Monthly Speakers

The Sugar Land Garden Club strives to provide a diverse slate of speakers addressing many different aspects of horticulture and plant propagation.

Monthly meetings start with refreshments at 9:30am, the featured speaker at 10am, business meeting 11:am.  Free and open to the public.

St. Basil Hall
702 Burney Road
Sugar Land, TX


September 20, 2016

Naturalizing Bulbs for Year Round Color

Speaker – Linda Gay

Linda Gay, is the former Director of the Mercer Arboretum.  She will speak on the use of bulbs in the garden.

October 18, 2016

Cultivating Farm Centered Communities

Speaker – Scott Snodgrass

Scott Snodgrass is Co-owner of The Edible Group, a family of companies spanning all forms of the production and consumption of sustainable food.  Scott experience working in a garden center, in a restaurant, in landscaping, in certified organic farming and in education has led him to be passionate about local food systems.   He believes local food production on both residential and agricultural scales are critical to the health of our city.

November 15, 2016

Common Garden Diseases – How You Can Spot Them

Speaker – Deborah Birge

Deborah Birge is a member of the Sugar Land Garden Club.  She is a certified Master Gardener in Fort Bend County.  Deborah also has had additional master gardener training and holds three specialist master gardener certifications in Citiculture, Home Fruit and First Detector, and Plant Disease Diagnosis.  Deborah will be discussing various common garden diseases, their detection and treatment.

December 13, 2016

A Christmas Luncheon:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. @ St. Basil Hall

Members only. Please join the club and join our Christmas luncheon.  No charge for members .  

Social Chair – Roseanne Mayer.  Social Committee.

January 17, 2017

Gardem Design – Principles For Planning and Designing Your Garden

Speaker – Beth Clark, ASLA. PLA, LEED AP

Beth Clark co-founded Clark Condon, a landscape design firm in 1985.  Clark Condon has a long history of award-winning landscape design practices.  The firm designs a wide variety of projects including parks, gardens, institutional and corporate buildings and residential development.  Beth has extensive knowledge of plant materials with a special interest in native and perennial species.

February 21, 2017

Royalty in Your Garden – Hibiscus:  the Queen of the Tropicals

Speaker – Gloria Mikulenka

Gloria is an officer in the American Hibiscus Society and a member of the Space City Chapter of AHS in Pasadena as well as two chapters in Louisiana.  Gloria has a collection of over 500 varieties of hibiscus which she keeps in a greenhouse for protection.  She competes and shows her blooms in the Houston area and in Louisiana.

March 21, 2017

Insects – Embrace Them or Make Them Wider 

Speaker – Don Johnson. 

Don is a member of Sugar Land Garden Club.  He is a Fort Bend County Master Gardener and is a Master Gardener Entomology Specialist.  He is also a Coastal Prairie Master Naturalist.  He volunteers at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

April 18, 2017

The Challenges of Gardening in Houston

Speaker – Randy Lemmon

Randy Lemmon is a popular Houston garden celebrity and is host of the Garden Line radio program on News radio 740 KTRH.  Randy is the author of four books, and will have his newest book, Texas Tough Gardening, for sale at the program.

Annual Silent Auction – Cash and Checks Only; link to bidsheet – click here.



May 17, 2017

Spring Installation of Officers Lunch:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Riverbend Country Club
1214 Dulles Avenue
Sugar Land
Social Chair – Roseanne Mayer; Social Committee

June 20, 2017

Sugar Land Garden Club Plant Swap
at Sugar Land City Park,                                                                                              
7th St. between Wood and Eldridge
9:30 a.m for Refreshments;
10:00 a.m., plant swap starts

Our plant swap, open only to members and their guests, will be in the park’s covered pavilion. There is plenty of near-by parking, a playground, and shady trees. We will gather at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments. Afterwards, we will have a drawing for plants. The plant swap will start at 10:00 a.m. and will be casual, much like our plant swap at the end of our meetings.

Bring anything that is garden related: such as plants, cuttings, pots, tools, etc. We will also have a table for recycling magazines and catalogs. You do not need to bring anything to attend. Feel free to bring whatever you want and take whatever you like.

Plant Swap Committee: Latheefa Ashraf, Debe Fannin, Gay Keys, and Cookie Peeler

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