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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 bobbyestrick@bellsouth.net

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.


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July 2, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB JUDGES CHILDREN'S PARADE AT THE JULY 4TH CELEBRATION AT SHILOH PARK

The Brandon Garden Club (BGC)  judged the Children’s Parade at the July 4th Celebration at Shiloh Park on July 2.  Black Rose Theater organized it and BGC judged it.

Happy 4th of July!

 

June 29, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB PLANTS MEMORIAL TREE

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., planted a tree and placed a plaque in Old Brandon Cemetery honoring the life, work, and service of Major Patrick Henry.  Major Henry served as mayor of Brandon from 1916 until his death in 1930 at the age of 87.  The memorial service was conducted by Karen Crowe, BGC Memorial Tree Chairman.

 Major Patrick Henry was born in 1843 near Cynthia, Mississippi, and moved to Brandon in 1858.  He served as a Confederate officer during the War Between the States, with the rank of major at the war’s end.  After the war, he studied law and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Hinds and Rankin Counties until 1873, when he was admitted to the bar and began to practice law in Brandon.  He was a state representative, state senator, delegate to the Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890, assistant U. S. District attorney, and U. S. congressman for two terms.  When St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brandon was rebuilt in 1923, the church installed a stained glass window dedicated to Major Patrick Henry in recognition of his service as a lay leader, Confederate officer, and long-time mayor of Brandon.

 Pictured at the dedication, front:  Charla Jordan, BGC President, and Karen Crowe, BGC Memorial Tree Chairman.  Standing (l to r):  Lynn Mahoney, Carol Atkinson, Wayne Atkinson, Joan Alliston, Rosemary Morrow, Lynda Farmer, Marion McKee, and Jane Huddleston.

 

June 15, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN DEDICATES

PLANTSCAPING DONATION TO CITY

In celebration of National Garden Week, Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., marked their donation of interior plantscaping at Brandon Municipal Complex on June 3 with a formal dedication and recognition of BGC supporters that made the project possible. The plantscaping includes a five-foot square planter containing a fiddle leaf fig tree, bromeliads, and Algerian ivy in the outer lobby and two smaller planters with ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plants in the inner lobby.  Pictured at the dedication (l to r), seated:  Suzanne Ross, BGC President Charla Jordan, and Delena Hamel.  Standing (l to r):  Green Oak Garden Center Interiors Manager Ashley Vaughan, Kathy Fletcher, Zylpha Champlin, Sandy Parish, Deena Moore, Jane Huddleston, Joan Alliston, Carol Gallagher, Dixie Vance, Kay Davis, and Jamie Magee.

 

June 13, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB SPONSORS

SMOKEY BEAR POSTER CONTEST

Second grade students in the Venture class at Stonebridge Elementary School participated in the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest sponsored by the Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., to increase students’ awareness of fire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches. Woodsy Owl encourages children to join him by taking an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste; planting and caring for trees; using resources wisely (such as not wasting water or electricity); not littering; and generally caring for the planet. 

Carter Traywick, second grade Venture student at Stonebridge Elementary School, was the First Place winner at the local and state levels of the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest sponsored by the Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc.

Photo 1: Pictured (l to r):  BGC Chairman Joan Alliston, Carter Traywick, and Venture teacher Janet Paczak.

Photo 2: First row (l to r):  Carter Traywick, 1st place; Bennett Ciaravine, 2nd place; and Connor Cone, 3rd place.  Second row (l to r), honorable mention: Hayden Smith, Valerie Harrell, Leslie Reeves, Carsen Flowers, Camden Flowers, Saydra Snider, and Cole Gordon.  Third row (l to r):  Venture teacher Janet Paczak and BGC Chairman Joan Alliston.

 

June 5, 2014

VENTURE CAR WASH RECEIVES COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARD

Venture Car Wash received the Commercial Landscape Award in June from Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., for their outstanding landscape at 111 Stribling Lane in Brandon.  Pictured (l to r):  Deena Moore; Ben Bates, Manager; Charla Jordan, BGC President; and Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman.

 

June 1, 2014

GARDEN WEEK DISPLAY ON BEES AT BRANDON LIBRARY

In celebration of National Garden Week, June 1-7, Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., created an exhibit highlighting “Bees in Mississippi” at Brandon Public Library. The preservation of bees is an initiative of National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The exhibit also ties in with the library’s K-6 focus on science in June.  National Garden Week celebrates the important contributions that gardeners make to the beauty and environmental health of our communities and our nation.  Pictured (l to r):  BGC President Charla Jordan, BGC Garden Week Chairman Mary-Ellen Hester, Martha Powell, Marion McKee, Branch Manager Linda Wolfe, and Pat Dampier.

 

June 1, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB DONATES GARDENING BOOKS

In celebration of National Garden Week, June 1-7, Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., donated gardening books 101 Kid-Friendly Plants by Cindy Krezel, The Plant Recipe Book about creating living plant arrangements by Baylor Chapman, and two seasonal design books, Summer Arrangements from the Southern Garden and Fall & Winter Arrangements from the Southern Garden, by Mississippi State University Professor Emeritus Ralph Null to Brandon Public Library.  Look for BGC’s National Garden Week exhibit on “Bees in Mississippi” at the library through June.  Pictured (l to r):  Charla Jordan, BGC President; Mary-Ellen Hester, BGC Garden Week Chairman; Linda Wolfe, Branch Manager; and Rebecca Beattie, Reference Supervisor.

 

May 26, 2014

CELEBRATING NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM), was pleased to receive a proclamation from Brandon Mayor Butch Lee declaring June 1-7, 2014 as National Garden Week.  National Garden Week celebrates the important contributions that gardeners make to the beauty and environmental health of our communities and our nation.  Look for BGC’s National Garden Week display at the Brandon Public Library.  Pictured with Mayor Lee (l to r):  BGC Garden Week Chairman Mary-Ellen Hester, GCM State President Mary Lynn Powers, Sharon Hoffman, Martha Powell, Pat Dampier, BGC President Charla Jordan, and Marion McKee.

 

May 25, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB RECEIVES TOP AWARDS

   In April and May Brandon Garden Club (BGC) was recognized by The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM), the Deep South Region, and National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), for outstanding achievements.   The Award of Merit from NGC was the result of BGC’s roadside beautification “Plant It Pink” project and included a cash award.  NGC also awarded certificates of commendation to BGC for their press book, which received first place in the six-state Deep South Region, and for their garden therapy project with special needs students at Brandon High School,

   At GCM’s annual state convention, BGC received eight first-place state awards for civic achievement, beautification, publicity press book, membership increase, sponsoring the new Richland Garden Club, National Garden Week activities, club yearbook, and Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest, Second Grade.  BGC also received three first-place awards from the Deep South Region for environmental education, roadside beautification, and publicity press book.

The roadside beautification “Plant It Pink” bed is on U. S. Highway 80 in front of the Rankin County Courthouse Annex in downtown Brandon.   The City of Brandon and Rankin County Board of Supervisors collaborated with BGC to refurbish an existing bed that now has pink drift roses, pink crape myrtles, pink spirea, and pink daylilies.

   Brandon Garden Club (BGC) was established in 1952 and continues to be a driving force in the community.   For information, visithttp://thebrandongardenclub.com.

Photo 1 (group):

Brandon Garden Club (BGC) members attending the annual convention of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM) are pictured, seated (l to r):  BGC President Charla Jordan, Past GCM State President Janet McLaurin, Lynn Mahoney, Zylpha Champlin, and Kathy Fletcher.  Standing (l to r):  GCM Natchez Trace District Director Suzanne Ross, Carol Atkinson, Dixie Vance, Marie Lodes, Sharon Hoffman, Karen Crowe, and Martha Powell.

Photo 2 (award presentation):

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM) was awarded a first-place Award of Merit for their “Plant It Pink” roadside beautification project in downtown Brandon.  The award was presented by GCM President Mary Lynn Powers to BGC President Charla Jordan at the Natchez Trace District Workshops hosted by BGC in May.

 

May 25, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB HOSTS

NATCHEZ TRACE DISTRICT WORKSHOPS

Twenty-two members of Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM) hosted the spring workshops for the Natchez Trace District, which is composed of 18 garden clubs in nine counties. The Natchez Trace District includes the two largest garden clubs in the state. The spring workshops provide information on state, regional, and national garden club initiatives and give guidance to new garden club presidents.  Natchez Trace District Director Suzanne Ross conducted a workshop on writing award applications, and Karen McKie, co-owner of Green Oak Nursery, presented a workshop on hardy summer plants for the garden. 

Photo 1: Pictured presenting a gift to Karen McKie (l to r):  BGC President Charla Jordan, Karen McKie, and Event Chairman Carol Atkinson.

 

May 14, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB INSTALLS OFFICERS

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., installed officers for 2014-2015 at their annual luncheon meeting held at the Fairview Inn.  Pictured (l to r), seated:  Suzanne Ross, Co-Second Vice President; Lynn Mahoney, Co-Second Vice President; Charla Jordan, President; Mary-Ellen Hester, Co-First Vice President, and Delena Hamel, Co-First Vice President.  Standing:  Carol Atkinson, Parliamentarian; Deena Moore, Treasurer; Carol Gallagher, Recording Secretary; Zylpha Champlin, Corresponding Secretary; Dixie Vance, Ex-Officio; and Jamie Magee, Historian.

 

May 14, 2014

JAMIE MAGEE HONORED BY BRANDON GARDEN CLUB

At the annual luncheon meeting of Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., Jamie Magee was awarded a State Life Membership in The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., in recognition of her invaluable service to BGC as historian and webmaster.  The award was presented by BGC President Charla Jordan, who especially thanked Jamie for creating and maintaining BGC’s web site and social media page.  Pictured (l to r):  Jamie Magee and Charla Jordan.

 

May 14, 2014

ANNUAL LUNCHEON AT SOPHIA'S RESTAURANT

FAIRVIEW INN JACKSON, MS

 

April 21, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB AT RANKIN COUNTY CHANCERY COURT BUILDING

One of the many projects of Brandon Garden Club (BGC) is to work with the City of Brandon on beautification projects, so BGC was glad when Chancery Clerk Larry Swales and Brandon Mayor Butch Lee asked them for horticultural advice concerning the plants in two large containers permanently attached to the sidewalk in front of the Rankin County Chancery Court Building.  The building is visited by at least 1,000 people each month.  The highly visible planters are in an unusual juxtaposition of city and county ownership, since downtown Brandon is primarily situated on 16th section land and county offices populate Government Street. 

BGC Civic Development Committee Co-Chairman Suzanne Ross said that the plants were probably casualties of last year’s abrupt changes in the weather, including drought, which left many hardy plants in distress.  The crape myrtles in the containers were exhibiting signs of serious stress, and the ground cover was completely dead.  The committee recommended replacing the planters’ existing soil with a nutrient-rich, well-draining one; replacing the existing crape myrtles with a variety better suited for planters; and adding heat and drought resistant annuals and perennials.

Thanks to an inquiry from Mr. Swales and input and assistance from Mayor Lee, replanting the containers became a partnership among the City of Brandon, Rankin County, and the Brandon Garden Club, an affiliate of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc.  The planting was completed in April with the assistance of City of Brandon employees.  For information, visit http://thebrandongardenclub.com.

Pictured (l to r):  Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, BGC President Charla Jordan, Lynn Mahoney, Jane Huddleston, Marion McKee, Sharon Hoffman, Barbara Cook, Joan Alliston, and Kay Davis.  (Not pictured:  Suzanne Ross, Delena Hamel, and Zylpha Champlin.)

 

April 20, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB APRIL MEETING

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., enjoyed their April “plant swap” meeting at the home of Marie Lodes.  This event gives members a chance to share their prized plants or family favorites with others.  Mary-Ellen Hester, a Master Gardener and BGC Co-First Vice President, provided horticulture advice for each plant.

Photo 1: Hostesses are pictured (l to r):  BGC President Charla Jordan, Hostess Chairman Sharon Hoffman, Marie Lodes, Jamie Magee, Karein Robinson, and Mary-Ellen Hester.

Photo 2: Pictured (l to r):  Mary-Ellen Hester, Karein Robinson, Lynn Williams, Carol Gallagher, Barbara Cook, and Kay Davis.

 

April 19, 2014

COBO’SRECEIVES COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARD

CoBo’s received the Commercial Landscape Award in April from Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., for their outstanding landscape at 137 West Government Street in downtown Brandon.  Pictured (l to r):  Bob, Courtney, and Fallon Frisby; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Deena Moore; and Charla Jordan, BGC President.

 

April 1, 2014

TABLESCAPES LUNCHEON

Every year the members of The Brandon Garden Club (BGC) take on the roles of staff for their annual Tablescapes Luncheon, a party many months and steps in the making. Monies raised are used to maintain the downtown planters, for historic preservation and beautification projects with the City of Brandon, to recognize businesses with outstanding commercial landscaping, to work with residents of community living facilities and with special needs classes at Brandon High School, and to provide a scholarship at Hinds Community College.

 

March 28, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB MARCH MEETING

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., enjoyed meeting in March at “Heard’s Habitat,” the home and gardens of Pete and Myrna Heard. Mr. Heard is a former State Conservationist for Mississippi and has over 40 years’ experience as a wildlife biologist and conservation administrator. Each year during azalea season the couple opens the property to church groups and clubs. “Heard’s Habitat,” with a nature trail, woodlands’ gardens planted with masses of azaleas, and a rock waterfall, is the result of 20 years of work by the Heards. Their pride in the property and horticultural expertise were evident as they led members on a walking tour and answered questions.

Hostesses for the meeting are pictured (l to r): Hostess Chairman Kay Davis, Wendy Naron, Pat Dampier, Carol Gallagher, and Myrna Heard. (Not pictured: Joan Alliston.)

Hostesses for the meeting are pictured (l to r): Hostess Chairman Kay Davis, Wendy Naron, Pat Dampier, Carol Gallagher, and Myrna Heard. (Not pictured: Joan Alliston.)

Pete Heard, retired Mississippi State Conservationist, gave advice on creating a nature trail and preserving woodlands to members of the Brandon Garden Club (BGC) during at the March meeting. BGC, affiliated with The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., works with the City of Brandon to improve the community’s public landscape and maintain its status as a Tree City. Mr. Heard advised the club on types of trees and shrubs that work well in public spaces and in different soils with a wide range of water and sunlight needs.

Pictured (l to r): BGC Co-Second Vice President Suzanne Ross, Pete Heard, Myrna Heard, and BGC Co-First Vice President Delena Hamel.

Pictured (l to r): BGC Co-Second Vice President Suzanne Ross, Pete Heard, Myrna Heard, and BGC Co-First Vice President Delena Hamel.

 

March 28, 2014

ST. DOMINIC’S FAMILY MEDICINE RECEIVES COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARD

St. Dominic’s Family Medicine received the Commercial Landscape Award in March from Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., for the outstanding landscape at their newly opened location at 1297 West Government Street in Brandon.

Pictured (l to r): Shelley Stuart, Kaylan Lowry, Debbie Jenkins, Kristin Ford, Kristen Stevens, Justin Reedy, Dr. Marc Hellrung; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Kathy Fletcher; Deena Moore; and Charla Jordan, BGC President.

Pictured (l to r): Shelley Stuart, Kaylan Lowry, Debbie Jenkins, Kristin Ford, Kristen Stevens, Justin Reedy, Dr. Marc Hellrung; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Kathy Fletcher; Deena Moore; and Charla Jordan, BGC President.

 

March 3, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB PROVIDES STATE LEADERSHIP


Several Brandon Garden Club members who are on The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM) State Board attended the February GCM Board meeting held in Ridgeland in February. Special guests at the meeting were Deep South Region officers Gloria Blake, Regional Director, and Cinny O'Donnell, Alternate Regional Director. 

Eight Brandon Garden Club (BGC) members serve in state leadership positions for The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM). Janet McLaurin, a founding member of BGC and past GCM President, is on the GCM Advisory Council and the State Headquarters Board of Trustees Advisory Council. Suzanne Ross serves as Director of the Natchez Trace District, which has 19 clubs in Adams, Amite, Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Pike, and Rankin Counties. Ross is also on the State Headquarters Board of Trustees Executive Committee. GCM State Chairmen are Joan Alliston, Trees and Horticulture; Carol Atkinson, Civic Development; May Hall, Community Gardens; Charla Jordan, Public Relations and Publicity/Photographer; Sandra Morris, Civic Development; and Dixie Vance, Publicity/Press Book. Jordan is also the Natchez Trace District Representative on the State Headquarters Board of Trustees.

Pictured (l to r): Suzanne Ross, Natchez Trace District Director; Mary Lynn Powers, GCM President; Gloria Blake and Cinny O’Donnell, Deep South Regional Director and Alternate Regional Director; and Charla Jordan, Dixie Vance, and Carol Atkinson, State Chairmen.

Pictured (l to r): Suzanne Ross, Natchez Trace District Director; Mary Lynn Powers, GCM President; Gloria Blake and Cinny O’Donnell, Deep South Regional Director and Alternate Regional Director; and Charla Jordan, Dixie Vance, and Carol Atkinson, State Chairmen.

 

March 2, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB ENJOYS FASHION SHOW BY CHICO’S FLOWOOD

The annual Tablescapes Luncheon by Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., included a spring fashion show highlighting new styles and colors by Chico’s Flowood. This event provides funding for BGC’s projects, including historic preservation and beautification projects with the City of Brandon, maintaining the planters on the courthouse square, and providing a scholarship at Hinds Community College.

Fashion show chairman Brenda Sumrall Smith and BGC President Charla Jordan are pictured (l to r) with models Tahya Dobbs, Barbara Cook, Ashley Vaughan, Kay Davis, Amanda Tolstad, Melanie Mann, Jamie Magee, and Ruthie Guyton.

Fashion show chairman Brenda Sumrall Smith and BGC President Charla Jordan are pictured (l to r) with models Tahya Dobbs, Barbara Cook, Ashley Vaughan, Kay Davis, Amanda Tolstad, Melanie Mann, Jamie Magee, and Ruthie Guyton.

 

February 26, 2014

BANKPLUS RECEIVES COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARD

BankPlus received the Commercial Landscape Award in February from Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., for their outstanding landscape at 241 West Government Street in downtown Brandon.

Pictured (l to r): Amber Renfroe; Bridget Lowery, BankPlus Vice President; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Deena Moore; and Charla Jordan, BGC President.

Pictured (l to r): Amber Renfroe; Bridget Lowery, BankPlus Vice President; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Deena Moore; and Charla Jordan, BGC President.

 

February 25, 2014

The Spring issue of Hometown Brandon Magazine has a section about The Brandon Garden Club.
Brandon Garden Club had a table decorated with Emmett's pottery at our annual Tablescapes Luncheon on February 21. We used the blue pattern in the background of this photo. It was gorgeous.

 

February 3, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB PREPARES FOR TABLESCAPES LUNCHEON

The Brandon Garden Club (BGC) Executive Board spent its last planning meeting evaluating new recipes to be included in its binder-styled cookbook, Roses, Recipes and Reflections. The book contains more than recipes for food. It also has artists’ drawings of historical sites in Brandon, interesting historical facts, planting guides, and flower arranging instructions. The cookbook, which includes recipes from fundraisers 2000 through 2014, will be available at BGC’s annual Tablescapes Luncheon fundraiser on February 21. The 2014 insert will include recipes such as “Sinfully Yours Cheese Ball” and “Ribbon Salad,” plus an updated guide to growing camellias.

This year’s fundraiser Tablescapes Luncheon will once again support landscaping and education projects in Brandon. These include maintaining the planters on the courthouse square, historic preservation and beautification projects with the City of Brandon, recognizing businesses with outstanding commercial landscaping, giving programs at a community living facility, working with special needs classes at Brandon High School, and providing a scholarship at Hinds Community College.

Pictured (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, Lynn Mahoney, Suzanne Ross, Mary-Ellen Hester, Delena Hamel, Carol Gallagher, Dixie Vance, Deena Moore, and Carol Atkinson.

Pictured (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, Lynn Mahoney, Suzanne Ross, Mary-Ellen Hester, Delena Hamel, Carol Gallagher, Dixie Vance, Deena Moore, and Carol Atkinson.

 

February 3, 2014

BRANDON MAYOR BUTCH LEE PROCLAIMS ARBOR DAY

Butch Lee, Mayor of Brandon, proclaimed February 14, 2014 as Arbor Day in the City of Brandon. Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. In Mississippi, Arbor Day is the second Friday in February. Mayor Lee and Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands. 
Through the partnership of Brandon Garden Club and the City of Brandon, Brandon is recognized as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation, whose Tree City USA program honors cities and towns that are committed to planting and nurturing trees.

Pictured (l to r), seated: Charla Jordan, BGC President; Butch Lee, Mayor, City of Brandon; and Brenda Sumrall Smith, BGC Arbor Day Chairman. Standing (l to r): Wendy Naron; Joan Alliston, BGC Tree City Chairman; and Darion Warren, Brandon’s Public Works Director.

Pictured (l to r), seated: Charla Jordan, BGC President; Butch Lee, Mayor, City of Brandon; and Brenda Sumrall Smith, BGC Arbor Day Chairman. Standing (l to r): Wendy Naron; Joan Alliston, BGC Tree City Chairman; and Darion Warren, Brandon’s Public Works Director.

 

January 19, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB JANUARY MEETING

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., enjoyed meeting in January at the home of Carol Atkinson. The guest speaker was Jenny Butler, an award-winning floral designer associated with Mockingbird Marketplace in Brandon. BGC members are preparing for their annual Tablescapes Luncheon fundraiser to be held on February 21.

Hostesses are pictured (l to r): Carol Atkinson; Ann McKay; Deborah Tucker, Hostess Chairman; Delena Hamel; Sandy Parish, and Charla Jordan, BGC President.

Hostesses are pictured (l to r): Carol Atkinson; Ann McKay; Deborah Tucker, Hostess Chairman; Delena Hamel; Sandy Parish, and Charla Jordan, BGC President.

At the January meeting of Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., Jenny Butler gave a program on floral design techniques. Ms. Butler is an award-winning floral designer associated with Mockingbird Marketplace. BGC members are preparing for their annual Tablescapes Luncheon fundraiser to be held on February 21. This year the luncheon will feature over 30 uniquely decorated tables.

Pictured (l to r): Co-First Vice Presidents Delena Hamel and Mary-Ellen Hester; BGC President Charla Jordan; and Jenny Butler.

Pictured (l to r): Co-First Vice Presidents Delena Hamel and Mary-Ellen Hester; BGC President Charla Jordan; and Jenny Butler.

 

January 18, 2014

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB GREENHOUSE PROJECT AT BHS

In December the Brandon Garden Club (BGC) Greenhouse Project committee hosted a Christmas party for students from the Brandon High School classrooms of Summer Lewis and Constance Sherrod. Singing carols, shaking sleigh bells, and sharing memories of Christmases past were the order of the day. The students were also given a large terrarium which they will plant with succulents. The succulents were given to the classrooms by BGC at an earlier fall event when students were taught ways to care for them in their classrooms. They will next present the completed terrarium to the BHS library for display. BGC, which is federated with The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., started its Greenhouse Project seven years ago to provide support to the special needs classes at BHS.

Pictured (l to r), front row: Jedediah Fuller, Summer Runnel, Brittany Bagwell, Daniel Tyson, and Alex Johnson. Middle Row: Ginger Parker, Martha Powell, Karrington Bridges, Lakishia Kersh, Kaileen Thieling, Josh McClinton, and Freeman Washington. Back Row: Josh Cherry, Charlene Duchie, Wanda Castleberry, Kenya Way, Jane Huddleston, and Summer Lewis.

Pictured (l to r), front row: Jedediah Fuller, Summer Runnel, Brittany Bagwell, Daniel Tyson, and Alex Johnson.
Middle Row: Ginger Parker, Martha Powell, Karrington Bridges, Lakishia Kersh, Kaileen Thieling, Josh McClinton, and Freeman Washington.
Back Row: Josh Cherry, Charlene Duchie, Wanda Castleberry, Kenya Way, Jane Huddleston, and Summer Lewis.

 

January 14, 2014

CROSSGATES RIVER OAKS HOSPITAL RECEIVES COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARD

Crossgates River Oaks Hospital received the Commercial Landscape Award in January from Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., for their outstanding landscape at 350 Crossgates Boulevard in Brandon.

Pictured (l to r): Alicia Carpenter, Director of Marketing; Steve Pope, Director of Facilities; Justin Krueger, Chief Operating Officer; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Kaileen Thieling; Charla Jordan, BGC President; Deena Moore; Kathy Fletcher; Sharon Hoffman; and Martha Powell.

Pictured (l to r): Alicia Carpenter, Director of Marketing; Steve Pope, Director of Facilities; Justin Krueger, Chief Operating Officer; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Kaileen Thieling; Charla Jordan, BGC President; Deena Moore; Kathy Fletcher; Sharon Hoffman; and Martha Powell.

 

January 11, 2014

ASHLEY VAUGHAN RECEIVES BRANDON GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

Hinds Community College student Ashley Vaughan received the Landscape Management Scholarship given annually by Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. This scholarship was established by BGC to honor the memory of Linda Ainsworth, a long-time dedicated member of the BGC and an avid gardener.

Pictured at the HCC Foundation Scholarship Recognition Reception in October at the Clyde Muse Center (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, BGC Scholarship Chairman Carol Gallagher, Ashley Vaughan, and Karein Robinson.

Pictured at the HCC Foundation Scholarship Recognition Reception in October at the Clyde Muse Center (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, BGC Scholarship Chairman Carol Gallagher, Ashley Vaughan, and Karein Robinson.

BGC members were pleased to introduce Ashley Vaughan, our Hinds Community College scholarship winner, to Mary Lynn Powers, President of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., at the fall Landscape Design Symposium held in October at Mississippi State University.

Pictured (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, GCM President Mary Lynn Powers, Joan Alliston, Ashley Vaughan, Carol Atkinson, Janet McLaurin, and Dixie Vance.

Pictured (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, GCM President Mary Lynn Powers, Joan Alliston, Ashley Vaughan, Carol Atkinson, Janet McLaurin, and Dixie Vance.

 

December 25, 2013

Hinds Community College’s magazine Hindsight listed Brandon Garden Club’s scholarship recipient in its “Winter 2013-14” issue published in December 2013.

 

December 22, 2013

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB DECEMBER MEETING

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., enjoyed meeting in December at the home of Dixie Vance. The guest speaker was Donna Beliech, a Mississippi State University Extension Service Horticulture Agent for Rankin County and a certified arborist.

Hostesses are pictured (l to r): Dixie Vance, BGC President Charla Jordan, hostess chairman Tammy McLaurin, Beverly Peden, Marion McKee, and Kaileen Thieling.

Hostesses are pictured (l to r): Dixie Vance, BGC President Charla Jordan, hostess chairman Tammy McLaurin, Beverly Peden, Marion McKee, and Kaileen Thieling.

Donna Beliech, a Mississippi State University Extension Service Horticulture Agent for Rankin County and a certified arborist, gave practical advice on fall and winter planting and pruning to the members of the Brandon Garden Club (BGC) at its December meeting. She also answered questions about selecting and maintaining plants in home and commercial landscapes. BGC, federated with The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., works with the City of Brandon to improve the community’s public landscape.

Pictured (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, Donna Beliech, and Co-First Vice President Delena Hamel.

Pictured (l to r): BGC President Charla Jordan, Donna Beliech, and Co-First Vice President Delena Hamel.

 

December 15, 2013

Charla Jordan, President of the Brandon Garden Club, represented Brandon Garden Club at the ribbon cutting for HOMETOWN BRANDON magazine. It was held at the Rankin Chamber office.

 

December 13, 2013

COMMUNITY BANK RECEIVES COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARD

Community Bank received the Commercial Landscape Award in December from Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., for their outstanding landscape at 1255 W. Government Street in Brandon.

Pictured (l to r): Tanya Frohardt; Adria Upchurch; Regina Fancher; Rob Oates Jr., Assistant Vice President; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Sharon Hoffman; Charla Jordan, BGC President; Kathy Fletcher; Martha Powell; and Deena Moore.

Pictured (l to r): Tanya Frohardt; Adria Upchurch; Regina Fancher; Rob Oates Jr., Assistant Vice President; Kay Davis, BGC Commercial Landscape Chairman; Sharon Hoffman; Charla Jordan, BGC President; Kathy Fletcher; Martha Powell; and Deena Moore.

 

November 24, 2013

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB DECORATES CITY HALL FOR HOLIDAYS

Brandon Garden Club (BGC) is decorating Brandon City Hall for the holidays. For the past four years BGC has decorated areas of the building to create a warm and welcoming feeling for visitors. Last year’s decorations featured a cabin in the woods focal point, which was so popular that many visitors to “Breakfast with Santa,” Brandon Opry, and other events held at City Hall used it as a backdrop for photos for their holiday cards.

This year’s focal point will be a fireplace epitomizing the theme “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Charla Jordan, BGC President, said that she hoped adults and children alike will feel the spirit of Christmas as they see the decorations. BGC members donate time and materials to this project as part of their commitment to the community. At their November meeting, BGC members constructed bright green and red wreaths to hang in the windows. 

Decorations will remain at City Hall through Christmas Day. Residents may contact the City of Brandon for times and dates of special events. BGC is an affiliate of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc.

 

November 20, 2013

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB NOVEMBER MEETING

Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., enjoyed meeting in November at Independence of Patrick Farms, hosted by Mary Ellen Stanley. The guest speaker was Homer Richardson, Master Gardener and camellia show judge, who presented a program on growing camellias for the home and public landscapes. BGC member May Hall, a GCM Flower Show Judge, also gave a demonstration on flower arranging in preparation for the club’s upcoming Tablescapes Luncheon on February 21.

Hostesses are pictured (l to r): Hostess Chairman Brenda Sumrall Smith, Donna Bolland, Mary Ellen Stanley, Deena Moore, and Kathy Fletcher.

Hostesses are pictured (l to r): Hostess Chairman Brenda Sumrall Smith, Donna Bolland, Mary Ellen Stanley, Deena Moore, and Kathy Fletcher.

Home Richardson, a Master Gardener and camellia show judge, gave practical advice on growing camellias at home or in commercial landscapes to the members of the Brandon Garden Club (BGC) during its November meeting.
Mr. Richardson advised the club on types of camellias that work well in public spaces and in different soils with a wide range of water and sunlight needs.

Pictured (l to r): BGC Co-First Vice President Delena Hamel, Homer Richardson, and BGC President Charla Jordan.

Pictured (l to r): BGC Co-First Vice President Delena Hamel, Homer Richardson, and BGC President Charla Jordan.

At the November meeting of Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., BGC member May Hall, a GCM Flower Show Judge, gave a demonstration on flower arranging in preparation for the club’s upcoming Tablescapes Luncheon fundraiser on February 21 at Brandon Civic Center. A few tickets are still available from any BGC member.

Pictured (l to r): Kathy Fletcher, May Hall, and Lynn Mahoney.

Pictured (l to r): Kathy Fletcher, May Hall, and Lynn Mahoney.

 

November 2013

VETERANS MILITARY BALL AT BRANDON CITY HALL