Sunday, July 8, 2018

Master Gardeners Appreciation Celebration for Terry Del Valle

Terry Del Valle, Horticulture Extension Agent at UF/IFAS Duval County Extension, was honored by the Master Gardeners of the Mandarin Demonstration Gardens and Heritage Gardens, at Mandarin Garden Club on June 20, 2018. Terry has served in this position for 35 years and is retiring in November. She has given 30 years of dedication and support by providing Master Gardener Volunteers to maintain the demonstration Gardens for Duval County.

Terry was presented with a plaque honoring her years of service and work with the Master Gardeners of Duval County. A plaque celebrating her work with Mandarin Garden Club and the Demonstration Gardens has been placed in the club’s Native Garden (the front garden.) Good food, beautiful flowers, a lovely cake and much fellowship was enjoyed by all who attended the celebration.
In 1988 Mary Howe, a garden club member and Master Gardener, suggested the club invite The Duval County Extension Office to use the Club’s grounds as demonstration gardens. Thus, begin the partnership between Mandarin Garden Club and Terry Del Valle for the next thirty years.
The Master Gardeners work in the demonstration gardens twice a month (and sometimes more often.) By working in the gardens, the Master Gardeners learn which plants grow best in our soil and weather. How to combat harmful insects and how much water is really needed. They can then pass this knowledge and expertise along to the community.
The celebration for Terry was a special way for the Master Gardeners to honor her and her work. The plaque erected in the Native Garden not only honors Terry but all the Master Gardeners who have worked under Terry for 35 years.
Terry is looking forward to retirement, but she also expressed to me “she hopes she can find enough things to do to keep her busy.” I bet she finds her way back to Mandarin Garden Club and the Heritage Gardens after some relaxation time.
You will be missed Terry! But your legacy of work will go on for years to come.

Pictures courtesy of - Candace Barone and Deb Campbell

Article submitted by Betty Waldrep

Friday, May 4, 2018

Mandarin Garden Club Hosted St. Augustine Garden Club Tour

“Come into the garden, the flowers want to meet you” This was the sentiment when Mandarin Garden Club entertained the Shamrock Circle from St. Augustine Garden Club. Mary Forster, 2nd Vice President, and Donna Crosby, Education and Community Chair, entertained the guests with a garden tour.

It is such a pleasure when gardeners meet gardeners. The level of appreciation for flowers, bees, butterflies, and trees are never higher.
The day could not have been more beautiful if it had been especially ordered. Blue skies, sunshine, and a gentle breeze welcomed the guests from St. Augustine.

Mary Forester, Master Gardener, shared the history of the club and a peek into the ever day maintenance and up keep of the gardens. The ladies from Shamrock Circle viewed several areas that were undergoing a Spring refurbishment. We had the pleasure of sharing details and tips for raising funds, gathering volunteers and soliciting resources. These three things are essential for making and maintain beautiful gardens for members and the community to enjoy.

Everyone then retired to the shade of the Magnolia trees to enjoy lemonade and a sweet treat. The conservation then turned to our own gardens, best loved plants and pest problems. The subject of home gardening is always a favorite topic for gardeners. A perfect ending to a lovely tour.

Donna Crosby
Education and Community
Pictures courtesy of
Donna Crosby

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Jax Moms' Group Garden Tour

Mandarin Garden Club hosted the Jax Moms’ Group on April second for a tour of the gardens. The guests included mothers, children and grandmothers.

The children explored the Repurposed Garden and enjoying seeing vegetables sprouting. The wooden bridge was a favorite resting spot. Spring was in the Air! Buzzing bees and butterflies were out in abundance. Master Gardener, Mary Forester, explained how important soil, water, and sun were to seeds.

The young gardeners enjoyed fresh fruit served in a watermelon frog and other treats. The kids made a craft activity of planting and watering seeds in a take home tin. We hope a love for gardening was planted in our young guests by spending time at the garden club.

Busy with our Craft Project

The crafts were a big hit.

Loving our bridge in the garden!

Shared Courtesy of Mandarin Newsline

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Look What's Blooming .....

One of our members submitted a picture of the George Tabor Azaleas growing in their yard -

Mandarin is filled with color as the Azaleas are in full bloom.  They provide a dazzling array of colors that brighten up our neighborhoods.  For me, the Azalea provides a three fold benefit - the blooms, the shrubbery and they are low maintenance!

Karen Rowe

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What To Do If a Hurricane Hits

If another hurricane occurs possibly this information may be of a benefit.

Track all Hurricane Storms at the National Hurricane Center Website:

Wind Tracking Website:
www.COJ.Net Storm FAQs
  • Online:
  • Smartphone: downloading FEMA application through
  • FEMA Toll-Free Helpline: 800-621-3362
  • FEMA Toll-Free Helpline for deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disability: 800-462-7585
  • Disaster Recovery Center open for limited periods post-disaster near your community. 
  • U.S. SBA Disaster Loan Assistance:

Who do I call if I’ve lost power?

The storm caused extensive power outages across the city. JEA is working to restore power safely. Electrical outages and service issues can be reported to JEA at (904) 665-6000 or online at

What do I do if I find downed power lines?

If citizens encounter downed power lines, they are encouraged to keep a safe distance and call 630-CITY (2489) to report the issue.


City of Jacksonville – 904-630-CITY (2489);
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office –  904-630-0500;
Florida Department of Transportation – 904-360-5457;
JEA - 904-665-6000;
Northeast Florida Red Cross – 904-358-8091;
Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) – 904-630-3100;
Traffic Information – 511;
United Way of Northeast Florida – 211;
Florida Emergency Information Hotline – 1-800-342-3557;
Salvation Army – 904-356-8641;
National Weather Service Jacksonville – 904-741-4311;
Duval County Public Schools – 904-390-2000;
Jacksonville Public Library – 904-630-BOOK (2665);
Federal Disaster Assistance – 1-800-621-3362,

Submitted by ~

Wanda Bosworth
Cherokee Rose

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Looking for Crafters

Mandarin Garden Club is looking for vendors for their Craft Sale on November 4th from 9 to 4. Only outside spaces are available. They rent for $25. 

There will be between 40 to 45 booths.
This will be a fun Fall day with a BBQ lunch for sale and baked goods.
Advertising will be done by the Mandarin Garden Club.

Please call 904-268-1192 to reserve your space.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jax Mom's Group Tours Mandarin Garden Club's Gardens

On July 26, the Mandarin Garden Club hosted Jax Mom's Group for a tour of the gardens. The guests included mothers, children and three of our youngest garden enthusiasts in strollers. 

The children were delighted to discover pineapple, bananas and a variety of green vegetables growing in the garden. An abundant number of bees, butterflies and lizards also attended the tour. The morning was sultry but the summer flowers made a spectacle of themselves to make up for the heat. 

The young gardeners enjoyed cooling watermelon, grapes and butterfly themed treats. After being suitably refreshed the children channeled their energy into creating fairy gardens. The results were magical. 

Thank you to Master Gardener Mary Forester for her expertise in Fairydom. 

Donna Crosby 
Education and Community 
Mandarin Garden Club 

Photos courtesy 
Donna Crosby