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.
FLOWER OF THE MONTH
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.
2019 ART CONTEST WINNER
The winner of the art contest for the 2019 Garden Tour has just been announced! The winner is Alexys Elizondo, a student at Sierra High School. She will be awarded $100 and her artwork will be displayed on all the advertising for our 2019 Garden Tour on May 11, 2019.
This is the only fund-raiser our club puts on, with all proceeds going to our Scholarship Fund to benefit deserving area high school students. More information on the Garden Tour will be appearing in future months.