Penny Pines Progarm
A reforestation program benefitting the National Forest Service, "Penny Pines" began in 1941 when seedlings could be produced for about one cent each. Approximately 680 seedlings were used to plant a typical acre. For $68.00, seedlings for ten acres could be purchased.
In 1964, the original cooperative agreement was rewritten to provide that funds contributed under the Penny Pines program be used for reforestation, rather than solely for purchasing seedlings.
Our goal is to make 2 $68.00 donations each year. Our first donation was made in honor of past president, Cathy Foley. Her beautiful certificate of honor is attached below.
Won't you help us reach our goal of making one more $68.00 donation in honor of your club, organization or an individual? Send a contribution to us designated to "Penny Pines", or place a "Penny Pines Jar" in your place of business or club.
Contact us today to participate in this fantastic conservation effort to the benefit of future generations.
As an organization, we offer support to the youth in our community via scholarship programs for eligible children to attend Wekiva Youth Camp.
Contact our Wekiva Chair to make a contribution to the scholarship fund or to nominate a young person to attend this wonderful experience.
For more information about Wekiva Youth Camp, click here.
WEKIVA YOUTH CAMP is a residential nature camp for 3rd through 8th Grade youngsters sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC) for the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the REAL Florida in our youth through nature study, conservation and protection of our environment for the future of our state and our planet. Wekiva Youth Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Wekiva Youth Camp is comprised of six one-week sessions during June & July in Wekiwa Springs State Park, where FFGC (a not-for-profit organization) partners with the Florida Parks Service to improve and maintain the facilities. Wekiva Youth Camp promises an unforgettable experience enjoying nature, crafts, and the beauty of the natural world in a magical, pristine setting. Campers should be interested in nature and like the outdoors. Florida residency is not required and campers are welcomed without regard to race, color, religion or ethnicity. Campers enjoy a unique outdoor living and learning experience, with close supervision. Our motto for our youth is “Campers Today – Environmental Leaders Tomorrow”.
Our 2015 Camp Wekiva Scholarship recepient, Sam, (2nd from R in last Row) will share his experiences with us at our October program!
ALERT!!! Milkweed plants that have been treated with systemic Neonicotinoids have a deleterious effect on butterflies, bees, and will kill caterpillars!
Please, be aware and on the lookout for these tags placed in plants - and do not buy them!
Please ask the garden centers carrying these treated plants to remove them.
Florida Wildflower Foundation - DOT "Paths of Sunshine"
St. Patrick’s Catholic Elementary School in Largo has an outdoor classroom with teacher Joe Blum. Clearwater Garden Club presidents Anne Fogarty Frances and Alice Jarvis took a visit to see their accomplishments. This is in its 3rd year and it keeps growing, the children are growing flowers for their mothers on mothers day. They have several different gardens a cactus, a fruit orchard and very successful butterfly garden. Vegetables are grown in containers.
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The varied talents, interests and personalities of Clearwater Garden Club members allow us to present a variety of fun events and worthwhile projects to members of the community in order to bring beauty and enjoyment throughout the city of Clearwater and the community at large. Here's just some of the wonderful programs we offer:
Community Gardening Civic Endeavors Youth Education
Horticulture Flower Shows Garden Therapy
Social Gatherings Fun Events and Fundraisers
Floral Design Workshops Butterfly Garden Certification
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC)
BAN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IN FLORIDA
Position Statement Adopted January 14, 2015
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC) is committed to banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing in Florida.
The oil and gas industry has surged over the past decade by employing new techniques and technologies that combine horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—commonly known as fracking—to extract natural gas and oil otherwise unreachable with conventional technologies from underground rock formations. The process involves drilling vertically to reach the rock layer where the gas or oil exists, then drilling horizontally along the rock layer from the vertical wellbore. A mixture of water, sand and chemicals or “fracking fluid” is pumped into the well at extremely high pressure. The pressure is powerful enough to fracture the surrounding rock, creating fissures and cracks through which trapped reservoirs of gas and oil are released. The gas and oil are pumped back to the surface, along with millions of gallons of "flowback." Flowback is a mix of recovered fracking fluid and “produced waters” or water released from the underground rock formations along with the gas and oil. Flowback contains harmful contaminants, such as naturally occurring radioactivity, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, brine and other toxins. This wastewater is stored on the fracking site in pits, injected in deep underground disposal wells or trucked off‐site for treatment prior to discharge to surface waters.
Despite the fact that there is substantial evidence that enormous volumes of wastewater degrades the environment and endangers public health, no federal or state laws regulate the handling, storage, treatment or disposal of fracking waste. Gas and oil production wastes are exempt from the disclosure requirements for hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Attending physicians, researchers and public agencies are not necessarily privy to the toxicological and epidemiological information necessary to understand the scope, scale and long‐term implications of exposure to the chemical additives in fracking fluids. Drilling sites are also exempt from the laws limiting the emissions of toxic airborne pollutants under the Clean Air Act, even though wastewater left in open air pits to evaporate, releases harmful volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, polluting the air and contributing to acid rain and ground level ozone. Where catastrophic spills of fracking chemicals and wastes have contaminated soil and surface waters, drilling operators are exempt from any liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (a.k.a. Superfund Act), which holds most industries accountable for cleaning up hazardous waste.
There are no wastewater treatment methods in wide use that recondition water to an acceptable quality for surface discharge. Municipal sewage facilities merely dilute hazardous chemicals and other pollutants, rather than remove them. Private industrial treatment facilities are better able to precipitate metals and filter out suspended solids, but removing dissolved salts, in particular, require expensive distillation or reverse osmosis processes. Disposal of toxic wastewater in deep underground injection wells is a common practice. Disposal wells are tubes of concrete and steel that extend deep into the earth, and at the bottom, the wells open into a natural rock formation. There is no container. Waste simply seeps out. According to recent studies, the extreme pressure of deep well injection can cause underground rock layers to crack, accelerating the migration of wastewater into aquifers. Once toxic compounds leach into groundwater, vital drinking water resources may be contaminated irreparably.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no hard data on how many underground disposal wells are leaking dangerous chemicals. The Energy Policy of 2005 expressly exempts fracking operations from the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act, effectively removing the authority of the EPA to regulate the underground injection of hazardous substances so that these materials do not endanger underground sources of drinking water.
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. recognizes that the millions of gallons of water used in fracking operations not only strain water resources, but end up as vast amounts of polluted wastewater. To protect Florida aquifers, reservoirs, rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes and ponds and recharge areas, Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. supports the following:
To Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in Florida
● Permanently halt or prohibit the initiation of gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of horizontally drilled wells
● Permanently halt or prohibit the initiation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations on public lands, which are not only home to the last remaining wild places in Florida, but public and private drinking water supplies for millions of people
● Permanently halt or prohibit the initiation of treating, discharging, disposing and storing of waste from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations
● Repeal oil and gas industry exemptions from the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act, Superfund Act, and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act
FFGC is a Charter Member of National Garden Clubs, Inc.
FFGC Headquarters: 1400 South Denning Drive, Winter Park, Florida 32789-5662 Tel: 407-647-7016 / Fax: 407-647-5479 / Web:
Education is the key to good Florida policy decision-making.
Please continue to educate yourself on this issue.
Widely used within a broad range of rehabilitative, vocational, and community settings, Horticultural therapy (HT) is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times.
Currently, war veterans, prison inmates, and people who struggle cognitively find significantly improved memory, processing abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. In physical rehabilitation, HT can help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance, and endurance. In vocational HT settings, people learn to work independently, problem solve, and follow directions.
Are you a caregiver, employer, or facility administrator who would like more information on how Garden Therapy/Horticulture Therapy might benefit the people you care for? Please contact a CGC member today to learn more.
Coral Restoration Foundation
FFGC and Clearwater Garden Club support The Coral Restoration Foundation located in Key Largo. It is a Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the transplanting of coral from underwater nurseries where the corals are grown by cutting fragments from existing healthy corals. The fragments grow to sizes that are then taken and planted to restore dying and degraded reefs. When these reefs grow , they will provide a habitat for all sorts of marine life including tropical fish.
To learn more about this great program click here.
Yard of the Year
Presented twice a year, the Garden Fork Award allows a Clearwater resident to be recognized by their friends, neighbors and the community at large for their efforts to care for God's creation, and bring beauty and enjoyment to the lives of others.
Congratulations to Donna Nagel, our Springtime Winner
Uniquely landscaped, Donna Nagel’s home on Sedeva Street caught the eye of Clearwater Garden Club 35-year member, Marion Crane. Crane was impressed with Nagel’s use of layered mulch and drought-resistant plants to beautify not only her yard, but the curbside edge of her property as well.
“It’s the mulch,” Nagel explains. “That’s the reason why these plants do so well is this mulch.” Blue Agave, Plumbago, Lantata, Papyrus, Bromeliads, and other sun-loving varieties thrive in mounds along the sidewalk and within her fence. Utilizing city mulch for the past several years, Nagel has built up nutrient-rich beds in which these plants happily thrive with very little care or watering.
Clearwater Garden Club members presented Nagel with the “Garden Fork Award” on Monday, April 7th, for excellence in garden design, beauty and maintenance. “Her efforts not only enhance her home but also the entire neighborhood,” Crane said as she presented the award.
Nominate your friend or neighbor to be honored for their efforts in landscape design, Xeriscaping, creativity, or beautification of their yard or neighborhood!