March in the Park Plant Sale will be held March 14, 2020
We are so pleased with another very successful March in the Park (MIP) plant sale event at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. We thank all our visitors and vendors who made the occasion such a resounding success and are hoping for a repeat success this year. Every club member participates in some way – perhaps by helping with parking, or maybe at the opportunity drawing booth, or the membership booth, or the plant booth, craft booth, security, etc. We also have a child’s activity booth including face painting; and various sponsors also pay for booth space to advertise their services. The whole day is marshalled by a DJ who provides music services and announces winners of the hourly opportunity drawing prizes. There are jobs for everyone and sign up sheets will be available at the January and February meetings. The club itself has a plant booth, selling plants grown by club members from cuttings of plants in their yards, so we know the plants grow in this area. We also have a craft booth and a popular thrift booth. The Ways and Means Committee recruits garden-themed vendors – usually more than 30, who pay for booth space and also donate a percentage of their takings from their day’s sales. Please see the vendor application form for more details. The money that is raised at our annual big fundraiser, March in the Park, is the way in which we fund our giving to the Community: Currently we make annual donations to a variety of local schools that operate school gardening projects, usually $250 to $400 per school. We also make an annual donation of $250 to Camp Wekiva, the Florida Federation of Garden Club’s summer residential nature camps for children and to SEEK (Save Earth’s Environment through Knowledge), an FFGC sponsored conference on environmental matters for students entering Grades 10 through 12. We give annual Merit awards to local High School students who apply for a Marty Ward Merit Award. The amount budgeted per student this year is up to $1,000 and we may make awards to up to four students (applications are being reviewed at this time). We also consider (on their merit) applications we receive from local students for particular projects related to gardening/horticulture – usually amounting to around $200 per project – maybe one or two per year. We make an annual donation to the Butterfly Garden at Rotary Park in memory of members who have passed. Thanks to all our members for their hard work in staging March in the Park.