70 Year History of the A&M Garden Club (Part 3)

1951-1956

———–16th year————-

1951-1952: Mrs. R E [Inice] Snuggs – “Texas Roundup”
– 110 members – STANDARD CLUB –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
– dues are now $3.00
– June – Club announces plans to hold TWO flower judging courses: one elementary and the other advanced; and to stage TWO flower shows, one to be in the fall and another in the Spring of 1952.

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Note: should read right to left as that is the way they are standing.

1st VP: Mrs W W Armistead
2nd VP: Mrs Marion Pugh
3rd VP: Mrs Gibb Gilchrist
Secretary: Mrs R E Schiller
Treasurer: Mrs C C Doak
Reporter: Mrs Fred Weick
Historian: Mrs John Hugh Hill/ Jan – Mrs C W Reinoehl
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs Betty Jane Shaw / Jan – Mrs Spencer J Buchanan
Advisory Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. Al B Nelson, Mrs. P W Burns, Mrs. S L Loveless, Mrs. Fred Hale

Programs 1951-52
Theme: “Texas Round-Up”

14 Sept – tea 3-5 p m – Assembly Room, MSC – 150 attended
alternating in presiding at the tea service were Mrs C B Campbell, Mrs M T Harrington and Mrs Allister Waldrop

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Mrs C B Campbell serving tea – Sept meeting 51

5 Oct – 2:30 p m – Mrs D W Williams “Party Table Arrangements”
Breakfast by Mrs Bettie Jane Shaw, Luncheon by Mrs H W Barlow, Tea by Mrs R R Lyle, Buffet supper by Mrs Tom Taylor, Formal dinner by Mrs Fred Farrar.
14 Nov – 4-8 pm Fall Flower Show “Harvest Festival”
Dec 5, 6 and 7 – Home Garden Forums II – “well attended”
14 Dec – 9 a m – 4:30 p m – All day clinic to make Christmas wreaths, corsages, door decorations and table and mantle arrangements
15 Dec – 9 a m – the public sale of the Holiday Decorations at stands set up at Charlie’s Food Market, North Gate and Madeley’s Pharmacy, Southside from.
Dec – Members of the A&M Garden Club were selected as judges for the Battalion 1951 Christmas Decoration Contest: Mrs W W Armistead, Mrs Armstrong Price, Mrs Marion Pugh, Mrs A B Nelson, and Mrs S L Loveless.
They judged all entries by daylight AND after dark.

11 Jan – Mr and Mrs R E Odom -“Novelty Arrangements”
14 Feb – Mrs Armstrong Price – “Color in Arrangements”
14 Mar – Mrs C B Campbell – “Foliage Arrangements”
5 Apr – Mrs Mary Daggett Lake – “Texas Wild Flowers”
23 Apr – Spring Flower Show – “Texas Roundup”
26 April – Pilgrimage – the Dallas Garden Show
9 May – 3 p m – installation of officers by Mrs C B Campbell
Mrs Campbell was presented a life membership in NCSGC by the club

A door prize was given each month.

Projects 1951-52

Home Garden Forums II Dec 5, 6 and 7
and III Feb 6, 7 , and 8 [to be held later in the spring]
Highway Beautification
Civic Development
4th yr. in 5 yr plan for beautification of the College Station Cemetery
Horticulture
last year of 5 yr. Horticultural Fact-Finding Project
Permanent Garden Calendar
Published 1st ed “Gardening in the College Station Area” by Mrs J E Roberts
Fall and Spring Garden Shows
– Jan – club donates two books on gardening for children of the fifth and sixth grades to be place in the library of the A&M Consolidated school
– pres. appts. decoration committee for the Athletic banquet to be given Saturday evening at Sbisa Hall.

Oct – TGC Fall Meeting at Fort Worth – Mrs. Al B Nelson of the A&M Club and Mrs H L Morrison from the Bryan Garden Club, as two of the top fifteen designers in the state invited to make arrangements, were given special recognition at the dinner and asked to tell about the materials used in their displays. Mrs Nelson used in her line arrangement in a dark brown bottle, specimens of dried garlic, magnolia leaves, phlox heads and china berries. Also attending from the A&M club were Mrs R E Snuggs, pres and official delegate; and Mrs C B Campbell, who gave the invocation for the formal dinner. From the Bryan Club were Mrs. Allister Waldrop, pres, Mrs John Seely Caldwell, and Mrs Norman J Dansby.

 

Nov. 51 is when the Club’s permanent Garden Club Calendar made its appearance
The cover of the publication read: “Gardening in the College Station Area”
on the fly leaf: “Compiled by Mrs. J E Roberts, A&M Garden Club, First Edition 1951.”
Mrs. Roberts reported the price of 300 copies was $75. They were sold to members for 25 cents (first copy); second copy and to others was 50 cents.
[The club has available the 5th edition 1997 of this pamphlet for just a little more money.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Flower Show
Theme: “Harvest Festival”
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Chairman: Helen Pugh
Co-Chairman: Vesta Taylor
Wednesday 14 Nov 1951 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center
350 in attendance
overview of the show winners Price and Loveless Price’s Arrangement
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Note the Turkey made of Chrysanthemum below
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CHRYSANTHEMUM DISPLAY
PRESENTED BY
The Floriculture and Landscape Architecture Department
Arranged and Directed by
A F DeWerth

 

 

 

 

 

8 Feb – officers elected – Mrs Armistead to be president
– Mrs Price elected the delegate to represent A&M Garden Club at the National Convention to be held in Biloxi, Miss in March. Mrs Price is a life member of the National Garden Club org. and is state chairman of Roadside Development and Beautification.
March – Mrs W W Armistead and Mrs R E Snuggs delegates to the annual TGC conv. in Waco April 15, 16, and 17. [also Mrs Campbell and Miss Hatfield]
– Miss Nancy Stevens chosen to represent A&M Garden Club as its duchess at the Cotton Pageant.
– State award: 3rd place yearbook

 

Our 13th Annual Spring Flower Show
Theme: “Texas Roundup”
Chairman: Helen Pugh
Co-Chairman: Vesta Taylor
23 April 1952 4 – 8 p m
Ball Room of
Memorial Student Center
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Show Committee
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Entrance to Show

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overall scene Texas Patio Suppey by Mrs Robert Lyle horticulture table

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Worthy Exhibit by Mrs C C Doak Coastal Treasures by Mrs W D Fitch

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Outstanding Arrangement ’52 by Mrs Price;
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Madeley’s Magic Valley; Mrs. Doak’s Windswept and Mr. Doak’s Cowpokes Choice

 

 

 

 

 

– In May Mrs W W Armistead was installed; but by September Mrs D W Williams is president.

——–17th year———

1952-1953: Mrs. D W [Madge] Williams
– 79 members – STANDARD CLUB –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
1st VP: Mrs Marion Pugh
2nd VP: Mrs Armstrong Price
3rd VP: Mrs Tom Taylor
Secretary: Mrs M V Krenitsky
Treasurer: Mrs J Ray Oden
Reporter: Mrs Melvin Rotsch
Historian: Miss Irene [Bess] Edwards
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs Spencer J Buchanan
Advisory Board: Mrs. C C Doak, Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. Al B Nelson, Mrs. J E Roberts, Mrs. R E Snuggs

– That year the Club planted shrubs in the cemetery. Plants were donated by F W Hensel, head of Floriculture and Landscaping at Texas A&M College.

Programs 1952-53
Theme: “?”

14 Sept – MSC
– Mrs D W Williams “Organization and Activities of the A&M Garden Club”
– Mrs C B Campbell
“State and District Garden Clubs”
10 Oct – 2:30 p m – “Pilgrimage of Local Gardens” -members will visit the garden of Mrs Williams, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Burns, Mrs Doak, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Campbell, and Mrs Gibb Gilchrist in whose garden members will enjoy also a social hour. [In case of rain meet in the first Baptist Church of CS for a program on fall planting.]
14, 15, 16 Oct – Home Garden Forum No. 1 9:30-11-30; 1:30-3:30
14 Nov – 2:30 p m – Mrs Adrian Mabry of Temple – “Flower Baking”
19 Nov – Fall Flower Show “Placement Show”
3 – 5 p m at the home of Mrs. Fred Weick
12 Dec – 9 a m – 5 p m – All day workshop to make Christmas wreaths, corsages, door decorations and table and mantle arrangements
13 Dec – 9 a m – the public sale of the Holiday Decorations at stands set up at Miller’s Super Market on hwy 6 and Southside Food Market in West Park addition.
13 Feb – “Deserts on the March” by Paul Bigelow Sears reviewed by Mrs E L Angell
13 March – Mrs Koji Haidaka of Tokyo, Japan “Flower Arrangements in the Japanese Fashion”
16 March – pilgrimage with the Bryan Garden Club to the International Flower Show in Houston.
18-19 March – Home Gardeners Forum
8 April – Spring Flower Show “Present Tense”
8 May – Breakfast in MSC – Officer installation
A door prize was given each month.

Projects 1952-53

Home Garden Forums I Oct 14, 15 and 16
and III March 18 and 19
Highway Beautification & Civic Development
5 yr plan for beautification of the College Station Cemetery
Fall and Spring Garden Shows
Radio Program
Permanent Garden Calendar – sales –
Published 1st ed “Gardening in the College Station Area” by Mrs J E Roberts

 

“Fall Placement Show”
Chairman: Evelyn Price
Co-Chairman: Virgie Roberts
19 Nov 1952 3 – 6 p m
Home of Dorothy Weick
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Our 14th Annual Spring Flower Show
Theme: “Present Tense”
Chairman: Evelyn Price
8 April 1953 3 – 8 p m
Educational Building of
Presbyterian Church of College Station

 

 

 

 

 

– Miss Carolyn Landiss chosen to represent A&M Garden Club as its duchess at the Cotton Pageant.

——-18th year———

1953-1954: Mrs. Marion [Helen] Pugh –
– 62 members – STANDARD CLUB –
“The Complete Gardener”
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
– Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge.
She guided the planting of many beautiful trees, including a number of Crepe Myrtle trees currently being moved to a new location to accommodate the widening of Texas Avenue and installation of water lines [1984].
1st VP: Mrs. John Hugh Hill
2nd VP: Mrs. S L Loveless
3rd VP: Mrs. R R Lyle
Secretary: Mrs. J P Covan
Treasurer: Mrs. L S O’Bannon
Reporter: Mrs. Roland Bing
Historian: Mrs. A D Folweiler
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. R E Schiller
Advisory Board: Mrs. D W Williams, Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. Al B Nelson, Mrs. H W Barlow, Mrs. E L Angell

Programs 1953-54
Theme: “The Complete Gardener”

11 Sept – MSC – opening meeting and tea
9 Oct – Dr T S Painter – “Gardening Experiences around the Year”
14 Oct – Host of District V Fall Meeting
13 Nov – Mrs. Earl B White “Flower Arranging”

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Nov Program: Guest speaker 13 Nov 1953
Noted flower authority

11 Dec – Christmas Tea at home of Mrs C B Campbell
8 Jan – Mrs E L Angell Chrysanthemum Growing in the College Station Area
+ film “Modern Chrysanthemums for Fall Beauty
12 Feb – Mrs C B Campbell “Bulbs”
+ film “Springtime in Holland”
12 March – Mrs W Armstrong Price “Proportion and Design in Flower Arrangement”
17-18 March – Home Gardener’s Forum
7 April – 15th Annual Spring Flower Show “Out of the Bookshelves”
9 April – Mrs Nelson and Mrs Barlow “Iris”
14 May -Pilgrimage to Waco to Flower Show by the Judges Council

Projects 1953-54

Circles – monthly meetings for practicing flower arranging and improving horticultural knowledge
Host District V Fall Meeting, Division 2 – Oct 14
Home Garden Forum April 7
Community Service
Garden Therapy
Highway Beautification & Civic Development
beautification of the College Station Cemetery
Fall and Spring Garden Shows
Permanent Garden Calendar – sales –
1st ed “Gardening in the College Station Area” by Mrs J E Roberts

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Through the recent efforts of Brazos Beautiful (Organization) the Texas Legislature has designated this community the “Crepe Myrtle Capitol of Texas” making these early plantings of early importance.

 

Fall Specimen Display
Chairman: Janet Loveless
Co-Chairman: Sydney Armistead
9 Oct 1953
Memorial Student Center
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Our 15th Annual Spring Flower Show
Theme: “Out of the Bookshelves”
Chairman: Janet Loveless
Co-Chairman: Sydney Armistead
7 April 1954 4 – 8 p m
Educational Building of
Presbyterian Church of College Station

 

 

 

 

 

——–19th year——–

1954-1955: Mrs. John H [Laurita] Hill – – 88 members
“Living -In and Out of Doors” – SUBMITTED FOR ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
– Started “the Table of the Month” complete with refreshments,
this custom still prevails at monthly Club meetings.
1st VP: Mrs. W Armstrong Price
2nd VP: Mrs. Edward Madeley
3rd VP: Mrs. Carl Landiss
Secretary: Mrs. Dick Hervey
Treasurer: Mrs. A E Carter
Reporter: Mrs. R D Lewis
Historian: Mrs. A D Folweiler
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Frank Anderson
Advisory Board: Mrs. D W Williams, Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. Al B Nelson, Mrs. Marion Pugh, Mrs. E L Angell

Programs 1954-55
Theme: “Living- In and Out of Doors”

12 Sept – MSC – opening meeting
16 Sept – J Gregory Conway -special lecture
internationally known flower arranger, author, and artist
17 Sept – J Gregory Conway – Clinic
8 Oct – Dr. John J Sperry – “Families of Flowering Plants”
12 Nov – Dr. Eldon W Lyle – “New Rose Varieties and Rose Gardens”
3 Dec – Mrs. Howard S Kittel – Guest Day Lecture and Demo

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14 Jan – Robert F White – “Living-In and Out of Doors”
11 Feb – Dr. C C Doak – “Gardening Can Be Fun”
11 March – Mrs Edward Madeley “Guide for flower show exhibitors”
29 March – Spring Flower Show
1 April – L J Tolle Jr – “Ideas Behind Floral Design”
13 May – Morning Coffee

Projects 1954-55

Sponsoring J Gregory Conway
Home Garden Forum tba
Garden Therapy
Civic Development Community Service:
Holiday Decorations for YMCA;
Football Banquet;
Flowers for Mother’s Day;
Flowers for A&M Hospital
Beautification of the College Station Cemetery
Lectures for Junior Groups
Circles – monthly meetings for practicing flower arranging and improving horticultural knowledge
Spring Garden Shows
Permanent Garden Calendar – sales –
1st ed “Gardening in the College Station Area” by Mrs J E Roberts
Pilgrimage

 

Our 16th Annual Spring Flower Show
Theme: “Under the Big Top”
Chairman: Billie Madeley
Co-Chairman: Moy Nelson
29 March 1955 4 – 8 p m
Educational Building of
A & M Presbyterian Church

 

 

 

 

 

——–20th year——–

1955-1956: Mrs. C C [Henryetta] Doak – 81 members
– “Primer to Perfection” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
– The Doaks took much interest in staging beautiful flower shows. She was a fine horticulturist.
1st VP: Mrs. Spencer Buchanan
2nd VP: Mrs. Edward Baker
3rd VP: Mrs. W W Armistead
Secretary: Mrs. Robert L Darwall
Treasurer: Mrs. W M Potts
Reporter: Mrs. Ed Garner
Historian: Mrs. E B Middleton
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. E D Parnell

 

Our 17th Annual Spring Flower Show
Theme: “Spring Promenade”
Chairman: Oralene Baker
Co-Chairman: Helen Pugh
Thursday, 16 May 1956 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center
A&M College of Texas
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1936-1946 1946 – 1951 1951- 1956 1956 – 1966
1966 – 1976 1976 -1986 1986 – 1996 1994-95 1995-96
1996 – 2002 2002 -2007

 

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