President's Message

Theme: Joys of the Garden

The summer has passed by the time you read this and my fervent wish is that you and your families have weathered this Coronavirus storm and are safe and well. How often have I said that since our Board Meeting on March 11th, when suddenly our world shut down?

This coming year in the Garden Club will be one of adjustment to a new normal. One where we must be personally responsible for our own well-being, yet ready to give of ourselves to help the Garden Club thrive and grow in this difficult setting. I know so many of you are ready for this challenge.

Already this summer our members have been working via Zoom and behind masks to make things happen. Our new website is taking shape and will be a beautiful reflection of our club. We are making steady progress in the renovation of our Garden Center and on the Lamar Louise Curry Park. Our committee chairmen are ready for action, our meetings, programs, and workshops have been planned and our meeting places reserved, with the options of “going virtual” if necessary.

All this is a work in progress, as you can imagine. Our situation reminds me of a favorite saying of mine: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

We will emerge from this difficulty with new-found appreciation of each other, new knowledge of amazing technology, and new ideas and enthusiasm for spreading our love of gardens, flowers, and nature. After all, we are the Garden Club, steeped in legacy and filled with talented women.

When it is possible, we will re-emerge with grace and grit and continue to inspire in ourselves and others the joys of the garden.

With love,

Judy Mangasarian

Coral Gables Garden Club President