Meet Our District

We are seven garden clubs and twenty-five circles in nine north-central Florida counties,Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Lafayette.  Our clubs are

Ir is Garden Clug of Wakulla County     more

Live Oak Garden Club          more 

Madison Garden Club           more

Monticello Garden Club        more

Perry Garden Club                more

Steinhatchee Garden Club     more

Tallahassee Garden Club      more

Linda Johnson is our District Director for 2017-2019.  Our theme is “Go Native, Bloom and Pollinate”.

 

We are members of the

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Claudia Bates, President, Theme "Plant, Bloom and Grow With Us"

website (ffgc.org)

Deep South Region, Ann McCormick, Regional Director, Theme:  "Plant America Southern Style".  The Deep South Region includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.  Visit their website (dsregion.com).

National Garden Clubs, Inc., Nancy Hargroves, President, Theme:  "Plant America".  The NGC website is www.gardenclub.org

 

Our District Flower:  The Daylily

Daylilies are popular landscape perennials in our area of north Florida.  They are easy to grow, are not picky about soil, tolerate drought and resist pests.  Sounds like a perfect perennial.  Although daylilies prefer sun, they will accept just morning or afternoon sun.

 

Hemerocallis is the scientific name for the daylily.  Each daylily flower will bloom for only one day.  However, the plants have multiple stalks of flowers with lots of flowers on each stalk, which means the y will bloom for weeks.  Many daylilies are ‘repeat bloomers’ that will flower multiple times in the same growing season.  Some have evergreen foliage while othersvarieties have foliage that goes  dormant after a frost and egrows the next season.  There are thousands of varieties of daylilies in assorted sizes, colors, and flower shapes.  Just go to one of the local growers and take your pick.

 

To learn more about growing daylilies, visit the North Florida Daylily Society website ( http://www.nfdaylily.com/).

 

The District Butterfly:  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

When you see a large, showy butterfly flitting around your garden, a roadside, fields or woodsd, take a closer look. It may be an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), our district’s butterfly, which is a native in eastern North America.  It’s at home in Florida, except the Florida Keys.   From February to November, these butterflies feed on nectar from sturdy plants, particularly those that have red or pink flowers.  Look for adults with a wing span of 3.1 to 5.5 inches. Males are yellow with four black stripes on their forewings.  Females may be yellow or black.   The yellow females have a band of blue spots along their hind wings.  Black females do not have distinguishing markings, they are just dark.  These dark females may be a species preservation mechanism as some predators will avoid them, thinking they are another form of swallowtail that is poisonous.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Yellow

Adult Eastern Tiger Swallowtails live about a month.  They are loners and are frequently observed flying above the tree tops.   Males pursue females by frequenting areas that containthe kinds of  plants on which females prefer to lay their eggs.  To attract or tempt the females, the males  release a pheromone that encourages mating.  While courting, the butterflies engage in a ritual mating dance, fluttering their wings around each other before they land and mate.

Two to three broods may be produced each year in our area.  Trees and shrubs of the Magnoliaceae (magnolia)and  Rosaceae plant families are the favorite host plants on which the females lay their green eggs.  As the young caterpillars develop, they are brown and white.  Then change to green with black, yellow and blue spots on the thorax. The caterpillar then goes into a resting stage, forming a chrysalis from which the butterfly will emerge

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Clubs

PERRY GARDEN CLUB  - hosting Fall District meeting

Resource Guide for District III Clubs

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