After a busy summer of planning for our 50th year, the Seagrove Garden Club presents its calendar of programs and events for another year of fun and fellowship. This Golden Anniversary Year’s programs will focus on gardening in our local area. Highlights from the programs will feature everything from spectacular floral design to multiple gardening options with the special 50th Anniversary celebration at the Oct. 9 meeting. 



The first meeting and luncheon will be held Sept. 11 at Grayton Bar & Grill, 170 E Scenic 30A in Grayton Beach. The speaker will be Florida State Master Designer Tim Ryan, owner of Botaniq Floral Studio. The program, “Easy as One, Two, Three,” easy floral designs we all can do, promises to be both entertaining and informative.



On Oct. 9, Beekeeper Jim Dietrich presents the program “What’s the Buzz” at Café Thirty A, 3899 E Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. This will also be our special 50th Anniversary meeting.



A special event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach. The Holiday Décor Extravaganza for fall and winter features the spectacular but simple floral arrangements of Tim Ryan with mimosas, special homemade treats from Tim’s new cookbook, and goody bags for all. Get your tickets early.



 The club welcomes back Florida State Designer of the Year, Russ Barley, owner of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts, Nov. 13. The program is entitled “Holiday Pizzaz.” We are honored to present this standing-room only program. The event will take place at Shark’s Tooth Golf Course Club House at Wild Heron on U.S. 98 toward Panama City.



Our traditional holiday program and luncheon on Dec. 11 will be held at Point Washington Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1290 N. Co. Hwy 395 in Santa Rosa Beach. The December program is a gift auction the club sponsors to raise money for families and charities that are in need during the holidays. Keen Polokoff will be the auctioneer.



On Jan. 8, the Wild Flower Association President, Darla Dobson, will present the program, “Blooming Wildflowers.” The meeting will be held at Carrabba’s, 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway W, in the Silver Sands Premium Outlets.



The meeting on Feb. 12 will be held at 723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 Scenic Hwy 30A in Seagrove Beach. The program, “Upside Down/Vertical and Raised Gardens,” will be presented by Joe Kern, gardner/arborist.



Our March 12 meeting presents “Secrets of the Dune Lakes” with Brooke Saari, Florida Sea Grant extension agent. The location is Bayou Bill’s 4728 U. S. 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach.     



The members Easter Garden Tour April 9 concentrates on azalea and other spring time growth in the area. The tour will be lead by Carolyn Mullins, long time SGC member and master gardener. Luncheon will follow at The V Restaurant, 2743 E Co. Hwy. 30A, Seagrove Beach.



Our own SGC member and flower shuttle participant, Sally Orlonsky, will present, “Cooler Specials with Sally O” May 14 at Vue on 30A, 4801 W. Co. Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.  We will also hold our annual plant and book exchange.



Meetings are held at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. The cost to members will be approximately $20 plus $5 for guests, depending on the venue. Reservations are needed for all meetings. If you would like to attend a meeting or would like more information on membership, contact Membership Chair Julie Bogenreif at 850-907-2052 or mbogenrief@hotmail.com or for reservations call Diane Smith at 231-1417 or email diannie168@yahoo.com.  Please see our new website at www.seagrovegardenclub.com.