Service to the Community

The Bartram Garden Club endeavors to be a good partner with the local community, county and state. We are involved in various activities that support common causes for the benefit of citizens and the environment. As education is one of the hallmarks of a federated garden club, we focus on projects that help enlighten our members as well as the general public on topics of interest in our areas of expertise.

Below are some of the projects we lead or support. 


Tree Planting

The Bartram Garden Club strongly supports the planting, nurturing and protection of trees. One of the club's earliest interests was to support the effort to plant trees in Fernandina Beach along 3rd Street in September, 2016 to help screen a rail yard from street view. One of our charter members, Reha London, championed this effort along with others in the community, to encourage the City of Fernandina Beach to plant a number of trees along the roadway. As these trees mature they will have a positive impact on the overall environment as well as providing a visual improvement to the the area. This is a great example of public / private collaboration to the benefit of the entire community.

Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL

Fernandina Main Street Project

Several club members serve on the design council of Fernandina Main Street ( as a collaborative effort to enhance the aesthetics of downtown Centre Street by means of plant materials which provide shade, color and texture to the overall landscape. Council meetings are held at 3:00pm the second Thursday of the month at Pineland Bank, 715 Centre Street.

Penny Pines Project

Saving Forests $68 At a Time

NGC and the USDA Forest Service formed a partnership to sustain our national and urban forests through this reforestation/forest education program. The Bartram Garden Club participates in this meaningful and practical conservation project by contributing $68.00 as part of the costs to replant trees indigenous to a particular damaged area. Whether by fire or by other natural catastrophe, pine trees and other trees are replaced. During every meeting club members contribute pocket change which, when totals $68.00, will be sent to the Forest Service and will be used to plant 350 pine seedlings. Under a Conservation agreement, the Forest Service will do the planting, using these donations together with Federal funds. Planting sites are selected by the Supervisor of each National Forest. 
For more information about how to contribute to the state of your choice, check out the NGC web page by clicking here.


Garden Therapy

No one should miss the joys of gardening. Not the elderly, physically disabled, or mentally or emotionally challenged. Garden therapy is one of many aids to physical, mental and emotional health. The NGC Garden Therapy program is the use of garden related activities as an aid to the recovery and rehabilitation of the disabled. It’s one of the oldest and most popular phases of garden club work. 

“Garden related” is defined as the growing of plants, the artistic use of plants and other natural material, the study of birds, nature and conservation, and the exhibiting of knowledge, interest and skills in these areas.

Alice Caldwell and Claudia Burningham at Osprey Village ALF

Member Alice Caldwell helps residents prepare centerpieces for the dining room

In January 2017 The Bartram Garden Club initiated its first garden therapy project. Members aided residents of Osprey Village Assisted Living Facility at Amelia Island in creating table centerpieces for their “Day in the Orient” celebration. The club will expand its garden therapy programs to other institutions as time and volunteers allow.


In February, the Bartram Garden Club again visited the Osprey Village Assisted Living Facility in Fernandina Beach to work with the residents on garden therapy. This time the garden club members worked with the residents to make over 50 Valentines's Day corsages for the residents to enjoy.

Design Study Workshops Held

A series of FFGC Floral Design workshops were sponsored by The Bartram Garden Club beginning in May, 2017.
The workshops were held at the Fernandina Beach Church of Christ, S 14th Street over 6 consecutive Fridays. Demonstrations and lectures by FFGC instructors were conducted in the morning and hands-on workshops followed after lunch. Twenty one students from throughout northeast Florida participated.

The following topics were covered:

Floral Design Study Units 1-6

Basic Units 

Unit 1:  Basic overview of floral design featuring demonstration of vertical, asymmetrical and crescent designs. Learn basic tools and mechanics, components of a design, types of containers, basic forms of plant materials. 

Unit II:  Learn the care, cutting and grooming of plant materials; mechanics for different containers and the Elements of Design.  The Instructor’s demonstration will cover symmetrical, asymmetrical and diagonal designs. 

Unit III: Learn the compatibility of plant materials with containers, selecting materials for curved designs, geometric line designs, use of fruits and vegetables in designs and a demonstration of crescent and Hogarth designs. 

Unit IV:  Learn about table settings, and coordination of floral designs with table components. Demonstration of functional and exhibition tables for your home and flower shows. 

Unit V: Learn how to use bases, features, featured objects and accessories with a design. Demonstration of feature, featured object, bases and accessories. 

Unit VI: Learn how to condition and transport plant materials. Discussion of Award of Distinction, Tricolor Award and Designer’s Choice Award in a Flower Show. Demonstration of Expressive and Interpretive Designs. 

Check out the Gallery page for a series of photographs of the designs by the instructors and students.


 Library Landscape Maintenance Project

Kathleen Lunman, Susan Mowery, Jay Yates and Beverly Williams enjoyed a beautiful morning outdoors sprucing up the landscaping in front of the Library on N. 4th Street in Fernandina Beach in February, 2017. We received many appreciative remarks from library patrons and used this opportunity to promote membership into our club. This was followed by two additional work days at the library by club members.


The Bartram Garden Club Provides Support for the Amelia Island Museum of History

In May, 2017 The Bartram Garden Club donated plant materials to the Amelia Island Museum of History in support of their campus gardens. TBGC member and Treasurer, Reha London and Vice President Kathleen Lunman attended a museum program about William Bartram and presented a native "toothache tree"(Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) and a shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana) on behalf of the garden club. Pictured L to R are Gray Edenfield, John Hopkins and Reha London.