Council honors Garden Club’s 90th with proclamation
The Jacksonville City Council recognized the Garden Club of Jacksonville’s 90th birthday celebration before its June 26 meeting.
District 9 City Councilman Warren Jones presented the proclamation. Members of The Garden Club attended the meeting to receive the honor.
The Garden Club has a rich history in the Jacksonville area. Founded in March 1922 by Ninah B. Cummer, the club began as a small gathering of Cummer’s close friends. Her intent was to introduce Jacksonville to the beautiful European and American gardens Cummer had seen during her world travels. Cummer’s goal was to provide a forum that would encourage the study of flora and fauna, garden design and the sharing of information and the propagation of plants.
The club was one of the four clubs founding the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Inc. on April 24, 1924.
Today, the club continues its mission nearby its original meeting site. The club is located at 1005 Riverside Ave. on the St. Johns River. It is one of the largest Garden Clubs in America. The Jacksonville Garden Club focuses on education, beautification and conservation and works with many local organizations including the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Tree Hill and the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens to promote its mission.