Welcome

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,

Thanks to your wonderful Board for taking care of garden club business since we last met in June.  Linda and Alene have been busy planning our meeting speakers, field trips and lunches.  Bev has been on top of all of the treasurer duties such as dues for Valley Lode District, California Garden Club Inc. and our own club.  She also has been processing all of the paperwork for taxes, raffles and more!  Thanks to Barbara for continuing the website updates and Beth for spreading sunshine.  A big thanks to the rose teams for keeping the garden pruned as roses have needed this time of year. 

Moving into 2023, we will continue to ask for members to raise their hands for the VP and President positions.  Linda, Alene and I have one more year term.  Please let me know if you are interested or if you know someone who may be interested in our club!  We need everyone to take a turn to make it easier on all of us. 

Here are the job duties.

Presidential Duties – 2023       This position can be one or two members.

-Lead seven garden club meetings using pre pre-made agenda (examples available) or ask the board or other members to do it.  

– Have our club represented at the Valley Lode District meetings 3X a year.  Anyone from the club may attend representing our club

If no one can attend, we don’t attend.   The club pays the cost for two members to attend.  During the meeting, a short three minute read out is needed of club activities from the time of the last VLD meeting.  Examples are always available.  You may be invited to VLD board meetings, it’s up to you to attend.

-The entire Board works together to support each other and committees.  Ask club members to hold positions.  If no one volunteers, we will not have the position. 

-If contacted by anyone regarding the club, refer them to the appropriate person in the club. 

Vice President Duties – 2023    This position can be one or two members.

-Schedule speakers for meetings, Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, May.

-Notify newspaper of monthly meetings.  Examples and contacts will be provided.

-Plan December holiday lunch at Chez Shari, menu, centerpieces, and dessert. Board will help. 

-Plan June installation lunch at location of choice. 

-Plan two field trips, fall and spring, at a local nursery or garden and option of lunch where members order and pay for their own meal. 

-Carpooling (due to insurance) can be arranged through members themselves. 

-Luncheon sign ups and payments taken in advance at meetings. 

-Work to confirm plans by the September meeting for the yearbook (if being produced).  If not, TBD is used.  


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

Paula 


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FLOWER OF THE MONTH

October – Marigold

The marigold is the October birth flower. It is known for its vibrant orange color and is native to the Mediterranean. The first recorded cultivation of marigolds began with the Aztecs, who believed that the sunny flower possessed magical properties. Spanish conquistadors took these marigolds back with them to Spain where they were grown in monasteries.

From here, the marigold spread throughout Europe, and ultimately the rest of the world. Throughout history, marigolds have been used as dyes and as culinary ingredients, as well as a cure for many health ailments. In Mexico and Latin America, marigolds are used as a primary decoration for All Saints Day, where altars are embellished with these bright orange flowers. Today, the marigold is one of the most popular flowers in the United States.

With a bloom time that spans nearly the entire year, this October flower blooms from spring to fall and is one of the hardiest fall flowers. Avid gardeners plant marigolds due to their ability to repel insects and pests. Additionally, their odor can repel bacterial growth within the soil, keeping it healthy and nutritious for other plants.

Marigolds are available in yellow, gold and red, but they are best known for their bright orange color, which symbolizes creativity and passion. However, in different cultures, the marigold can take on a wide variety of meanings, both positive and negative, such as:

  • Promoting cheer and joy
  • Winning over someone’s love with hard work
  • Desire to be wealthy and successful
  • Despair and grief
  • Remembering those who have passed away