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 lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Legend tells of the affection of a lily of the valley for a nightingale that did not come back to the woods until the flower bloomed in May. In Christianity symbolism, the lily represents purity, chastity, and innocence. White lily bouquets are especially popular in Christian homes during the Easter holiday for they symbolize Christ’s resurrection.
Legend tells that the lily sprang from Eve’s tears, when upon being expelled from Eden she learned she was pregnant. Other folklore tells of lilies, unplanted by any human hand spontaneously appearing on the graves of people executed for crimes they did not commit. Some believe that planting lilies in a garden will protect the garden from ghosts and evil spirits.
On the whole, lilies imply purity of the heart. While lilies come in a variety of colors, most people readily associate lilies with white, meaning innocence and sweetness. The white Madonna lily is considered the special flower of the Holy Virgin for Christian lore tells that the lily had been yellow until the day the Virgin Mary stooped to pick it. Yellow lilies express gratitude and gaiety.
OUR ANNUAL YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
On June 8th, we will be sharing in the Mayor’s Committee of the Arts annual Art in the Park event. For the first time, we will be teaming up with the Bike Rodeo for many more events and a hot dog & chip lunch. Lots to see and do and you may win an exciting raffle prize!