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Brandon Garden Club located in Brandon, Mississippi.
Organized by Mrs. Gilbreath Neil in 1952. Federated with the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc in 1953.
Member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Region, The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., and the Natchez Trace District
Club Flower: Rose
Active Membership: 51
Roses, Recipes and Reflections - Much more than a cookbook!
Any garden club cookbook would be incomplete without mentioning gardening. Each year in our cookbook we include a new section of gardening tips, anything from growing ROSES (our club flower), to lasagna gardening, to bulbs, trees, crepe myrtles, and much more. The Brandon Garden Club Cookbook contains wonderful RECIPES which have been tried, tested and used by the club each year.
But that is not all! It is full of wonderful REFLECTIONS. Each year a historical site or landmark is featured with a picture or drawing and a brief history. The book is filled with fun historical facts about Brandon and Rankin County entitled "Did you know?"
Get your book from any garden club member or email email@example.com
Tablescapes Luncheon and Fashion Show February 21, 2014
This is our annual fundraiser to showcase club members' floral skills and to raise funds to finance annual projects.
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB HONORS VETERANS AND SENIOR CITIZENS
The Brandon Garden Club (BGC) believes in giving back to the community. Each of us is privileged to live in the United States and club members recognize that we have access to so many wonderful things thanks to the military, policemen, firefighters, public servants and others who keep us safe—often at a sacrifice of their lives. BGC, affiliated with The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., and The National Garden Clubs, Inc., has for many years decorated the space the City of Brandon designates for the Veterans Day Breakfast. This project has grown from less than 20 arrangements made primarily with greenery from members’ yards to more than 60 table arrangements plus other decorations with an expenditure of more than $500.
BGC often partners with the City of Brandon to provide natural beauty through flowers, plants, and trees. For the 2013 Veterans Day Military Ball and Breakfast, BGC also partnered with the members of Chief Red Jacket Chapter, Mississippi State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Following the breakfast, members of the two organizations took centerpieces and small arrangements from the events to Peachtree Village, Brandon Court Nursing Home, Brandon Nursing and Rehabilitation, and several businesses. Each veteran received an individual red carnation as thanks for his/her service. Through its Garden Therapy Project, BGC provides hands-on programs with the residents and frequently takes floral arrangements from other events to these citizens. Susan Vigh, Garden Therapy Project Chairman, stated “We are always glad when the flowers and visits put some sunshine in the residents’ day.”
The Veterans Day 2013 project was emotional for all participating - BGC and DAR members, veterans both young and old, plus the friends and families who supported their commitment to serve our country. BGC President Charla Jordan said “We hope the community will continue to remember the commitment and sacrifices of the men and women who wear the uniform.”
KFC RECEIVES COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARD
KFC received the Commercial Landscape Award in November from Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., for their outstanding landscape at 1701 W. Government Street in Brandon. Pictured (l to r): Chelsea Copeland, KFC Assistant Manager; Ronald Nolen, KFC Manager; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Charla Jordan, BGC President; Martha Powell; Sharon Hoffman; Deena Moore; and Kathy Fletcher.
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB AT BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL
Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., is continuing its “Greenhouse Project” working with the Brandon High School classes of Mrs. Summer Lewis and Mrs. Constance Sherrod. In October the students had a great time daubing paint on clay pots that committee members had taped to make geometric patterns. After the pots dried, they planted them with an unusual succulent locally named "mules tongue." The students will learn to care for the plants in the classroom and eventually take them home before the holidays.
Pictured (l to r), front row: Amanda Clark, Daniel Tyson, Jedediah Fuller, and Bria Harris. Second row: Brittany Bagwell, Summer Runnel, Alex Johnson, and Freeman Washington. Back row: Summer Lewis, Carol Atkinson, Dorlisa Love, Josh McClinton, Lakeshia Kersh, Wanda Canterberry, Kaileen Thieling, Martha Powell, Karrington Bridges, Constance Sherrod, and BGC Greenhouse Project Chairman Charlene Duchie.
Brandon Garden Club - October Meeting
ZYLPHA CHAMPLIN HOSTS BRANDON GARDEN CLUB
Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., enjoyed meeting in October at the home of Zylpha Champlin. The guest speaker was Karen McKie, owner of Green Oak Nursery and one of the most influential people in the “green industry.” She presented a program on fall planting and holiday decor. Hostesses are pictured (l to r): Zylpha Champlin, Chairman Martha Powell, Karen Crowe, Betty Bridewell, Barbara Cook, and BGC President Charla Jordan.
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB ENJOYS PROGRAM BY KAREN MCKIE
In October Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., enjoyed a program on fall planting and holiday décor by Karen McKie, owner of Green Oak Nursery and one of the most influential people in the “green industry.”
BRANDON'S FALL DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS
Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., thanks businesses who participated in Brandon’s Fall Decorating Contest. The award winners were Forget Me Nots, Lazer Office and Gift Supply, and Hometown Veterinary Clinic. Charla Jordan, BGC President said, “The beautiful fall decorations enhance our city and show that it really is the best place to live. We appreciate all the businesses that participated.”
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB’S “PLANT IT PINK” PROJECT
Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., is continuing a National Garden Clubs, Inc. initiative to promote awareness of breast cancer issues by planting areas of pink flowers in our public landscapes to raise public consciousness. In October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BGC members weeded the “Plant It Pink” bed in front of the Rankin County Courthouse Annex on Highway 80 in Brandon. The bed is the result of collaboration by BGC, the City of Brandon, and the Rankin County Board of Supervisors, according to Carol Atkinson, project chairman and breast cancer survivor. BGC added pink Drift roses, pink Jolyene Nichole reblooming daylilies, pink periwinkle, and Dusty Miller to the bed’s original pink crepe myrtles, pink spirea, and boxwood.
Charla Jordan, BGC President and breast cancer survivor, stated that Susan G. Komen for the Cure incorporated pink into its awareness campaigns 20-plus years ago and partnered with the National Garden Clubs, Inc. in 2009 to launch a multi-faced initiative to end this disease. The American Cancer Society has also used “Plant It Pink” as an excellent tool to promote breast cancer awareness. BGC members include six breast cancer survivors who encourage residents to “Plant It Pink” and contribute generously to groups seeking a cure for cancer.