The Holden Beach Beautification Club kicked off a new club year on Wednesday with Sue Immen of The Wild Horse Preserve at Grayce Wynds. Located off of Boones Neck Road, Grayce Wynds is one of Holden Beach’s newest attractions featuring wild horses, a farm, and a village with a Jail House, Saloon, Chapel, Mercantile and a School House. Tours are given daily. Sue shared information and photos of the wild horses in NC and the Eastern US. For more information visit their website at GrayceWyndsFarm.com
After the presentation, President Denise Mirandola introduced new members and shared plans for the upcoming year.
Our next meeting is October 13th at 1:00 at the Holden Beach Chapel. Our speaker will be Elliot Swain, Director of the Brunswick County Soil and Water Conservation District who will speak on backyard rain gardens, impervious surfaces and other topics pertinent to island living. Come join us, everyone is welcome!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen a yard on Tarpon Street as the August Yard of The Month. Ron and Melanie Champion have created an amazing tropical paradise. The yard features several tall palm trees, a large sago palm, several banana palms. The walkway between the grassy yard is lined with coral rock. There are various pots filled with colorful flowers including hibiscus, plus, several varieties of ornamental grasses. Congratulations Ron and Melanie!
HBBC is selling bulbs to fund a sidewalk in the Padgett Garden. All bulbs are guaranteed to grow and are suited to our local USDA Plant Hardiness zone. To order click here. Bulbs are shipped approximately one month after they are ordered and make great Holiday gifts. The deadline to order is October 1st. Just think what a pleasant surprise these bulbs will make popping up next spring!
The HBBC plants and maintains areas all around town. We are known for our work at Padgett Garden, but we also keep Town Hall planted year-round, Pocket Park at 628 OBW, and Halstead Park to name a few spots! Below are shots of some of the gardens on the island.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen a yard on OBW as the July Yard of the Month. This charming “Beach Cottage” is the home of Rob and Melody Megill. Since purchasing this home in 2015 Rob and Melody have poured heart and soul into both the home and the gardens. The home had no landscaping in 2015. Since then they have defined several garden areas. Plantings include yellow cannas, red salvia, mums, portulaca, red and peach zinnias, Mexican heather and multiple types of succulents and cacti to name a few. Other features include a bird bath and cute bird houses. Congratulations Rob and Melody!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen the yard on Golden Dune Way as the June Yard of the Month. Sharon and Rob Wingate have spent countless hours creating an amazing yard. Sharon enjoys filling colorful ceramic planters with impatiens, geraniums and begonias to name a few. Other plants include black diamond crepe myrtles, a large sego palm, polka dot plants, Kimberly queen ferns and many more. Congratulations Sharon and Rob!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club held its annual Luncheon and Installation of Officers at the Lockwood Folly Pool House. Outgoing President Linda Rast thanked members for their service this year and recognized her Board Members and Committee Chairs. The theme for the year, “Flowers Feed the Soul”, was discussed as Members looked back over the year. Secretary Denise Mirandola recognized new members and presented Dolly Mitchell with a Golden Gardener rose for her 15 years of service and membership in the Club. After hearing from guest Town Mayor Alan Holden, Linda presented the Trowel Award to Vicki Myers and Denise presented the Member of the Year Award to Eve Venters.
Officers for the ’21-’22 year were installed. Denise Mirandola will serve as President, Eve Venters will serve as 1st Vice President, Marlene Barz will serve as 2nd Vice President, and Susan Gibble will serve as 3rd Vice President. Debbie Jancula will be our Secretary and Vicki Myers will serve as Treasurer.
Luncheon Chair Sandie McClellan and her committee of hostesses went with a coastal themed decor utilizing succulents and conch shells. Bennie Hall presented outgoing President Linda Rast with a large succulent display as a thank you for her hard work this year. The Decorations committee handmade the centerpieces which were given as door prizes to lucky attendees.
It was a “hail” of a Plant Sale! The 2021 HBBC Plant Sale was not what we initially planned but it was still a big success! Due to Covid-19 our usual location at the Town’s Emergency Operations Center was not available to us. The Plant Sale Committee, chaired by Gayle Todd with help from Cecelia Weston and Eve Venters persevered and found a spot for a one-day sale. Art Committee Chair Tawanna DeAngelis readied all the work done this past year. Lisa Andersen at Anaya Tribe on the Causeway was gracious enough to offer us her beautiful garden area for the sale. After a great morning, it stormed, hailed, and poured rain then cleared up in the afternoon for the rest of the sale. Thanks to the many members who worked the sale and to our customers who came out to support us by purchasing the hundreds of plants and artwork.
The Committee is already eagerly planning on next year’s sale which promises to be the largest and best Plant Sale yet. We can’t wait!
The Holden Beach Beautification Club has chosen a yard on Brunswick Avenue West as the May Yard of the Month. Pam and Terry Lucas have a small but well tended garden with Mexican primrose, yellow bearded iris, daffodils, Purple Heart, purple verbena, mondo and muhly grasses, and day lilies. The yard also has a grouping of palm trees, a crepe Myrtle, and shell arrangements at the bases of the palms for an added artistic interest. Congratulations Terry and Pam!