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, but the bulk of our membership is people who appreciate our goals, and educational opportunities, as well as the social interaction. 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.
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