Violet Crown Garden Club  
Grow Green with New Knowledge
Organized April 1, 1924 • Federated 1928

The Violet Crown Garden Club was organized in 1924 by Clara Driscoll Sevier. It is one of the oldest garden clubs in Texas, and enjoys membership in the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. We welcome you to our website and encourage you to join us.

Meetings & Events

Our monthly meetings begin at 9:30 am with refreshments and fellowship followed by a short business meeting and program beginning at 10 am. Our meetings and events take place in the large conference room at the Austin Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd. (unless otherwise described below.) The ZBG website also lists the admission fees. Meetings and Flower Show are free with paid admission to ZBG.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
"What Do the Judges Want"

Presented by-- Capital City Judges Council; Angie Smith; Pat Freeman; Harriet Houston; Dolores Rumpf; and Jo Marie Colonetta.
These ladies are well known and respected judges.

OCTOBER 15 - 16, 2016
Violet Crown Annual Flower Show Presents

Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 1-4pm
Open to the public, flower show is free with paid admission to
Zilker Botanical Garden
View details of Flower Show

OCTOBER 27, 2016
"Recycling--A Necessary Way of Life"
Presented by Marlene Gillman
Marlene Gillman is a Bell County Master Gardener; member of the Killeen and Georgetown Garden Clubs. As a former club president she tries to develop new programs each year to offer to clubs. She is an energetic and charismatic presenter.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016
"National Parks of Texas--Celebrating it's one hundredth Anniversary"

Presented by Russell Whitlock--Superintendent, LBJ National Historical Park.

DECEMBER 15, 2016
"Holiday Designs for the House"

Presented by Jean Stewart--a Master Judge; member of the Giddings Garden Club and the Capital City Judges Council.

JANUARY 26, 2017
"Simple Steps to Design Success"

Presented by Suzanne Milstead--a Master Flower Show Judge, Master Gardener, member of A&M Garden Club; Capital City Judges Council and now District V Director of Texas Garden Club.

FEBRUARY 23, 2017
"Let's Make More Violets"

Presented by Sue Shoopman King--a lifetime gardener, retired librarian, certified Master Gardener and member of Violet Crown Garden Club

MARCH 16, 2017
"A Creative Design"

Presented by Noel Wells--a student judge; member of the Killeen and Georgetown Garden Clubs; member of the Capital City Judges Council. Noel is a very talented designer.


AustinMARCH 25 & 26, 2017
During Zilker Festival we host our Annual Flower Show
Violet Crown Garden Club Presents
“ONLY IN AUSTIN” A Standard Flower Show

View details in printable PDF here.
Free admission to this show with paid gate admission to Zilker Garden Festival


APRIL 27, 2017
Short Business meeting at Zilker Gardens
Pilgrimage to Millers Tropical Nursery in Drippings Springs.

MAY 25, 2017
"So What is a Pot de Fleur"

Presented by Velia Sanchez-Ruiz--Master Gardener; member of Violet Crown Garden Club.



Our members include men and women of all ages who love to make things grow, arrange flowers, and learn about nature. Membership dues are $25 annually. As Violet Crown Garden Club members, we learn to enhance our homes and surroundings and to fulfill our mission statement through:

Monthly meetings to study floral design, get horticulture updates, hear expert speakers on a variety of topics, and hold plant swaps & sales

Periodic fieldtrips to points of interest, workshops in design & horticulture, and flower shows (including Zilker Garden Festival)

Providing a scholarship to a deserving freshman/sophomore college student who plans to study horticulture, floriculture, or other related areas.

Officers for 2015-17

President - Velia Sanchez-Ruiz
VP, Programs - Barbara Whitlock
Secretary - Linda Sedden
Treasurer - Gail Allan
Parliamentarian - Dolores Rumpf


photo gallery

Click here to view photos from our flower shows.

HistoryClara Driscoll

In the early spring of 1924, Mrs. Clara Driscoll Sevier called a meeting at her home, Laguna Gloria, for those interested in community beautification. The poet O'Henry called Austin "The City of the Violet Crown". So the name Violet Crown Garden Club was adopted. The club met for 26 years in the Crystal Ballroom at the Driskill Hotel, then at various other locations. They helped to build the garden center at Zilker Botanical Garden and have been meeting there since their 40th anniversary in 1964.

Mission statement

Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. promotes the love of gardening, floral design, horticulture, civic responsibilities, landscaping, environmental concerns, and garden therapy for men, women, and children and encourages participation and support in educational programs for both the very young and advanced students. It is the purpose of this organization to preserve, protect and conserve the natural resources of this country and to maintain and enhance the beauty of our lands.

Related Links

National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC)
Texas Garden Clubs, Inc.
Zilker Botanical Garden


For more information, call 512-345-3164.

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