There are so many ways to learn about nature and gardening in our area. Periodically during the the Sugar Land Garden Club takes a fieldtrip. It’s a great chance to enhance our knowledge and get to know club members better.
Important Note: Advance sign up is required for ALL field trips. Details for each trip will be announced closer to trip date.
Field trips are open to members only.
2013-2014 Field Trips Include:
Mercer was established through the hard work and dedication of Thelma and Charles Mercer. In 1949, they bought 14.5 acres of wild wooded land nearby to Cypress Creek. Over 24 years, they created this garden paradise for all the world to enjoy. Native trees and plants such as dogwoods, blackhaw viburnums, parsley hawthorns. Other trees and shrubs including camellias, gingkoes, orchid trees and azaleas were planted by the Mercers. Today, the Arboretum is a lovely place to visit with lots to see and learn. There are numerous programs including the Millennium Seed Bank, a global plant conservation effort and the Endangered Species Garden among many others. Close by, there is Old Town Spring with fun shopping and great restaurants.
Brazos Bend State Park – A Natural Wonder in Our Own Backyard
Featuring a guided hike around 40 acre lake where one will experience a wide diversity of ecosystems as well as plant and animal life. The area features hardwood forests, wetlands, aquatic and coastal prairie ecosystems, a variety of birds, many of them aquatic, plus the park’s most famous resident, the American alligator. The trail itself is broad and hard packed, maintained for easy walking. After the hike, we will visit the Nature Center which houses static displays as well as live animals.
Painted Churches Tour – Schulenburg
If you have not been to Europe our field trip will give you that chance and it is right in our own backyard. Experience the churches built by the German and Czech immigrants in the mid-1800’s. These beautiful painted churches represent our immigrants who came to Texas to succeed in a new country and still preserve the culture of their homelands through the murals and bright colors that can be seen in the churches.
Martha’s Bloomers and Tea Room – Navasota
Martha’s Bloomers and Tea Room are located on Texas 6 in Navasota. Martha’s opened in 2000 as a Home and Garden store and has since grown into a dining and all day shopping destination. The plants and nursery are fabulous with a pottery shed adjacent. The whole venue is beautifully laid out with old farm implements turned into interesting focal points. The retail store is chock full of lovely must haves! There is a Gourmet shop that is a must see with tea sets, gourmet cookbooks and cookware. Just a fun place to visit.
Industrial Country Market and Janis Vasut’s Farm
We travel out to Columbus and Hwy 71 to the Industrial Country Market. This is a collection of hydroponic gardening, water garden, solar power self-sufficient grid, local art and herbs and a large general store. The manager-owner will show us around his property and explain the workings of the solar grid. Afterwards, will visit the farm of David and Janis Vasut nearby to see their vegetable garden in unique raised beds and their working farm where we will have our lunch. There will be a hayride afterwards! Early registration for lunch.
Antique Rose Emporium and Blue Bell Creamery – Brenham
Has anyone ever told you they cannot grow roses? A trip to the Antique Rose Emporium will change their mind. We will tour the gardens and learn which rose is best for our yards and the care for each. It might be a warm day. How else to cool off, but to have a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream following our tour of this factory.
Meet: 7:00 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Arrive: 9:00 Rose Emporium – Independence
Depart: 10:45 for Votare’s Restaurant in Brenham
Depart: Votare’s – 12:30
We are to be at Blue Bell 30 minutes prior to tour. The tour begins at 1:10 p.m. They will not wait for us and we lose our spot! Blue Bell has a tour limit of 25 people. Because of that, there will be 2 sign-up sheets. Make sure to get your name on both to go on the Blue Bell tour.
Payment must be made at sign-up. Make checks to SLGC.
$16 for both lunch and Blue Bell tour, $12 for just lunch. You will also make your entrée choice at that time. Three pasta dishes will be offered and a salad.
After lunch you may choose the Blue Bell tour, to shop in Brenham, visit historical sites in Brenham and Independence or return to the Rose Emporium.
For more information about field trips:
- Members: look up the Fieldtrip Chair in your yearbook and contact that person
- For non-members wishing to join in order to participate in a field trip, contact: SugarLandGardenClub@gmail.com