State Garden Club News

Links to Deep South Region State Garden Club Websites
Information on Classes and Special Garden Club sponsored events
in the states that are open to the Public.

Links to individual state websites can be reached by clicking on the name of the state.

Alabama - Camellia - Camellia

A bill introduced in the 1927 legislature by Representative T. E. Martin, Montgomery County, making the goldenrod the state flower, became a law on September 6, 1927. House Bill 124, approved August 26, 1959, amended Section 8, Title 55, of the Code of 1940, to read: "The camellia is hereby designated and named as the state flower of Alabama." (Acts 1927, No. 541.) In June 1999, the Legislature designated that the camellia, Camellia japonica L., is the official state flower of Alabama

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Birhimgham, AL Registrar, Sybil Ingram, 205-733-9536

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Birmingham, AL, August 10-11, Registrar, Sybill Ingram, 205-733-9536

Florida's state flower is the Orange
                          Blossom Florida- Orange Blossom - Citrus sinensis

The orange blossom was designated State Flower by Concurrent Resolution Nov. 15, 1909 Legislature. It is one of the most fragrant flowers in Florida. Millions of these white flowers perfume the atmosphere throughout central and south Florida during orange blossom time.


Jayne Hemstreet, Chairman
2030 Villa Sites Drive
Tampa, FL 33612-4515


Jan Griffin, Chairman
3032 Sutton Woods Drive
Plant City 33566-9606

Barbara Hadsell, Chairman/Credential
6506 Sandi Lane
Greenacres, FL33467-1537

Mar 21-22, Course IV, Univ of FL Davie Campus, Marylou Ruiz, 305-822-2717, chairman

Short Course North
Bi Refresher (LDS, GSS)

Tropical Short Course
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Karen Gott - State School Chairman/Credentials
3040 NE 9 Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33064-5342
Cell: 954-295-7205

March 28-29, District VII, Course I, Patricia Richardson, Chairman, 407-469-7072 New Smyrna Beach

Required Reading
"Stewards of the Land"
along with
The National Gardener Magazine

Newscape Spring, 2014
Newscape Fall 2013
Newscape Spring, 2013
Newscape Spring, 2012
Newscape Fall 2011




Carol A. Lucia, Chairman
5625 113th Street
Seminole, FL 33772-7155
727- 393-8276

Classes must be registered with
Floral Design Chairman to obtain
credit and certificates for students.


District I, Valparaiso Garden Club, Units 1-6, August 20, 27, Sep 10, 17, 24 and Oct 8, Caat Spieker, Chaiarman, 850-678-9898, cell-850-687-6381,

District VIII, Tampa Federation of Garden Clubs, Advanced 7-9, Jan 17, 24, 31, 2017, Kathy Echevarria, 813-877-3357, cell 813-240-5272


March 4-5, 2017, A Standard Flower Sho - "Saturday Matinee: 9-4Garden Club of Stuart at Stuart/Martin County Fairgrounds, 2616 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart, Cindy Doney, 772-475-4978, Schedule at

Naples Garden Club, "Cinderella:, March 24-25, 2017, Napes Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples 34112, Rene Rosch Lewis, chairman


Georgia's state flower is the Cherokee
                          RoseGeorgia - Cherokee Rose - Rosa laevigata

In 1916, with the support of the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, the Cherokee rose was named the state floral emblem. The name "Cherokee Rose" is a local designation derived from the Cherokee Indians who widely distributed the plant. The rose is excessively thorny and generously supplied with leaves of a vivid green. In color, it is waxy white with a large golden center. Blooming time is in the early spring, but favorable conditions will produce, in the fall of the year, a second flowering of this hardy plant.

Woodlands Plant Sale

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Are you interested in joining a garden club in Georgia? Contact Virginia Pennington, 229-387-0537

See our website for many exciting activities:

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Lousiana's state flower is the MagnoliaLouisiana - Magnolia -Magnolia

The state flower of Louisiana is the magnolia. In the summer, the state's thousands of magnolia trees blossom. The magnolia flower has an especially rich fragrance. The blooms are very large and creamy white. The magnolia tree is an evergreen.








Tri-Refresher as part of the Deep South / Louisiana Garden Club Federation Conventions on Wednesday, March 27, 2017 in New Orleans. Included with very special public gardens are some never made available private gardens. It is a unique opportunity to come to our exciting, beautiful city, enjoy wonderful entertainment , obtain tri refresher credits in the company of other N. G. C. members from across the country.
To take advantage of this opportunity please contact JoAnn Christopher at 504-737-2320 or Mary Ellen Miller, LGCF Convention Chairman




Mississippi's state flower is the
                          MagnoliaMississippi - Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora

An election was held in November 1900 to select a State Flower. Votes were submitted by 23,278 school children. The magnolia received 12,745 votes; the cotton blossom 4,171; and the cape jasmine 2,484. There were a few votes for other flowers. The magnolia was officially designated as the State Flower by the 1952 Legislature. In 1935, the Director of Forestry started a movement by which to select a State Tree for Mississippi, to be selected by nomination and election by the school children of the State. Four nominations were made--the magnolia, oak, pine and dogwood. The magnolia received by far the largest majority. On April 1, 1938, the Mississippi Legislature officially designated the magnolia as the State Tree

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March 7-9, 2017, Diamondhead, MS, Registrar: Brierley Acker, 228-255-2697, Instructors: Horticulture: David Robson, Spring's Beauty; Design: Barbara May, Futuristic Designs; Allied Topic: Exploring the New Handbook: Robson & May; Plant Material: Dr. Jim DelPrince

Tennessee - Iris - (Genus Iridaceae)

The iris (Genus Iridaceae) was designated as the state cultivated flower by the Legislature in 1933. While there are several different colors among the iris, the purple iris is commonly accepted as the state flower

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Course III, February 7 - -8, 2017, Reflection Riding Arboretum, Chattanooga TN. Chairman: Maggi Burns, 423-499-9751

Course IV, May 2-3, 2017 - Reflection Riding Arboretum, Chattanooga TN. Chairman: Maggi Burns, 423-499-9751

Flower Show Symposiums

Nashville Lawn and Garden Show

Flower Shows

Tickets for the 2017 Show are available now!

Join us Thursday, March 2 - Sunday, March 5
Gardens | Lectures | Floral Designs | Shopping
Plus, special activities and features for children - the future of gardening! Buy Tickets


April 18-20, 2017 - The Park Vista, Gatlinburg, TN, Chairman, Carole Whited