HBBC designs, plants, decorates, and maintains the public areas of Holden Beach. This includes Padgett Garden (above), Town Hall and the other gardens. The 2020 Plant Sale, our major fundraiser, was canceled due to Covid-19 and we have no idea if this year’s sale will be canceled as well.
Each year we ask for donations to continue our work and this year donations are especially important. We recognize that people may be facing financial difficulties right now but if you would like to contribute to the club’s work you may do so in two ways:
Send a check of any amount made out to HBBC to Vicki Myers, HBBC Treasurer, 301 Ocean Blvd. West, Holden Beach, NC 28462, or
The Easter Bunny visited Holden Beach and left springtime decor for us to enjoy! When you enter the island check out the colorful eggs, bunnies, and whirly-gigs in Padgett Garden. Thanks to Janet Carter (chair) and the Seasonal Decor Committee for their whimsical display!
Sponsorships are so important for HBBC this year. Our big Plant Sale was canceled last spring and who knows if we will get to have one this spring! Without Sponsors, HBBC wouldn’t have been able to carry on with our work of beautifying the island this year. Sponsorships help pay for things like the plants in Padgett Garden and the Holiday décor along with other tasks HBBC does all year long.
In the midst of a very difficult year these businesses stepped up and we are grateful for their support!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen the Christmas decorations at a home on Greensboro Street for our December Yard of the Month. The yard, belonging to Brian and Sandi Buchanan, is filled with lights on the porches and scattered throughout the front and back yards. There are palm trees with lights and ornaments, a brightly lit tree with presents, and most importantly, a serene nativity scene. Congratulations Brian and Sandi and thank you for adding some holiday joy for all of us!!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club completed its Fall Planting of the gardens. Padgett Garden and Town Hall were both planted with over 700 annuals including violas and snapdragons to add winter color.
Some of the gardens are still recovering after Hurricane Dorian this fall. Pocket Park was especially hard hit with flooding from the marsh. The saltwater inundation as well as the flow contributed to the devastation. The Club’s expert gardeners are watching closely and waiting until spring to determine what will survive and what will need to be replaced. We are hopeful that some of the damaged plants that look dead right now will come back this spring. In the meantime, we are enjoying the beautiful newly planted garden areas.
Did you see the Pumpkin Patch at Beaches -n- Cream the last few weeks? Virginia Williamson Elementary School PTA hosted the Pumpkin Patch as a fundraiser and provided an opportunity for locals and visitors to pick up some Halloween decor and help the school at the same time. After Halloween, our Seasonal Decor chair approached them about donating some of the leftovers to beautify the island. We are grateful to the Virginia Williamson Elementary PTA and Beaches-n-Cream for helping arrange it! Thanks for the pumpkins!
Covid-19 canceled the annual May Social and recognitions luncheon. Instead, the October Meeting was held outside with social distancing and recognitions were distributed at the meeting.
Member Carol Keane was recognized as a Golden Gardener signifying 15 years as a member. Secretary Denise Mirandola presented her with the traditional yellow rose.
For other club recognitions engraved garden stones are presented to the recipient. President Linda Rast was presented a stone recognizing her work as President for the ’19-’20 year by Marlene Barz.
President Linda Rast presented the Trowel Award to Becky Greene who chaired the Landscaping Committee for the ’19-’20 year. Becky was instrumental to Linda and assisted her in so many ways throughout the year not just in the area of landscaping. Becky helped with planning and SOPs and worked in-depth with maintenance requests for the town. Linda said, “She made the president job so much easier!”.
Secretary Denise Mirandola presented President Linda Rast with the Member of the Year Award. Linda was selected for this award by a confidential vote of the members of the Club.
Congratulations to these ladies for their hard work for the Club!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club chose a yard on Ferry Road for the November Yard of the month. Diane Sellers, the owner and lone gardener, believes her yard is the first room of her home. It is filled with multiple blooming annual and perennial flowers, crepe myrtles, hydrangeas, and palm trees. The entire yard is full of color and beauty! Congratulations, Diane!