Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Bend; Garden Club Plans Daytime, Evening Events

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Bend; Garden Club Plans Daytime, Evening Events

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

The Mandarin Garden Club has some events scheduled this month to satisfy a diurnal or nocturnal green thumb.

First, the sun will rise on the club's Plant Sale and Garden Item Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the clubhouse at 2892 Loretto Road. Perennials, annuals, herbs, small trees, cacti, house plants and small container gardens will be on sale. Patio furniture, tools, pots and garden books and magazines donated by club members also will be on the block. Shoppers are invited to tour the club's perennial demonstration garden and butterfly garden.

The sun will be setting as the garden club hosts its monthly evening group at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, with guest speaker and county extension agent Terry DelValle speaking about perennials that thrive in Jacksonville.

Evening group leader Susan Westermann said they hold night events so plant lovers and gardeners get the chance to learn.

"Our night group is designed for people who have to work and can't normally attend garden club events during the day," she said.

As always, the club will offer a plant swap after the talk, allowing members and guests to exchange a plant, cuttings or seeds. Refreshments will be served at the evening meeting, and visitors are welcome.


The River City Women's Club meets at 10:30 a.m. today at the Ramada Inn, Mandarin, at 3130 Hartley Road. The club will host its annual brown-bag fund-raiser. Members make up bags of small gifts for sale, with the proceeds going to the club's charities. The lunch is $12 for members and non-members, who are invited to join the club for an annual $20 fee.


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