April HBBC Meeting

Our April 12 meeting will be at a different time – 2:00pm. Margaret Shelton of Shelton Herb Farm will demonstrate growing “salad bowls” for us. Everyone is welcome!

Getting Ready for Spring!

The Holden Beach Beautification Club is prepping for springtime. The spent annuals have been removed from Padgett Garden, The Boat, Butterfly Garden, the beds along Jordan Boulevard, and Town Hall.

Pocket Park, at 628 OBW, has received some special attention from “The Undertakers” as they call themselves. Two dead trees and their roots were removed and as well as a diseased Eastern Red Cedar. The ornamental birdhouses were removed from posts to be repainted. This small gem of a park is a favorite with walkers and bikers as it offers a viewing deck with seating that overlooks the marsh. It is a difficult park to manage because it also serves as a floodway during storms which leads to lots of saltwater on the plants.

The new plants are on order from local nurseries for all the gardens and beds around Town. They will be installed in March or early April (depending on plant availability) followed by mulching.

Fall Planting

HBBC adds fresh annual plants every spring and fall to the Town’s gardens. The Landscaping committee, chaired by Gayle Todd, recently completed the planting for this fall. Annuals were added to Padgett Garden, Padgett Garden Extension, The Boat Garden, Butterfly Garden, Town Hall and Pocket Park. In addition, a few perennials were added as well. Thanks to the Landscaping Committee for getting the gardens ready for cooler weather!

This entry was posted on October 22, 2022.

Butterfly Garden Fence

HBBC recently added a vinyl fence to delineate the Butterfly Garden and serve as a backdrop for plantings. The Butterfly Garden is located at the Fire Station on the island, 574 OBW, and features butterfly and pollinator friendly plantings such as milkweed. A variety of perennials grace the garden along with annuals which are replaced each Fall and Spring. The plantings took a beating during Hurricane Ian flooding but the damaged perennials will be replaced and the annuals will be refreshed. The garden also features statuary, butterfly houses, and a picnic table. Hope you can stop by!

This entry was posted on October 22, 2022.

October Yard of the Month

The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the gardens of Larry and Donna Blume, 108 Lions Paw, as the October, 2022, yard of the month.   The Blumes  moved here 11 years ago.  They have created a beautiful flow and variety of flowers and colors that frame their home. They have such plants as siberian iris, mums, sedum, lilies, mexican heather, pansies, and more.  There are touches of hardscape stepping stones and whimsical seahorses.  A lovely palette!

This entry was posted on October 17, 2022.

August Yard of the Month

The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the yard of Caren Bills and Bob Steele as the August 2022 yard of the month.  The couple’s yard, at 206 Brunswick Avenue W., features an array of delightful blooming plants such as zinnias, gerbera daisies, oleander, black-eyed susans, and hydrangeas. These plants are framed by shiny shrubs, sago palms, and even a ginkgo tree. It’s obvious they enjoy their yard and home with its wonderful outdoor seating areas, and slightly hidden quiet garden in the back.

This entry was posted on August 11, 2022.

July Yard of the Month

The home of Vann and Janet Carter at 123 Durham Street is a joyful space with several different garden areas.  You are greeted at the driveway fence with a soft-colored new dawn rose.  There is an abundance of hydrangea, along with daylilies, gaura, Gerber daisies, blueberries, plumbago, pineapple lilies, and agapanthus…just to name some of the plants.  The garden spaces make the most of their lot and they enjoy it daily!

This entry was posted on July 29, 2022.

Patriotic Decor

Our hardworking Seasonal Decor Committee has been at it again, getting the island ready for Independence Day! New this year, the Committee made giant wooden firecrackers – the only fireworks allowed on Holden Beach! Look for them in Padgett Garden as you come off the bridge and also at Town Hall. We wish everyone a safe and fun Fourth of July!

This entry was posted on July 1, 2022.

June Yard of the Month

The Holden Beach Beautification Club has selected the garden of Ron and Jane Skubic as the June garden of the month.  They have created a lovely garden that encompasses the entire outside space at their home on 144 Starfish. This is quite a feat given various canal floodings they had to contend with!  The variety of plants is both peaceful and vibrant at the same time, making a tapestry to enjoy each day. There is a welcoming bench, a few choice pieces of garden art, and paths leading to each different area.  There are lilies and daylilies, coreopsis, bluets, queen anne’s lace, egyngiums, hyacinths and roses, glads, coneflowers, iris, and hollyhocks;  just to name a few.  One picture doesn’t do the gardens justice! 

This entry was posted on July 1, 2022.

May Yard of the Month

The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen the yard at 115 Sunshine Lane as the May Yard of the Month.  “Holden Shamrocks” is owned by Becky and Steve Greene and It’s evident that this yard didn’t happen by luck! Your eye is drawn to the many pink planters on the railing and the well-manicured zoysia grass.  When you look further you will find a huge weeping bottle brush, several plumeria, potted hibiscus not to mention an agave plant.  Look closer and you will see many bottle and glass art pieces (can you find the frog) all of which Becky created. Look at the colorful painted rain barrel, a gift from their son.  Congratulations Becky and Steve.

This entry was posted on May 10, 2022.