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,

It’s the start of our new garden club season!  We look forward to seeing you at our planned meetings, field trips and luncheons.  Your board has been busy keeping the club’s commitments met this summer with our ongoing business and planning for the season. 

Bev, our treasurer, has donated our annual $200 to the Stanislaus Wild Care Center and has taken care of all of our club business, taxes, attorney general paperwork, paying scholarships, etc.   Alene and Linda, our VPs, have been busy planning the programs for the season too.  I have attended our Valley Lode District meeting representing our club.  Sandie, Barb and I have attended the Mayor’s Committee on The Arts meetings.  Our summer is busy. 

Thank you to your wonderful board; Bev, Linda S., Alene, Michele and Pam. 

Also, a huge thank you to the chair members who continued to care for our garden club during the summer; Barbara as our webmaster, Cate, sharing garden tips for our website, Beth as our Sunshine chair sending out card greetings and Anita with our FB page.                                  

Thank you to the handful of members who cared for the roses and will continue through November; Susan M., Linda R, Eric, Gloria, Pam, Joan, Bev, Barb, Sandie, Jean, Angie, Vicki, Kathy, Chris, Pat, Josie, Bonnie, Scott and me (from the rose team sign-up sheet).  Many of these members have volunteered on more than one team to fill the gaps in help.  As we move into dormant months (Dec-Feb) for the rose teams, Susan and Linda have volunteered to watch over the roses and Eric will be helping with weeding as needed.   As I have said, this is our one commitment to the city since the 1980’s and we must care for these roses.  We will have a sign up for rose pruning in February and for new rose teams starting in April.  We hope more members will join us at the Senior Center Rose Garden, for 30 minutes once every five weeks.  It’s a lovely way to give back to the city.   

Thank you for supporting our club and the work we do for our community.  If you haven’t paid dues yet, mail them to our P.O. Box 23, Manteca, Ca. 95336.  Dues are just $25.  You may also pay dues at our September 20th meeting at Woodward Park.  Donations are always welcome too since we didn’t have a garden tour the past two years 

We will start gathering for the meeting, September 20th, at Woodward Park, at 10:30a.m.   The meeting will start at promptly at 11a.m. (Time For The Heat) with the wonderful speaker, Dave Pavolos, from Morris Nursery.  Bring your own beverage and snack. 

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


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September – Aster

The meaning of the aster flower differs depending on the presentation, but it’s common meanings are:

  • Patience
  • Love of Variety
  • Elegance
  • Daintiness
  • Afterthought  (or the wish things happened differently)

The aster was known as the eye of Christ in France. Asters were laid on the graves of dead soldiers to symbolize the wish that things had turned out differently in battle.

  • The ancient Greeks burned aster leaves to ward off both snakes and evil spirits
  • According to Greek mythology, when the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the warring men, the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives. As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower sprung forth.
  • Another Greek legend claims  that when King Aegeus’ son Theseus volunteered to slay the Minotaur, he told his father he would fly a white flag on his return to Athens to announce his victory. But, Theseus forgot to change the flags and sailed into port with black flags flying. Believing his son to be killed by the Minotaur, King Aegeus promptly committed suicide. It is believed that asters sprung forth where his blood stained the earth.
  • Asters were believed to be sacred to the gods and were used in wreaths placed on altars.