Coral Gables Garden Club
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The Coral Gables Garden Club joined the Coral Gables Landscape Beautification Advisory Board (LBAB) and the City of Coral Gables in presenting Arbor Day 2018 at Coral Gables Preparatory Academy. This site was chosen because its landscape sustained hurricane damage during Hurricane Irma. With a donation from the Garden Club, the city planted over 20 trees on school grounds. Additionally, the city gave 300 students participating in the program a tree to take home and plant.
The students were highly engaged. They eagerly helped plant the ceremonial Arbor Day Tree, a Tabebuia chrysotricha. Afterwards, Arbor Day Chair Katy Sobrado presented Principal Jeanette Sierra-Funcia and teacher Ms. Andrea Abrantes with several books for the school library.
CGGC member Denise West spoke on behalf of the Club, and shared, “The very first Garden club project was the landscaping of the patio of the Coral Gables Elementary School in 1927. The garden club also sponsored a junior gardeners program for almost a decade at this Elementary School.”
Katy Sobrado, the CGGC Arbor Day Committee Chair, a Florida Master Gardener and Clinical Psychologist, presented the children’s program to over 140 kindergarteners. The enthusiasm the children have for trees and the natural world was palpable. They readily answered questions about how they connect with nature and why that connection is so important
The LBAB awarded beautification awards to several homeowners in the community. In addition, for the first time the LBAB honored an organization with an award. The CGGC received one for the The Betsy Adams and Coral Gables Garden Club Park. CGGC member and park namesake Betsy Adams accepted the award on behalf of the club.
Katy Sobrado further noted, “The success of the Arbor Day celebration is an example of what can be accomplished when nonprofit groups like ours work with public entities like the City of Coral Gables, the LBAB, and our schools to enhance our community. We thank them for their hard work and collaboration.” Katy also thanked all of the CGGC members who contributed to the Arbor Day celebration by baking cookies, making prizes for the children, saving Everglades Tomato Seeds and making seed packets for 140 kindergarteners, purchasing books for the school’s library, assisting with the Children’s Presentation, serving on the LBAB, and finally representing the Club at the awards ceremony and the subsequent tree planting.
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Arbor Day - working with the City of Coral Gables to teach children the value of trees.
Garden Therapy - bringing flower arranging to retirement home residents.
The Merrick House - decorating for the holidays and the annual Open House
Refreshing the Coral Gables Library Butterfly Garden
Working with the City to create the Miss Lamar Louise Curry Park
Participating in the Coral Gables Community Foundation's Tour of Kitchens with our Annual Plant Sale
Member Education and Enjoyment:
Monthly Luncheons and Programs with noted speakers on horticultural interests
Gardening workshops, field trips to botanical sites, flower shows and participation in MMFS
Giving Back to the Community:
Scholarships to college students studying in appropriate horitcultural fields.
Scholarships to Summer Trekker Camp at the coral Gables Museum
Support of environmental non-profits and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Camp Wekiva, Penny Pines, World Gardening and more.
Arbor Day - April 27, 2018
Our Garden Center is located on the Biltmore Hotel grounds.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, Florida