Committees

WE ACHIEVE OUR PURPOSE THROUGH COMMITTEES:

Beautification

  • With Tampa Parks Department (info), we plant trees and flowers in Davis Islands’ public areas
  • We celebrate and enhance nature’s beauty by
    • Maintaining Apex Park (a small, highly visible park near Islands’ entrance)
    • Decorating for Christmas with decorations on light poles and other areas
    • Working within a landscape design, we keep our club house and grounds beautiful with an emphasis on native and water saving plants and plants that attract birds and butterflies

Community Development and Service

  • Encourage member participation in the Davis Islands Civic Association and the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce
  • Encourage members to be active in their neighborhood’s watch program
  • Contribute floral arrangements, food and gifts to Tampa’s Ronald McDonald House, to Hudson Manor Nursing Home on Davis Islands and other worthy projects
  • Continually improve the outdoor plant environment at Hudson Manor
  • Offer our clubhouse to local civic organization for public meetings Conservation
  • Emphasize ecology’s importance to our junior gardeners
  • Grow plants on our grounds to attract and preserve butterflies
  • Promote awareness of the need to protect birds, butterflies, and endangered tree and wildlife species
  • Promote awareness of energy and water conservation in gardening
  • Encourage member training to become:
    • Floral show judges in Florida Federation of Garden Clubs
    • Gardening and environmental consultants
    • Landscape critics (in a good way, of course)
    • Plan and conduct classes in floral design to prepare for flower shows

Environmental

  • Stress to club members and their familiesthe importance of:
    • Environmental involvement
    • Recycling whenever possible
    • Controlling litter on streets and in public places
    • Controlling air and water pollution, including water pollution from excess fertilizer runoff

Garden Therapy

  • Brighten senior citizens’ lives at Hudson Manor with monthly garden
    therapy visits
  • Contribute to the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ Garden Therapy Penal Program

Horticulture

  • Learn, enhance and demonstrate horticultural skills in the club’s monthly meetings
  • Exchange plants to introduce new plants to gardens – and to gardeners
  • Grow plants for sale to support the club’s Ways and Means
  • Distribute seedlings to increase tree population
  • Use our 1984 Islands tree census to identify and promote favorable tree types on Davis Islands
  • Plant and nurture memorial trees

Programs

Create and present inspiring and educational programs on design and horticulture

Junior Gardeners

Through the Junior Gardeners committee, we work to introduce and involve young people in the joys of gardening. We hold meetings on horticulture, flower arranging and conservation. When possible, we develop small landscaping projects for Junior Gardeners to show their skills.

DIGC also Sponsors two campers and contributes funds for Wekiva Youth Camp each year and sponsors a teenager’s attendance at the annual S.E.E.K. Youth Conference (Save Earth’s Environment through Knowledge)