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 Fall!  It is so wonderful to have such cool weather.  I hope you are having a wonderful time in your gardens planting for this weather!

It was great to see so many members attend our October craft meeting.  It was a fun activity and many said they enjoyed the interaction with other club members.  Let us know how your seed bombs do if you keep yours in your gardens.  I gave mine to John, so maybe we will see flowers sprouting up at the golf course.  Thanks again to Michele for helping me plan the activity.  Our V.P.s have this year planned with speakers and activities, but if you have ideas for future years, please pass on to the Board.  If you enjoy planning, we have V.P. positions opening up next season! 

Did you get your yearbook?  If so, mark important dates on your calendar.  Pam will be handing out yearbooks at the next two meetings.  All dates are also on our website! 

Thanks to Linda and Alene for planning a November upcoming field trip and a festive December holiday luncheon which is on the second Monday of December!  They will share information again at our next meeting. 

Sandie is leading the effort to stuff bags for St. Jude’s Care Home.  She will be sharing more on how you can help at our next meeting. 

Thank you to the rose teams for caring for our rose garden!  We have our January deep pruning date set.  Check your yearbook for the date and reserve it now as we need everyone’s help to make it easier on everyone.  Rose team sign ups start at that January rose pruning!

Remember, our next two club meetings are planned for the SECOND Monday of the month, November 14th and December 12th.

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. 

Thank you for your support of our club.  Please consider serving as a board member.  You are wanted, needed and appreciated. 


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December – Narcissus
  • According to Greek mythology, it has long been believed that Narcissus got its name from the story of Narcissus, the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. Narcissus became too fixated on the way he looked and ultimately fell in love with his reflection in the water, eventually drowning. Flowers from the genus were said to have grown from where he perished.
  • The paperwhite got its name from its delicate petals, which are described as being as thin as paper.
  • The paperwhite is said to represent purity, faithfulness, and respect.
  • Others believed the flower had a negative meaning, including being self-centered.
  • In Victorian times, the gift of a narcissus meant you are “the only one.”
  • A bouquet of paperwhites is a way to express pure or unconditional love.

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.