President's Message

President's Message

Photo Credit: Bonnie Masdeu
AS I SEE IT Photography entry

Theme: Pollinators in the Garden

Welcome to the 96-97th season of the Coral Gables Garden Club!  There is much to look forward to despite the spread of the Covid 19 Delta variant.  The health and safety of our members and community are of the utmost importance, so we will monitor all updates from our local officials and the health departments and make changes to our calendar of events when necessary.

This past year we have met the challenges of covid, with creativity, new social distancing skills, and a new understanding of technology that allowed us to have successful meetings, fabulous programs, and a new virtual fundraiser, the AS I SEE IT Photography Competition, which will become an annual event. This statewide photo contest aims to increase the appreciation of Florida’s natural environment and diversity by highlighting outstanding Florida nature, wildlife photography, and the best images of Coral Gables. This year’s submissions date will begin April 1, 2022.

On November 5th-6th, we are planning a Fall Plant Sale open to the public, including gift items, native plants, orchids, aroids, kokedama’s, holiday wreaths, workshops on pollinator gardening, and a demonstration on holiday floral design.   Plan on stopping by and visiting at the garden center, on the property of the Biltmore Hotel, located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue.

The Lamar Louise Curry Park, a collaboration between the garden club and the city of Coral Gables, is beginning construction and is scheduled to open in February 2022. The triangular plot of city land in front of Venetian Pool at 2701 De Soto Boulevard was chosen by our club and the city to turn into a flowering park, and this spot was officially named on October 9, 2018, the Lamar Louise Curry Park, by the city commission.  Learn more about Lamar Louise Curry by clicking the link. 

In March, we are planning a Spring Floral and Fashion Show, another special event open to the public at the beautiful setting of the Biltmore Hotel.  Join our mailing list below to get notifications on all of our special events.

Traditionally, a theme sets the tone for the year and is selected by the President, so I am delighted to choose “Pollinators in the Garden” as I think you would all agree to increase the number of pollinators is one of the most important things, we can do for our planet individually and collectively as a club. With a dwindling natural habitat and 20% of our food supply that depends on pollination, we must be proactive in saving our pollinators.

Flowers, native plants, and trees play a big role in enticing pollinators, including hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, into our gardens at home and in public spaces.  I hope you will support the clubs’ efforts in projects citywide and, if possible, consider planting a pollinator garden at home-even a container garden for those with limited space. Your work will be rewarded with hours of enjoyment watching the rapid beating wings of the hummingbird drinking the nectar of their favorite flower, or the butterflies emerging from their chrysalis, drying their wings, then playfully skipping from one flower to the next, all doing the most important job of pollination. 

We have many valuable links on our website under the resource page to help you plan your garden. Please check out the Green Gables articles posted on our website on the resource page from local writer and garden club member Linda Waldron who writes extensively on gardening in Coral Gables. 

With this in mind, I look forward to sharing all our wonderful special events and projects with you and anticipate another fantastic year for the Coral Gables Garden Club.

With love,

Susan Rodriguez

Coral Gables Garden Club President