The purpose of the Frisco Garden Club will be to promote an interest in gardens, their design and management, to cooperate in the protection of wild birds, wildflowers and native plants and to encourage civic plantings.
Did you know that Frisco's former mayor, Bob Warren has ties with the origins of the Frisco Garden Club?
His mother, Mrs. Roy Warren was the very first of our club's Presidents, serving from 1932-1933.
Our Club's History
Although the Frisco Garden Club was federated in 1936, our club's roots began in 1932. When the economy of our country was mired in a devastating depression, the women of Frisco had the spirit and vision to form a garden club. Their hope was to make Frisco a better, and more beautiful, place to live.
On November 12, 1932, the Frisco Garden Club sponsored Frisco's first-ever flower show. It was a Chrysanthemum show with 63 entries. In 1937, the club sponsored its second "mum show" with 213 registered guests from ten different towns. With the club well-established, dues were raised from 25 cents to 50 cents in 1940. The club was limited to 30 members with a waiting list. During the days of WWII, emphasis was placed on "victory" gardens to support the war effort, and garden club members tended these gardens willingly.
In 1947, the Frisco Garden Club undertook the building of a war memorial - an urn made of polished red granite from Fredericksburg, Texas. In 1996, the club updated this War Memorial, adding a bronze plaque honoring Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm veterans. With the update, our club began hosting Memorial Day Services in coordination with the Frisco VFW Post. The War Memorial moved to a new home, the beautiful Frisco Commons Park, in May 2005. Memorial Day Services that year had an enormous crowd! The program was presented by the City of Frisco, the VFW Post and the Frisco Garden Club.
Backing up, in 1950 the club purchased the first street markers - a total of 29 for this small Texas town! The club's beautification project for the 50's decade was planting redbud trees and crepe myrtles throughout the city. Many of these trees are still standing today.
In 1971, our club began the "Yard of the Month" project which continued until 2006 when most housing areas had their own 'yard of the month' project.
Our club adopted Bicentennial Park where we built a picnic shelter in 1987. This shelter is still used today for family gatherings. We moved the Frisco Railroad caboose to the park in 1996. Our club has been a major contributor to the Frisco Public Library since its beginning in 1990, donating blinds, a display case, volunteer hours and many gardening books. The library used to be located across the street from Bicentennial Park, off of McKinney Road. Today, the library is located in the same building as City Hall, at 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, too, felt the despair of 9/11. The Frisco Garden Club wanted to acknowledge those lives changed forever by terrorist attacks. Freedom Meadow was founded in 2002, as a tranquil, living sanctuary honoring and remembering those who were hurt or killed by acts of terrorism. In September 8, 2005, the Frisco Garden Club proudly dedicated this memorial meadow.
Following National Garden Clubs, Inc. and Texas Garden Clubs, Inc., Arbor Day 2006 was special. We planted an Eve's Necklace tree in Bicentennial Park (a major project at the time). This tree was designated a 'Freedom Tree.'
Our 75th Anniversary Celebration took place in our 2006-2007 year. We continued our historical presence as we partnered with the Heritage Association to commemorate Bicentennial Park with the addition of the Homer E. Carter, Sr., vintage tractor, noting its historical significance with display plaques. The Visual Arts Guild and Frisco Garden Club joined together for a beautification project - the Main Street Gazebo. The Gazebo Project features a wall mural and a WaterWise garden full of beautiful (and hardy) Texas native plants.
During 2008-2009, we continued our Frisco beautification projects. The City honored long-time resident and club member Vivian Stark McCallum with a park named after her. To honor Vivian, our club planted some Texas natives and Knockout roses. We also planted a Live Oak in Frisco Commons Park for Arbor Day.
Between May 2009 and May 2010, President Linda Woods led the club in several new activities. A major event was held on September 11 in Freedom Meadow. Having completed our five-year commitment to the project, we turned responsibility for the site over to the City of Frisco. Irises were planted at Bicentennial Park, and daffodils were added to the Main Street Gazebo. Extensive planting was done at Vivian Stark McCallum Park. We also installed a Blue Star Memorial Marker near the entrance of Frisco Commons Park.
The Frisco Garden Club continues to be an active volunteer organization in our "growing" community. Long term sponsored events such as the Memorial Day Observance, Arbor Day, and 9/11 Solemn Seed Scattering are scheduled annually. This year, September 11, 2016 will mark a milestone 15 year remembrance of those lost to terror attack. The city-wide observance will be held at Freedom Meadow at 6pm. This event is open to the public.
The Wildflower Luncheon has been our club's only annual fundraising event each year since 2002. Two Scholarships are awarded from proceeds of our Wildflower Luncheon; one in honor of Past Presidents, the other in honor of the Robert Weir Foundation. These scholarships help FISD students who are interested in completing a degree in Horticultural or Environmental Sciences. Our club is so fortunate to have one of our scholarship's recipients as a current active member!
Held every fourth Thursday of April, the Wildflower Luncheon raises funds for all of the Frisco Garden Club's many extensive projects. The event showcases members' very own chinaware and imagination. The creatively themed tables are a spectacular feast for the eyes. Friends of the Frisco Garden Club enjoy the event and show their generous support by participating in the silent auction and raffles. Check out this year's winning tablescape designers on our Wildflower Luncheon page.
The FGC fundraising efforts go to funding our many civic projects: Our third "Rootin' Tootin' Boot Scootin' Buffalo Stomp has become our major youth education project. Held each year in conjunction with Arbor Day, citizens are invited to stomp the bluebonnet and wildflower seed into the Blackland Prairie grasses of Freedom Meadow. The fruits of these labors paid off in April of 2016 with a blanket of bluebonnets worthy of many a family photo opportunity stop!
Check out the Projects Pages for all of the Frisco Garden Club's current civic projects. All of our many endeavors are open to, and currently enjoyed by, the public. Go see them for yourself and let us know if we are fulfilling our purpose: to promote an interest in gardens, their design and management, to cooperate in the protection of wild birds, wildflowers and native plants, and to encourage civic plantings.
Our club accepts all colors of thumbs! Whether you are a green thumb or like to "field study" (our more affectionate term for killing lots of plants), we want gardeners and wanna-bees to join our club. Our monthly business meetings feature expert speakers who teach all of us a thing or two about gardening in the challenging North Texas clay. Contact us to become a part of this eco-friendly orgnization.
Additions made by Past President, Amy Deatherage
to archived materials from Club Historian, Roxanne Goodman