Heritage Gardeners plan array of green events
Just as the Heritage Gardeners group is much more than just a club, the 53-year-old Friendswood group‘s annual spring events on April 27-28 will feature a variety of activities that include a garden tour, plant sale, raffles and a market where vendors will sell garden-related products.
The tour is a ticketed event that will feature six private gardens plus the Briscoe Gardens, which the club manages at the Marie Workman Garden Center, 112 W. Spreading Oaks in Friendswood. Tickets cost $15 for the event, scheduled from 1-5 p.m. each tour day and can be purchased at the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce at 1100 S Friendswood Drive, local businesses or from club members.
Tickets can also be purchased at the market, which will staged from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the garden center, which is behind the Friendswood Library off FM 518.
“We look for homes that have pretty, unique or unusual gardens,” club president Michelle Thompson said. “There’s a map located on the back of the ticket; so the homes are easy to find.”
The group, which has 53 members, is home to five master gardeners and hosts monthly gatherings on topics such as caring for bonsai plants and on landscaping with native plants. Members also meet at homes, have pool parties and work on the Briscoe Gardens together.
“We have a lot of people in the group who do landscaping or put in pools, and when they see a really nice garden, they’ll let us know so we can see if that family is interested in being on the tour,” Thompson said.
Heritage Gardeners offers a $1,000 scholarship to a local high school graduating senior or a student at a Texas college who is majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design or related studies.
At this year’s market, vendors will sell outdoor items such as bird houses, birdbaths, hummingbird feeders, plant stands, pots, vases and birding items. A plant show will feature entries related to flower design and horticulture.
“Design entries will be displays of pretty flowers and will follow a theme, which, this year is ‘tea time,’” Thompson said. “The horticulture division is where you’ll see things like cuttings people have taken, hanging baskets, vegetables — that side is judged by certified garden-club judges.”
The plant sale will feature items from club members such as drift roses, hidden ginger, foxtail fern and tomatoes.
“These are the tried-and-true plants that have made it in their personal gardens, straight from their own yards,” Thompson said. “So, people who buy these plants know that they’ve made it in someone’s yard nearby.”
Everything but the home tour and items purchased at the vendor market and plant sale are free.
For more information about the club or businesses where to purchase tickets, call 281-992-4438.