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

Paula is taking some well deserved time to rest up before our year begins again next month. But you know Paula! Even though she’s supposed to be resting, she is still working to support our efforts and helping to increase our membership. Below is a listing she sent of what the club accomplished even with most of our time separated by the pandemic.

A Reminder of Our Wonderful 2020-2021 Accomplishments:

Donations to:

Stanislaus Wild Care Center $

Manteca Halloween Trunk or Treat $

MUSD homeless holiday gift certificates – Michele 

Ray of Hope $

Manteca Murals $

CGCI President’s Project Restoration Fund $

Big Basin Restoration Fund $

Penny Pines $


Drive thru holiday lunch – Gloria and Board 

Arbor Day 14 trees planted – Tom P

Memorial Rose Garden care – Rose Teams

June gathering to vote in Linda S, Alene, Paula for board and approve budget with Plant of the Month – Gloria and Board


We awarded MUSD scholarships $2500 – Tom and Marsha S.

We were awarded – CGCI Second place for website and FB 

        Blue Ribbon Garden Club

        $300 from Mayor’s Committee on the Arts, City of Manteca

2020-2021 Contributions:

Sunshine greetings sent – Beth

Website updated – Barb

Monthly Winter website contest – Paula and Barb

Monthly President’s Letter – Paula 

Facebook posts – Anita and Paula 

Gardeners’ Corner – Cate

Keeping up with banking and bills, etc. – Bev

Keeping a list of meeting speakers to be ready for a meeting – Pat

Attending Valley Lode District meeting – Paula and Board

Thanks to everyone for supporting our garden club, our ongoing efforts and the friendships we build! 

Paula, continuing president 2021-2023

Dues are only $25 P.O. Box 23, 95336

Link to President’s Message Archive


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As a member of the iris family, gladioulus is perennial flowering plant which carries its flowers on tall spikes like a sword – which is how it got its name. Gladiolus is derived from the Latin name for sword: “gladius”. In fact, one of its common names is “sword lily”.

Originating in Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean part of Europe, there are around 300 species, from which a multitude of varieties have been bred. I personally love the delicately coloured versions – with tall spikes of palest mauve, cream, whites and pinks, and the ones with coloured “patterns” on them. The plants range from tall monsters – well over 5 feet mm high – to little babies about 12 inches high.

As a bonus, they are very bee-friendly plants too – and a lovely way to help provide a little bit of food for the hard workers of the pollination world.