Community Projects

Annual Luncheon

Going into the 18th year, the Annual Luncheon is the pinnacle of members working together.

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Fairy Garden Centerpiece by Connie Gundlach & granddaughter 2015

Members individually and uniquely decorate the guest tables in spectacular table decorations using eclectic collections of décor.


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Lovely fresh flower ring centerpiece by Colleen Bergamaschi 2015

Each table is an amazing creative work of art. Table settings are varied ranging from fine china to paper; crystal to plastic; sterling flatware to colored plastic ware.


Members generously donate and procure items for the Drawings and Silent Auction. Proceeds support the scholarship fund for local Ceres student(s).  Seating is limited so purchase your ticket early!

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“Candyland” by Angie Smith, 2016




Ceres Street Faire      

Ceres is host to the largest Street Faire in the state of California.  Ceres Garden Club members work together offering plants in exchange for a donation to support the scholarship fund, Penny Pines Reforestation, and other projects.

Ceres Garden Club at the Ceres Street Fair

Having fun!

Working together to propagate plants from their own gardens, members begin early to separate and grow plants. Members are on hand to share their knowledge and encourage participation with the Garden Club. Always on the first weekend in May, and anticipating Mother’s Day, be sure to come early to get something for all those special Mom’s!


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Eager to share knowledge







Stanislaus County Fair Planting Project 2015

Club members find many ways to have fun as they plant flowers in areas outside the Floriculture Building for the pleasure of all those who attend the Stanislaus County Fair.

Stanislaus County Fair  Planting at the Horticulture Building

Stanislaus County Fair Planting at the Horticulture Building

Community Projects

  • Historic Daniel Whitmore Home – working in the gardens
  • Historic Clinton Whitmore Mansion – entrance gardens
  • Ceres River Bluff Regional Park – entrance landscape
  • Whitmore Park Christmas Tree Lighting – held annually
  • Arbor Day festivities for multiple schools within the Ceres School District
  • Safe Grad Night Party for graduating Ceres High seniors- Financial gifts are made annually
  • “Let Freedom Ring” Pathway – Bradford Pear trees planted along the path in Smyrna Park memorializing America’s Presidents, both past and present with brass plaque.
  • Youth Gardens – Growing ourselves and our youth to create a better future
  • Flag Pole and Flag at Historic Whitmore Home – Flag pole donated and annually the Flag is replaced with one that has flown over the White House, USA Capital
  • Love Ceres – national appreciation day
  • Rose Garden Smyrna Park – maintenance in the rose garden


Blue Star Memorial Marker      

The “Blue Star Memorial Marker” project was started nationwide by the National Garden Clubs to honor the veterans of World War II and has been expanded to include all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the armed forces of the United States of America. The Ceres Garden Club very proudly installed their marker on July 10, 2010 and it is on display at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street, Ceres, California.

2016 Beautification

To maintain and beautify for the honor of all those who have, are, and will serve. The theme 2016-2017 to PRESERVE is put into action by removing weeds, repairing sprinklers and planting red, white and blue flowers.  The Blue Star Memorial Marker post is also updated with fresh paint in the same shade of blue as the Star.


Youth Scholarship

Annually, an outstanding high school graduate is selected to receive the Ceres Garden Club Scholarship Award. Applicants are encouraged to apply from all local Ceres High Schools, Charter Schools, and Home Schools. Selection is based upon academic performance and social involvement. Recipient must be continuing in higher education at an accredited college with a major in agriculture or environmental related science.

penny pines, ceres garden clubPenny Pines Reforestation

Recognizing the importance of conservation, particularly in the National Forests of California, the Ceres Garden Club supports the Penny Pines Reforestation Program to replant damaged forests. A plantation of 300 seedlings for a donation of $68.00 is made in the name of an honored Ceres Garden Club member, or simply donated for the replanting of a damaged forest. The Honorarium selects the National Forest within the State to be planted in their honor. The Ceres Garden Club has donated a total of $2,040 to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program.

2016 Donation Honorarium

Karen Thomas, Craft Chairman – for years of sharing talent, time and resources

Ceres Community Center – Traci Farris & Cambria Pottinger, Directors – for years of support 

Ceres Central Valley High School Agriculture Department – for providing the platform for learning and excelling in the studies and continuation of agriculture

Speakers 2015-2016 – for sharing knowledge and expertise 

2015 Donation Honorarium

Connie Gundlach is a life-long Ceres resident and long standing Ceres Garden Club member who was honored with a plantation for her donation of copious hours and resources to compile the Ceres Garden Club Yearbook. As Yearbook Editor Connie has very generously enriched the Ceres Garden Club for multiple years with her talent and time. For her dedication and diligence the Ceres Garden Club is honored to dedicate a plantation in her name.

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National Garden Club Conservation Pledge Adopted May 19, 1994

I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet Earth and promise to promote education so we may become caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife.


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