At the May meeting of the Port St. Joe Garden Club, new officers were installed. Retiring president, Sue Meyer, passed the gavel to newly elected president Nancy Edwards. The second vice-president is Jill Bebee, the secretary is Caroline Madsen, Sarah Darden will continue to be treasurer, and Deb Clancy will serve another term as parliamentarian.

The mission of Port St. Joe Garden Club is to foster and encourage horticulture and conservation, to participate in projects aimed to beautify Gulf County, to encourage the installation and maintenance of memorials known as Blue Star Markers to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and to support related youth education.

The Port St. Joe Garden Club, established 71 years ago, is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs (FFGC) and the National Garden Clubs. During the last two years, the club undertook a round of grant writing that garnered the generosity of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund for which the members are very grateful. Hurricane Michael walloped Gulf County but set the club back only fleetingly. The garden club resumed and expanded its community outreach including its monthly food drive, beautification projects in conjunction with the TDC, another successful plant sale featuring many Florida native species, and work associated with the new community garden. The garden club is set to host the FFGC District II meeting which will bring garden club members from 11 other clubs in the Panhandle to Port St. Joe on May 14. After a summer hiatus, another busy year is anticipated. Follow the Port St. Joe Garden Club on Facebook to view upcoming events in the Fall!