The Tanglewood Garden Club was organized on February 20, 1951 by Birdie Farrington (wife of the Tanglewood developer, William Farrington), Lillian Illig and a group of friends. The stated objectives of the club are to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds, to encourage civic planning and to generally improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Through the years the Club has continued to flourish and develop not only through the founding objectives, but additionally it provides Tanglewood residents an opportunity to meet one another, enjoy interesting speakers, attend various social events and is simply so much more than gardening!
Dues are $50 annually, payable by June 1 in order to be included in the Directory. Dues allow Garden Club members to attend all events.
Four General meetings, with coordinated programs, are held on selected Tuesdays in October, November, January and March. A half hour social period with refreshments precedes the General Meeting followed by the program.
The Club hosts three events held in Tanglewood Garden Club members’ homes-the September New Member Coffee, the Holiday Tea, and the Progressive Luncheon. Garden Club members serve as hostesses for these events by providing delicious refreshments as well as creative floral designs. Every Garden Club members receives an invitation, in the mail, to these three events.
The September Coffee welcomes any Tanglewood resident that is interested in the Garden Club. It is a great way to kick off the Garden Club year.
The Holiday Tea is an afternoon event where Garden Club members celebrate the Holiday season.
In February, three beautiful homes welcome Garden Club members to a themed Progressive Luncheon. The homes feature Appetizers, a Main Course and Desserts.
The end of the year Spring Luncheon is the final event in the Garden Club year. This special day has included a style show, boutique shopping and speakers. The highlight of the luncheon are the fabulous tablescapes created by Garden Club members. There is often a theme that inspires the creativity of the Garden Club members to decorate tables to the delight of guests. Invitations are mailed to all Garden Club members to put together tables of members and/or friends. An additional fee per person is required.
Yearly, two workshops are held in the Fall and Spring. Workshops have featured a variety of activities from floral arranging, touring Buffalo Bayou, the art of garnishing to touring the Brookwood Community. Each year we are delighted by new and interesting activities in the Houston area. There is usually an additional fee for those attending the workshops.
The annual Spring Trip is always a wonderful three to four days of visiting cities in the US, usually with a historical element, great food and of course wonderful gardens and homes to visit. Some of the recent trips have been to Savannah GA, Dallas, New Orleans and this past year the trip was to Kentucky visiting Louisville and Lexington and of course the famed Churchill Downs. There is usually a limited number of spaces on the trip and it is always in high demand. Additional fees apply to the trip.
The Directory/Yearbook is the members’ reference book and is compiled annually. It is available to all Garden Club members in September. Published addresses, phone numbers and emails are for Garden Club use only.
The members’ newsletter is sent electronically approximately mid-month from September through May. The newsletter provides information on all activities and upcoming monthly events. General meeting and program reminders are sent out electronically a week or two prior to the meeting.