FFGC Convention & Flower Show has been cancelled. Opportunity Drawing tickets – Winners will be drawn at the FFGC Board Meeting on Thursday September 17.***
***3/15/2020 In conjunction with Indian Harbour Beach Gleason Park we will be cancelling our General Meeting scheduled for March 18,2020 and also our Board meeting scheduled for April 1, 2020 due to Corvid-19 Virus. Please check back for updates on April & May General meetings as they are TBD at this time. We take the safety of membership very serious and know you will all understand.****
2018-2019 was a very exciting year for Indian Harbour Beach Garden Club. We achieved some wonderful accomplishments this term and to highlight just a few.
- Successful fundraising (especially thru our annual Bunco Party) enabled financial donations to support: FFGC replanting hurricane damage in North Florida: Penny Pines re-forestation: Camp Wekiva scholarships: and tree plating at the Patterson Botanical Garden at Florida Tech.
- In the past year, 26 members presented 19 garden related programs for residents of an assisted living facility(with no budget). Subjects included hands-on planting, cuttings, floral design, or virtual tours of botanical gardens, and are one of the facility’s most anticipated programs.
- The Spring Flower Show and floral design classes enriched member’s knowledge and also drew great community interest, as many members entered their first competition.
- Indian Harbour Beach Garden Club hosted the highly successful District VI Spring meeting chaired by incoming Director Judi Jodoin. Thanks to great teamwork, planning and publicity, a venue at a beautiful beachside hotel, more than 100 attendees took part in the meeting and enjoyed guest speaker Laurilee Thompson’s compelling presentation of the Indian River Lagoon.
How can a garden club make a difference in our world?
The Indian Harbour Beach Garden Club has some great answers:
• Re-forest land impacted by hurricanes and fires. When a member passed away and her family donated her plant collection, members potted these plants and many of their own plants for a plant sale. Working with a non-profit, Penny Pines, they raised funds to re-forest 16 acres.
• Bring gardening to assisted living residents. Every two weeks, volunteers present a program at Zon Beachside Assisted Living. Programs range from planting seeds and herbs, arranging flowers, decorating pots, learning about plants in the gardens at Zon to a visit from a Beatrix Potter impersonator who shared her stories. These programs have become a favorite with the residents.
• Send children to nature camp each summer. With fundraising through the club’s annual bunco party, 8-10 Brevard children receive a scholarship to spend a week at Camp Wekiva, near Orlando, to learn about their environment.
• Bring live plants to Meals on Wheels clients. Every Valentine’s Day, Brevard County clients receive a decorated live plant on their dinner tray, with Happy Valentine wishes from IHB Garden Club.
• Support the Botanical Garden at Florida Institute of Technology. The garden club makes a financial contribution to this 15-acre garden, a treasure for the entire community. It’s open to the public free of charge.
• Promote landscape best practices. Every month, one noteworthy residential landscape is awarded “Yard of the Month.” Members review and select a winning local landscape, the city posts a sign in the yard, and homeowners receive a gift certificate donated by Rockledge Gardens.
Garden Club members meet at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach at 10:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, September – May. Programs include guest speakers and buffet lunch—a great way to learn about Florida gardening and meet people who make a difference in our world!
Quote of the Month
Coming together is a beginning,
Staying together is progress,
Working together is success.