The purpose of the Heights Garden Club is to nurture an active gardening
community in the greater Heights area of Houston, to share the love and
knowledge of gardening in the peculiarities of our Gulf Coast climate, and to
restore, improve, and protect our neighborhood's environment
through educational programs, demonstration gardens, and by promoting
the incorporation of organic practices, native plants and edibles into
the urban landscape. And have fun doing it.
The Heights Garden Club started as a one woman operation by Kay Harnden in 2009. She set the 2nd Saturday agenda and
arranged for the local garden and nursery tours. News of the garden club spread by word of mouth and members were
notified by Facebook where the next garden tour would be held. But there is only so much one person can do, and so
in the spring of 2013 a few of us approached Kay about letting us help get the word out. We now notify by newsletters,
website and email blasts. We still are a club without officers or dues, but we do have a steering committee which
shares the duties of finding and promoting the gardens that we tour. We also wanted to do some actual gardening
projects and approached the Houston Heights Association about renovating the entrance garden on the Heights Boulevard
esplanade which they were more than happy for us to do. Not long after, we were invited to officially join the
HHA as a sub-committee of the Boulevard Committee. What this did was give us funding to work with and also gave
us a place, the Heights Fire Station, to hold special events such as our Plant and Seed Swap and meet and greets.
Our most recent addition to the garden club's growth is awarding homeowners with a Yard of the Month recognition.
While the club cannot spend the HHA's money outside of the association's boundaries, we are committed to being
a garden club for the greater Heights community and beyond: everyone is welcome to attend any of our events
and they will always be free. We welcome any suggestions for gardens to tours or garden themed events, and
would also welcome anyone who would like to join the steering committee.
HHA 2014 Boulevard Committee Award
The Heights Garden Club
is very proud to have been awarded the 2014 Boulevard Committee Award by the Houston Heights Association in recognition of
our contributions to the improvement of Heights Boulevard. We hope everyone will enjoy the fruits of our labor as the gardens come
to life this spring.
Boulevard Entrance Garden - The Heights Garden Club took over the design and
maintenance of the entrance garden in 2013. The garden was most recently updated
with perennials that can last all year and take the heat.
Volunteers are needed to help
maintain the garden. Work parties are announced on the Heights
Garden Club facebook page.
We want to thank Ravenscourt
Landscaping for the garden design and change to drip irrigation. We would also
like to thank Donna Buchanan for contributing plants and fertilizer.
And lastly we want to thank our stalwart volunteers who braved the heat to help
with the installation.
Heights Boulevard Rose Garden
- The Victorian Rose Garden on the Heights Boulevard esplanade at 20th Street has been looking rather sad of late,
but no more! Pedro Mora of Gilbert's Tree and Landscaping have spruced up the rose garden lifting the live oak,
pruning the roses and parterre hedges, weeding the beds, and tucking the roses in with a nice blanket of fresh
Lombard Lamp Bed Renovation
- The garden club, with the help of the Reagan High School Ecology Club, transformed the weed
ridden bed around the Victorian lamppost on Heights Boulevard and 11th Street into a red, white, and
blue themed garden. Many thanks to Heraclio Reyes, Gabby Martinez, Jose Saldana, Andrew Kincaid Valdes,
Wendy Perez, Emily Carmona, Amy Serratos, Andrea Garcia, Itzel Castillo, Julio Gomez, Jose Rios, and
Sophia Reyes of the Ecology Club for their hard work. The garden club is looking forward to finding
more projects that will benefit from their colaboration.
Thank you to Gary Eskelson for building our website.
The background image was made from a photograph at Herself's
Houston Garden blog.