History

The Pacifica Garden Club was organized on November 6, 1996, with officers elected and installed on December 4, 1996.  The club consisted of 23 members.

In January 1997, PGC became a member of the Bay Ocean District of California Garden Clubs, Inc.  We continue this affiliation, and over the years have been awarded several certificates of recognition for our participation in various activities.

PGC was recognized in June of 1999 for active participation in creating the Sanchez Art Center Gardens.

On May 30, 2000 the PGC President at that time was selected by the Bay Ocean District as President of the Year and presented with a silver tray and awarded a lifetime membership in the CGC.

In 2002 our club was given Second Place for the Home Tour Award by CGC.

As of June 2004, Gardens by the Sea became the theme used for the Annual Garden Tour.  This theme represents our location and acknowledges that many of the homes on the tour each year have outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean.

Sunset Magazine in February of 2005 had an article and photo of a club member’s “Garden in the Round” featuring a mandala with rocks and flowers in her back yard.

PGC took a bus trip during the summer of 2006 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club and visited gardens and wineries in Sonoma/Napa.

2010 and 2011 – PGC awarded 2nd place by California Garden Clubs for Garden Tour.  Certain criteria must be met as outlined by CGC.

Over the years, the Pacifica Garden Club has donated money to local agencies, such as scholarships to local high school students going to college to study horticulture or related fields.  Other agencies receiving funds have been:  the Boys and Girls Club, Project Play, Meals on Wheels, Skate Park Fund, Pacifican’s Care, Pacifica Performances, Pacifica and Sanchez Libraries for garden books, Pacifica Beach Coalition, the Pacifica Resource Center, and Pacifica Gardens.  Most of the proceeds from our annual garden tour, now in its 17th year, fund these projects.

In conjunction with California Garden Clubs, Inc., we collect small change at each meeting to support Penny Pines.  This program helps with reforestation in California.  Past funds have gone to Klamath National Forest, El Dorado National Forest, and Plumas National Forest, just to name a few.

In July of each year a regular meeting is not held.  Instead, on a Saturday during that month, a social afternoon with lunch is held at a member’s home.  This is a time to relax with each other, share food and conversation, and enjoy the host’s garden.