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We began modestly: collecting donated books and catalogs for a 'Gardener's Corner' library (located across from the regular SBF library), and holding a perennial exchange. After two exchanges and many offers to buy our high quality plants, we switched to annual plant sales (our Lake House area collection bin of residents' otherwise unwanted pots provides a ready supply of pots). Besides speaker programs, the display garden and plant sales, we also have occasional movie showings and field trips.  If you’re an incoming resident, you may have already heard of us via the “New Resident Plant Coupon” that was part of your ‘New Resident” packet from the Welcoming Committee.


Our annual 'garden tour' in early summer is a showcase of the flower gardens of several homes, on a variety of lot sizes and locations, and with a range of homeowner interests and needs. Our 'tourists' tell us they love the ideas they get for using flower gardens to enhance their home site’s appearance.  Those whose homes are on the tour are recognized both with a certificate of appreciation and with their names in our ‘roll of honor’ plaque in the Lake House Gardener’s Corner.


We’d love to meet you!  Whether you are a man, a woman or a couple; experienced gardener or novice; newer or long-time resident: this is your local garden club. You are always welcome to come to our meetings; and we’ll try to answer your plants and flower questions. Often, we can help newer folks simply by sharing information about how things work here, whether it’s about the good sand, or the shrub removal system, or how we deal with the landscaping paper, the clay....etc. We’re not saying we ‘know it all’, but we have had some success with flower gardening here at SBF, and we enjoy sharing what we’ve learned. You might think about becoming a club member. As a member you’d be part of the team that runs our projects and events; thereby getting your input--the when, the how, etc., into them. We also do pot lucks and member garden visits, and we informally exchange plants all season (and, garden workers get first crack at extra plants there).


In addition to our array of activities within SBF, we also do quite a bit of community outreach, both as individual members and as a club.  One of our projects is the Blue Star project.   On Saddlebrook’s eastern boundary, a new park named Behm Homestead Park has been built on land that was part of the same 19th century homestead as our land. In recognition of the shared geography and history, and to join SBF’s long tradition of honoring veterans, our club presented a Blue Star By-Way Marker (an Armed Services Memorial) to the park. Markers like these, placed by garden clubs, can be found in public areas all over the country. The National Garden Club presented us with a certificate of appreciation for doing this, and it now hangs on the wall in the Lake House’s Great Room.


Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Lake House. We also hold special programs at other times. Events and activities are always free and open to all; we charge only for things we sell (plants, note cards, etc.). Check Channel 99 and Resident News Notes, or click on the Upcoming Events link below. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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