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.

URGENT MESSAGE FROM Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County

USDA Investigates Packages of Unsolicited Seeds

USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

USDA urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to immediately contact their State plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

At this time, [USDA does not] have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment.

USDA is committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds. Visit the APHIS’ website to learn more about USDA’s efforts to stop agricultural smuggling and promote trade compliance.

Media Contact:
Cecilia Sequeira (301) 851-4054

Editor’s Note

I have received these seeds from China after ordering vegetable seeds from several companies. When calling the State Agency as stated above, I was directed to instead call our county Agricultural Commissioner’s office (209) 953-6000. They are taking the addresses of the recipients but don’t want you to send the seeds in the mail, as they don’t know yet exactly what they are dealing with. Instead, they have instructed me to hang on to them and they will be contacting me further with what to do with them.

President’s Message

Hello again …..Blue Ribbon Manteca Garden Club Members, 

Is it August?!?  I don’t know about you, but for me the time is flying by this summer season, even with me being around my home and going to just safe, close by places.  At this unusual time, there is nothing else for us to do, so we just do our best.  I know we all hope this virus, comes to a close soon and people stay well. 

I hope you and your families, near or far, are all doing okay.  I hope too you are having new enjoyable experiences too.    

August is usually a time when we start gearing up for our new garden club season.  At this time, we will wait for the city’s go ahead to schedule our meetings again.  So far, it is all standing still.  Our board is still continuing on with planning individually and we hope to meet in late August for an outside, social distanced meeting to check in and review our standings with our activities. 

As you know, Bev is working away with our budget for the new season and doing all of our state and federal reporting to keep our club current. Thanks to the other board and committee members for continuing with their activities too.  Our club is never closed completely.  Please watch for the budget in the next few weeks via email so that you may give your approval for the new season.

We all enjoy seeing each other at our meetings and other activities.  We hope you will join the garden club again for the new season and invite your friends too.  It is always such a fun time.  Our time together is missed!

Even though, we don’t know the plans to meet again, our club continues to support areas we value; Stanislaus Wild Care Center, the rose garden at the senior center, St Jude’s holiday gifts, Penny Pines, scholarships, city and school projects and more!  We haven’t had our meeting raffle or passed the Penny Pines basket since this all started, but we are continuing our support to all areas.

Thanks for sending in your dues ($25) to our P.O. Box 23, Manteca, Ca 95336.  We will pay our Valley Lode District dues and CGCI dues mid-September. Your dues allow us to purchase insurance for individuals and the tour through CGCI.

Our club is a nonprofit and donations are appreciated since we had to forego our garden tour.  We are looking forward to our May 2021 tour.  Those proceeds go to 2021-22 projects and scholarships. 

I know many of you are staying in touch with garden club members via phone, text, mail, email or even social distancing during the rose garden trimming.  I love hearing when that happens.  Other ways to stay in touch are our website, http://www.mantecagardenclub.org and our FB.   Be sure to check out Cate’s August to do list: https://mantecagardenclub.org/gardeners-corner/

Stay well and keep cool this August.  The days are getting shorter and before we know it, leaves will be falling. 

Elbow bump,


Link to President’s Message Archive


August – Gladiolus

The name gladiolus comes from Latin word for “sword,” so named because the flowers grow up a long sword-like shaft. The name is commonly used for any of about 260 species of flowers, all of which share a similar body structure. They come in a range of colors, including pink, red, purple, orange, white, and more.

To the ancient Romans, gladioli represented strength of character, sincerity, and generosity. Their sword-like shape caused them to be associated with gladiators.

In parts of Africa, the gladiolus is believed to have magical properties. It has been used to cure everything from common colds to painful menstruation but is most effective for digestive disturbances, including diarrhea, and constipation. In cultures where dysentery is common, it is often used to ease the symptoms.

Gladiolus flowers hold different meanings. Aside from remembrance and infatuation, gladiolus, in general, means strength and integrity because of the flower’s association with gladiators. Also, since gladiolus plays an essential role in traditional medicine, the flower has become a symbol of healing. However, these meanings vary depending on the flower color. 

Red gladiolus flowers represent romance, love, and affection, much like other famed red flowers. Pink gladiolus flowers are often associated with romance as well but to a less passionate extent. Yellow gladiolus, on the other hand, means friendship, joy, and positivity. 

Gladiolus in purple hues are representations of royalty, beauty, and fortune, which make these flowers ideal as gifts for friends, colleagues, and family members you admire. The August birth flowers also come in white shades, which often symbolize purity and innocence. Because of this, you often see them in wedding bouquets and arrangements


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Many gardeners are finding more time to spend in their gardens now that the state-wide quarantine is in effect.  But, while are gardens are beginning to come into their own during this Spring season, we can’t invite anyone over to enjoy the results of all our labor.

Please send whatever you would like to share to mantecagardenclub@yahoo.com  and your entries will be posted on the Members page.  Let’s see that plant or flower that is bursting with color!!