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Purpose of the Davis Islands Garden Club

We exist as a nonprofit organization to promote the beautification of Davis Islands; to encourage the growing of flowers, plants and shrubbery in private and public places; to cooperate in protecting birds and wildlife; to aid in protecting and conserving natural resources; to further members' education and the public's education in gardening, horticulture and nature studies; and to uphold and promote the objects of the Florida Federation of Gardens Clubs and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (Paraphrased from the club's bylaws)

Community Development and Service

  • Encourage member participation in the Davis Islands Civic Association and the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce
  • Encourage members to be active in their neighborhood's watch program
  • Contribute floral arrangements, food and gifts to Tampa's Ronald McDonald House, to Hudson Manor Nursing Home on Davis Islands and other worthy projects
  • Continually improve the outdoor plant environment at Hudson Manor
    Offer our clubhouse to local civic organization for public meetings

Conservation

  • Emphasize ecology's importance to our junior gardeners
  • Grow plants on our grounds to attract and preserve butterflies as in this photo
  • Promote awareness of the need to protect birds, butterflies, and endangered tree and wildlife species
  • Promote awareness of energy and water conservation in gardening
  • Encourage member training to become:

    --Floral show judges in Florida Federation of Garden Clubs
    --Gardening and environmental consultants
    --Landscape critics (in a good way, of course)
    --Plan and conduct classes in floral design to prepare for flower shows

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we achieve our purpose Through Committees:

Beautification

  • With Tampa Parks Department (info), we plant trees and flowers in Davis Islands' public areas
  • We celebrate and enhance nature's beauty by
    • Maintaining Apex Park (a small, highly visible park near Islands' entrance)
    • Decorating for Christmas with decorations on light poles and other areas
    • Working within a landscape design, we keep our club house and grounds beautiful with an emphasis on native and water saving plants and plants that attract birds and butterflies

Community Development and Service

  • Encourage member participation in the Davis Islands Civic Association and the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce
  • Encourage members to be active in their neighborhood's watch program
  • Contribute floral arrangements, food and gifts to Tampa's Ronald McDonald House, to Hudson Manor Nursing Home on Davis Islands and other worthy projects
  • Continually improve the outdoor plant environment at Hudson Manor
  • Offer our clubhouse to local civic organization for public meetings Conservation
  • Emphasize ecology's importance to our junior gardeners
  • Grow plants on our grounds to attract and preserve butterflies
  • Promote awareness of the need to protect birds, butterflies, and endangered tree and wildlife species
  • Promote awareness of energy and water conservation in gardening
  • Encourage member training to become:
    • Floral show judges in Florida Federation of Garden Clubs
    • Gardening and environmental consultants
    • Landscape critics (in a good way, of course)
    • Plan and conduct classes in floral design to prepare for flower shows

Environmental

  • Stress to club members and their families the importance of:
    • Environmental involvement
    • Recycling whenever possible
    • Controlling litter on streets and in public places
    • Controlling air and water pollution, including water pollution from excess fertilizer runoff

Garden Therapy

  • Brighten senior citizens' lives at Hudson Manor with monthly garden
    therapy visits
  • Contribute to the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Garden Therapy Penal Program

Horticulture

  • Learn, enhance and demonstrate horticultural skills in the club's monthly meetings
  • Exchange plants to introduce new plants to gardens - and to gardeners
  • Grow plants for sale to support the club's Ways and Means
  • Distribute seedlings to increase tree population
  • Use our 1984 Islands tree census to identify and promote favorable tree types on Davis Islands
  • Plant and nurture memorial trees

Programs

Create and present inspiring and educational programs on design and horticulture

Junior Gardeners

Through the Junior Gardeners committee, we work to introduce and involve young people in the joys of gardening. We hold meetings on horticulture, flower arranging and conservation. When possible, we develop small landscaping projects for Junior Gardeners to show their skills.

DIGC also Sponsors two campers and contributes funds for Wekiva Youth Camp each year and sponsors a teenager's attendance at the annual S.E.E.K. Youth Conference (Save Earth's Environment through Knowledge)

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History of the Davis Islands Garden Club

In 1936, a small group of women, in love with the beauty of Davis Islands, formed the Davis Islands Garden Club. It operated until forced to disband during the World War II years. When the war ended, the Tampa Federation of Garden Clubs asked a small group of women to reorganize the club. With help from the Tampa Federation, they officially rechartered the club as the Davis Islands Garden Club Circle on April 26, 1946.

Thirty members were active when the club was rechartered. By November 1946, membership had grown to about 100 Davis Islands residents. As the islands' population continued to grow along with Tampa - so did Garden Club membership. Initially, the Club met in members' homes and other locations, but as membership grew, need for a more permanent facility became more and more evident. Talk of building began, but it would be eleven years before construction of our present building began.

Tampa Mayor Nick Nuccio receives credit for the City of Tampa having deeded the beautiful piece of land on the Seddon Channel to the Davis Islands Garden Club. Club members immediately began the major project of developing Marjorie Park. The Club's work on the fifty-five acre urban park on Davis Islands won the Kellogg Award of Civic Achievement for the Garden Clubs of the United States, the highest honor bestowed by the National Council of State Garden Clubs.

The Garden Club continued to expand its membership, eventually becoming so large (over 200 members) that it became an independent garden club and gave up its membership in the circle federation. Today, the Davis Islands Garden Club continues to work to beautify the islands, but has become involved in a broader range of projects.

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Club Affiliations

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Davis Islands Garden Club celebrates National Garden Week during the first week of June each year with a wide variety of activities. These include garden tours of homes on the island, planting memorial trees, exhibits at the local library and other fun events. The National Garden Clubs, Inc. celebrated its 75th Anniversary at its 2004 Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2008, National Garden Clubs, Inc. will hold its Annual Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, April 25-23.

Deep South Region

The Deep South Region 2008 Convention will be March 30-31 in Pensacola Beach. In 2009, The Deep South Region will meet March 27-28, 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Davis Islands Garden Club hosted the District VIII 2006 Spring Meeting at our Garden Center. The Fall 2007 District VIII Conference will be in Venice October 15.

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs

The 2005 FFGC Convention was hosted here in Tampa by District VIII. In 2008, the FFGC convention will be in Pensacola Beach April 2 and 3.

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Awards

2007

Deep South "Kid's Count" Award
Outstanding Service
Horticulture Leadership
Garden Tour
Nell Coe Award
Mary Compton's Publicity Award
Photographic Slides
Junior Conservation Project
Children's Gardens
Parks and Grounds Program

2006

Yearbook
Horticulture Programs
(Awards for 2 Programs)

2005

Leadership Award
Award of Excellence for a Club
Year's Horticulture Programs
Landscaping a Balcony
Years Programs Award
Parks and Grounds Program
High School Essay on Nuclear Power
Junior Gardeners - Junior Horticulture

2004

Outstanding Service
DePalma/Silik Web
Slide of Tree in Bloom
Slide of Close-up of Flower
Ella Joyce Boals Program for "The Computer,
Gardening Tool for the 21st Century"

2003

National Garden Clubs Award
re: National Garden Week

2002

Ella Joyce Boals Program Award
Garden Therapy
Two Photographic Slides

2001

Nell Coe Award
Junior Gardeners Horticulture A & B
Junior Gardeners Epcot Award (2nd Place)

2000

Junior Gardeners - Horticulture
Outstanding Program Award #7

1999

Library

1998

National Garden Week

1997

Photographic Slides
Flower Show
Creativity

1996

Slides (Two Flower Slides)
Newsletter

1995

Flower Show Schedule
Library
Yearbook

1993

A.W.A.R.E.
Photographic Slide

1992

Year's Programs
Standard Flower Show Schedule
Flower Show Achievement Award for
Junior Garden Clubs

1991

Outstanding Service
Yearbook - Runner-up
Garden Therapy - Geriatric

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