The Manteca Garden Club would like to invite you to join us in accomplishing our goals and sharing our enthusiasm for gardening.

Our club, which was founded in 1953, is a member of the Pacific Region, of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the Valley Lode District of California Garden Clubs, Inc.

Our mission is to further the education of its members and the public in the areas of gardening, horticulture, botany, landscape design, conservation of natural resources, civic beautification, garden therapy and nature environmental studies.

Please feel welcome to attend our meetings or events as a guest, or join our club now by filling out an application.

Flower of the Month

January - Carnation

Carnations were known as "Jove's Flower" in ancient Rome as a tribute to one of their beloved gods. In Korea, a young girl places three carnations in her hair to tell her fortune. If the top flower dies first, her last years of life will be difficult; if it's the middle flower, her earlier years will bring the most grief. Worst of all, if the bottom flower dies first, the poor girl will be miserable her whole life!

For the most part, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection. White carnations indicate pure love and good luck; striped symbolize a regret that a love cannot be shared. Green carnations are for St. Patrick's Day; purple carnations indicate capriciousness.

Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus' plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus, the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother's undying love, and in 1907 was chosen by Ann Jarvis as the emblem of Mother's Day, now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May.

Recent events (slideshows)

2014 Christmas Party.
Thanksgiving Harvest at Sequoia School
Eric Teberg's award winning landscape at the Alameda County Fair

Artist Guild Entries for 2014 Garden Tour Publications

Artist Guild Entries for 2014 Garden Tour Publications.
Congratulations Jeanne Ramey.
Jeanne Ramey and presenters Gloria Martinez and Rita Canales.

If you would like to have your house on next years Garden Tour please fill out our tour application.

A great resource for all garden enthusiasts: Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County    

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Save the dates!

All Regular meetings are held at the McFall Room in the Manteca Public Library located at 320 W. Center Street. Social gathering at 12:30 PM. General meeting starts around 1pm.

January 15 - Master Gardener Workshop on Backyard Orchards presented by Lee Miller, 10:00-12:00 noon at the Manteca Library, 320 W. Center St. Manteca.

January 19 - Regular meeting, speaker will be Club member Beverly's daughter - Danelle Ariaz on Flower Arranging

February 10 - Valley Lode District Meeting. Calaveras Garden Club will host this meeting at Saddle Creek Resort, 1001 Saddle Creek Dr., Copperopolis. Cost $22. Robert Kostlivy, Director of Environmental Health, Tuolumne County will speak on Grey Water & Well Water.

February 16 - Regular meeting, club members Tom & Rita Canales will talk about Composting

March 16 - Regular meeting, Andria Bersi, Horticulturist Delta College, will discuss the History of Tulips

April 1 - Field trip to Rich Santoro's Bulb Garden show in San Jose.

April, 20 - Regular meeting, no speaker, planning for May 9th Garden Tour.

May 18 - Regular meeting, Paul Jones will discuss Japanese Maples.

June 15 - Installation Luncheon at Pageo Lavendar Farm in Turlock.

If you have any questions please call Paula Elias at (209) 239-5104