Frequently Asked Questions
1. What types of activities does the garden club participate in?
Over the course of a year our meetings usually cover the four areas of horticulture, landscape design, floral design, and conservation. We have speakers at most of our meetings. One meeting is always a plant swap. We also maintain gardens or flower beds at the Presbyterian church, the waterfront pavilion and median strip stone planters on Osborne St. Once a year we have a Lunch and Learn for the entire community. We have a speaker and invite the community to bring their lunch. Club members provide drinks and dessert. We also have a Christmas lunch at a nice restaurant. Last year it was at the Jekyll Island Club. We have a President’s lunch at another time during the year, usually in the summer. We sometimes have extra trips or workshops to learn new things like leaf casting or making garden crafts. And of course, we meet lots of other gardeners who enjoy going plant shopping or to garden tours.
2. How do I go about joining? Do I have to be recommended for membership? Guests are welcome to attend two meetings before joining. This allows you to see if you will be interested in what the club does. You do not need to be recommended. We have both women and men as members.
3. What are the dues? Dues are $25 per year. They are due in December for the following year. Part of this goes to the Garden Club of Georgia. Each member receives “Garden Gateways” magazine, published 4 times a year by the Garden Club of Georgia.
4. Are you a federated club? We are fully federated. Our club is part of the Oleander District of the Garden Club of Georgia.
5. Do I have to live in St. Marys to join? No, many of our members live in Kingsland or Woodbine. There is no requirement to live in St. Marys or even in Georgia.