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Proudly celebrating 90 years of service within our Community - 2018

Education - Beautification - Preservation

About Us

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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Board of Directors

Circle News


Upcoming Events



  • 9th,  10am-12pm, “Rustic Floral Design for any season” (Kathy Echevarria)


  • 27th, 10am-12pm, Board of Directors Meeting


  • 18th, 9am-2pm, Fall District VIII meeting at TGC
  • 25th, 10am-12pm, Board of Directors Meeting
  • 31st, 10am-1:30pm, Session One New Floral Designs (Carol Lucia)


  • 7th, 10am-1:30pm, Session Two New Floral Designs (Bess Treadwell)
  • 8th, 7pm-8pm, Speaker Series: Kick off w/Marta MacDowel (Author of Presidents’ Gardens)
  • 14th, 10am-1:30pm Session Three New Floral Designs (Jan Griffin)
  • 29th, 10am-12pm Board of Directors Meeting


  • 1st & 2nd, Holiday Home and Garden Fest


  • 1oth, 7pm-8pm, Speaker Series: Benjamin Vogt (From Nebraska speaking on Garden Ethics)
  • 12th, 9am-1pm, Diggin’ It Horticulture Classes (1 of 6) $20/class or $90 for entire 6 week series
  • 19th, 10am-2pm, Diggin’ It Horticulture Classes (2 of 6) $20/class or $90 for entire 6 week series
  • 26th, 10am-2pm,   Diggin’ It Horticulture Classes (3 of 6) $20/class or $90 for entire 6 week series
  • 31st, 10am-12pm Board of Directors Meeting


  • 1st, 10am-2pm, Diggin’ It Horticulture Classes (4 of 6) $20/class or $90 for entire 6 week series
  • 8th, 10am-2pm, Diggin’ It Horticulture Classes (5 of 6) $20/class or $90 for entire 6 week series
  • 15th, 10am-2pm, Diggin’ It Horticulture Classes (6 of 6) $20/class or $90 for entire 6 week series
  • 23th, 11am-1pm, 90th Anniversary Tea
  • 28th, 10am-12pm,  Board of Directors Meeting


  • 7th, 10am-11am, Speaker Series: James and Julie Branaman (from 83* website, Nature Photography)
  • 14th, 10am-1:30pm, Floral Design Classes (Advanced Design)
  • 21st, 10am-1:30pm, Floral Design Classes (Advanced Design)
  • 28th,  10am-12pm, Board of Directors Meeting
  • 28th, 10am-1:30pm, Floral Design Classes (Advanced Design)
  • 24 & 25th, 10am – 4 pm GreenFest
  • 29th, Wed. Board of Directors


  • 4th, 7pm-8pm, Speaker Series: John Tate on “The Grand Role of gardeners in Global Change” (from Hardeman’s Landscaping)
  • 8th, 12pm-5pm Earthly Paradise & Flower Show (Flower show runs Aprils 6th-8th)
  • 25th, 10am-12pm Board of Directors Meeting


  • 30th, 10am, Annual Luncheon/Installation of new officers
    (Circle Reports/Awardso/Grant winners)

Board of Directors Meeting:
Meetings begin at 10am on the last Wednesday of the month September – May.  There is no December meeting.

Be sure to check back often as we build our new “What’s Happening” better known as Upcoming Events calendar. More dates and exciting events will be added regularly.

Circle News

There was a lot learned and shared at the Spring FFGC meeting in Orlando, May 10-13,2017.  Diana Sullivan and Sharon Cooper were part of the awards program, showing off their dancing skills.  Kitty was awarded a top award as ‘Inspired Gardener of the Year’ and Tampa Garden Club received many awards.  Kathy Echevarria and Kitty Wallace will be representing us at the National Convention the week of the 20th.






After seeing the pictures of the topiaries in Director Joe Parr’s program this spring and seeing up close the fabulous flamingo topiaries loaned by Busch Gardens for our Flower show, there was a lot of interest in a tour of the gardens.   Almost 35 of our members joined Village Garden Circle on May 9th for the Topiary Tour at Busch Gardens, led by Horticulture Director Joe Parr.  We are hoping to return for the next set of topiaries placed for the winter holiday season.  Thank you Rhonda for your superb organizing of this day!




Old Fashioned took a tour of Sunken Gardens in April and saw the fabulous specimen varieties they have.  Fun times with friends!



Founders Garden Circle has been working many weeks on our Rubideaux entrance:weeding, new irrigation, lighting on the trees and the entry wall and now the signage and painting to do.  It will be such a wonderful asset for our entrance.  Thank you Founders.

Work on Rubideaux St. entrance

Shooting Star Clerodendrum













Village Garden Circle is growing by leaps and bounds with wonderful volunteers and interested members.  Pictures below are from their February meeting.







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