Ocean Drive Garden Club Celebrates 70 Years

In honor of the group's anniversary, the tablescape competition represented different cultures, community events and life in the Coastal Bend.

Mrs. J.A. Graves, Mrs. T.S. Seibienski and Mrs. J. Kelly win fourth place in the table setting contest at the Corpus Christi Fedway store in 1953.

Ocean Drive Garden Club is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Since 1952, the Ocean Drive Garden Club has hosted its share of floral design and horticulture shows. The educational group meets during the school year and designs a show every two years to give back to the community.

In 2019, Martha Kiel and Claire Boren became co-chairs for the Floral and Horticulture Show for 2020. After two years the show was rescheduled and took place this week at the Art Center of Corpus Christi.

Typically, shows would feature floral designs drawn by each member, but this year’s show was a different take on the event and featured floral and table setting elements.

“We decided to take a different turn and do a tablescape show. The show is called “Dining from Brush to Bay,” said Boren. “Each of our members drew for their table [and decorated based on the theme they recieved]. Each table represented different cultures, community events and life in the Coastal Bend. There was a Cinco de Mayo table, Buccaneer Days, traditional holidays, beach picnic, and a sailing celebration.”

“We [were] very excited to do this show; it is the first time our club has done something like this. It [was] colorful and fun and took place at such a lovely venue. We are thankful to the Art Center for hosting us,” Boren said.

Three local judges, Jo Anne Howell of Oh Goodie Designs + Events, Iuliia Wells-Prokhorova of Wild Veggie Bouquet and Ray Briones of Ray Briones Flowers awarded ribbons to members with the best designs at the end of the show.

The winning tables included themes showcasing the Asain Cultures Museum, styled by Carol Thaxton, the Texas Surf Museum, styled by Martha Kiel and Suzanne Lewis, “Sailing Celebration,” styled by Genny Hatton, and the USS Lexington, styled by Becky Keenan and Michelle Locke.