Garden Club begins a new season on Sept. 28

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Pictured is a scene from one of the butterfly gardens at Ludovici Park.

The Palmetto Bay Garden Club will be starting its new season this month with the first meeting scheduled for Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

The club’s meetings take place the fourth Tuesday of each month from September through May in the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room at Ludovici Park, 17641Old Cutler Rd.

The garden club is for men and women who share a common interest in and love of gardening, and also want to be active in civic projects to help improve and beautify the community.

Ines Mander, president of the club and a Palmetto Bay resident since 1990, previously had been helping Pinecrest because there was no garden club in Palmetto Bay.

“Our new year begins the fourth week of September,” Mander said. “We have a good bunch of people and everything is going great. We have programs every month, and we’re going to be visiting people’s gardens.”

Mander also is proud of the butterfly gardens at Ludovici Park that she planted in the name of the garden club, and she hopes that residents will drop by to look at and enjoy them.

“One is all native plants that bear berries and flowers, so it will attract mature butterflies,” Mander said. “The other one is like a nursery for caterpillars who will grow up to become butterflies. Both gardens look beautiful. The village has been very supportive of our group, and there are more projects we’ll be doing in the future.”

Club vice president Candy McDonald said that residents should enjoy this season’s programming at the Community Center.

“Our first program should be really interesting,” McDonald said. “The speaker will be David McLean and the topic is edible and medicinal plants for the back yard.

“As far as things we’ll be doing in the coming months, two of our members, Sharon Kujawa and Donna Kaffowitz, will be working with the village on a special project at one of the parks.”

To join or for more information, contact Ines Mander, president, at 305-238-3626, send email to, or Candy McDonald, vice president, at 305- 259-0041, email to

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