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.
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
FEBRUARY – VIOLETS
Greek legend tells of a nymph named Lo, who was beloved by Zeus. To hide her from Hera, his wife, Zeus changed Lo into a white crow. When Lo wept over the taste and texture of the coarse grass, Zeus changed her tears into dainty, sweet smelling violets only she was permitted to eat.
Roman myth tells a different story, one of lovely maids of antiquity who became victims of Venus’ wrath when Cupid judged them more beautiful than her. In jealous fury, Venus beat the maidens until they became blue, and thus turned into violets.
To dream of violets is a promise of advancement in life. They are considered a good luck gift to any woman in any season, but where violets bloom in the fall, epidemics will follow within the year.
Violets are a symbol of faithfulness. Blue violets say “I’ll always be true” and signify constancy, white violets depict modesty or the desire to take a chance on happiness, while yellow violets convey modest worth.
GARDEN TOUR ART CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED
After much deliberating over the many amazing pieces of art submitted by members of the Manteca Senior Center, we are happy announce the winner – Anne Russell. This beautiful picture will be printed on all the advertising for our Annual Garden Tour. The original artwork will be framed and raffled off as the door prize at the event.
Thank you to all the Seniors who participated in the contest. Your entries were of such high caliber that it made it very hard to settle on just one.