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Tacoma is the largest city in Pierce County, Washington State. Members of the Tacoma Garden Club live throughout the county: from Spanaway in the foothills of Mount Rainier, to Lakewood on the glacial prairies, to Gig Harbor on Puget Sound. Our community is renowned for its natural beauty, and as a center for art, education, and commerce.


Although Tacoma is situated at a northern latitude, the climate is moderated by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean as it flows into Puget Sound. Gardens flourish in abundant rain, adequate sunshine and mild temperatures (USDA climate zone 8).  The region produces some of the finest rhododendrons, Japanese maples, and rock garden plants. The growing season runs between 200 and 250 days.

The lowlands around Puget Sound and along the coast were once covered with forest, thus native woodland plants like trilliums, Youth-On-Age, and a host of ferns thrive, as do forest-edge trees like vine maples and dogwoods.


Tacoma Garden Club was organized March 24, 1925, entered The Garden Club of America in April, 1928, and established Non-Profit Status September 25, 1990.

Tacoma Garden Club envisions an effective, sustainable organization recognized for its passion for gardening and stewardship of the environment.

Tacoma Garden Club promotes gardening in our community through education and action in the areas of horticulture, conservation, sustainability, floral arts, and civic improvement.

TACOMA GARDEN CLUB HISTORY- first 75 years-1925-2000

Tacoma Garden Club is the proud winner of The 2010 Garden Club of America Public Relations Award for creating the 1st Garden Club of America website and using it to improve and protect the environment through education about native plants, conservation, and civic improvement.


Each year the Tacoma Garden Club selects community organizations to receive small grants. For more information and to download the application go to Community Grants.


Tacoma Garden Club (TGC) works both independently and in conjunction with community organizations to provide a variety of educational opportunities for citizens of all ages.

UPCOMING EVENTS (for more information contact TGC Program Coordinator):
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 10:45 am — Conservation Program "Save our Sound, Efforts to Save and Protect Our Puget Sound by Rep. Derek Kilmer, Mindy Roberts & Darcy Nonemacher Exhibit by Citizens for a Healthy Bay Location: Point Defiance Pagoda.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 10:45 am — Photography Exhibition for "It Takes 2" Flower Show and program "Photo Pointers, How to Take a Better Photo" by Tod Hamachek" Location: STAR Center 3873 S 66th Street.
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:45 am — Floral Design Exhibition for "It Takes 2" Flower Show and program "Slow Flowers" by Debra Prinzing Location: STAR Center 3873 S 66th Street.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:45 am — Horticulture Exhibition for "It Takes 2" Flower Show and program "Gardening with Ferns" by Richie Steffen Location: STAR Center 3873 S 66th Street.
    • Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 10 am "Garfield Gulch Restauration--Pagoda" by Robert Girvin, location: Point Defiance Pagoda.
    • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10 am "Wonderful Plants with Winter Interest" by Susan Egan, location: STAR Center.
    • Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 10 am "Super Soils & Small Space Gardening with Edibles" by Cyndi Stuart, location: Point Defiance Pagoda.
    • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10am "Meet the Pollinators" with Cheryl Frimbel. Location: Metroparks Headquarters.
    • Wednesday, September 17, 10am "Eating on the Wild Side" with Jo Robinson. Location: STAR Center.
    • Wednesday, May 17, 2013, 10 am "Iris: More than Just a Bloom" by Chad Harris from a Mt Pleasant Iris Farm at Point Defiance Pagoda.
    • April,18-21, 2013TGC participated in the second "Flora & Fine Arts" at the Tacoma Art Museum: Floral interpretation of Drawing Line into Forms: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the BNY Mellon.
    • Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 10 am "How fearless came to be and what it has to offer" by Sarah Mauritz at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
    • Friday, September 14, 2012 Simply Flora: 1-4 pm, 2 pm Lecture & Demonstration
      "Flowers for the Altar" by Sybil Hunter at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Narrows, 6730 North 17th Street, Tacoma, WA 98406, free admission & complementary tea. Simply Flora is a Garden Club of America Flower Show: An exhibit of judged floral arrangements, horticultural displays, and photos.
    • Wednesday, March 21, 2012. "What to Prune When...So you Don't Have to Prune so Often" by Christina Pfeiffer , Horticulturist Consultant, Garden Writer & Instructor
    • Wednesday, November 16, 2011. "The Floral Artistry of Tomasi Bosewala". Mr. Bosewala, a native of Fiji, founded Tiare Floral Design in 2007, and his floral art captures the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the South Pacific islands.
    • September 2011, "Behind the Scene at the NW Flower & Garden Show" a lecture by Sue Goetz owner of Creative Gardener, garden designer, writer and lecturer.
    • June 2011, TGC participated in “Flora and Fine Arts” at the Tacoma Art Museum: Floral arrangements inspired by works of art from the Museum collection.
    • March 2011, a lecture by Bill Noble, Preservation Projects Director at The Garden Conservancy.
    • November 2010, a lecture by Marianne Binetti Author and Columnist.
    • November 2009 “Saving our Gardens, Honoring our Past” with Carolyn Bennett, GCA Zone XII Rep to Garden History & Design
    • May 2009 “Growing Inspiration” a Garden Club of America Flower Show held at Lakewold Gardens to help Lakewold celebrate its 20th Anniversary
    • January 2009 Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter, East Sussex, England: A public lecture sponsored by TGC
    • October 2007 “Winter Color in the Garden”, a lecture by author Barbara Blossom Ashum from Portland, Oregon
    • May 2007 “Jardins à la Carte in the Channel Islands, Loire Valley & Normandy” a ladies only tour of gardens organized by TGC members Pamela Andrew and Delphine Briand
    • March 2007 “All Season Garden Containers”, a lecture by Kathryn Bamford, TGC member and owner of Bamford and Bamford Pottery in Tacoma, Washington
    • October 2006 “Pruning to Rejuvenate an Older Garden”, a lecture by author and founder of PlantAmnesty Cass Turnbull
    • June 2006 “Containers by Design”, a public fundraiser, held at Lakewold Gardens
    • April 2006 “Garden Deceits & Fantasies”, a Garden Club of America Flower Show held at the Tacoma Art Museum
    • 2005-2008 The Point Defiance Flower & Garden Show, co-founded by TGC and Metro Parks Tacoma. This annual event showcased grand display exhibits, demonstration lectures, a children’s pavilion, and plant vendors


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