By: Brenda Michael-Haggard | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: November 2018
Since the late 1950s, Tulsa Garden Club has awarded nearly 200 student grants (approximately $240,000) in horticulture or landscape architecture programs. In those early years, funds were raised from the sale of home décor items Tulsa Garden Club members handcrafted from “greens” (preserved plant and organic materials). These “greens” were available during the Club’s annual Holiday Tea.
The Holiday Tea has evolved into a sold-out scholarship fundraiser with 200 members and guests. The November 26 Holiday Tea, Green With Envy, kicks off the year-long celebration of Tulsa Garden Club‘s 90th anniversary. The state’s second oldest and largest garden club will transform Tulsa Garden Center for this launch for the holidays.
Green With Envy chair Sandy Farris recently shared that Ludger’s will serve tea luncheon and, back by popular demand, Zella’s Boutique will present the holiday style show. “Just in time for holiday giving,” Sandy notes, “members and guests will have many opportunities to support scholarships with exclusive Emerald Anniversary items, floral sales, the silent auction and drawing.” Music by The Johnny Williams Show will set the holiday mood.
Since 1959 Oklahoma State University (OSU) students have benefitted from scholarships and student grants from Tulsa Garden Club. In 1985 Tulsa Garden Club was the first Oklahoma garden club to establish an endowed fund with OSU for horticulture and landscape architecture students.
Tulsa Garden Club began supporting horticulture students at Tulsa Community College (TCC), in 1998, establishing an endowed fund in 2009. With recent elimination of TCC’s horticulture program, Tulsa Garden Club shifted support to TCC’s “Second Chance” horticulture program for Dick Conner Correctional Center inmates seeking certification or degree credits.
Tulsa Garden Club student grants chair Pat Whittington says, “We look forward to helping learners of all ages and backgrounds succeed in horticulture and landscape architecture educational goals.”
Tulsa Garden Club has worked for nearly 90 years to advance gardening, develop home grounds, further city beautification, promote conservation of natural resources, and to cooperate with state and national organizations. Members (numbering 100-120 each year) are all ages, from diverse backgrounds, and live throughout the greater Tulsa area and surrounding counties. Members volunteer hundreds of hours each year to plan and implement the Club’s continuing and new projects and activities.
For Green With Envy details, $30 individual or $240 table reservations or to make scholarship donations, email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
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