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,

Thinking of you all and hoping we can meet together in the next few months, even if it’s an outside meeting.

It is so nice to see the daylight creeping into each day a bit more.  I am ready to ditch the early dark nights!

Four important things for you to think about and to raise your hand to help our club;

Rose Teams

The Manteca Garden Club planted the beautiful rose garden at the Manteca Senior Center in the 1980’s and we have cared for it ever since.  Every year we ask for a team of members to meet every five weeks to spend about 30-minutes deadheading the rose buds keeping the garden healthy and blooming all rose season.  I want to thank the members who have signed up to serve on a team and we need more of you to help!  We have three rose teams set up to go starting April 5th.   We have two open teams in need of a leader, whose only responsibility is to remind team members to meet on the specific scheduled days, and we need members to join that team.

We need a team leader for Team 4, starting April 26 and a team leader for Team 5 starting on May 3.   We also need members to sign up to work those weeks too. Remember, it is not a lot of work and no bending over is needed.  You just need a pair of clippers and a small bucket to collect your rose trimmings.  It’s a beautiful way to contribute to our community and our club!   It doesn’t take much effort.   We are a garden club and one of our goals is to support beauty in our area.   PLEASE SIGN UP!  Contact me and I can answer any questions about rose teams. 

Vice President Positions

I want to thank Gloria and Pat for serving as VP the last two years.  This year has been a strange one, as you know, but they have always been involved and contributed to our club even though it wasn’t in a traditional way.  Starting next season, they will be stepping down from their roles as they have served their full term.  We are in need of one or two members to take on the role of VP.  Job duties include fun things like planning speakers for meetings and setting up field trips.  It is a two-year term and maybe take the job to move into president for a two-year term.  The board will be reaching out to you and asking for your support taking on the VP position.  Our club meetings and field trips exist because of our VP.  I hate to think about not getting these positions filled, so please raise your hand to help!


My position of president is up this year too.  However, I plan, if you elect me, to serve one more term in the president position as this year has been so very off for our club.  I would like our club to have a normal year before I step down to serving in another way for the club.  Being president is a pleasure when we work with such helpful members.  My motto, if no one volunteers, we don’t do it.  I have been lucky to have so many of you back me up, including Gloria and Pat as VPs.   Keep in mind, a new president can work to include things important to the club and also fit their specific individual needs.  Nothing we have done is set in stone, so lots of room for needed changes too.

Garden Tour Chair

I cannot serve as Garden Tour Chair.  I have shared that in the past.  It was wonderful to have Jesse step up to that position and I was with him every step of the way.  We need to find a new Garden Tour Chair who will work with a wonderful team of members to kick off a lovely garden tour in 2022.  We have lots of time for planning.  This is our only fundraiser so very important our scholarship and beautification funds. 

Our club has been around since 1950’s.  It has changed and molded into different forms under the last 70 years.  We can continue to shape our club to meeting our needs and everyone as a member has a part in making that happen.  I thank you for your input and contribution.  Please take care and hope to see you all soon.  It has been too long.     


Link to President’s Message Archive



Your grandmother may have called them jonquils, your mother named them daffodils, but the horticultural texts all call them narcissus. The daffodil, also known as the jonquil or narcissus, is believed to have been brought to Britain by the Romans, who mistakenly believed that its sap could heal wounds. In fact, daffodil sap contains sharp crystals that prevent animals from eating the flower. While it did little to heal the Romans’ wounds, it succeeded in further irritating their skin.

Today, people associate the bright, yellow daffodil as a symbol of rebirth, a sign of the new beginnings that come with spring. Indeed, the daffodil is the birthday flower for March, the month in which the spring equinox begins. Daffodils are said to bring good fortune to the person who avoids trampling on them. Lest they bring unhappy vanity to the bride, daffodils should never be present at a wedding.

While daffodils can be taken to say, “My fond hopes have been dashed by your behavior.” they mostly say, “The sun is always shining when I’m with you.”  For the most part, daffodils signify unrequited love, great regard and respect, and chivalry.


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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!!