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 Blue Ribbon Certified 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, coordination with the City of Manteca in donating various planting projects in public places and the planting and maintenance of the Senior Center Rose Garden.

Blue Star Memorial located at Manteca Library

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.

President’s Message

Dear Manteca Garden Club Members,

Happy Spring!  Our annual garden club is almost here.  Thank you to all members who have been working to have a successful tour and thank you to all members who will be working as docents, raffle and refreshment committees!  Also, thanks to members Gloria and Ellen for having their lovely gardens on our tour, and to members, Pat and Linda S, who found the other homeowners willing to have their gardens on the tour. 

Mark your calendar for May 11 for the pre-tour and May 13 for the tour.  We ask all members to buy two tickets to sell, give away, or use the door prize coupon for themselves.  We use garden tour funds for our scholarships, city beautification and more! Thank you for supporting our nonprofit. 

We are also looking forward to celebrating Arbor Day, going on a field trip to Pageo Lavender Farm and installing our new board at the June luncheon.  All of the information will be shared at upcoming meetings and it should be in your yearbook too.   

We are so lucky to have an almost new board for our garden club!  Thank you to Michele, Chris S., Joy, Kathy and Linda for serving on the board.  Bev, our treasurer, will continue on one more year. When we all take a turn, it makes it easier on everyone! 

Thanks to everyone who has served as a chairperson this past season.  We will be asking for members to fill up spots as we move into the summer. 

Hope you enjoy the sun these few days!  Spring is here! 


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March – Daffodils

Your grandmother may have called them jonquils, your mother named them daffodils, but the horticultural texts all call them narcissus. The daffodil, also known as the jonquil or narcissus, is believed to have been brought to Britain by the Romans, who mistakenly believed that its sap could heal wounds. In fact, daffodil sap contains sharp crystals that prevent animals from eating the flower. While it did little to heal the Romans’ wounds, it succeeded in further irritating their skin.

Today, people associate the bright, yellow daffodil as a symbol of rebirth — a sign of the new beginnings that come with spring. Indeed, the daffodil is the birthday flower for March, the month in which the spring equinox begins. Daffodils are said to bring good fortune to the person who avoids trampling on them. Lest they bring unhappy vanity to the bride, daffodils should never be present at a wedding.

While daffodils can be taken to say, “my fond hopes have been dashed by your behavior,” they mostly say, “the sun is always shining when I’m with you.” For the most part, daffodils signify unrequited love, great regard and respect, and chivalry.