The A&M Garden Club has kept busy preparing for its horticultural celebration on Wednesday at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan. The community is invited to attend the show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. An awards program will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The celebration's purpose is to help promote beautification in and service to our community through gardening and design.
Among the activities on the celebration's agenda are potted plants, which will be judged for flowers and foliage; a photo exhibit and contest; sales of plants and garden art; door prizes; and a birthday cake.
Community garden clubs have been invited to showcase potted plants. Participatants include Texas A&M University Horticulture Club, A&M horticulture classes, A&M Women's Social Club Gardening Interest Group, Brazos Valley Orchid Society, Grimes County master gardeners, Brazos County master gardener Elmer Krehbiel, Heartworks and the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
National Garden Club Flower Show judges will be Margaret Jones, Ann Nette Pierce and Mary Lou Hankenson from Houston Federation of Accredited Judges. The invitational exhibits will be judged by Judy Schafer, Delma Cassaro and Idalia Aguilar of the A&M Garden Club.
The club has been a federated club for 70 years, affiliated with the National Garden Clubs Inc. An exhibit of seven decades of memorabilia from the local club will be displayed during Wednesday's celebration. (For another trip back in time, you can see photos from the club's 1950 flower shows on the Web at www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Clubs/ GardenClub3a.htm.)
The club started in October 1936, with federation granted in 1937. The club met on the Texas A&M campus, and speakers were specialists from the school. Planting redbud tree seeds and plant exchanges were among members' first interests.
Through the years, the club has engaged in many area projects, including beautification along what is now Texas Avenue, landscaping in Triangle Park, buying war bonds during World War II and helping troops in other ways, planting at Bryan Airfield, and beautifying the College Station Cemetery.
The club has educational trips and programs throughout the year, and on March 27 it won top honors at the District V Spring Meeting in Rockdale.
Aguilar accepted the top award for Membership Growth in recognition for her committee work at local, state, regional and national levels. The club also received a certificate for its 70th year.
The A&M Garden Club won 10 first-place awards: Flower Show Schedule, Arbor Day, Wildflower Preservation, Scrapbook, Plant Texas, Publications, Membership Brochure, Yearbook, History and President's Report.
In addition, the club received citations and nine certificates for Service, Seeds for Life, Wildlife Corridor, Endowment, Scholarship, Penny Pines and Junior Garden Club.
A&M Garden Club meets the second Friday of the month, during the school year, at the Exit Teen Center on Rock Prairie Road in College Station. For information, call Aguilar at 778-5672.