Our Projects

Floral Design
As members of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, District VI, and the National Garden Clubs, our members participate in regional and national flower shows and our club takes its turn hosting them. Several of our members have earned Judge credentials and guide other members in the art of floral design.


Fun with Flowers
Every month or so, we hold flower arranging workshops. The object of the group is to learn but have fun in doing so. We started out with the basic types of arrangements, vertical, horizontal, crescent, etc., and in particular did designs that could be used in the home for various celebratory occasions.   The class usually starts with a demo of what is to be accomplished and then  individuals work independently using their own creativity to complete a design resembling the demo.   Each person brings their own container and plant materials but there is great sharing among the attendees of plant materials either bought or from their own gardens.   We talk about the designs and our Club Historian Sandy Maynard takes pictures of the designs on completion.    We hope to continue these get-togethers over the coming Garden Club year 2019-2020.   The first group meeting is scheduled for Nov  18, 2019 and all Garden Club members are welcome to come and participate or just observe.

Special: Mock Flower Show, March 11, 2020 1 - 4 pm

Open to all members at the Clubhouse.
Garden of the Month

The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club has selected the home of Gary and Nancy Meares as its February Garden of the Month. The Meares built their lovely home at 147 Spruce Street in New Smyrna Beach and have lived in it for 47 years.

Although the Meares agree that Gary does the majority of the gardening, Nancy lends her design expertise in selection and placement suggestions.

Their landscape is beautifully mature, though many of the plants and shrubs, including the rubber plants and the dwarf poinsettias were started from cuttings given by special family, neighbors and friends.

There are many beds scattered through the yard, boasting a variety of plants, including Philodendron, Hibuscus, and Hawaiian Ti and Crotons to add color. In one of these beds, there is a lovely old cast iron bathtub filled with dwarf poinsettias. Interestingly, Nancy has had this tub since she was a teenager, filling it with pillows and using it as a couch.

Lastly, there is a lush archway of Confederate Jasmine which, when in bloom, adds a lovely fragrance to this well-loved yard and surrounding area.

Maribeth Alte
Chair, Garden of the Month


Nancy and Gary Meares, owners of the NSBGC February Garden of the Month.
The purpose of our Garden of the Month is to honor local residents who exhibit the principles of Florida Friendly Gardening and display an aesthetically pleasing personal touch to their property.  Our committee chair, Maribeth Alte, locates deserving gardens and features them for members and the public to appreciate.
Monarch Sanctuaries
In 2018 New Smyrna Beach became the second city in Florida to receive a Monarch City USA designation.  Last spring The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club, in conjunction with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., implemented a successful Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Garden Project to support threatened butterflies and other pollinators. 

This Spring, from February to May, members of the garden club will again be certifying gardens to encourage and recognize gardeners who develop gardens that provide habitat for butterflies and other pollinators.  Gardens that include at least 20 host/larval and nectar plants, including at least five Milkweed plants, will be visited by a garden club member. Garden owners will then receive a plaque.  The cost for certification and plaque is $25.00 and identifies the garden as a Certified Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Garden.

The Monarch butterfly population is declining worldwide due to loss of habitat, weather, urban sprawl, use of pesticides and other factors.  Participation in this conservation effort is invaluable to help both the Monarch and other endemic butterfly species and pollinators.  Interested  gardeners can download an application at  left. For further information and/or an application contact joyce.cassidy@cassidycm.com; or Barbara Snyder, abarbley@gmail.com.

Barbara Snyder, Monarch Sanctuary Co-Chair.

Monarch Sanctuary Application
Community Garden

In 2016 our garden club partnered with the City of New Smyrna Beach to create their first community garden.  For a year we researched, visited  community gardens, met with local organizations, polled residents, investigated  materials, developed a budget, created a garden design and presented our plan to the City Council.  The City agreed to pay for the building of the garden on city property located at 505 Mary Avenue. 

The opening of Phase One of the garden was September 2017.  Phase Two was completed in 2018.  There are now 36 raised beds, four of which are elevated to accommodate handicapped gardeners. A bed is rented for $15.00 per growing season.
     
Our club members provided two eight-session seminars  free to the public on how and what vegetables to grow at different seasons in Central Florida.  All educational materials were free for those attending.
     
For our club's participation in this project we were awarded by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and the Deep South District of the National Garden Club.  We are very proud to have contributed to this important community project that will produce organic vegetables and friendships through people working together.
Hospital Floral Design
Every month volunteers provide "everlasting" floral arrangements for the AdventHealth Center for Oncology waiting room. Designs are created with materials that are either artificial or dried in nature and are placed in the waiting room on a table with our club nameplate.

Patients and their families greatly appreciate the little display of warmth and color in an otherwise mundane environment.

Jean Van Slyke, Hospital Floral Design Chair.

Scholarships    
The Awards Committee is responsible for writing and submitting applications for FFGC Awards.  The committee also determines the criteria required for the High School Garden Club Scholarship.  The applications from High School Seniors are reviewed and a recipient is selected.  The committee sends information to area elementary schools about the Smokey Bear Poster contest.  Students create the posters and they are sent to the State for judging. 
Wekiva & SEEK
WEKIVA YOUTH CAMP

This year marks the 45th year for the FFGC Wekiva Youth Camp. The camp was full this summer with over 100 campers arriving weekly for 6 weeks. The campers are met and led by over 150 experienced staff, counselers, and volunteers. Their days are filled with environmental study in nature and craft sessions, recreation, swimming, and fun. The purpose is to instill a love and respect for the conservation and protection of our environment. 

Wekiva Youth Camp sponsors campers 3rd through 8th grade. For further information go to
wekivayouthcamp.org. Registration for next year can be made online after January 1st 2020. You may also contact Linda Petersen at 563-209-6903 if you have questions on registration

SEEK

Save the Earth's Environment Through Knowledge (SEEK) is an annual environmental conference sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. It is open to students entering grades 10-12. Students explore current environmental issues and job opportunities during a 3-night/4-day visit. There are guest lecturers and numerous hands-on opportunities. Past locations have included Ocala Silver Springs, Crystal River Marine Science Center, and Chinsegut Conservation Camp. Scholarships are offered through the NSBGC to help cover the $300 cost. Go to ffgc.org for more information.
Penny Pines & Coral Reefs
Our Club supports the NGC's initiatives to protect two elements of the environment  that are threatened.

Penny Pines raises money to plant native trees around Florida.

Coral Reefs donations help to maintain and grow the critical habitat of coral reefs in our ocean.

Ruthee Hill, Penny Pines and Coral Reefs Chair.

Conservation
"As Floridians, we have great beauty all around us. We have a tropical garden to tend, to treasure and to preserve for generations to come. If we are to leave this beautyfor our children, we must involve ouselves in caring for our water, our pollinators, using native plants in our gardens, recycling to protect the beauty of all we love and call home..."

This philosophy guides our efforts, including the Monarch Sanctuary Project, the Community Garden, Penny Pines & Coral Reefs, the speakers at our meetings and a monthly column in our newsletter. The DID YOU KNOW  column helps to teach about the presence and conservation of natural resources and wildlife in our area, as well as tips about local horticulture.
Habitat for Humanity
In order to help families garden and maintain their yards at their new Habitat home a club committee member attends the official dedication of the home and gives them gifts.  Each family receives a 50 feet garden hose, a hose nozzle, a fan sprinkler, several books about gardening in our geographical area and a letter of congratulations from the New Smyrna Beach Garden Club.

Club Operations

Club Historian

Flower Power

Club Historian Sandy Maynard.

Sandy Maynard photographs Club members, activities and events and creates beautiful scrap books documenting our history. Her photographs also appear in the monthly newsletter and on this website.

Flower Power Co-Chairs Susan Clark and Sookie Smith.

The Flower Power Co-Chairs lead their team in maintaining the grounds of the Clubhouse. Their crew meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month to plant, weed, prune and water the gardens around the Clubhouse.

Raffle & 50/50

Ways & Means

Raffle & 50/50 Co-Chairs
Sharon Jackson & Jan Patterson.

Ways & Means Chair Elke Thomas.

At each membership meeting, Co-Chairs Sharon Jackson and Jan Patterson present a selection of donated gifts. They sell raffle tickets to win those prizes,  plus tickets for the 50/50 cash prize. These sales benefit the Club and add a fun element to the meetings.
Our Ways & Means team raises funds for the Club by selecting and  pricing donated items for display and sale at each month's Membership Meeting.
Holiday Festival

At the  NSBGC Clubhouse, 2000 Turnbull Bay Road, customers found pre-lit and decorated 3 to 6- foot trees, wreaths and garlands created by our members for a Silent Auction. Fanciful Holiday Baskets await buyers’ choices through a raffle. Additionally, the Mistletoe Marketplace affords great opportunities for gift giving! Topping off the Festival is the sumptuous Bakery with temptations galore for every taste and whim.

The Holiday Festival serves as a fundraiser dedicated to supporting the club’s scholarship and community service program

Education

National Garden Club Schools
The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club has offered the National Garden Club, Inc.,  Landscape School and the Gardening School over the past several years availing our members and many others of the NGC curricula.  

We are presently offering the Environmental School

3 to be held January 28 & 29, 2020, at New Smyrna Beach Garden Club.   The theme is Environment--Air. Click the button at left for the Registration Form.

The courses can be taken in any order, so if you missed Course 2, you can pick it up later.
It is an opportunity for our members and others to learn about what is happening to our world and what we can do to preserve it.   Many talented instructors give the classes.   The lectures are most informative and we have had much positive feedback from attendees and look forward to more people availing of this opportunity.
Rummage Sale
Our annual Rummage Sale fund raiser is held in February each year.  Members (friends, families & neighbors) gather clean, functioning items all year long as they clean out or downsize.  Please save: linens, tools, books, small appliances, kitchen items, dishes, glassware, mirrors, pictures, lamps, home décor, clothing and jewelry.

We organize and price the items and open the Clubhouse to the public for two days. Whatever is not sold is donated to local charities. The proceeds of the Rummage Sale help support our building and our community projects.