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.
FLOWER OF THE MONTH
The Larkspur or Delphinium is named for the shape of their flowers. The flower resembles the bottle-like nose of a dolphin. The spur, on the other hand, reminded some people of parts of the lark and lark’s claw.
According to Greek legend, Achilles’ mother requested that her son’s armor be given to the most heroic Greek warrior during the Battle of Troy. To the dismay of the brave warrior Ajax, the armor was awarded to Ulysses. Dejected, Ajax threw himself on his sword, and small blue Delphiniums or Larkspurs sprung from the blood that fell to the ground. Delphinium petals are marked with the Greek letters AI, the Greek cry of mourning.
Delphiniums, (Larkspurs) signify an open heart and ardent attachment; larkspurs generally symbolize lightness and swiftness.