THE GARDEN CENTER
Groundbreaking for the Garden Center was March 29, 1962. Construction was completed in August and dedicated September 23rd. A Family Tree Plaque was acquired to honor Charter Members. A plaque honoring Past Presidents was established the same year.
Sometime in the late 70’s, our ladies started returning to the work force and we began to lose a little steam. This was the largest contributing factor in our slow down. In 1972 the addition to the Garden Center was completed. This is what we now call the Apartment and the Café’. Throughout the 70’s club members were very active and retired the Garden Center mortgage on the addition.
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan took its toll on the property, felling many of the mature pine trees, including one that damaged the apartment. Repairs, removing trees and roof replacement were indeed expensive, and not all costs were covered by insurance.
From 2011-2014 renovations were made to the lobby entrance auditorium, women’s and men’s bathrooms, and the Café. A new awning with lighting was installed over the Café. Windows and shutters were replaced on some of the smaller windows.
From 2014-2015, upgrades to the office were accomplished. Improvements were made to the Native Garden and grounds with many new plantings added and mature plantings removed. Acoustical panels were added to the Cafe in 2016. Repairs to the gas piping, roofing and gutters were required in 2016-2017 to keep our home operational. The City of Pensacola assisted with the restriping of our shared parking and drainage issues on 9th Ave.
We celebrated our 85th Birthday with a tea.