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,

How wonderful to see so many garden club members at Chez Shari at our October meeting. Everyone enjoyed the speaker, Tracy from Tracy Nursery discussing houseplants and also the information on plants shared by our own Eric, on Plant of the Month.

We are starting the season with 55 garden club members. As we move through the season, membership of only $25 is always open and we hope you will invite your friends to join us!

We are looking forward to our first field trip this next week to The Greenery Nursery and Old Tyme Pastry in Turlock. Hoping many of you have signed up to join us. We will be carpooling from Target at 9:00 AM. leaving by 9:15 AM. or meeting at the nursery by 10 AM. Thanks to our Co-VPs, Linda S. and Alene for planning the field trip.

Mark your calendar for our holiday lunch on December 13th. Linda and Alene have plenty of surprises for us!
Pay $25 to Bev, our treasurer at our next meeting!

As the cooler weather sets in, please make sure to read Cate’s article on our garden club website about garden chores for November. Its nice to have such cool weather and rain!

Thank you to member, Pam, for conducting a review of our finances. She reports, as usual, our records are perfect. Thank you to our wonderful treasurer for keeping us all together!

Anita, our garden tour chair, has shared that we have two homes for the garden tour. We are looking for four more by January. Our best way to find homes is through our friends and family! Invite them to be in our tour. Having the tour brings more homes to us for future years! Thanks to all members who have signed up to chair a committee. We have one open committee, docent chair. More on this fun and easy job later!

A big thanks to the rose teams for completing their duties for the rose season. We will be talking about pruning in January soon! The rose garden is important as our club started the garden in the 80’s and we must care for it!
It’s so lovely!

The board is meeting every couple of months to make sure our club is on track for meeting all of our commitments as they are due! Thanks to you Michele, Linda, Alene, Bev and Pam for your work and support.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Our website is the best source for updates this year! We hope to see you at our next meeting.


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December – Narcissus

December – Narcissus

The legend of the flower Narcissus: One day, Narcissus was walking close to a cold mountain pool that mirrored his beautiful face. “You are handsome, Narcissus!”, he told himself as he bent down to admire his reflection. There’s nobody so handsome in the whole world! I’d love to kiss you.”  As he leaned closer to kiss his own reflection he fell into the water, and as he could not swim, he drowned. But when the Gods discovered the most beautiful thing on earth had died, they decided such beauty could not be forgotten. The Gods turned Narcissus into a scented flower which, to this day, blossoms in the late winter and early spring.

Narcissus has long narrow leaves and usually white or yellow flowers characterized by a cup shaped or trumpet shaped central crown. The narcissus is commonly known as the “Paperwhite” or “Daffodil”.

The name, narcissus, comes from a Greek word meaning “to numb”. It was given this name because if you are enclosed in a small space with the flower, the scent will induce a headache.

Both the Greeks and Egyptians related the flower with death. The Egyptians often hung wreaths of narcissus during funerals. In medieval Europe, it was believed that if a daffodil drooped when you looked at it, it was an omen of death. The Arabians, however, viewed this flower as an aphrodisiac. It is the national flower of Wales because it blooms on March 1st, the feast day of the patron saint of Wales, St. David.