Clermont Garden Club, Inc.


CGC By-Laws as Amended Apr 21 2021(1)

Standing Rules

CGC StanRules Approved March 17, 2021


Clermont Garden Club was organized in 1948, admitted to Florida FederationGarden Club Building 007 of Garden Clubs,  Inc. in 1949 and incorporated July 23, 1953.

Clermont Garden Club is proud to be a

Member of

The National Garden Club, Inc.

President –   Gay Austin

Theme: ” Plant America “


Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc.

Director –   Lena Bateman

Theme:   ” Get Back to Nature”


The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Inc.

President – Al Latina

Theme:   ” Diversity in the Garden “


District VII Director – Gwen Carter

Theme:  ” A Melting Pot Garden Sprouts Creativity and Depth. “


Clermont Garden Club

Theme:  “Gardening for Everyone”

CGC Officers 2019-2021


Marilyn Paone,  President (above)

Sandra Eckstein,    First Vice President

Cindy Simon,          Second Vice President

Elaine Hogan, Treasurer

Helen Ribbie,  Recording Secretary

Tina Worrell,     Corresponding Secretary

Ruth Webb,           Parliamentarian


Club Flower


Red Hibiscus

Club Colors

Red and Green


These objectives are established to meet our goals.

  • To stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening and the artistic use of plant material through FREE educational programs
  • To aid in the protection of natural resources.
  • To foster, encourage, promote and develop civic beautification in the City of Clermont and on public highways and roads entering the City of Clermont
  • To develop and maintain CGC’s garden as a demonstration garden
  • To sponsor a variety of youth programs and scholarships

  Clermont Garden Club meets 9 times a year.  The General Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through May at 849 West Avenue, Clermont, Florida 34711.   Meetings start at 10:00 A.M.

 Clermont Garden Club became a 501 c 3 in 2015.

Clermont Garden Club Supports:


Wekiva Youth Camp, a residential nature camp for 3rd to 8th grade sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.


Above, South Lake student sponsored by Clermont Garden Club to attend SEEK.

SEEK (Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge), a conference for students entering 10th, 11th, & 12th grades, sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.

ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) is a global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor.


CGC member,  Tina Worrell, checks out vegetables grown by East Ridge H.S. Agricultural students in their 30,000 sqft garden located behind the school. East Ridge H.S. Agricultural Program donates food to local food banks.

Youth Gardening to encourage our youth to be involved in gardening and protecting the environment through various projects.

Partnership with East Ridge High School to plant an organic edible garden on school grounds (30,000 sq ft) & establish a high school garden club sponsored by Clermont Garden Club.


$1000 Donated to East Ridge H.S Agricultural Program.   Left to right are Debra Smidt ( CGC President 2017 – 2019), Gwen Carter (District VII Director 2019 – 2021), and Mr. Tony Boudreau ( Agriculture Teacher, ERHS).

Partnership with the Salvation Army to send needy children to Wekiva Youth Camp and SEEK.

Club Activities Include:


Lucky’s Impact Day Recipient,  April 23, 2019, Debra Smidt (back) and Gwen Carter share information about Clermont Garden Club at Lucky’s Market.



Spring Garden Festival, 2019 (above)

 Garden Tour of spectacular gardens in the community.


2019 Garden Tour Lake Front Home

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Chickie Broman (above), CGC member, presented a free Saturday Educational Program  on “Leaf Manipulation. “

Conducting educational programs, related to gardening, for the public on specific Saturdays of the month.  Educational programs are FREE to public.

Vicky Hearst,  Windermere GC President,  (below), presented easy ways to grow herbs at a general meeting.


Speakers, at our general meetings every 3rd Wednesday of the month, discuss such topics as water conservation, growing native plants, the art of bonsai,growing herbs,  flower arrangement, attracting birds and butterflies to your garden to name a few.


 CGC members visit Agri Starts. Inc. Culture Plant, 2019

Going on field trips to plant nurseries and other appropriate places

Installing and decorating Holiday Tree in Clermont Planning Office (below), Lori Toth and Jim Lobb, CGC members.


Monthly plant sharing at Cooper Memorial Library, (below).  CGC member,  Teresa Alvarez (on right) presents October’s plant for display, Chlorophytum comosum also known as the spider plant.

October library plant (2)


Yard of the Month, (above), a celebration of a local residential garden each month.

Fund Raisers to support Wekiva Youth Camp, SEEK, ECHO, Youth Gardening & Community projects.

Clermont Garden Club  Prayer

Thanks for the beauty of the earth,

The trees, the shrubs and flowers,

For the sun that shines upon them,

For the dew and the showers.

For the peace of mind it gives us,

As we dig and plant and sow,

For the joy it gives to one and all,

As we watch these wonders grow.

Marilyn Paone



For Rental Information,  please,  contact Debra Smidt, debrajsmidt@gmail.com.

For Membership Information,  please contact Alice Barrows,   clermontgardenclub.com.

Our Location
849 West Avenue
Clermont, Florida 34711