When our family friend Mrs Ruby Roa invited me to dine with her and her friends at the Makati Garden Club, I couldn’t resist. I had heard about this little pocket of paradise from friends. It is a membership club that caters to (mostly) women who love plants, gardening, and greenery. I had to see it for myself. So glad I did.
The Makati Garden Club sits in a little patch of green right at the corner of EDSA and Ayala Avenue. You can see the MRT (or is that a bus) on the upper left corner of the photo.
The restaurant is called Maria Luisa’s Garden Room. Named after Maria Luisa Perez-Rubio, the founder of Makati Garden Club.
Around 1955, Maria Luisa persuaded her good friend Enrique Zobel, to “donate a bit of earth” for the Makati Garden Club. She led this informal organisation of women who strongly believed in preserving the environment, conserving open spaces and encouraging the community to do the same. Source.
For over 40 years, the club cafe remained a small discreet place where a few women members would meet. Now there are over 1000 members.
The Garden Room went through a makeover and is now under the management of Sandra Fernandez.
The restaurant feels very homey, like a little cottage with mismatched furniture.
They’ve extended the garden room to accommodate more tables.
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