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 Objectives

  • To encourage and assist in establishing and maintaining botanical gardens and other horticultural endeavors in the city of Marco Island for the advancement of science and the education of the public.
  • To educate community newcomers and residents to the unique sub-tropical growing conditions on Marco Island.
  • To increase knowledge of the environment and how to protect it. To intensify efforts to beautify Marco Island.
  • To further horticultural education and conservation in local schools.
  • To provide all members with basic knowledge and skills in floral design and horticulture.
  • To stimulate members interests and participation in the educational efforts of the club and its fellowship opportunities.
  • To support and further the objectives of the Florida Federation of State Garden Clubs through District IX.

These objectives are achieved not only at our regular membership meetings and programs but by being involved with the club's community outread projects.  Specifically these would be Junior Gardeners which meets with elementary students one day a month throughout the school year. The member volunteers stimulate the children's interest in the environment and in gardening.  Calusa has erected a Blue Star Memorial Marker in 2013 on the Veterans Community Park Property. This is maintained by our members. Flower shows are held for all to enjoy. The shows not only exhibit flower designs but displays an array of horticulture that grows here on Marco Island.  Members contribute flower arrangements for the annual Breast Cancer Luncheon held in February on the island. Annually two camperships are awarded to elementary students of the area. These camperships are for a week's stay at the Florida Federation of Garden Club's Camp Wekiva in northern Florida. Please visit their website for more information  , www.wekivayouthcamp.org. If you would like to nominate a child in the Southwest Florida area please see the application on our home page. In 2016 Calusa awarded its first High School Scholarship to a graduating student to offset college expenses. This application is also available on our home page. Please browse this website for more information. If you have an interest in becoming a member please contact us. 

  2017 saw the organaization involved in three project. 

 1. An historical marker that CGC had adopted years ago was revitalized with cleaning and new plantings. 

  2. The CGC recognized the earlier project in 1984-86 where its members had planted native plants. A granite  plaque and rock were placed near the entry to the park. A dedication was held April 24. Marco Island Parks and Recreation director Samantha Malloy, a few members of the parks and recs committee as well as Councilor Roman were present.

  3.A small group of members assisted Marco Island Academy with preparing a landscape plan for several areas of concern. Plants were donated by the CGC members as well as the Naples Botanical Gardens.  Students and members planted the new plants early May.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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