Garden Club Yard of the Month

John Lee home recognized for its beautiful blooms by the Fred Brooks Garden Club.

BUCKHANNON—The John Lee home, at 47 N Florida St., was awarded the July Yard of the Month distinction by the Fred Brooks Garden Club of Buckhannon (FBGC).

The beautification process was a labor of love, and it took more than one planting to create the yard full of flowers. “We added more flowers every time we went to the store, until there was no more room to add anymore,” Rhonda Jeffries who planted the flowers stated. Jeffries heard a knock on the Florida St. door and was asked by the FBGC if they would like to receive the Yard of the Month Award. “I was happy to receive the award,” Jeffries said. “The flowers make our yard and the whole neighborhood look so much nicer.” “It is important to a community to keep it looking nice.”

Founded in 1929 clubs quickly gained membership around the country, according to Judith Guye, president of West Virginia Garden Club Inc. Individual garden clubs around the state serve their communities by offering beautification and environmental education, plant sales, recipe swaps, and gardening tips to community youth.

“When they first started, West Virginia had 8,000 members in garden clubs around the state,” she said. “Around the ’80s is when they started to struggle a bit more. With attempts to keep them going, we continue to share our passion for the environment and the youth, while promoting our love of gardening,” Guye said. Garden clubs are always looking for new members in hopes of continuing the aesthetic appeal within all our communities.

For more information on how to get involved with local or state garden clubs contact a garden member or visit


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