Greetings Florida Herb Society Members! We hope you are excited for this new season. As most of you are aware, the FHS can no longer afford to pay for it’s meeting space. The membership dues only go so far, and last year they did not cover the cost of renting space and having speakers. Therefore, we needed to chose a new space.
There were several criteria expressed by the board and our members:
-Seating for 50 people or more
-A Storage area for our FHS belongings (at least a large tote box)
-A small kitchen/fridge area for culinary, preparing food and washing up
-Plenty of tables for displays, demonstrations and culinary
-Freedom to hold plant and seed swaps and sales amongst members
-Plentiful, well lit parking
-AC and rest rooms
-An opportunity to find a new home as gracious and welcoming as the garden club, ideally with a space to grow herbs and use as a demonstration garden.
Anne and Amy met several times over the summer, visited and checked out in person several possible locations, spoke to previous board members, incorporated everyone’s advice and wisdom, and focused on what would be best for the Florida Herb Society as a whole. This decision was not taken lightly and was certainly a difficult one to make.
We are proud to announce our new relationship with Moccasin Lake Park in Clearwater, Florida.
In keeping with our 41 year tradition, we will have a meeting room space in a lovely wood building, that blends into the surrounding natural environment. This space meets all of the above criteria and more. It has plentiful well-lit parking inside a fenced in area, park trails for going on edible herb walks, an additional outdoor seating area with a stage and fire pit, which we may use at our discretion.
The Park is home to similar organizations like the Pinellas Native Plant Society, Audubon, Suncoast Sierra Club, Permaculture groups, and the Clearwater Bonsai Club. There will be many opportunities for us to participate in festivals and become more involved in the community, while furthering our goal of educating existing and new members.
Most of us did not want to leave the garden club, but realize we must if we are to remain financially viable.
The new board was immediately faced with the difficult task of finding a new meeting space, while trying to meet everyone’s needs. We appreciate your support while we all transition to the new space, and look forward to seeing everyone after the summer break.
Click for an interactive map to Moccasin Lake Park.
Please check out the Events page for our new 2014 Schedule!