Tri-color ginger

FFGC Floral City Garden Club held another successful annual plant sale in late March. Both nursery procured plants and home grown plants were offered for sale. One of the plants available at the plant sale were these stromanthe, commonly referred to as tri-color ginger. It provides a striking contrast to the landscape and grows well in shaded areas when watered regularly.

The FFGC Floral City Garden Club’s 2021 annual plant sale Chair Janie Stewart has announced, “Another successful plant sale was held by the FFGC Floral City Garden Club at the end of March. The plant sale was held at the pavilion across street from the Church of Christ on the Corner of Marvin and Church Streets.”

“Nursery plants, home grown plants and yard- and garden-related items were offered to the public. During the week following the annual plant sale, unsold nursery plants were offered at cost to our members who had made an appointment to pick them up at my home,” Stewart said.

Florida Federated Garden Club (FFGC) Floral City Garden Club and Clint Collins, owner of CBC Pants, have a mutual appreciation relationship. As a youth, Cliff was sponsored by the club for a week at Camp Wekiva, the Floral Federation Garden Club’s Youth camp at Wekiva State Park. Collins credits that week at Camp Wekiva for peaking his interest in horticulture and eventually steering him into the nursery business. The camp is held during June and July each summer and is operated by volunteers from Federation Garden Clubs throughout the state.

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Clint began Color Country Nursery, Lecanto, which is now owned and managed by his brother Craig Collins. Both were supportive in this year’s plant sale. Other nurseries from whom the garden club obtained plants include Green Isles, in Groveland, and Canterbury Nursery in Hudson. Lordco Enterprises supported the club with the banner and signage.

Two vendors with lawn and garden-related items participated at the plant sale this year and did well. The club plans to ask more businesses who have yard and garden related items to join the plant sale next year. Interested parties may contact Plant Chair Janie Stewart at 954-557-5982 to participate next year.

Club President Susie Metcalfe says, “Offering a plant sale for the public gives us an opportunity to talk about how to select the appropriate trees and plants for our specific area of Florida. We can encourage proper growing and propagation techniques. And maybe there is a hidden benefit of meeting potential new members for our club. Members, also, get the opportunity to show-off the many varieties of plants that they have grown and thus encourage other to grow their own plants.”

The format for the April and May meetings of the Garden club will vary from the usual. On Friday, April 9, members and visitors will meet in the usual place and time at the Floral City Community House in the Floral City Town Center for the 11 a.m. Social and at 11:30 for a “bring your own” brown-bag lunch. The business meeting will be called to order at noon and followed by the installation of officers that usually takes place every-other-year in May.

Installing officer will be the incoming FFGC District V Director and a past president of the FFGC Floral City Garden Club, Donna Thomas. She will install Carol Wood as president, Janie Stewart as vice president, Chris McIntire as recording secretary, Mary Graff as treasurer and Sandy Van Tassel as corresponding secretary.

On Wednesday, May 19, the FFGC Floral City Garden Club will host the annual FFGC District V meeting at the Inverness Country Club. All members of the federation are invited to attend. Social distancing and mask wearing will be practiced unless otherwise specified. For further information contact our website or email address.

Visitors are always welcome to attend monthly meeting held the second Friday from September through May. Visit the website at or email

Marcia Beasley submits publicity for the FCGC Floral City Garden Club. Visit

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