A Tampa Tradition
The Tampa Garden Club, a non-profit organization, 501(c)3, began when garden clubs started in Tampa. Several representatives of Tampa garden circles met on January 31, 1928, at the home of Mrs. Sheldon Stringer to form the Tampa Federation of Garden Club Circles. Established groups including Azalea, Bayshore, Founders, Garden Gate, Heights, Old Fashioned, and Rose Circles were represented at that organizational meeting. Mrs. Stringer, then President of Founders, was elected the first President of the Tampa Federation. The Tampa Federation, commonly known as the Tampa Garden Club, soon joined the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. which had been formed in 1925. The first club house was located at the intersection of Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard. In 1948, that original club house was sold and another was purchased further down the Bayshore Boulevard. Fifteen years later, the small house was demolished to make room for our present building. The new club house, occupied in 1969, was the talk of the town. Soon thereafter the adjoining property was obtained, making room for our spacious lawn and gardens. From the very beginning, Tampa Garden Club members have shared a love of gardening and a desire to foster a more beautiful and “joyous” place to live. Garden Circles, old and new, have come together to coordinate efforts, pool resources, and work with a singular vision to preserve and protect our natural resources. Several significant landscaping projects spearheaded by Tampa Federation Garden Circles include the Children’s Service Center, Plant Park grounds, Hillsborough Community College Campus, Tampa Heights Community Garden, and Shimberg Gardens in Town N’ Country. A great number of small beautification projects and school gardens are attributed to the hard work of Tampa Garden Club members. Garden Club members are service minded yet in addition our members have a keen sense for floral artistry. The Tampa Garden Club has hosted three State Flower Shows, and orchestrates an annual Flower and Horticultural Show. Many of our members are master gardeners, landscape architects and professional floral designers. Our rich history continues. The Tampa Garden Club remains a vital and relevant institution here in the Tampa Bay area. As we approach a century of community involvement, we are even more energized to inspire generations of garden lovers. Our vision remains the same and our goals are deeply rooted on the Bayshore. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate the beauty of this Earth.Read More
If you are interested in joining our organization as a Member-at-large, please print and fill out the form below. Mail this form with your check for the membership dues to: Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629.
If you are interested in joining one of our ten circles, please call 251-5059 and ask to speak to our membership chairman. S/he will refer you to the proper person.
For further information about activities of the Tampa Garden Club please click on the tab: In the News. You can view our quarterly newsletter, Forget Me Not.
Tampa Garden Club Calendar of Activities
September 19 – participate in the Coastal & River Clean-up, sponsored by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
October 7 – circles meet for a presentation by Julie of Bloom: Creating Holiday Magic using flowers and plants.
November 11 – The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Come along with photographer Carlton Ward on his 2015 expedition on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Tampa Garden Club. Tickets are $40 per person, includes complimentary wine and cheese.
November 13 and Saturday, November 14. GARDEN FEST & HOLIDAY MARKET 2015 The Tampa Garden Club continues to offer a unique shopping experience at our annual Garden Fest & Holiday Market on Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14.
VEBDORS: Interested in being a vendor? Click here: 2015 GARDEN FEST vendor info. For a vendor application, click here: Garden Fest vendor application. To reserve a space the form must be received by June 1, 2015; vendor fee must be received by September 1, 2015. Vendor applications received after June 1 will be reviewed and may still be able to participate.
COMMUNITY GROWTH GRANT The Tampa Garden Club is pleased to support local groups to achieve special gardening projects through our Community Growth Grant. Two recipients were chosen to receive $1000 each in order to expand their valuable garden projects:
- Seminole Heights Community Garden
- Greco Middle School Farm to Table project
WEKIVA YOUTH CAMP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION The Tampa Garden Club will provide half of the camp fee for youngsters whose parents are not able to pay the entire fee. Wekiva SCHOLARSHIP APP IS AVAILABLE HERE.
KIDS IN THE GARDEN 2015 - We had a GREAT camp for 37 children; 11 adults; 7 teen counselors = lots of learning and lots of FUN. Keep this in mind for 2016.
Applications for campers will be accepted March 1st for TGC members for the Kids in the Garden 2016 – Tampa Garden Club – Youth Camp. Applications for campers from the general public will be accepted March 16th as long as space is available. The fee is $65. Scholarships are available; for more information call the Tampa Garden Club office at 813-251-5059. Click the image below for application.
Tampa Garden Club members wishing to volunteer can click on the form below.
The Tampa Garden Club awards an upperclass or graduate student a scholarship in fields of study that are compatible with our mission and goals. Click to download information and Scholarship application.
TGC Board of Directors’ Meetings
Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month September – May.
Be sure to check back often as we build our new “What’s Happening” events calendar. More dates and exciting events will be added regularly.