Thursday May 23, 2019

Evening at The Great Outdoors (Members Only)

TGCOA Newsletter

New Members - Always welcome

Bring a friend to the next meeting!


Current Events/Meetings

May 23, 2019 New Plant Introductions
6:45 pm - 8:30 PM Monthly Meeting (Members ONLY) Great Outdoors

The May meeting will be held at the Great Outdoors on South Congress Avenue. This is a members only event due to the limited parking and seating. (You may wish to bring your own folding chair).

Doors will open at 6:45 PM with a presentation on New Plant Introductions beginning at 7:00 pm. There will be coffee and tea, but bring your own bagged snack if you wish.

There will about 30 minutes after the presentation when members will have the opportunity to shop and receive a 10% discount on any purchases.

Please RSVP to by 5:00 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019 if you plan on attending.

May 23, 2019 (Held prior to Monthly Meeting)
5:30 - 6:30 PM Board Meeting Zilker Garden Center
Tentative meeting. Check with board to confirm

Upcoming Events/Meetings

June 01, 2019
June 1 -2, 2019 (Plant drop off May 31)
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Garden Show and Plant Sale Zilker Park - Garden Center
Plant Show and Sale

The club’s annual plant sale and show to be held at Zilker Botanical Gardens on June 1 & 2.

Bring your donated plants ready to sell to the setup on Friday, May 31st. from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm or on Saturday from 8:00 am - 9:30 am. Then, plan to work the sale on Saturday and/or Sunday.

. Note: You do NOT need to be a club member to enter plants or exhibits into the show.

Plants will be on sale all day Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 9.00 am to 4:00 pm. Come by and pick up a great plant at a great price.

We will also be having a club luncheon on Saturday-everyone is welcome! Thank you to those who have already signed up. But, we have lots of openings left. Remember, this is a club event and the proceeds from the sale benefit the club. Contact Laura Joseph if you would like to sign up to help.

This is an open show and we invite all interested gardeners to bring a plant for judging. The show will be open to the public from noon to 7:00 pm on Saturday. and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday June 2. All plants must be picked up by 5 o'clock on Sunday.

SEMINAR; NIGHT-BlOOMING GARDENS - Saturday June Ist - 2:30 to 3:20 PM.

Mark Gibbs from The Great Outdoors Nursery on South Congress will share his knowledge of night blooming plants that work well in Austin. A variety of night-blooming species will be on sale on both Saturday and Sunday (as long as supplies last.)

Attendance to the seminar, show and sale is free. However, the Austin Parks & Recreation Department charges a gate entrances/parking free for admittances to the Zilker Botanical Garden. The fees are $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), and $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted. There are no additional charges for the Plant and Flower show, the sale or other Park events and trails.

June 20, 2019 Hot Texas Plants
7:00 social; 7:30 Meeting/Presentation General Meeting - All welcome Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
Laura Hutton will make a presentation on hot Texas plants.

July 25, 2019 Ice cream Social and Live Auction
7:00 pm Networking; 7:30 pm Program Monthly Meeting Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
Annual Ice cream social, plant auction and intern presentation

September 26, 2019 Herb Society Joint Meeting
7:00 pm Networking; 7:30 pm Program Monthly Meeting Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
To be confirmed

October 24, 2019 To be Announced
7:00 PM Social; 7:30 Presentation Monthly Meeting Zilker Park Botanical Gardens Auditiorium
Seed distribution. More details to follow

November 21, 2019 A cactus-related presentation
7:00 PM Social; 7:30 Presentation Joint Meeting with Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
The November meeting will be a joint meeting with the Cactus and Succulent Society. The evening will include a speaker from The Cactus and Succulent Society as well as lots of exotic plants for the plant raffle. The TGCOA will provide the refreshments for the meeting.

Recent Events/Meetings

February 28, 2019 Ikebana - Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement
7:00 - 9:30 PM Monthly Meeting Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
Ikebana – Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging – Demonstration on February 28th

For spectacular images of Ikebana, click here

This month The Garden Club of Austin (TGCOA) enjoyed a very special presentation by Gregory Gaiser. Mr. Gaiser, a member of the Zilker Botanic Garden Ikebana Study Group, demonstrated how to create several Ikebana arrangements following the ancient Japanese art that incorporates principles of line, movement, open space, and focal point.

Ikebana is the Japanese practice of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō. This tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, these arrangements were placed in the tokonoma of a home. Tokonoma, or simply toko, is a built-in recessed space in a Japanese-style reception room (known in English as an alcove) in which items of artistic merit are displayed.

The time taken to create compositions of this type of Japanese art are often used as a period of reflection, during which time seems to stand still for the artist. This spiritual aspect is the most important element of ikebana. The main objective of making ikebana floral arrangements is not to create decorations.

April 13, 2019
10:00 am - 1:30 PM Members Only Garden Tours
Saturday April 13
10-11:30 tour of Laura Joseph's garden----1610 Virginia Ave.
12-1:30 tour of Jane Fountain's garden---600 Carolyn Ave.
1:30 pizza on Jane's patio.
RSVP by email to

April 25, 2019 Dinner and Tour of Isamu Taniguchi Gardens
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Meeting Zilker Garden Center
Dinner and Tour of the Isamu Taniguchi Gardens in the Park in the Zilker Botanical Gardens

In the spirit of continuing the calibration of 50th Anniversary of the installation of the Isamu Taniguchi Garden located in the Zilker Botanical Gardens, The Garden Club of Austin is hosting an evening in the garden with Isamu’s grandson Evan guiding a tour of the garden. Detailed information regarding this very special gem in Austin can be found at the Zilker Botanical Garden web site:

Please plan on coming to this presentation on April 25th. Light Asian-inspired refreshments/light supper and social time is from 7:00 – 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to
in order to participate in this special evening.

This event is free; however, there is an gate entrances/parking free for admittances to the Zilker Botanical Garden. The fees are $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), and $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
All are welcome – gardening newbies and seasoned gardeners alike. And if you are new to Central Texas, this club is a great place to get helpful information on what to successfully plant and grow in your yard or on your patio or balcony.
Also make plans to attend the club’s annual Plant/Flower Show & Sale at the Zilker Botanical Gardens auditorium on June 1 & 2, 2019, where we also hope to have some beautiful Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) on display.
Membership is only $25.00 for individuals and $40.00 for couples to join.
Zilker Botanical Gardens auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.