The Equality Park Garden Club's mission is to provide education, resources and networking opportunities for its members and to promote the love of plant related sciences and activities, general gardening, civic and environmental responsibility.

The Equality Park Garden Club was founded in 2010 as a way to support a proposed public garden that we hoped would be created in Wilton Manors.  At the first meeting many people arrived ready to work.  Tours of the grounds and a slide-show presentation were given to the attendees.  About 25 people came.  Chuck Nicholls and Chip Jones conceived the ideas for the garden club and designed the plans for the public garden.  Maeva Malloy was instrumental in the beginning bringing her experiences with a defunct garden club from Wilton Manors.  Jesse Durko, a local nurseryman and plant expert was the first guest speaker in April 2010.  The first year our speakers were paid little to nothing and the group operated exclusively by the support of the members and the generosity of the speakers.  In addition to guest speakers on plant related topics the meetings have consisted of a plant raffle table in addition to the "Bring a plant-take a plant" table.  The group is fond of hosting trips or "rambles" taking members (and guests) plant shopping.  We have also visited local private and public gardens as well as botanical gardens. The Equality Park Garden Club has also produced a Tropical Plant Fair for the last three years.

Join the club!

  • Meet other gardeners who share your passion.

  • Share your best practices with others.

  • Participate in our "Give a plant-Take a Plant!" monthly plant exchange.

  • Win new plants to add to your collection in our plant raffles.

  • Travel with us on private tours of local nurseries, gardens and exhibitions. 


  • Hear monthly presentations from experts.

2018  Board Members

Paul Durbin,


Rick Leitner,

Vice President

Dot Henley,

2nd Vice President

Judy Stephens,


Gary Petonke,


Jeff Sullivan,


Chuck Nicholls,


Bob Cassidy,


Chip Jones,

​Immediate Past President


Joe Snell

Contact Us! 


We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at:

Hagen Park

2020 Wilton Drive

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

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Meetings the 3rd Wednesday of each month.