For those interested in doing their own research on our club, the Carlsbad History Room of the Cole Library and the Shipley-Magee House in Magee Park both store various documents of our Club. The library data is available during regular library hours, while the information stored by the Carlsbad Historical Society is only available on Fridays through Sundays from 11AM to 3PM.
80 Wonderful Years
by Fran Whitton
Member since 2010
Treasurer: 2011-2, 2014-6
It was about 80 years ago
when the loveliest ladies of the land
decided to take a stand
and make California even more grand.
They met, talked, walked and thought,
and really got inspired a lot
and decided that flowers, trees, plants and shrubs
would make an interesting topic for a club.
The ideas just kept pouring in
and soon a new garden club would begin.
Out of the Women’s Club it did come
and a huge success, but they’re not done.
They stimulate, encourage, teach and have fun
under the beautiful California sun.
So hug each other every day
and smell the flowers along the way.
After the Poetry, the prose version of our History...
Reflecting back to 1932, we are very proud of our Club's involvement in the foundation of the Buena Vista Lagoon, Magee House and the San Diego Botanic Garden, formerly known as Quail Botanical Garden. Today we are associated with the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Click here for Lagoon Volunteer Group.
The Club has shown their gratitude to our Armed Forces at Camp Pendleton over the years with various projects; currently we are part of Petals for Patriots (click here for Petals for Patriots) which brings flower arrangements to the Wounded Warriors. In 2011-12, we also gave 2 grants to the Archie's Acres program to assist returning Veterans in becoming irrigation technicians.
There are many instances of community involvement in sponsoring Carlsbad Floral Show and participating in the Barrio and Strawberry Festivals in the past. Recently we have joined with the Friends of the Library Book Sales at the Cole Library.
Over the years there have been many grants to the local schools, the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Clubs, and scholarships to Mira Costa Horticulture Students.
In previous years there was a heavy emphasis on flower arrangement, whereas our President's theme (2012-13) is on dealing with drought conditions and how that affects our gardens.
For a very long time the Carlsbad Garden Club acted independently. Now as a member of the National Garden Club, we have access to many more resources and opportunities as well as some new obligations. For example my husband and I went on the CGCI cruise from San Pedro to Vancouver in May 2013. From June 3-7, 2013, the 82nd Annual Convention for the California Garden Club Incorporated was held in San Diego. (Click here forState and District Events)
Reflecting on all of the above and enjoying the present, I can say that we are still coming together in fun and friendship to learn about and enjoy our gardens.
The Carlsbad Garden Club is a 501(c)3 Club #CO776898, and our FEIN is #77-0720491
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.