Another Golden Gardener

Second Vice President Marlene Barz and President Linda Rast recognize HBBC Member Carol Lehr (center) as a Golden Gardener

Holden Beach Beautification Club has added another Golden Gardner to the ranks.  Congratulations are in order for Carol Lehr.  Carol became an HBBC member in 2004.  We recognize our members with 15 years of tenure with the Club as Golden Gardeners and thank them for their longterm commitment to our Club.  Carol becomes the Club’s 14th Golden Gardener.  Congratulations Carol!

This entry was posted on November 1, 2019.

October Meeting Lets the Dogs In

Second Vice President Marlene Barz thanks members of the Brunswick Search and Rescue.

“Who let the dogs out?”  HBBC let the dogs in at our October meeting!  Brunswick Search and Rescue (BSR) brought two of their search dogs and shared their mission and activities with us.  BSR travels locally and in the southeast supporting law enforcement agencies to find lost children and adults as well as helping with crime scenes, drownings, and historical investigations.  They also have an outreach program with students to help them stay safe if lost.

Our November meeting will be our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Please email Marlene Barz with the dish you are bringing and to let her know if you are bringing a guest.  Marlene will also be taking sign-ups for the December Field Trip to Brookgreen Gardens.

Hostesses for the meeting were Janice Sullivan (Chair), Susan Gibble, Jean Blanton, Lillian West, and Carole Keane.


This entry was posted on October 31, 2019.

Fall Planting


Our youngest helper, Koravera Rast, 2, granddaughter of President Linda Rast, helped with this year’s Fall Planting.

The Holden Beach Beautification Club completed our main Fall Planting this week just in time for the Festival by the Sea.  We planted Padgett Garden and Town Hall with colorful annuals and will be tucking more plants into the other gardens in the coming weeks.  Thanks so much to all our helpers: Pete Schwaiger, Ros Stokes, Gayle Todd, Sharon Butler, Carolyn Metrakos, Tim and Susan Gibble, Becky Greene, Helen Miller, Kate Felmly, Kim Keech, and Linda and Koravera Rast.

Check out the plantings this weekend at Festival by the Sea and make sure to stop by our booth.  We will have garden items for sale and the proceeds go to pay for things such as the Fall Planting materials!











This entry was posted on October 26, 2019.

Festival by the Sea

The Holden Beach Beautification Club will be sponsoring a booth at Festival by the Sea this weekend, October 26-27, featuring the skills of the very talented HBBC Art Committee Ladies.  They have worked all summer on fun items to add to your yard or give as gifts.  Watch for Snowmen to brighten your yard this winter, hypertufa leaves that can be used as birdbaths or shallow planters, and our ever-popular ladybugs!  We will also have Turtle Planters, fall wreaths and Concrete mushrooms for your garden.

We also have the garden gloves that everyone raves about in all sizes – perfect for getting your fall garden set for the winter months!

We will be taking credit cards as well as cash.  Best of all, all proceeds from our booth go to fund the club and our mission to beautify the public garden areas of Holden Beach.



This entry was posted on October 24, 2019.

October Yard of the Month

The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen Alana Thompson’s yard on Raleigh Street as the October Yard of the Month. The yard is very colorful with vinca, clematis, lantana, jasmine, and brightly colored zinnias. There are many types of trees including Curly willow, weeping yaupon, and junipers. Alana and a neighbor tend to a lot adjacent to hers where a very colorful bee and butterfly garden has been planted. Congratulations, Alana and thank you for beautifying our island.

This entry was posted on October 7, 2019.

September Meeting Highlights

Becky Greene welcomes new member Tawanna DeAngelis with Secretary Denise Mirandola.

Holden Beach Beautification Club kicked off the 2019-2020 club year with a great speaker from Sun and Rainfall Bulk Yard.  Lori Long talked about the importance of pollinators in our gardens and to the environment.  Besides the well-known honey bees, other pollinators abound.  Bats are active pollinators and eat huge numbers of pests every night.  Their guano is also a great fertilizer.  Other species of bees also serve as pollinators, as well as butterflies, ladybugs and other insects.  We can encourage pollinators by providing the habitats they need to survive and thrive.  Bat houses and bee houses offer shelter from predators and weather.

The Club welcomed new and returning members.  President Linda Rast distributed the Yearbooks and discussed plans for the upcoming year.  Hostesses for the meeting were Kate Felmly (Chair), Judy Bayless, Marge Doyle, Joyce Montgomery, and Carolyn Metrakos.

Our October meeting on October 9 will feature Brunswick Search and Rescue and their specially trained search dogs.  Come join us, everyone is welcome!

Second Vice President Marlene Barz thanks speaker Lori Long and her helper.

Hostesses Marge Doyle, Kate Felmly and Joyce Montgomery prepared refreshments.

This entry was posted on October 4, 2019.

September Meeting – Join Us!

The Holden Beach Beautification Club will hold its first meeting of the year Wednesday, September 11, at 1:00pm at the Chapel.  You don’t have to be a member to join us, come check it out!  Everyone is welcome!

Padgett Garden

The HBBC designs, plants and maintains Padgett Garden at the foot of the bridge, as well as the other gardens on the island.


This entry was posted on September 9, 2019.