Members established Tulsa Garden Club, members promote the love of gardening, and members are why Tulsa Garden Club impacts our community for future generations. Club leadership focuses on long-term relationships through thoughtful retention and targeted recruitment to strategically engage members in visioning, planning, program development, execution, and evaluation. New members are welcomed, supported, and guided with orientation materials, activities, and ongoing mentoring.
President Josie Driskill
First VP Judy Weaver
Second VP Pam Larkin
Recording Secretary Fleta Haskins
Corresponding Secretary Carole Puckett
Treasurer Pat Haswell
Assistant Treasurer Sue Hicks
Historian Nancy Moerer
On October 6, 1929, 23 members established Oklahoma's second garden club. The only requirement for membership was to have a garden, no matter how small or large.
The Club's purpose was, "To increase personal knowledge of botany and to bring more gardens to Tulsa." Soon, lectures on botanical and related subjects were being presented. The first flower show was April 30, 1930, at Hilltop House, the country estate of the Club's first president, Mrs. Maud R. Mason.
Read about long-time members featured in Tulsa World as the Club prepared to launch its 90th -Emerald Anniversary.
The Club has evolved from a garden study group to an active civic organization. Continuing to fulfill National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) objectives, members have served in leadership roles in our own community and throughout NGC. In addition to ongoing funding of Tulsa Garden Center and Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden, the Club continues to advance education through Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Tulsa Community College (TCC) programs, by helping organize other clubs, stage flower shows, present the annual Garden Tour and by fostering conservation and roadside beautification..
Monthly meetings center around educational programming for members and guests--soon-to-be-members. In-depth study, field trips and guided travel/tours* extend experiences for new, unique, historic or trend-setting adventures.
*Check out the Club's trip to Philadelphia Flower Show, March 2020.
Standard flower shows, tours of public and private gardens, building and supporting teaching and exhibition gardens helps new and long-time gardeners learn more about floral artistry and developing awareness of environmental issues, conservation, and what grows in eastern Oklahoma.
Since the 1950s, Tulsa Garden Club has supported Oklahoma State University students in horticulture, now landscape architecture, too. OSU Foundation now manages the Club's endowment that funds multiple scholarships each year.
Tulsa Community College students in horticulture benefited for many years. Today, TCC Foundation manages the Club's endowment for TCC's "Second Chance" program. "Second Chance" helps fund horticulture programming scholarships, certification, maintenance and supplies for inmates of Dick Conner Correctional Center.