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.

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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.




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Upcoming Events

For the Love of A Garden

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February 12, 2016 –  For the Love of A Garden

Enjoy an enchanted evening with your sweetheart at our beautiful Bayshore Boulevard building to kick off Valentine’s weekend.  Dance to the music of Bone Yard under the sheik modern décor provided IM events.   Metro Chefs will be cooking up a delicious menu and Top Shelf Cocktails will be served at our light up bar! Don’t forget about our famous silent auction.
  We are excited to open this event up to the general public.  
     This year we are recognizing Garden Circles from across Tampa and what they have contributed to this community in projects large and small.  TECO will be this year’s honorary community cornerstone partner.  Back in the day, Founders Garden Circle approached TECO about lighting the streetcar line that ran down Bayshore Boulevard to Ballast Point, thus creating one of the early partnerships.
     Proceeds benefit the community projects of the Tampa Garden Club. For more information please contact Paula Meckley at PaulaMeckley@gmail.com.


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:

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 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.

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Adult volunteer registration 2016





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.






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