A winning tray design from the 2014 Annual Alvin Garden Club Flower Show.

Alvin Area Garden Tour set for April 18

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Alvin Garden Club’s Annual Flower Show will be part of the Fifteenth Annual Alvin Area Garden Tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

The show will open to the public at Alvin Senior Center about 1:30 p.m., or as soon as the judging has ended. The tour itself – including the Marguerite Rogers House Museum and grounds plus three private gardens near downtown Alvin – will begin at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m.

Private tour sites will include some tips and pointers on the theme of this year’s tour, “Conserving, Recycling, and Winterizing,” while the theme of the Flower Show – determined by a contest each year – is “A Fantasy Fairy Tale: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.” The winner of each year’s theme is determined by a contest, won this year by AGC’s current president, Yvette Deaton.

Alvin Garden Club is a group of approximately twenty-six locals who meet regularly on the first Thursday of each month at Alvin Senior Center. Many club members’ homes have been featured on past Garden Tours. Deaton’s beautiful garden had a “faery” theme as part of the 2013 Tour, and former president Nell Shimek’s gardens of day lilies and other spectacular plants have been featured several times.

The Annual Garden Tour has been sponsored since 2000 by Alvin Museum Society; as a co-sponsor with Alvin Garden Club for many of those years. Included is a Plant Sale out of the House Museum garage at 113 E. Dumble St. AMS members donate plants, and Sale Chairmen Dick and Betty Graef always bring in some special blooming plants from a local nursery. The sale will begin at 9:00 a.m., when an outdoor ticket table opens. Proceeds from both tour and sale benefit the maintenance fund of the House Museum.

Tour tickets can also be purchased on April 18 at the three private gardens (to be announced in later articles). There is free admission to the Flower Show and the Plant Sale. Tickets will cost $8 on the day of the event, but there will be no cost for children under twelve. Advance tickets for $7 will be available in Alvin throughout March and until April l7 at Helen’s Flowers, da Vinci Salon, Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce, and Alvin Historical Museum.

The price of each ticket is a tax-deductible donation to AMS, which currently operates two museums in Alvin with an all-volunteer staff.

For a nominal rental fee, there will be booth space available on House Museum grounds for vendors of garden and patio art, furniture, and equipment. Anyone interested in booth rental or other information may call Tour Chairman Pat Klopp at 281-393-1538.

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