About Us

BRANDON GARDEN CLUB’S 2019-2020 OFFICERS 

Officers

President:  Suzanne Ross

1st Vice President:  Delena Hamel

2nd Vice President: Dixie Vance

Recording Secretary: RoseMarie Klock

Corresponding Secretary: Allyn Graves

Treasurer: Charla Jordan

Ex-Officio: Suzanne Ross

Awards Chairman: Suzanne Ross

Historian: Jane Huddleston

Parliamentarian: Judy Crews

Public Relations/Photographer:  Charla Jordan

 

 

Executive Board: All Club Officers

Advisory Board: Club President and all active Past Presidents 

Active Members

Mrs. George Alliston (Joan)

Mrs. Wayne Atkinson (Carol)

Mrs. Harry Black (Melissa)

Ms. Betty Bridewell

Mrs. Russell Champlin (Zylpha)                            

Mrs. Bill Cook (Barbara) 

Mrs. Jim Craig (Georgie)

Mrs. Ron Crowe (Karen) 

Ms. Judy Crews                                        

Mrs. Leo Davis (Kay)                                               

Mrs. Jim Dykman (Kay)

Mrs. Tom Edwards (Debbie)

Mrs. John Farmer (Lynda)

Mrs. Jeff Fletcher (Kathy) 

Mrs. Charles Gallagher (Carol)  

Mrs. Gib Graves (Allyn)                           

Mrs. James Hall (Bonnie)

Mrs. Larry Hamel (Delena) 

Mrs. Wallace Harry (Shelby)

Mrs. Douglas Hester (Mary-Ellen)                        

Mrs. Jim Hoffman (Sharon) 

Mrs. Bobby Hogue (Charlotte)

Mrs. Gayle W. Huddleston (Jane)                         

Mrs. John Jordan (Charla)

Mrs. Bill Klock (RoseMarie)

Mrs. Jim McKay (Ann)                                             

Mrs. Jack McKee (Marion)

Mrs. Anselm McLaurin (Tammy)                           

Mrs. Deena Stanley Moore

Mrs. Parker Naron (Wendy) 

Mrs. Winston Parish (Sandy)

Mrs. Randy H. Parker (Ginger) 

Mrs. Charles Peden (Beverly)

Mrs. Winford Powell (Martha)

Mrs. Richard Reitano (Marita)                               

Mrs. J. Hal Ross (Suzanne) 

Mrs. Randall S. Smith (Brenda)                             

Mrs. Ronald Smith (Glenda)

Ms. Bobbye Strickland

Mrs. Michael Thornburg (Shelly)             

Mrs. Charles Tucker (Deborah) 

Mrs. Charles E. Vance (Dixie) 

Mrs. Mike Vinson (Marty)

Mrs. Douglas Wentz (Ann)

Mrs. Paul Williams (Lynn)    

Mrs. Steve Zischke (Debbie)                                 

Supporting Members

Mrs. Michael Castleberry (Wanda)

Mrs. William Duchie (Charlene)

Mrs. Joel Ferriss (Camille)

Ms. Cindy Mangum

Mrs. R. D. Morrow, Jr. (Rosemary)      

Mrs. E. E. Robinson (Debbie)

Mrs. Roy T, Schooler (Penny)

Mrs. Tyler Walters (Allison)

Mrs. Bob Wolfe (Linda)     

Honorary Member

Mrs. Esther Fabbricante

A History of the Brandon Garden Club

     The history of the Brandon Garden Club is intrinsically linked with that of the City of Brandon. Many charter Club members were descendants of families who settled Brandon and Rankin County. Today, few members are related those first settlers, but all member have the heritage of caring for and loving their home and the community known as Brandon. 

     In 2012 the Brandon Garden Club (BGC) celebrated its 60th anniversary. Although there is limited written documentation of the Club's early years, there are abundant oral recollections, and the results of the Club's historic preservation and beautification projects are evident throughout the community. 

     The BGC was organized in January 1952 by Mrs. Gilbreath Neil with 62 members and federated with The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM) in 1953. It is said that Mrs. Neil accompanied a relative to a Delta Garden Club meeting, probably in Greenwood, the state headquarters of GCM. After the meeting, she enlisted friends and acquaintances to organize a club to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening. The is history, and Mrs. Neil's vision continues. 

     Mrs. John McLaurin, Sr. (Janet), charter member and 1963 BGC President, saved copies of the club's yearbooks (handbooks). There is a familiarity between the edition for 1953-1954 and our current yearbook. The shape is small, just right to fit inside a purse. The format is similar: name of club, number of members, founder, dates of meetings, officers, hostesses and projects. 

     Projects are the heart and soul of the BGC. In the 2002 book Brandon, A Pictorial History, published by The Brandon Historical and Genealogical Society,  BGC is described as "Brandon's oldest and most prestigious social club." This may be true, but it is also the "oldest and most hardworking club," as evidenced by the impressive list of continuing projects. Our underlying them is beautification through gardening in our homes, gardens, and the Brandon community.

     BGC maintains the planters on the downtown square, plants at least one tree in a public space each Arbor Day, donates books on gardening to the Brandon Public Library, recognizes businesses with outstanding commercial landscaping, provides a scholarship to a student at Hinds Community College in a garden/landscape related field of study, provides gardening programs to residents at a community living facility, and works with the City on seasonal events and historic preservation projects. A new project is "Plant it Pink" to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer. Our annual plant exchange is a fun event where we share cuttings and plants from our own yards. Our Tablescapes Luncheon fund raiser is a much anticipated and sold-out event. 

     BGC members continue to make Brandon a better place to live. While monthly meetings might have impressive flower arrangements with silver and crystal, there is garden dirt on many hands during the week. Like our founders, we remember the past while planting for the future. 

Plant It Pink flower bed at the Rankin County Courthouse Annex in downtown Brandon, MS.

Plant It Pink flower bed at the Rankin County Courthouse Annex in downtown Brandon, MS.