Community

Civic Beautification – In 2015, Sarasota Garden Club will celebrate 50 years of recognizing Sarasota Businesses, with awards, for their landscaping achievements which enhance the city’s surroundings and business environment. County and City leaders are also invited to attend the awards celebration.

Floral Design for Ca d’Zan – Members create floral designs for the Ringling Mansion’s main rooms during the year and holiday season.

Florida Arbor Day/Habitat for Humanity – Over the years, many trees have been planted throughout the city and recently to landscape a new Habitat Home for a local family. The program uses Florida Friendly plantings for the community environments.

Garden Maintenance Programs – Members volunteer to garden at our Botanical Gardens, Mable Ringling’s Secret Garden, Orange Blossom Community Garden and the J.D. Hamel Park Doughboy garden. See Volunteer Opportunities for further information on becoming a volunteer too.

Garden Therapy – Every year, residents of assisted living homes visit our Botanical Gardens hosted by members with tours, refreshments and friendship.

Scholarships – College and High school scholarships have been offered every year since 1985 for students interested in the Natural Science field. See our Scholarships section for applications.

Youth Programs – The Butterfly Club hosts on-site programs for special needs and school groups throughout the year to enrich the youth’s appreciation of the Gardens and Butterflies.

Residents can apply to Sarasota Garden Club to receive Camp Wekiva scholarships for the accredited summer camp in Florida sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Florida Parks Service. It is a residential nature camp for 3rd through 8th graders at Wekiwa Springs State Park.