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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 supports the Fruit & Spice Park with purchases of trees. A Lignumvitae tree was planted in 1991 honoring Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

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 Scholarship

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


National Arbor Day

The Fruit & Spice Park hosts a tree planting and dedication ceremony during which we donate trees in honor of those who have passed on with plaques. 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 meets every second Thursday of the month at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Avenue in Homestead at 7:00 pm, September through May. .


Youth Groups

Taste exotic fruits while learning how they came to grow here in South Florida. We support the Wekiva Youth Camp in Apopka, Florida. Third through eighth graders learn arts, crafts, camping skills, canoeing, team building and study our natural environment. The South Dade Garden Club is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.


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, September through May. Members have fun learning together, by sharing ideas and experiences while building lifelong 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.

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