Rotary District 5890
Greater Houston Area

EVENT CANCELLED: "Gardening With The Governors"

Hermann Park (by the Houston Zoo)
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Buscemi's Cell - 713-598-7129
Houston, TX  77030
United States



PARKING UPDATE:  Entrance gates to the Houston Zoo will open at 8:30 AM instead of 8 AM as previously stated.  We will start our volunteer work at 9 AM instead of 8:45 AM.

BAD WEATHER:  Updates will be posted on our "Interact District 5890"  (Click here for a link)

CLICK HERE to watch a one-minute video about "Gardening with the District Governors!"

Come help Rotary District Governor Eric Liu, Rotaract District Governor Jenna Buscemi, and Interact District Governor Bianca Tan clean "Rotary Centennial Park" in Hermann Park!  This is a great Family of Rotary bring your family & friends, lawn chairs, gardening gloves, Frisbees, and picnic blankets.

This is a FREE event...and we'll provide lunch...but please RSVP by April 21st (Email Tommie Buscemi at Tommie5890@SuddenLink.Net or Text to 713-598-7129) so we can order enough food and beverages!

Click here for "Hermann Park Volunteer Waiver & Photo Release Form" (ALL volunteers, regardless of age, must complete & bring to event)

Click here for "Gardening with the Governors Event Info Sheet" and Click here for "What to Bring, Where to Park Cars & Buses, Where to Meet, Etc"

Click here for Map of Hermann Park (look on map for "Buddy Carruth Playground For All Children")

Do you know about the $100,000 Rotary Centennial Grove located in Herman Park near the Houston Zoo? To celebrate Rotary 100th anniversary in 2005, the "Rotary Centennial Grove" project was funded by District 5890 Rotary clubs to beautify the picnic area near the "Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children."  The $100,000 Rotary project funded the planting of new trees, installation of new picnic tables, lighting fixtures, and newly designed trash receptacles.

This District 5890 “Family of Rotary” event has the tradition of being a fun way to get to know your Family of Rotary…Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotarians, Rotary Youth Exchange Students, ROTEX members, Rotary Foundation Alumni, Rotary Foundation Global Grant/Ambassadorial Scholars, plus their families & friends from all over District 5890.  Under the direction of the Hermann Park Conservancy staff, we will perform light gardening tasks in and around the Rotary Centennial Grove.

One of Rotary's Partners is Youth Service America (YSA), and we have registered this event as a Global Youth Service Day event.

  • Please RVSP by April 21st to
  • Lunch and beverages will be provided, or you can bring your own
  • Wear your club t-shirt to show club spirit!
  • If you have work gloves, small garden tools, shovels/rakes, etc., bring them (mark with your name)
  • Get there EARLY since we park in the Houston Zoo parking lot.
  • Bring money if you plan to visit the Houston Zoo after our event.
  • Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket

Questions?  Contact Tommie Buscemi at (713) 598-7129 cellular, or email

Where's Rotary Centennial Grove located inside Hermann Park?  It's near the corner of Fannin Street and Cambridge Street (across from the Hermann Hospital Parking Garage).  Park in the Houston Zoo main parking lot (it fills up fast on the weekends, so arrive early).  As you walk towards the Zoo entrance, you'll see McGovern Lake on the right.  Take the walkway that is between McGovern Lake and the Houston Zoo.  Follow that walkway beside McGovern Lake towards the "Buddy Carruth Playground For All Children" which is near "Bob's Fishing Pier".  Look for the Rotary an Interact signs in the Lowe Pavilion on the left.  The Buscemi's cell number is (713)598-7129.