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

Hours of Operation

            Office: Tues – Friday  9 AM – 4 PM 

            Venue Tour Hours by Appointment: Mon - Friday  9 AM to 5 PM                   

            Garden Shop hours: Tues – Friday  9 AM – 4 PM

            Weekend – Office closed – venue available for events

Contact Information:



Headquarters Staff:    Trinealiea (Liea) Ward, Office & Membership Administrator and Sirinapa (Fah) Sanpoom, Office Assistant


FFGC Library:    The library is available to all FFGC members during office hours. The loan period is one month, with privilege of one month renewal. Library inventory

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: April 24, 1924, Federated April 25, 1925

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 (Annual Meeting)

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 Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. is a charter member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. 4401 Magnolia Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

FFGC Bird - Mocking bird, Buttterfly - Zebra Long Wing, Flower - Orange Blossom, Song - Suwannee River, Tree - Sabal Palm, Wildflower - Coresopsis

FFGC Official Song:

 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


Officers of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. 

FFGC 2017-2019 Officers

FFGC President: Claudia Bates          Theme: Plant, Bloom, & Grow with Us

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. She is an FFGC and NGC Life Member.

She 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. Claudia has presented design 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 proud seventh-generation Floridian. She graduated fromt eh Univeristy of Florida and taught 7th and 8th  grade mathematics and English. She and her husband Val have three children, six grandchildren, two dogs and six formerly feral cats.


First 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. He is responsible for introducing the Amazon Affiliate Program to FFGC which has proven to be a successful fundraising tool for FFGC. Al served as President and First Vice President of the Temple Terrace Garden Club; each term for two years, and also served in District VIII as Membership Chairman, and National Garden Week Chairman. He was the first recipient of the Ann Simmons Award for outstanding volunteer service by a non-resident to the city of Temple Terrace. As a member and officer of the Temple Terrace Preservation Board, Al  spearheaded a number of projects that help to preserve the natural beauty of the city. 

Al Latina earned his BA and MS degrees in Biology from Florida State University.  After graduation, he joined the faculty at the University of South Florida, where he retired after 42 years. 


Second Vice President: Marjorie H. Hendon   

Marge was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale and enjoyed teaching for 32 years. Her first encounter with FFGC was when her fifth grade class at East Marion Elementary in Ocala 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 Pioneer Garden Club after retiring in 2006. Marge was co-chairman of FFGC/UF Short Course, the State Membership Advisor, and soon became an NGC accredited flower show judge. While serving 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 with her nursery business, Four Sisters' Foliage, 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.


Third Vice President: Tina Tuttle

Bettina (Tina) Venettozzi Tuttle is FFGC’s third Vice President. She will also serve as the Chairman of the Long Range Planning committee, Secretary of the Finance Committee, and as Chairman of the Wekiva Leadership Training (WLT) program.

Tina grew up in Pensacola and received an AA degree from Pensacola Junior College, a BS from Florida State University in Vocational Home Economics Education and taught high school Home Economics for 4 years before joining the Navy on a dare.

She retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1996, after having served in several capacities to include: Barracks Officer, Ordinance Officer, Nuclear Weapons Courier in Norfolk VA, DOD Coordinator for Mardi Gras and Operations Officer in New Orleans, Administrative Schools Officer in Meridian MS, NROTC Curriculum Manager and Midshipmen Summer Training Officer for the Chief of Naval Education and Training in Pensacola. She received a Masters' degree in Education from the University of West Florida (1987). In 2015, also from UWF, she earned an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Tina’s further accomplishments include: Accredited Flower Show Judge 2000, Accredited-Life Judge 2006, Accredited Master 2007, NGC Horticulture Instructor 2003, Flower Show Procedure Instructor 2005, and Symposium Instructor in 2006 (retiring in 2017). She was a Master Gardener and certified Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Advisor for 12 years (retired in 2011) and has served as Florida’s Horticulture Chairman. Tina was appointed to the State Endangered Plant Advisory Council by the Commissioner of Agriculture as the FFGC representative. She has served as the President for the Florida Flower Show Judges 2011-2013 and as an FFGC District Director (District I 2013-2015). Tina is a thrice certified as a consultant: NGC Gardening, Landscape Design and Environmental Consultant (2016) making her a Tri-council and 4-Star member. She has served for 9 years as the Chairman for Short Course North and is the Author, editor and creator of “Digging It!”, Florida’s Horticulture Study Series.

Tina has one married son, Michael, 34, who works with Falcon's Creative in Orlando. Her husband, Art, is also a retired Navy officer and he volunteers at the historic L&N Train Depot in Milton, Florida. Tina says they are owned by three sweet kitties. 


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: Lorene Junkin

Lorene is a retired Commercial Casualty Underwriter and was elected Insurance Woman of The Year two times. Lorene is a former Fashion Model and she still loves shopping for pretty clothes.

She is a former State President of the Florida Flower Show Judges and the Gainesville Garden Club.
She is an accredited Master Flower Show Judge, an active Master Gardener and a Master Landscape Consultant, an FFGC Design Instructor, a life member of GGC, FFGC and NGC and a charter member of CFAA.

Recording Secretary: Jana Walling

Corresponding Secretary: Elaine Parisi

Elaine was educated in New York and is a retired Paralegal from the US Government serving in Bureau and Congressional  Subcommittees.  She has been a National Garden Club member since 1982 and has held State Board Chairmenships in Massachusetts and now in Florida. 

Elaine is a Master Accredited Flower Show Judge, a Master Landscape Design Consultant, a Design Floral Units Instructor, and is an NGC Credentials Chairman for Instructors and State Flower Show Schools.  She conducts two Creative Design Study Groups, loves working in her garden rooms and arranging flowers. 

She is enjoying retirement in Hernando, FL with her husband, Sebastian ('Sib').

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