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Presidents Message

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant

Welcome back! I’m not sure where summer has gone, but autumn brings us together for another year of NIGC. We are planning more of the fun-filled events and important activities that make Naples Islands Garden Club what it has grown to be over the last 50 glorious years.

Can’t wait to see all of you at our first General Meeting on Monday, September 11th when Linda Frame, our 1st VP – Programs, will present the first of a whole year of  entertaining, informative speakers planned for our General Meetings. Please join us for refreshments at 12:30 and Meeting at 1 pm.

Our first Dine-Out of the season will be held at Nico’s on Thursday, September 21st. Thank you, Laura Conte, for continuing to schedule fun, fundraising Dine-Outs for our enjoyment. Let’s all come out and gather at Nico’s with friends and family while supporting our club and local restaurants.

In honor of NIGC’s 50th Anniversary, another crepe myrtle will be planted on Saturday, September 23rd at Naples Bayside Academy. All are welcome to come out for the planting. We do not yet know the time, but it is usually an early morning event.

A huge thank-you to those of you who have stepped up to chair the important events and activities that make NIGC an award-winning Garden Club. We are so grateful to you. And to all who volunteer for Beautification projects and event committees, thank you for selflessly donating your time and resources. This year let’s ALL get involved: grab your aprons and dig in the dirt; join committees; attend meetings. Enjoy gathering and working with other members as you support our celebrated Garden Club and our beautiful Naples Islands.

Warmest wishes,


Gathering - Gardening - Giving 

NIGC History

The fertile soil and gentle climate of the South were perhaps the reason the first garden club in America was founded there. The Ladies Garden Club of America was formed in 1891 in Athens, GA.  Garden clubs quickly expanded throughout the South and then across our nation. The National Garden Club, of which we are members, was established in 1929.  These clubs were not just concerned with teas and genteel Flower Shows or improvement of members’ private gardens. Many clubs were the earliest advocates of civic beautification, planting of street trees, maintenance of parks, and campaigns against blight especially billboards.  Restoration and maintenance of nearby historic gardens was also a priority of many clubs.

Deborah Smith
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14 Years as a "Blue Ribbon" Club

One that participates in and fulfills the objectives of the CIGCI and National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), and demonstrates a well rounded program with many diverse activities and projects - all for the good of the community.  

NIGC Membership

128 Members

Meetings 2nd Monday of the Month

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. -  Social

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  -  Program

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 pm. - Business Meeting


NIGC P.O. Box 14688 Long Beach, CA 90803-4688

For membership information email


Meetings are limited to members and their invited guests

Officers 2021-2022

President -Deborah Smith

1st Vice President - Linda Frame       

2nd Vice-President - Maureen Schultz

Treasurer - Ann Devlin-Snyder

Corresponding Secretary - Lynne Clarke           

Recording Secretary - Beverly Butters               

Past President - Pam McCredie

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