Moonlight – 10 Year Anniversary!!

Moonlight Garden Circle is celebrating our 10 year anniversary at our November meeting.   Some of our faces have changed over the years but our pupose remains the same – to provide a forum and outlet for gardeners and wanna be gardners who have other commitments during the day and can only meet at night.  We pour some wine, talk some dirt and the world seems a better place. 

Tuesday, November 6 (election day) we’ll meet at 6:30 p.m. on the patio of the Garden Club and catch up with our alumni members and new guests.  We are always open to the public and looking for new members to join us. 

Relic and Sprout!

By popular demand, we headed back to Relic and Sprout for our first meeting of the fall season – Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m.  Check out our post from October 2011 for photos.  Amy Martin did a presentation on gardening with succulents.  We love the unusual plants, arrangements and garden art at Sprout as well as unique  accessories at Relic.

Watch our site for the announcement of our October 2nd meeting – TBA.  Everyone is welcome - Be an evening gardener!

Summer break!

Like most Florida gardeners, we’re taking a little break for the summer.  We’ll be back in September with our fall schedule when the weather is a little cooler.   That’s when it will be time to get gardening again.

April Bloom

There is nothing better than April at Bloom Garden Shop.  Julie’s creations are so inspirational - they’re amazing.  April is our favorite meeting because we walk out of Bloom filled with ideas to add personality to our gardens.

April’s meeting included a demonstration to make Fairy Gardens – a new twist on garden art. 

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning leads to garage sale goodies.  We met, we sold, we profitted!  Our garage sales fund our charitable donations for the year.  And, we have fun doing it.  Even during a garage sale, we find time to explore the garden and see what is blooming.


Speaking of Blooming – April 3 meeting is at Bloom Garden Shop on S. MacDill Ave. 6:30 p.m. – ALWAYS a good time.

March 6 – African Violets

The winter has been unusually mild so we’ve all been busy getting our gardens ready early this year.  Last month Moonlight member Mary Mirabal showed us how easy it was to put together a White (Moonlight) garden to enjoy in the evening.  Florida has many evening friendly plants that will show off in the moonlight.

Our next meeting will include speaker Jim Boyer on the subject of African Violets.  Jim will show us some of the basics in collecting and caring for African Violets plus answer questions  and problem shoot for us.  He will also have some plants for sale!

This meeting will be at the Garden Club on Bayshore Blvd.  Come join us.


We were fortunate to have Steve Miciak, South Tampa’s Orchid Doctor, as our January speaker.    He made orchids sound so easy to care for.  Who knew that we all tend to over care for them when minimal care and watering is all that’s needed.  Plus, fertilize them (oh, yeah, that would be nice).

Urban Gardening

We are so lucky to have Kim Levell as our speaker for our November 1st meeting.  Kim has been seen locally on TV as well as nationally on the Nate Berkus show.   Please join us on Tuesday, November 1 at the Garden Club on Bayshore for an exclusive with Kim Levell.

Relic and Sprout

Our photos don’t do justice to these two great locations on South Manhattan.  We had a great time and gained inspiration from Amy Martin’s arrangements and demonstration of how to create a living wreath.  The cool (for Tampa) fall weather that we had this week made the evening just perfect.

wreath demonstration

Keep your eye on our site for the announcement of our November meeting. 

There are lots of fun gardening events at this time of year – maybe we’ll see you at one of them.

Evening gardening - really!

Back in the garden again….

When do Florida gardeners garden?  Not in the summer!!!  We are so excited that September is here and we can get back outside to clear out those plants that have seen better days and put some great fall stuff in the ground.  We had our first meeting of the season this week – catching up on what’s growing and what to begin planting.  My new favorite garden quote – “A garden is never so good as it will be next year” – Thomas Cooper.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

We are the evening garden group – for those out there who would love to make those day time meetings but can’t due to jobs (duh), life and other essential events.  Please join us at our next meeting – Amy Martin of Sprout Container Gardening will be putting together a living wreath – Tuesday evening, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. at The Relic, 3517 S Manhattan Ave, Tampa, FL 33629.  For those that haven’t been there before, you will find lots of surprises and inspiration for accessorizing your garden.  (813) 835-0715