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

Our club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 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. We also support our community through our membership in the Mayor's Committee on the Arts and the Manteca Chamber of Commerce.

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
Flower of the Month

November- Chrysanthemum

Commonly called "mums" or "tansies," this popular perennial's name comes from the Greek chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower).

The chrysanthemum has been the focus of Oriental adulation for centuries. Mums were considered one of the four Chinese "noble plants" and were the official badge of the Old Chinese Army. Since chrysanthemums were considered the flower of the Chinese noble class, they were prohibited in a lower-class person's garden. The Chinese believe that a chrysanthemum given to one's beloved, after its being used to wipe one's mouth after drinking wine, will ensure undying love and fidelity.

Called "kikus" in Japanese, chrysanthemums were featured on the Imperial Crest of Japan, and were so beloved by Japanese emperors that they sat upon chrysanthemum thrones. The Japanese still hold the chrysanthemum as a symbol of the sun, and they consider the orderly unfolding of the mum's petals to be a symbol of perfection. They also presume that a single chrysanthemum petal placed in the bottom of a wine glass encourages a long and healthy life.

While chrysanthemums generally denote cheerfulness and rest, individual colors do carry specific messages: red for love, good luck and best wishes; white for truth; and yellow for slighted love.

Chrysanthemums are welcomed throughout the British Isles and North America for any occasion. In Italy, however, their exclusive association with the dead makes chrysanthemums acceptable only for funerals.

Manteca Garden Club's 2016 Garden Tour

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

Carpenter Colorful Comfort
Meditation at St. Paul's
Heritage at the Founts

Timely Quality at the Coopers
Craner's Family Park
Contest Winner - Mariz Dano

Club Events and Field Trips

Monthly Meetings
Hosting the Valley Lode District
Field Trips

Community Service

Beautication Projects
Service Projects
Educational Projects

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 1:00 PM.


November 21: Chez Shari with Jodi Schiefeld - Delta Bluegrass Seed Co. - Water-Saving Sod Varieties

December 12: Holiday Luncheon at Chez Shari - Please Note Date Change - 12:00 Noon

January 16: Raintree Nursery - Fruit Tree Pruning

February 20: Ralph Allen - Italians of San Joaquin Valley - History of Settlers

March 20: San Joaquin Master Gardeners - Buzz about Bees

March 27: Field Trip - Historic Sacramento City Cemetery - Carpool from Target - 9:00 AM

April 5: Garden Club Hosts Chamber Coffee - McFall Room, Manteca Library -Refreshments at 8:00 AM

April 17: Garden Tour Planning Meeting - All Members Urged to Support Club by Attending

April TBD: Arbor Day Planting - Chair Tom Powell to Coordinate w/ City of Manteca

May 11: Members Only Garden Tour Preview - Time TBD

May 13: Annual Garden Tour - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM w/ Refreshments & Raffle Immediately After

May 15: Building Hanging Baskets/Planters - Tracy Nursery

June 19: Installation Luncheon - The Boathouse in Lathrop - 12:00 PM

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