Upcoming Events

All Meetings are at the Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild Dr. unless otherwise noted.


September Membership Meeting

September 12, 2018    Time: 1:00PM

Program Title: How to prepare for a Small Flower Show  

Presenter: Nancy Dickerson and Marge Comer, Coastal Garden Club, Shallotte, NC

Please Note: HBBC’s First Flower Show will be May 16-18, 2019. 

Nancy joined Coastal Garden Club shortly after moving to Ocean Isle Beach in the late Spring of 2009.  She has participated in all the flower shows of the Club and the GCNC Annual Meeting in Asheboro.  Nancy will discuss and demonstrate the proper way to prepare and show Horticulture for a show.

After Marge and husband, Jim, bought their first house, gardening quickly became her passion. She read books and took classes in commercial floral design. In the 80’s Marge joined the Centerport Garden Club on Long Island, N.Y., a very active club with lots of experienced growers and designers.  They put on a flower show every 18 months.  Marge was hooked and soon went on to Flower Show School to become a judge. In 1996 Marge and Jim moved to Ocean Isle Beach where she founded Coastal Garden Club. There she’s been able to share her passion on flower shows.  FLOWER SHOWS ARE FUN!

Hostesses: Dolly Mitchell (Chairman), Ros Stokes, Jane Ivey, Kate Felmly, JoAnne Burke


October Membership Meeting

October 10, 2018      Time: 1:00PM 

Program Title:  Making Pollinators in your Gardens and Containers Happy

Presenter: Judy Thuer, Master Gardner, Bolivia NC

Wondering where the empty days would take me in retirement, my brother, a Master Gardener in Illinois, suggested I take the MG classes…well, that hooked me. So, in 2008, I, Judy Thuer, decided to take his advice and I have never looked back!  Since my children were little (5 of them), I had a one-acre vegetable garden.  So that became my jumping off point but really with my creative juices going, I also have loved helping people turn those “containers” that have to be filled every year, into making them spectacular from the “get go”!  Designing the “Butterfly Garden” in Boiling Spring Lakes has also perked my interest in keeping all those bees and butterflies with full tummy’s.  So, I am delighted to explore with you, keeping your gardens AND containers “a buzzin”!

Hostess: Diana Hadesty (Chairman), Jean Blanton, Lillian West, Sharon Butler


 Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

November 14, 2018       Time: 12:00PM*

Thanksgiving luncheon presented by HBBC members:  We are having a traditional Thanksgiving meal with many friends and loved ones.  Please sign up for a suggested covered dish and join us for a great time and wonderful food.  Spouses or your guests are welcome. We will also invite the staff at town hall.

Greeting: Gayle Todd

Blessing: Jane Ivey

Hostess: Donna Blume (Chairman), Jean Smithson, Beverly Compton, Joyce Lanning


December Membership Meeting

December 12, 2018  Time: 1:00PM 

Program: Fast, Fun and Affordable Holiday Decorations

Presenter: Bennie Hall, HBBC Member (Golden Gardener)

Bennie Hall, ASID, NCIDQ


Bennie is a Professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is certified by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification.  As Owner of Interiors by Hall Design Group since 1972, she has completed many residential and contract design projects.  She worked in her Aunt’s florist while attending Design School at UNCG, Parson’s School of Design, Randolph Community College, Alamance Community College and Lighting Design at NC State.

She has been a member of Holden Beach Beautification Club since 2002 after moving here in 1997.  She has served on many committees and functions of the club and was recently recognized as a Golden Gardener for her 15 years of service.

Bennie is one of our elite artists and has won many awards for her art. She donated an art design for our brochures for HBBC’s Garden Tours for which we won an award from GCNC.

Hostess: Marlene Barz (Chairman), Linda Rast, Carolyn Metrakos, Marge Doyle, Judy Bayless


January Membership Meeting 

January 9, 2019     Time: 1:00PM                                     

 Program Title:  Monarch Butterflies

Presenter: Marilyn Wright, GCNC

818 Jakes Mountain Rd, Deep Gap, NC

Marilyn is a retired school teacher, 30 years in Scotland County.   She currently lives in Boone NC and is a member of the Blue Ridge Garden Club.  Her children live in Carolina Beach and Leland.

Marilyn is also an avid quilter – mostly landscapes, flower quilts and thread paintings of dogs and cats.

She is currently the Corresponding Secretary of the Garden Club of North Carolina.  Marilyn will be spending some time in the Myrtle Beach area in January and has so graciously agreed to give a presentation on “Raising Monarch Butterflies” to our members.  Marilyn is currently the bird and butterfly chairman of the Garden Club of North Carolina. We welcome her knowledge and expertise to HBBC.

Hostess: Carol Ann Lohman (Chairman), Carol Keane, Sharon Berezo, Sandy McClellan, Pat Schwaiger


February Membership Meeting 

February 13, 2019     Time: 1:00PM

Program Title: Tips and Techniques for Choosing a Flattering Hat

Presenter: Jan Wutkowski

Jan has been making hats since 1995, having studied millinery at the Melbourne (Australia) School of Millinery.  Jan has taught the millinery arts around the globe, including England, Ireland, France and Australia. She specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind hats for special occasions, using old-world hat making techniques.  Her creations frequently use vintage and contemporary materials such as laces, veiling, silk flowers, and feather pieces.  Making a hat that flatters the wearer, is compatible with the dress ensemble, and making the customer feel confident are her specialties.

Jan will be bringing a wide range of hat styles and shapes to share with the club–everything from traditional to contemporary. She will give multiple tips for choosing a hat that is flattering to the wearer and is comfortable…a hat that fits the head and flatters the face.  Audience participation adds a bit of fun to the presentation as Jan matches hats to faces and shows right and wrong ways to wear a hat.  Club members are encouraged to wear a hat on the day of the presentation!

Hostess: Ann Landis (chairman), Peggy Schiavone, Judy Brock, Carol Gardner


March Meeting 

*March 14, 2019 (Thursday) ROAD TRIP! 

*Time: 9AM

 Tour:  Coastal Transplants

           1509 George 11 highway

           Bolivia, Nc 28422


 Speaker: Steve Mercer

 Meet at the Chapel a few minutes before 9am. We will carpool and leave at 9am for Bolivia, NC.  Tour is at 10am.  The tour will last about an hour, so we should be through by 11am.

Lunch will be at the Bouncing Log Café. Where Southern meets Swiss. Handmade bread buns, with delicious foods and Swiss desserts.  $8-15

3148 George II Hwy, Bolivia, NC


Steve Mercer has been a speaker for HBBC.  This is his company and all the grasses he grows are for Holden Beach seeded from the grasses on Holden Beach dunes.  It is a fascinating procedure.

This is one trip you will not want to miss!

Please sign up at the February meeting or email Cecelia Weston.


April Membership Meeting 

April 10, 2019   Time: 1:00PM

Program Title: Eve Black Venters

Presenter: Cutting Fruit into Art

Need: 15 Volunteers

 Eve Black Venters was born in Panama City, Florida, but spent most of her life in NC.  Eve began her career in insurance in 1983 following in her father’s footsteps.  In 1989 she became an independent agent and formed Black and Associates Insurance.  Eve has a passion for working with seniors and specializes in health insurance products for Seniors.

Outside of work Eve loves the Beach, traveling, painting, floral design and spending time with her family and friends.  She has previously owned two florists and is sure that talent was inherited from her mother who was a floral designer and owned a florist as well.

Eve resides in Wallace, NC with her family.  She is a member of HBBC and is known for her beautiful wreath designs and techniques which overflow into other interesting art pieces in many types of media. Eve is very creative as she is a self- trained carver and is interested and talented in many aspects of art.

Hostess: Eve Venters, (Chairman), Julia Anderson, Susan Gibble, Nora Truax, Tracey Thomas


May Membership Meeting and Social 

May 8, 2019 – Social     Time:  12:00PM*

(Club Members and Town Officials Only)

*Location: The Dock House, Holden Beach, NC

$16.00 per member

Program Title: Installation of Officers                         

Presenter: Gayle Todd, President

Welcome: Gayle Todd

“Our Members are the Flower Power of the Community!”

Blessing: Carolyn Metrakos



Vicki Myers – New Members and Sponsors

Vicki Myers-Golden Gardener Award

Gayle Todd-Executive Board recognition

Gayle Todd-Committee Chairmen recognition

Gayle Todd – Trowel Award

Bev Compton – Club Member of the Year Award

Installation of New Officers: Gayle Todd

New President Comments 

Hostess: Janice Shaffer-Sullivan (Chairman), Carolyn Metrakos, Bennie Hall, Gina Martin, Marlene Barz, Cecelia Weston, Vicki Myers, Becky Greene