A busy time of year for the club



Due to its warm climate, the state of Florida has celebrated Arbor Day since 1886 on the third Friday of January. In recognition of this event, the Port St. Joe Garden Club selected a fringe tree to be planted on the grounds of its Garden Center located at 216 Eighth Street. The fringe tree is a Florida native that will mature to be a small tree or large shrub depending on how it is pruned. Delicate tasseled flowers bloom before the greenery emerges in the spring, producing a snowy white cloud. Aptly, the botanical name of this attractive specimen, Chionanthus virginicus, translates to snow flower.

The Port St. Joe Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of each month from September through June in its Garden Center which is listed on the U. S. Department of the Interior's list of historic buildings. The public is invited to attend and hear speakers on topics ranging from landscaping for wildlife to flower show essentials. To RSVP or inquire about renting its lovely venue, please email psjgardenclub@gmail.com or visit the Port St. Joe Garden Club's Facebook page.

Upcoming meetings

The Port St. Joe Garden Club will meet 12 p.m. ET Thursday, Jan 11, at the Garden Center on Eighth Street. After lunch, the program will be presented by Mr. Ray Bodrey, our Gulf County Extension Agent, "Garbage to Garden." He will demonstrate how to build and maintain a compost pile. The lunch and program are free and open to the public, but lunch is by reservation only. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by email to psjgardenclub@gmil.com, or by leaving a message on the Port St Joe Garden Club Facebook page.

There will also be planning for the club's Annual plant sale to be held on April 14 and the flower show, “By the sea . . .By the sea” to take place on June 9.