The Pinecrest Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Region,
the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. District XII and the National Council of State Garden
Founded: 2003, Pinecrest, Florida
Club Flower: Pink Angel Wing Begonia
Botanical Name: Begonia flamingo
Club Logo: Helping Hands
Statement of Purpose:
The object of the Club is to encourage good landscaping of our home grounds and the Pinecrest community; to
strive for excellence in the practice of horticulture; to encourage development
of talent in artistic design and to stimulate interest in our environment and
Garden Club is a dynamic organization that serves both our members and the
community by providing planned activities, learning opportunities, and
contributions to worthy causes. The group meets monthly from September through
May, where, at home meetings, lunch is served, club news is shared, and guest
speakers impart their expertise. In addition, during the year we embark on
three to four field trips to local botanical points of interest such as public
gardens, nurseries, and unusual backyard gardens.
The club is extremely active in the
community as well. Some of our activities have included:
- Participating in the Pinecrest Gardens’
Backyard Paradise Festival, donating bare root plants from our backyards and
baked goods from our kitchens, and always netting a profit for the club.
- Collaborating with other Garden Clubs in the Deering Estate’s Holiday Display each December where one
of the estate’s rooms is lovingly adorned for the season by our members.
- Being present every
Sunday at the new Farmers’ Market in Pinecrest Gardens’
parking lot where we sell a huge variety of potted plants and herbs. This
venture has been our most successful source of income to date.
- Supporting the Village of Pinecrest at the Pioneer’s Luncheon, a wonderful outreach program which
gathers some of our most senior citizens and provides them with a home cooked
lunch and a chance to mingle with their peers in the Garden’s Hibiscus Room.
Over the years the funds that we
have raised have been used to make a significant difference for many. We have
sent children to summer camp, purchased trees for Pinecrest Gardens, rebuilt
and landscaped the waterfall at the Gardens’ entrance, created a butterfly
garden adjacent to the Pinecrest Community Center, donated pots, benches, and
maintenance equipment, and funded an edible garden at a local elementary
school. We continuously search for more projects that will enhance the lives of
others, and we are gratified for all that we have accomplished so far.