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 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 and the Manteca Chamber of Commerce.

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.

February – Violet


Greek legend tells of a nymph named Lo, who was beloved by Zeus. To hide her from Hera, his wife, Zeus changed Lo into a white crow. When Lo wept over the taste and texture of the coarse grass, Zeus changed her tears into dainty, sweet smelling violets only she was permitted to eat.

Roman myth tells a different story, one of lovely maids of antiquity who became victims of Venus’ wrath when Cupid judged them more beautiful than her. In jealous fury, Venus beat the maidens until they became blue, and thus turned into violets.

To dream of violets is a promise of advancement in life. They are considered a good luck gift to any woman in any season, but where violets bloom in the fall, epidemics will follow within the year.

Violets are a symbol of faithfulness. Blue violets say “I’ll always be true” and signify constancy, white violets depict modesty or the desire to take a chance on happiness, while yellow violets convey modest worth.


The winner of the art contest for the 2019 Garden Tour has just been announced! The winner is Alexys Elizondo, a student at Sierra High School. She will be awarded $100 and her artwork will be displayed on all the advertising for our 2019 Garden Tour on May 11, 2019.

This is the only fund-raiser our club puts on, with all proceeds going to our Scholarship Fund to benefit deserving area high school students. More information on the Garden Tour will be appearing in future months.