Magnolia Garden Club has an outstanding event planned for our area and you are invited. On March 18 at Beaumont Botanical Center, you can hear a lecture and enjoy a demonstration by James Farmer III. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the lecture will begin at 10 a.m. Beaumont Botanical Center is in Tyrrell Park at 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont.
James Farmer is quoted as saying, “Mixing the old with the new, forging ahead with new traditions while honoring the old — that is my go-to style.” Well said. Farmer is a published author who works to bring the elegant gardening lifestyle to our home and table. He uses the bounty from our own landscapes, cutting gardens, fruit trees and farmer’s markets to create his fantasies.
Farmer will focus on utilizing and arranging the vegetables and flowers from our own gardens. He is known for blending the cook, florist and decorator that are within everyone. He has such interesting concepts. Farmer adds that “garden living,” or weaving the garden into our daily life, is a lifestyle filled with rewarding promise and new adventure.
Magnolia Garden Club of Beaumont was founded on March 2, l937, with 47 charter members for the purpose of fostering interest in home gardening and flower arranging. Conservation, civic improvement and education in these fields soon expanded the program. The club was invited to membership in the Garden Club of America in 1949. Projects of the club have been numerous. They were instrumental in establishing nature trails in the Wild Azalea Canyons of East Texas and maintaining the Winifred Turner Bird Sanctuary, north of Beaumont. They gave $6,000 toward the building of the Research and Education Center in the Big Thicket. The club has contributed to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and the re-building of The Beaumont Botanical Garden after hurricane destruction. Its newest project is Paint Beaumont Green, a fund dedicated to the replenishment of our tree canopy after storm damage. Space limits listing the numerous additional good works completed by the Magnolia Garden Club through the years.
For your calendar is another event of the Magnolia Garden Club. It is free and open to the public. The Dishman Museum on the campus of Lamar University will host “Academia”: A Magnolia Garden Club Flower Show at 4 p.m. April 15 and 3 p.m. April 16. Parking is available adjacent to the museum. Hope to see you at both of these exciting events.