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Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Garden Club of Houston

 
 
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Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 2, 2018
1. The Garden Club of Houston Marker
Inscription.  In 1924, seven friends who lived near the newly constructed Museum of Fine Arts formed the Garden Club of Houston. They planned to study horticulture, experiment with new plants and further the beautification of the city of Houston. From this small beginning developed an institution that has had a great influence on the city's private and public landscapes.

Garden Club members assumed the maintenance of the museum grounds in 1931. Noted New York landscape architect Ruth London designed a master plan for the museum's south garden including a balustrade and bench designed by William Ward Watkin, the museum architect, with sculpture by the head of the museum school. Contributions from members and club projects made possible the completion of the garden in time for the national meeting of the Garden Club of America in 1939. Because of its work on the museum grounds, the Garden Club of Houston was the first in the southwest to become a part of the Garden Club of America.

In 1942 a bulb and plant mart became the Garden Club's main fundraiser. Many plants seen at these sales became familiar staples in area gardens. The Texas Medical
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Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 2, 2018
2. The Garden Club of Houston Marker
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Center Park, the hospice at the Texas Medical Center, the Museum of Natural Science, the Harris County Center for the Retarded, the Seaman's Center at the Port of Houston, Tranquility Park, Bayou Bend, Rienzi, Armand Bayou Nature Center and Buffalo Bayou Sesquicentennial Park are among the projects and civic organizations that benefit from the Garden Club of Houston's fundraising efforts.

Many notable Houstonians have been among the small membership of the Garden Club of Houston, unusual in its longevity and success.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11951.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
 
Location. 29° 43.483′ N, 95° 23.446′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Montrose Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Marker is located in the small garden behind the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Caroline Wiess Law Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston TX 77005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southend Water Pumping Station (approx. 0.2 miles away);
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 2, 2018
3. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The museum's original facade is visible when standing in front of the marker.
First Presbyterian Church of Houston (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Sam Houston (approx. 0.2 miles away); W. L. and Susan Clayton (approx. Ό mile away); Clayton House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Holland Lodge No. 1 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maurice Joseph Sullivan (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 5, 2022