COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE AWARDS
The Brandon Garden Club recognizes one Brandon Business each month (September-May) for having an outstanding landscape or hardscape design by placing a sign on the property and presenting a Certificate of Appreciation.
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGS
GARDEN THERAPY AT PEACHTREE VILLAGE
For over a decade members of Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., have provided “Garden Therapy” programs for residents of community living facilities.
MEMORIAL TREE DEDICATIONS
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB
AND DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
DECORATE FOR VETERANS BREAKFAST
Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. and Chief Red Jacket Chapter, Mississippi StateSociety, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), partnered to decorate tables for the Veterans Breakfast at Brandon Municipal Complex. They made over 65 floral arrangements for the breakfast. Afterwards, the arrangements were taken to a local nursing home. This collaboration shows the respect the City of Brandon, BGC, and the DAR have for its veterans and current members of the military. We hope the community will continue to remember the commitment and sacrifices of the men and women who wear the uniform.
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, past 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.
TABLESCAPES LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW
Everyone agrees that Brandon Garden Club’s (BGC) ninth annual Tablescapes Luncheon was the best ever. BGC President Suzanne Ross said that guests have been showering BGC members with compliments about the 44 unique tablescapes designed by teams of club members, the fashion show with former BGC presidents and their daughters modeling clothes and accessories from The Outlets of Pearl and the delicious luncheon. Guests also said that the 60 men who served the lunch seemed to be having just as much fun as the women that attended.
BGC expanded the number of tables from 33 to 44 to accommodate the ever-growing demand for tickets. Despite the increased number of tables, tickets were sold out almost immediately. Guests included Mary Hawkins Butler, Mayor of Madison, and officers of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc.
Charla Jordan was Tablescapes Event Chairman, Carol Gallagher was Food/Kitchen Chairman, and Brenda Sumrall Smith was Fashion Show Chairman.
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 scholarships at Hinds Community College (HCC). The success of the fundraisers has enabled BGC to donate interior plantscaping to Brandon Municipal Complex, to add a second scholarship to Hinds Community College, to increase the amount of scholarship donations, to purchase its second Blue Star Memorial Marker, and to purchase a memorial granite bench for Old Brandon Cemetery.
BGC thanks its sponsors, in-kind donors, servers, and guests for their support. The next Tablescapes Luncheon is already scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2019.
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB AND CITY PRESENT FALL DECORATING AWARDS
Brandon Garden Club (BGC), The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., has continued the partnership they began five years ago with the City of Brandon for the Fall Decorating Contest to help make Brandon look great for the fall season. The contest was judged by BGC members under the direction of Suzanne Ross and Delena Hamel, Civic Development Co-Chairmen.
Brandon Garden Club and the City of Brandon presented the annual Fall Decorating Awards at City Hall on October 30. The three first-place award winners were Rankin County School District, Rankin County Justice Center, and The Rusty Shed. The Grand Prize winner, Rankin County School District, was chosen through a drawing at City Hall from the names of the three winning businesses and received a pizza party donated by Domino’s Pizza.
SMOKEY BEAR AND WOODSY OWL
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.