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, 

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it is 2023?  I sure can’t!  We hope you all had a nice holiday time with family, friends, goodies to share, good health and happiness. 

Thanks to our vice presidents, Linda and Alene for planning such a lovely luncheon.  We appreciate their thoughtful planning for the special event. 

It was a nice experience hearing about how our gift card giving is helping children in our school district.  Thanks to our secretary for executing the giving time by purchasing the cards and contacting MUSD so they could come by to meet us.   This is our third year giving to homeless children and we hope we can continue doing this in future years.  It is so important to support our children.

Thanks to Sandie for taking the lead on the St Jude’s holiday giving and to Bev, our treasurer, and many members for helping to put giving bags together. A huge thank you to Angie for making the actual giving bags.

As we move into the new year, we will be planning our 2023 garden tour.  Our tour meeting will be held after the monthly garden club meeting on January 16.   This is a change from your yearbook so make that date change.  Thanks to the members who will take on chair positions and to all for being docents on our only fund raiser.  In addition to scholarships funds, this is how we raise money for gift checks and gift bags during the holiday season. 

We look forward to seeing so many of you at our rose pruning on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Center.  If we have many helpers, we should be done in 90 minutes.  Bring along your family and friends too.  We will have rose team sign ups at our January meeting for rose team leads!

Going into this new year we will be asking you to serve as president or vice president.  Our club needs board members to continue our nonprofit work.  There are always lots of people to help everyone. 

Thanks to everyone for a very nice Garden Club 2022.  We look forward to friendship and fun with all of our members in 2023.  


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Arrangement of carnations in multicolors

January – Carnation

Carnations were known as  Jove’s Flower in ancient Rome as a tribute to one of their beloved gods.

In Korea, a young girl places three carnations in her hair to tell her fortune.  If the top flower dies first, her last years of life will be difficult; if it’s the middle flower, her earlier years will bring the most grief. Worst of all, if the bottom flower dies first, the poor girl will be miserable her whole life!

For the most part, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection. White carnations indicate pure love and good luck; striped symbolize a regret that a love cannot be shared. Green carnations are for St. Patrick’s Day; purple carnations indicate capriciousness.

Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus, the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love, and in 1907 was chosen by Ann Jarvis as the emblem of Mother’s Day, now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May.