Club Activities

Outreach Programs

MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Monthly Meetings – meetings held during our calendar year (September thru May) are free and open to the public covering educational topics in the fields of environment, horticulture, nature, and floral design 

  • Garden Angels – members give of their time and physical efforts monthly to keep our clubhouse gardens trimmed and beautiful

  • “Bradenton in Bloom” Garden Tour – an annual spring event in which five beautiful Bradenton home gardens are opened to the public along with lunch, vendors and plant sale at the clubhouse

  • Flower Show – an event offered yearly free to the public that showcases our displays of floral design, horticulture, and educational exhibits, with awards given by NGC judges.  We received national awards for our shows in 2015 and 2016

  • Wine and Cheese Reception tied to a plant auction – a social event held yearly where members mingle and have fun bidding on plants that they can take home to their gardens

  • Floral Design Study Group – members meet monthly to create designs with flowers and plant material that can be submitted for flower shows, workshops, and community functions

  • Horticulture Study Group - five sessions per season, three with expert guest speaker, one session a "make it and take it", and one a field trip

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Garden Therapy – members work monthly with senior citizens at Daybreak Adult Day Center sponsored by Meals on Wheels Plus in Lakewood Ranch to create simple craft projects involving plants and flowers

  • National Garden Week - During first week of June members work with mayor of Bradenton to recognize this special time, and unique contributions are made to the community

  • Blue Star Memorial Markers – one placed and maintained at Veterans Park near Bradenton Riverwalk and another at American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 along 75th Street West as a means of honoring those in the military service

  • Grants from our Elizabeth Eaton Bequest - each year several community beautification projects are awarded monies, e.g. a community vegetable/fruit garden, an outdoor interactive garden for children at South Florida Museum

  • Wekiva Youth Camp – funding provided for youth in grades 3 through 8 each summer at this nature camp located in the Ocala National Forest

  • Save the Earth Through Environmental Knowledge (SEEK) - sponsor two Manatee County high school students to attend this conference each summer

  • Scholarships – each year two graduating high school seniors planning to pursue study at college in the area of ecology or a related field are given scholarships

  • Community Beautification Award – an award is given yearly to a local business/organization that shows outstanding work in beautifying their property

2018 Manatee River Garden Club Custom Design