Dedicated On March 17th, 2018
Our Garden Center is located on the Biltmore Hotel grounds.
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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.
The Betsy Adams and Coral Gables Garden Club Park
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It was a beautiful day for the grand opening ceremony of the Betsy Adams and The Coral Gables Garden Club Park! City trolleys started arriving at 9:30am, bringing Garden Club members and City residents to our park at 4650 Alhambra Blvd. The City hosted the event, with breakfast bites and coffee, and our club added our always-generous portion of home-baked cookies and lemonade. It was a jubilant scene with standing-room only. City Commissioner Frank Quesada led the ceremony, spoke about the park, welcomed us all and introduced me. I spoke about the honor we all felt to have the City dedicate this beautiful space to our visionary leader and past president, Betsy Adams, and to our Garden Club as a whole.
Arva Moore Parks, distinguished Coral Gables historian, friend, and honorary Garden Club member introduced Betsy, speaking first about their long friendship and her admiration for all that Betsy has accomplished. Then Betsy spoke, and we were captivated! She spoke of the long way she has come, figuratively and literally, from the little town of Lenoir, NC, which she sportively noted is known mostly as being on the route to Blowing Rock, NC, to being honored today for the achievements she spearheaded in our City - namely the 3 new city entrances, a completion of Merrick's dream of beautiful gateways into his city at all major crossroads, the George Merrick monument in front of City Hall, and the bronze statue of George's mother Althea Fink Merrick at the Merrick House. We all felt blessed to hear Betsy's kind words about her family (who were in attendance), our club, and our city. I will always remember with gratitude and gladness this splendid tribute to Betsy and to our garden club.
And we did not forget Betsy's husband, Larry. As most of you know, we, working in partnership with the Coral Gables Community Foundation, purchased the three benches at the center back of the park. The most central bench displays a plaque in honor of "Larry Adams - Betsy's Husband and Partner - Sharing Her Vision For Coral Gables."
Located At Alhambra Circle and Mendavia Avenue
Coral Gables Garden Club
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, Florida