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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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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