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

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.

Coming May 13, 2017!! Annual Garden Tour Fundraiser - $20

Manteca Garden Club's 2017 Garden Tour Art Contest Winner

The Manteca Garden Club is very excited to announce the winner of our May 13 Garden Tour MUSD Art Contest, Louisa Hunter, a senior at Sierra High. We also appreciate Mrs Devon York, teacher at Sierra, for her support. Louisa's work will be on our poster, ticket and our door prize for people attending the tour! Thanks to the four MUSD high schools for participation, Weston Ranch, Lathrop, Manteca and Sierra.

Our club enjoyed viewing the creative art work! We have very talented young people!!!

2017 Winner Louisa Hunter

Manteca Garden Club's 2016 Garden Tour

If you would like to have your house on next year's 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.


January 16: Raintree Nursery - Fruit Tree Pruning

January 28: Annual Rose Pruning Event - Bring Clippers & Gloves - Sr. Ctr. at 9:30 AM

February 4: If rainy on above date, Annual Rose Pruning Event - Bring Clippers & Gloves - Sr. Ctr. at 9:30 AM

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