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Violet Crown Garden Club has supported Austin for 98 years and counting

Since 1924, the Violet Crown Garden Club has been supporting the Austin area through fundraising for various nonprofit organizations, scholarships, and support of several garden clubs, all happening at the district and state levels with the goal of the organization being community beautification.

The Violet Crown Garden Club has a long history of contributing to garden-related causes in and around Austin with a mission to educate the public on the benefits of maintaining a garden. The organization plays a key role at Zilker Gardens, contributing to landscaping at the French Legation, the Elisabet Ney MuseumLonghorn Caverns, and Veterans Memorial at 11th Street and Colorado Street, to name a few. Beyond landscape contributions, Violet Crown Garden Club also donates plants and seeds to community members, holds educational flower shows such as their pre-pandemic twice-yearly flower shows at Zilker Garden, sponsors junior garden clubs, and much more.

This historical Austin club once boasted over 800 members in 1930 but now supports 30 members who are thriving to support their mission despite the challenges of the current Covid-19 pandemic. The club was one of the founding members of Austin Area Garden Clubs, which worked to fund and build the Zilker Garden Center. The Violet Garden Club holds monthly educational events covering such topics as Wildflowers in an Urban Setting, Growing Small Succulent Treasures in Containers, Ups and Downs of Native Plants, and much more.

The mission of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. is to promote a love of gardening, floral design, horticulture, civic responsibilities, landscaping, environmental concerns, and garden therapy for men, women, and children while encouraging participation and support in educational programs for both the young and advanced students. They support this mission through a variety of philanthropic activities such as membership dues, Zilker dedication bricks, memorial bench donations, and scholarship fundraising among other activities.

RecognizeGood presented this incredible group with a plaque, a $500 donation, and complimentary seats to the 2023 Ethics in Business Awards luncheon. The presentation was held at the Austin Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden.

The RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award is intended to illuminate the selfless community efforts and philanthropy of area service clubs to tell their stories and inspire others to make our community a better place. The program began in 2015 and has recognized more than 20 area service groups since its launch.

For more on the GOOD Violet Crown Garden Club is doing and how you can get involved, check out their website!

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