HBBC History

August 15, 1990 – First Meeting of Holden Beach Beautification Committee

February 10, 1993 – Bylaws accepted

October 10, 1993 – Holden Beach Beautification Committee separated from the Town of Holden Beach and became Holden Beach Beautification Club

September 15, 2011 – Joined the Garden Club of North Carolina (District 11), joined the National Garden Clubs, and became a Member of South Atlantic Region

September 15, 2011 – Logo for HBBC created

April 14, 2012 – HBBC held its first Plant Sale

May 19, 2012 – HBBC hosted its first Garden Tour

May 31, 2012 – HBBC won the following from GCNC:

  • 1st Place – Yearbook ($25.00)
  • 2nd Place – Design of Festival Garden
  • 2nd Place – Seasonal Decorated Public Building (Town Hall)
  • Certificate for Outstanding Service to HBBC from GCNC
  • Becky Greene’s photo of a Painted Bunting was chosen to be included in the GCNC Engagement Calendar

September 10, 2012- First Wall Calendar created with pictures taken by members, firstLogo Totes created for sale

October 27, 2012 – For the first time, HBBC participated in Festival by the Sea with gardening product made by members.

May 31, 2013 – HBBC won 1st Place for “Seaside Garden Tour” in the 2011 GCNC Competitions

June 30, 2013 – HBBC won Best One-Year History from the National Garden Club

July 31, 2013 – HBBC awarded our first $500.00 Academic Scholarship to a horticulture student at Brunswick Community College

May 2014 – HBBC won the following form GCNC:

  • 1st Place – Viola Kikes Award for a one-year Landscape Design
  • 1st Place – Pat Rodgers Award for a two-year civil beautification project and 3rd Place for the Yearbook from GCNC

June 1, 2015 – HBBC board approved the design by the State of NC for the mainland side of the bridge. HBBC agreed to help the Town of Holden Beach maintain the flowerbeds after the installation was complete in 2016. HBBC presented this plan to Holden Beach Town Commissioners for town approval to maintain the area on the mainland side and was granted the approval unanimously.

May 2016 – HBBC won 1st Place for Landscaping for the Padgett Garden Extension from the Garden Club of North Carolina

February 2017-Long Range Landscape Planners was created to analyze the best use of funds raised over a five year period

November 2017-Mainland side of the bridge landscaping project completed by DOT and turned over to the Town of Holden Beach and HBBC to maintain

March 2018-HBBC received our stand-alone 501c 3 status
April 2018- Redesigned Padgett Garden created by LRLP installed

September 2018 – Hurricane Florence crossed the coast of NC with heavy winds, heavy surf and days and days of heavy rain. Hurricane Michael came by soon after with devastating winds. The Padgett Garden recent plantings were destroyed by too much water and salt spray. There were small losses in other gardens. Standing water took a toll on other areas on the island. HBBC also took steps to separate from Garden Club of North Carolina during this year.

March 2019 – Before completely separating from NC Garden Club the following awards were submitted and these are the results of our efforts:

  • 1st Place Civic Beautification: Padgett Garden Redesign
  • 1st Place Website: holdenbeachbc.org
  • 1st Place Social Media: HBBC Facebook and Instagram
  • 2nd Place Landscaping: Mainland Project
  • 2nd Place Club Meeting Place Decorations: Thanksgiving Luncheon
  • We also had the inclusion of four Holden Beach Island photos in NCGC 2020 Engagement Calendar.

May 2019Replanting of Padgett Garden with perennials and annuals to replace those lost during Hurricane Florence and Matthew.

May 2019 – Became an Amazon Smile designated charity

March 2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic hit the United States and Brunswick County had its first cases show up due to travelers. The March monthly meeting was held, but all remaining meetings to include the May Social (Luncheon) were cancelled. New Executive Board was sworn in via electronic meeting platform called Zoom. All subsequent summer board meetings were held by Zoom except the last one. All 2020 – 2021 Membership Meetings were canceled until the May Social (luncheon).

The Bylaws were modified significantly based on the addition of the working SOP (Standard Operating Procedures).


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