Originally begun by the Steering Committee that restored and opened Alvin’s Marguerite Rogers House Museum, 113 E. Dumble Street, the Alvin Area Garden Tour has featured many area outdoor spaces in and around Alvin, from Santa Fe to Manvel, and near Pearland to the Liverpool area. The event has included a few public spaces like Alvin Community College’s Childress Drive and Camp Mohawk County Park, as well as a variety of private gardens – both large and small, rustic and contemporary.
Some of the larger outdoor spaces on tour have been the gardens of Daylily enthusiasts Harvey and Nell Shimek in west Alvin and those on the fourteen-acre Gates estate in Manvel.
Every year, a focal point of the tour is the early twentieth century Victorian cottage and grounds of the House Museum. Behind the cottage is an outbuilding with a two-seater privy and remnants of the socialist library that the cottage’s builder, John G. Slover, loaned books from.
The event always begins with a plant sale out of the Museum’s garage. Plant Sale chairmen Dick and Betty Graef bring in some blooming nursery plants, and AMS members donate a variety of potted and uprooted plants from their yards. The sale and an outdoor ticket table open at 9 a.m. Tours of the cottage and grounds and most other sites are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hood-Case Elementary School’s Nature Garden, part of AISD’s Outdoor Learning Center, will be included again this year. And there will be three private gardens to visit – one very close to the House Museum and two in the Liverpool area on the east and west sides of Highway 35.
Alvin Garden Club’s Annual Flower Show will also be part of this year’s event. It will open at 1:30 p.m. in the west wing of Alvin Senior Center after judging has concluded. The show’s 2017 theme is “Tropical Paradise.”
No ticket is required to visit the Plant Sale, the Flower Show, or the Nature Garden. There will be no charge for children under twelve to take the tour. Advance tickets ($7 each) and flyers with map are now available in Alvin during business hours at Helen’s Flowers, Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce, and da Vinci Salon; and during open hours at Alvin Historical Museum. On the day of the event, $8 tickets will be available at the House Museum garage’s ticket table and at the three private sites. All proceeds benefit the maintenance fund for the House Museum.
For a nominal fee, boothspace is available on the grounds of the Museum for venders of patio/garden art, furniture, etc. For more information, call Tour Chairman, Mrs. Pat Klopp, at 281-393-1538.