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South Dade Garden Club

Stimulate knowledge and love of gardening in all its phases

The South Dade Garden Club was formed in 1924 and organized in 1926. In 1944 Mary Heinlein became the first Superintendent of the Redland Fruit & Spice Park. The park is now known as the Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park. The South Dade Garden Club began to meet there in 1944 and still do to this day.

Since 1948 men have been eligible for membership.

The South Dade Garden Club sponsor a yearly scholarships for a high school students majoring in agriculture or horticulture.

The South Dade Garden Club supports the Fruit & Spice Park providing for Park enhancements and the purchase of trees. Members have fun learning together, by sharing ideas and experiences while building life long friendships. Our lives are richer because we are participating in a caring and worthy community organization.

The South Dade Garden Club is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.

Education • Community • Involvement

Workshops and Lectures

Learn how to grow your favorite vegetable, flower, or plant. Learn grafting techniques and what native species are best suited to your particular area.

  • Monthly speakers from local nurseries visit and share their experiences, methods and stories in addition to bringing presentations and samples of their work.
  • Local authors discuss their work and share anecdotes and experiences that shaped their lives and careers.
  • Field trips include nurseries, a walk in a park or hammock, even a winery.
  • Taste exotic fruits while learning how they came to grow here in South Florida. 

National Arbor Day

The South Dade Garden Club hosts a tree planting and dedication ceremony at the Fruit & Spice Park. Donated trees are in memory or in in honor of  family and friends and have donation identification tags.


Youth Groups

 We support the Wekiva Youth Camp in Apopka, Florida. Third through eighth graders earn arts, crafts, camping skills, canoeing, team building and study our natura environment.

In addition, the South Dade Garden Club is a sponsor of the Fruit & Spice Park's "Kids Grow Here Too" summer camp program. Miami Dade County campers learn about nutrition, healthy foods, herbs, bees and trees, and fishing

Monthly Meetings

The South Dade Garden Club meets every second Thursday of the month at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Avenue in Homestead at 7:00 pm.

The South Dade Garden Club is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Contact Maryellen Cox Lopez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The South Dade Garden Club is a non-profit 501c,3 organization.