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The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Headquarters 1400 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789 

Hours of Operation

            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

Contact Information:



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. 

FFGC Objectives: 

         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

Fast Facts:

Established 1924

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  

FFGC 2015-2017 Officers

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                                                                                 

Complete Officer, District Director, & Board Chairmen List


Counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton  Flower & Wildflower: Sarracenia Flava (Pitcher Plant) Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

District II  Director: Louise Michaels

Counties: Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Gadsden
Flower: Camellia   Wildflower: Coreopsis   Butterfly: Monarch

Counties: Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette
Flower: Hemerocallis (Daylily)       Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 

District IV   Director: Carolyn Stevens
Counties: Baker,Union, Nassau, Duval, Clay, St.Johns. Putnam
Flower: Blue Morning Glory  Wildflower: Ipomoea hederacea (Blue Morning Glory)  Butterfly: Painted Lady

District V   
Director: Louise Allen

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: Flagler, Volusia, Brevard   Flower: Yellow Hibiscus   Butterfly: Orange Barred Sulphur  

District VII   Director: Owaissa Vanderberg

Counties: Sumter, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole
Flower: Hibiscus (all varieties)   Wildflower: Coreopsis    Butterfly:  Monarch

Counties: Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota
Flower: Hibiscus   Wildflower: Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)   Butterfly: Zebra

Counties: Polk, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee, Collier

Flower: Red Hibiscus    Wildflower: Sambucus Simpsonii    Butterfly: Monarch

                                District X    Director: Donna Berger                             
Counties: Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie, Glades, Martin, Hendry, Palm Beach
Flower: Orange Hibiscus   Wildflower: Piriqueta (Turnera Ulmifolia)   Butterfly: Zebra

District XI   Director: Barbara Horan
Counties: Broward
Flower: Allamanda Cathartica   Wildflower:Tribulus Cistoides(Puncture Weed)   Butterfly: Ruddy Dagger Wing

District XII   Director Deborah Ann Smith
Counties: Dade, Monroe
Flower: Musaceae Stretlitzia Reginae (Bird of Paradise)   Wildflower: Gallardia Blanket Flower    
Butterfly: Schaus’ Swallowtail

District I
Counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton
Flower & Wildflower: Sarracenia Flava (Pitcher Plant)    Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
DirectorTina Tuttle 

 District II
 Counties: Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Gadsden
 Flower: Camellia     Wildflower: Coreopsis     Butterfly: Monarch

 DirectorCarol Garrison 

District III
Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette
Flower : Hemerocallis (Daylily)           Butterfly: Iris hexagona (Wild Blue Iris)
DirectorMickey Nyberg

District IV
Baker,Union, Nassau, Duval, Clay, St.Johns. Putnam
Flower: Blue Morning Glory  Wildflower: Ipomoea hederacea (Blue Morning Glory)Butterfly: Painted Lady
DirectorJackie Host

District V
Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Bradford, Alachua, Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion
Flower: Phlox drummondii (Phlox) 
Wildflower: Hemerocallis  Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
DirectorSandra Messer

District VI
Flagler, Volusia, Brevard
Flower : Yellow Hibiscus          Butterfly: Orange Barred Sulphur
DirectorGwen Swertfager

District VII
Sumter, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole

Flower : Hibiscus (all varieties)          Butterfly: Coreopsis (Coreopsis)

DirectorCynthia Pesch

District VIII

Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota

Flower: Hibiscus    Wildflower: Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)    Butterfly: Zebra

DirectorJanice Hamlin

District IX

Polk, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee, Collier

Flower: Red Hibiscus    Wildflower: Sambucus Simpsonii     Butterfly: Monarch

DirectorGlenda Dawson

District X
Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie, Glades, Martin, Hendry, Palm Beach

Flower : Orange Hibiscus    Wildflower: Piriqueta (Turnera Ulmifolia)     Butterfly: Zebra

DirectorEmilie Palmieri

District XI

Flower: Allamanda Cathartica,   Wildflower:Tribulus Cistoides(Puncture Weed)Butterfly: Ruddy Dagger Wing

DirectorBecky Shuberth

District XII
Dade, Monroe
Flower: Musaceae Stretlitzia Reginae (Bird of Paradise)  Wildflower: Gallardia blanket Flower  Butterfly: Schaus’ Swallowtail

DirectorMarylou Ruiz

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