The Brandon Garden Club was organized by Mrs. Gilbreath Neil in 1952 and federated with The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. in 1953. The Brandon Garden Club is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., and the Natchez Trace District.
Club Flower: Rose
Active Membership: 55
Tablescapes Luncheon and Fashion Show
February 28, 2020
The annual Tablescapes Luncheon is BGC’s only fundraiser. The proceeds support projects that include historic preservation and beautification projects with the City of Brandon, maintaining the planters on the courthouse square, and providing a scholarships at Hinds Community College (HCC). The success of recent fundraisers enabled BGC to donate interior plantscaping to Brandon Municipal Complex, increase the amount of its HCC Scholarship, donate a Blue Star Memorial Marker in downtown Brandon, and donate a memorial granite bench in Old Brandon Cemetery.
Everyone agrees that Brandon Garden Club’s (BGC) 12th annual Tablescapes Luncheon was the best ever. BGC Tablescapes Chairman Charla Jordan said that guests have been showering BGC members with compliments about the 50 unique tablescapes designed by teams of club members, the delicious luncheon, and the fashion show. Guests also said that the 65 men who served the lunch seemed to be having just as much fun as the women that attended.
The theme of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. for 2019-2021:
“Planting Today Preserves and Ensures the Future"
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB DEDICATES LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF JANET MCLAURIN
On May 21, 2015 Brandon Garden Club announced the establishment of a Landscape Management Scholarship at Hinds Community College in honor of Janet McLaurin, charter member and long-time dedicated member of Brandon Garden Club. We were saddened by the passing of Mrs. McLaurin in June 2017.
MAYOR BUTCH LEE THANKS BRANDON GARDEN CLUB
On May 20, Brandon Mayor Butch Lee and the Board of Aldermen presented a proclamation to Brandon Garden Club for winning “Garden Club of the Year” from The Garden Club of Mississippi, Inc. and “Best Overall Garden Club” from Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc, which includes clubs in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Pictured (l to r): Front row: RoseMarie Klock, Ann Wentz, Dixie Vance, Ginger Parker, BGC President Suzanne Ross, Charla Jordan, Delena Hamel, Bobbye Strickland, Glenda Smith, and Jane Huddleston. Second row: Monica Corley, Cris Vinson, Harry Williams, Lu Coker, Mayor Butch Lee, Mark Baker, Dwight Middleton, and Tahya Dobbs.
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB OFFICERS
The Brandon Garden Club, The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., installed new officers for the 2019-2020 year at the annual luncheon meeting held In May 2019. Officers: President Ginger Parker, 1st Vice President Delena Hamel, 2nd Vice President Dixie Vance, Recording Secretary RoseMarie Klock, Corresponding Secretary Allyn Graves, Treasurer/Public Relations Chair Charla Jordan, Ex-Officio/Awards Chair Suzanne Ross, Historian Jane Huddleston, and Parliamentarian Judy Crews.
BGC Project Chairmen
Pictured (l to r): Barbara Cook, Jane Huddleston, Delena Hamel, Mary-Ellen Hester, Charla Jordan, Debbie Edwards, Georgie Craig, President Suzanne Ross, Carol Gallagher, Ginger Parker, Martha Powell, Kay Davis, Joan Alliston, Shelly Thornburg, and Kathy Fletcher.