SOUTH TAMPA — With the summer coming to an end — at least according to the calendar — area garden clubs are starting programs and events.
They are a good place to connect with others and learn more about growing plants. Most are open to the public.
Some clubs in the area and their activities are:
♦ Tampa Garden Club meets 10 a.m. the first Wednesday at 2629 Bayshore Blvd.
Members will showcase improvements to the clubhouse at an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. The group’s Oct. 1 meeting will feature Tom Ries, an ecological biologist, speaking on “The Restoration of Ulele Springs.” Both events are free and open to the public.
On Nov. 1, the club will have its annual Holiday Market and Flower Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with plants, garden art, handcrafted items, gift items, specialty foods and silent auction. For information, call (813) 251-5059.
♦ Beach Park Garden Club meets 10 a.m. the first Wednesday at the Beach Park Women’s Club, 801 S. West Shore Blvd. Meetings are open to guests.
Members and potential members will kick off the year with a membership coffee from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the home of Georgienne Kraemer, 4417 Swann Ave. The Oct. 1 meeting will feature Lucy Hoyt, an award-winning Master Gardener, speaking on ginger plants. Floral designer Craig Unsworth will present Nov. 5 and the Christmas auction is Dec. 3. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
♦ Davis Islands Garden Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday at the Davis Islands Garden Club, 81 Columbia Drive. Meetings are open to guests. Today’s meeting will be a presentation on Fall Gardening in Florida and a luncheon will follow. For information, call (813) 251-3123.
♦ Sunset Park Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday beginning in October, at its clubhouse, 4624 W. Browning Ave. The schedule will be announced later. For information, email sunset parkgardenclub@hotmail .com.