The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Headquarters 1400 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789
Office: Mon - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Venue Tour Hours by Appointment: Tues – Friday 10:00 AM – 4 PM
Garden Shop hours: Tues - Thursday 10 AM to 2PM
Weekend – Office closed – venue available for events
Headquarters Staff: Dawn Murphy, Manager, Trineliea (Liea) Ward, Office Assistant
FFGC Library: Janice Elsheimer, Librarian - The library is available to all FFGC members during office hours. The loan period is one month, with privilege of one month renewal.
The general nature and object of this non-profit Corporation shall be: To organize themselves into a non-profit association for the purpose of engaging in activities which are charitable, educational and scientific within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Specifically, the purposes of the association are as follows:
(a) To further the education of the members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture,botany, floral design, landscape design, environmental awareness through the conservation of natural resources, civic beautification, nature studies, and to instill in our youth the love of
gardening and the respect for and protection of the environment.
(b) To encourage the erection of memorials to veterans of the United States armed forces;
(c) To coordinate the interests of the several Garden Clubs in the State of Florida to the extent such coordination represents a furtherance of the activities specified in (a) and (b) above provided always that such purposes shall be effectuated by activities which are within the scope of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
(d) To do and perform all other acts and things necessary to carry out the purposes of this Corporation as a Corporation not for profit in accordance with the law in such cases made and provided.
Membership in the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. is open to all regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity or religious affiliation
Number of federated clubs: 235
Board Meetings: 2 per year, September and January
Administration: Changing every 2 years in the odd numbered year
Convention: Annual held in Spring (usually April)
Officers: 7 - President, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Corresponding Secretary
Founding Clubs: Halifax Country, Miami, Jacksonville, and Winter Park
Fiscal year: June 1 - May 31
Headquarters Building established February 2, 1961 with renovations in 1991, 1998, and 2005
The Federation was organized April 14, 1924 by these four clubs: Halifax Country, Jacksonville, Winter Park, and Miami. The original building used as a state headquarters in 1954 was located in Gainesville at the University of Florida. The City of Winter Park offered the Federation a 100 year lease of 3 acres in 1959. Groundbreaking for Headquarters took place January 6, 1960 and the building was dedicated February 2, 1961. The building architect was Allan Tuttle and the landscape architect was Bailey O. Breedlove. The Federation library was moved from the University of Florida to headquarters in 1962 and dedicated to former president Jesse M. Conner. (The library includes a variety of programs on DVD as well as books on a number of topics. Members and clubs are encouraged to borrow, however, we regret that our library materials are not available to non-members at this time).
The building was expanded on the north side now used as a project room and also houses a small gift shop. New landscaping was added between 1995-1997 as part of the Color our Garden project and in 1998 the original open to the air atrium was enclosed and has since served as a lobby. The addition of two dressing/conference rooms on the southeast corner of the building in 2005 provided additional meeting space and a private dressing room area for brides.
The FFGC Board of Directors meets twice yearly in January and September. Use the Advanced Search option of the directory on this website to obtain a list of board members, officers, district directors, etc. or to locate an individual member. Former FFGC Presidents
President: Arlene Rand Theme: The Garden of Inspiration
Arlene was born in Illinois and grew up in Mount Dora, FL with her parents and brother. Her future brought about several moves around the country, but with each she enjoyed the beauty of her surroundings. When she returned to Florida she found that garden club was a perfect way to enjoy her love of gardening, landscape, and flowers. She joined the Clermont Garden Club in 1972. Becoming an active member, she then served three separate two-year terms as its President and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Arlene and husband John, have four children and six grand-children. They are active members in their community and love to travel, especially when spending tim with family in Oklahoma, Georgia, the Carolinas. Arlene has always taken part in church activities. They attend Blessed Sacarment Catholic Church in Clermont. She has served as Eucharistic Minister for many years.
Arlene joined the FFGC Board of Directors in 1981 and served in many capacities. She accepted the positions as Director of District VII from 1994-1997 under former FFGC Presidents Beth Wilson and Marion Hilliard. Ser served as FFSJ Director of District VII 2003-2005, is an Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, enjoys participating in flower shows and attending symposiums. She was FFGC Recording Secretary 2005-2007 and was privileged to serve as Co-Chair fo the 2007 FFGC Convention. It was exciting to work with the Wekiva Youth Camp's excellent staff, volunteers and fantastic campers as well as being Chairman for Wekiva Leadership Training and Critter Camp when 3rd and 2nd Vice President. She is a Gardening Consultant, ahs served on the Deep South Region Board as Garden Center Chairman and is now privileged to represent FFGC on teh Deep South Region and Nation Garden Club boards as the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs President.
Arlene has received Life Memberships in FFGC, DS, and NGC, is an honorary member in the Clermont Garden Club and is the recipient of the Pilar of Pride and Hall of Fame honors.
First Vice President: Claudia Bates
Claudia MacKenzie Bates has been a member of the Gainesville Garden Club for 26 years. She has served as President of the GCC 1996-1988, as Chairman of two circles, and as FFGC District V Director 2001-2003. She was chairman of the 2004 State Convention (held in Gainesville). Claudia also served on the FFGC Board of Directors as the Fun with Flowers Chairman, Birds and Butterflies Chairman, and the FFGC/UF Short Course Chairman 2012-2013.
Claudia is a master flower show judge and a NGC accredited Flower Show Schools Instructor in Design and is qualified to instruct at the Symposium level. She has presented deign programs throughout the eastern U.S. and has presented four design programs at CFAA. her designs have been featured in two FFGC Calendars, Vision of Beauty and Design Deimensions, and in the WAFA book Designing the American Way. She has taught the FFGC Floral Design Courses in 10 of the 12 FFGC Districts.
Claudia is a Life Member of GCC, FFGC, and NGC. She is currently the Deep South Floral Design Chairman and was recently elected 1st Vice President of FFGC.
Claudia is a proud seventh-generation Floridian. She graduated fromt eh Univeristy of Florida and taught 7th & 8th grade mathematics and English. She and her husband, Val ahve three children, six grandchildren, two dogs and six formerly feral cats.
Second Vice President: Albert (Al) Latina
Al has served on the FFGC Executive Board since 2013, when he was elected to the position of Third Vice President. A man of many talents, Al is known for the many “hats” he wears as he reports on his different areas of responsibility.
As an FFGC Board Member Al was responsible for Website Promotions, and Internet Coordination, during that time, he introduced the “Amazon Connection” that has proven to be a vey successful way of passive fundraising for FFGC. As Al is often quoted: “it’s easy, enjoyable, safe, and most of all FFGC benefits”. The Amazon connection meets and exceeds its financial goals each year. While he was Third Vice President, Al presided over Wekiva Youth Camp, and for the past two years has happily spent his summer with the young campers, sorting out the myriad of activities involved with the operation of the camp. Now, as Second Vice President he continues to watch over Camp Wekiva.
A member of the Temple Terrace Garden Club, Al served there as President and First Vice President; each term for two years. Al also served as District VIII Membership Chairman, and was National Garden Week Chairman.
The City of Temple Terrace named him the recipient of the first Ann Simmons Award for outstanding volunteer Service to the city for a non-resident. As a member and officer of the Temple Terrace Preservation Board, Al spearheaded a number of projects to help preserve the natural beauty of the city.
Al Latina earned his BA and MS degrees in Biology from the University of Florida. After graduation, he joined the faculty at the University of South Florida, where he retired after 42 years.Al has been married to his wife, Jane, for 54 years, and they have raised a son and a daughter and have one granddaughter.
Third Vice President: Marjorie H. Hendon
Marge, born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, enjoyed teaching for the thirty-two years. Her first encounter with FFGC was when her fifth grade class at East Marion Elementary in Ocala, FL won first place in Florida's single class garden competition at the 2004 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. She took her class to EPCOT to see the garden and fell in love with FFGC's beautiful floral designs.
She joined the Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala after retiring in 2006. Soon she was co-chairman of FFGC/UF Short Course, then State Membership Advisor. Wanting to learn more about those beautiful designs and how to judge them, she vecame an NGC accredited flower show judge. While serving the last three years as President of Pioneer Garden Club, Marge helped move her club out into the community with Cracker Christmas and new gardens at the Silver Springs State Park and Ocala's dowtown Art Park.
Marge stays busy. Four Sisters' Foliage, her nursery business, finds her showing and selling her plants at numerous sales around the state. She raises llamas and enjoys gathering eggs from her chickens. Marge recently enjoyed a trip to the British Isles with her family where they attended the World Flower show in Dublin.
Recording Secretary: Carolyn Schaag
Carolyn tended her mother's flower garden as a child, did a floral design program at age 12, joined a garden club in 1962, became flower show judge in 1969, was appointed to the FFGC board in 1983, served all seven FFGC elected offices includeing President from 1999-2001, plus District X Director. Carolyn is currently treasurer of the Tri-Council, FFSJ, and FFGC 2016 State Flower Show; Chairman of Grants, Planned Giving, Labels for Education, and serves as the Florida Wildflower Liaison. She's held many offices and chairmanships including Treasurer of the Deep South Region, and of the NGC, DS, and FFGC Conventions, President of Tri-Council, Environmental, Gardening, and Landscape Design Consultants Councils. Carolyn is a floral design instructor whose designs have been featured in 10 FFGC Calendars. She is an NGC 5-Star Member and FFGC master Tri-Consultant. Her honors include FFGC, NGC, and DS Life Memberships, Hall of Fame, Patron, Earth Steward, FFCG Blanche Capeil Leadership Award, Friends of Florida Wildflower Award, Pillar of Pride, and FFGC Guardian of Gardening. Carolyn joined the Clermont Garden Club in 2002. her husband, Edward supports her love of garden club. They enjoy summers at their North Georgia mountain cabin and world travel visiting their three sons, five grandsons, and one granddaughter. Carolyn's hobbies include counted cross-stitch, jigsaw puzzles, and her many collections.
Corresponding Secretary: Sandi Eckstein
Treasurer: Gina Jogan
Gina Jogan’s accomplishments speak volumes!
Instructor: Design, Flower Show Procedure for NGC’s Flower Show Schools; Instructor, NGC Symposia, Design and Allied topics; National Garden Clubs, Accredited-Master Flower Show Judge; Gardening Consultant; Landscape Design Critic (Master); NGC Flower Show Schools Committee; Chairman, Student Schedules/Corrections; Instructor, Floral Design Study Schools; Treasurer of FFGC (2009-present); Member, Presenter, Creative Floral Arrangers of America; Member, OFAD (Organization of Floral Art Designers); Founding member, Friends of the Gardens of NW FL; Treasurer, Registrar, Short Course North; Florida Flower Show Judges District I Council President.
Life Memberships and honors: National Garden Clubs, Inc., Life Member; Deep South Region, Life Member; Patron (Scholarship) Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., Life Member; Blanche Capel Covington Leadership Award (FFGC#1); Hall of Fame; Pillar of Pride (2 times); Patron; Guardian of Gardening; Calendar Girl (FFGC); Floral Designer’s Award Winner (FFGC#80) .
Former FFGC District I Director; Former FFGC chairman Flower Shows; Evaluations and Calendar; Past Director, Pensacola Flower Show Judges’ Council; Gardener of the Year (Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.; Roster Of Honor (PFGC) awarded by Redbud Garden Club; Deep South Region Board of Directors Floral Design Chairman (2003-2013); Chairman of “Florida’s Fun With Flowers” program (2007-2013); Creator, Chairman of the Annual Emerald Coast Flower and Garden Festival (17yrs); Chairman 2008 FFGC State Convention/Deep South Region Convention; Chairman 2009, 2011 and 2013 Deep South Region Advanced Std. Petite Flower Show; Co-Chairman 2012 State Flower Show at FFGC State Convention, Jacksonville. Presenter, facilitator, speaker at workshops, programs, events…too numerous to list! Gina’s designs have been published in articles, magazines, calendars, and on-line.
Gina is a Graduate of Florida State University- B.S. in Elementary Education and Mathematics; Hobbies include: reading, travel, needlework, quilting, and the grandbabies! Married 46 years to Stephen, a career Naval Officer, now deceased, with two grown children, five grandchildren, one great-grandson!
Parliamentarian: Cinny O'Donnell
Counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton Flower & Wildflower: Sarracenia Flava (Pitcher Plant) Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
District II Director: Louise Michaels
Counties: Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Bradford, Alachua, Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion
Flower: Daylily Wildflower: Phlox drummondii (Phlox) Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
District VI Director: Kathleen Terlizzo
Counties: Polk, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee, Collier
Flower: Red Hibiscus Wildflower: Sambucus Simpsonii Butterfly: Monarch