About UsSouth Florida's First Garden Club
The South Dade Garden Club was formed in 1924 and organized in 1926, and is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.
In 1944, Mary Heinlein became the first Superintendent of the Redland Fruit & Spice Park. The park is now known as the Preston B. Bird and Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park.
The South Dade Garden Club began to meet here at the corner of Redland Road and Coconut Palm Drive in 1944, and still do to this day.
Since 1948 men have been eligible for membership.
Our signature event is the annual Redland Garden Tour, a delightful visit to private gardens in the Redland region. This event raises funds for our annual scholarship award to deserving students in the agriculture and horticulture fields.
The South Dade Garden Club is a legacy civic organization started by pioneers of the South Florida agriculture and horticulture industries who felt a need and desire to share knowledge and best practices among members of the community.
Today, club members and leaders continue that philosophy with programs that encourage, empower and celebrate the diversity of tropical flora that defines the fabric of South Florida’s agricultural base.
The club sponsors a scholarship annually for a high school student 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 a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Every month the garden club presents a delightful assortment of programs for members and friends.
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 dedicated to the memory of — or in honor of —family and friends, placed respectfully in a chosen location with donation identification tags.
We support the Wekiva Youth Camp in Apopka, Florida. Third through eighth graders earn arts, crafts, camping skills, canoeing, team building and study our natural 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.
The South Dade Garden Club meets every second Thursday of the month at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Avenue (the corner of Coconut Palm Drive and Redland Road) September through June.
Meetings begin at 7pm sharp, starting with club business, following by an enlightening and informative program by the featured guest speaker. Members also enjoy a raffle of donated plants and items of interest before relaxing for a casual meal together.
See our calendar of events page for details.
Our Special Events
Our location at the 45 acre Fruit & Spice Park affords us many opportunities for special tours, lectures and interactive events at this unique property.
The South Dade Garden Club hosts special fundraising events to support our scholarships, highlighting the beauty and grace of South Florida’s gardens, tropical foliage and abundance of exotic beauty.
Out annual Redland Garden Tour attracts garden lovers from the surrounding area to have an inside look at exceptional private gardens built and maintained by some of South Florida’s most talented gardeners.
We produce home-made baked goods for sale at several annual festivals held at the park, as well as cooking hot dogs and hamburgers for kids and adults that attend these special events.