Circles meet 1st Tuesday --> September to May (Daffodil Circle meets 1st Wednesday)
Many of our Garden Circles help local retirement homes to build and start raised gardens.
Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala, Inc. offers scholarships to Ocala high school students who plan and have been accepted to attend a Florida college or university and major in Ecology, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Conservation, Botany, Forestry or Marine Biology. Applicants must have a “B” or better average to be eligible to apply for these scholarships. If Interested, get your application in by April. Recently, we proudly awarded three scholarships at the Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony for Marion County Students. Thanks to our community support for our different events such as the annual Christmas sale of poinsettias.
Would you be able to donate to our scholarship fund?
Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala, Inc. offers scholarships to Ocala high school students
* Fairy Gardens
* Native plants
* Flowering trees
*Competition with teens in horticulture
Ocala Ritz Veterans Village is on Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala. The historic hotel was built in 1919 but has changed usage throughout the years. It has served as an apartment complex, hotel and troop barracks during World War II. Volunteers of America/Florida, a nonprofit, faith-based agency assumed management in 2011. Veterans Village offers transitional housing where homeless veterans can get a fresh start.
Pioneer Garden Club in conjunction of the Greater Ocala Woman's Club furnished and set up housekeeping, for the studio apartment for the Ritz Veteran's Project. The project was a labor of love for all the members of both clubs. We are happy to be a part of the wonderful program to support our veterans who give so much to protect the freedom of the American people. Pioneer Garden Club continues to help through volunteerism, donations of personal toiletries, and beautification of the property.
According to the South Marion Citizen, Veterans Need You!
Veterans Helping Veterans assists veterans and their families with food, clothing and other personal needs. They are looking for variously skilled volunteers to help in the resource center. The hours and days can be at your convenience.
Call Anthony or Linda at 352-433-2320 ext. 100 and leave a message for a return call.
Would you be able to donate to help us help at the Ritz?
From the Camp Wekiva site:
"WEKIVA YOUTH CAMP is a residential nature camp for 3rd through 8th Grade youngsters sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC) for the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the REAL Florida in our youth through nature study, conservation and protection of our environment for the future of our state and our planet. Wekiva Youth Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Wekiva Youth Camp is comprised of six one-week sessions during June & July in Wekiwa Springs State Park, where FFGC (a not-for-profit organization) partners with the Florida Parks Service to improve and maintain the facilities. Wekiva Youth Camp promises an unforgettable experience enjoying nature, crafts, and the beauty of the natural world in a magical, pristine setting. Campers should be interested in nature and like the outdoors. Florida residency is not required and campers are welcomed without regard to race, color, religion or ethnicity. Campers enjoy a unique outdoor living and learning experience, with close supervision. Our motto for our youth is “Campers Today – Environmental Leaders Tomorrow”.
Would you be able to donate to our Camp Wekiva scholarship fund?
Pioneer Garden Circles decorate the entrance to the park for the Holidays with live plants, poinsettias, and festive decorations. Check out the fountain at the entrance to see the beautiful color of mountains of poinsettias!
Daffodil circle members hang the holiday wreaths at SSSP
Adopt a Park Project by Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala. Silver Springs State Park used to be an amusement park, but roughly 266 acres were transmitted to the Florida State Park system in 2013. Many horticultural and community service clubs promised their help in the restoration of the amusement park to bring it back to the natural Florida landscape.
Pioneer Garden Club continues to support the Silver Springs State Park Gardens. The four PGC garden responsibilities are:
*Morning Glory Circle - Crossroads Garden
* Daffodil Circle - Osceola Garden
* Camellia and Gloriosa Circle - Reflections Garden
* PGC Silver Springs Committee - Fire and Water Garden
Each year, everyone can come to the park for National Public Lands Day. This year it is September 23, 2023.
Pioneer Garden club partnered with the City of Ocala and other community sponsors to design and construct an Art Park at Tuscawilla Park in 2015. This revitalization effort of the historic Tuscawilla District provides a place for artists to create and display their work in an urban environment.
The members of PGC continue to organize educational exhibits at events such as Earth Fest Celebrations in the Park. The Tuscawilla Park brings nature home to the urban residents living in the Historic Tuscawilla area. Thenatural setting benefits all with a place for recreation, relaxation and cultural events.
The members of PGC continue to plant and maintain gardens such as the Keystone trees, Day lilies, and the flowering Redbud trees.
One of the goals is to Enhance the established Pioneer Garden with an artistic feature for the education of the community.
PGC applies for grant funding from local agencies and State/National Garden Club Federations.
The annual Friendship Gathering is a fund raising event for the Park. Attend the event and invite a friend!