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Posted: October 18, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Social Circle Garden Club celebrates 80th anniversary

Brittany Thomas/

The Social Circle Garden Club celebrated its 80th anniversary on Thursday by throwing a tea party for its members, and members of other local garden clubs.

The Garden Club had many of its members show up for tea, which was held in Gunter Hall. Food was served, and the members mingled and chatted in a cozy, warm atmosphere. Roses, daisies and other home-grown flowers adorned all the tables.

Scrapbooks from a previous 10-year anniversaries were also laid out for all to see. They all detailed the Garden Club’s rich history.

The club held its first meeting on Oct. 30, 1929. There were only a handful of members at that first meeting, but by the time they held their second meeting, there were 18 women present. The numbers just kept climbing from there.

Mrs. W.L. Wallace held the first meeting in her home, opting to try to organize a civic minded gardening club. Ms. M. B. Day was elected to be the first president of what was later christened the Social Circle Garden Club.

The ladies of the club planted shrubs throughout the city, planted and grew beautiful crape myrtles and purchased 1,000 dogwood trees to plant all over town. They also planted rose bushes along the sidewalks on what is now called Cherokee Road.

All the money used by the club comes out of their membership. The club charged only one dollar during its first year, but when the Great Depression struck the following year, the dues were lowered to half that amount. The club is still self-sustained today.

The Garden Club was also featured in a production this year by the Social Circle Theater, which had a character monologue about the history of the organization.

"There were guest speakers each month, and tours were taken to gardens around the state," the monologue says. "They even honored Social Circle’s own poet, Daniel Hickey, at one of their teas. My, my…how those ladies must have looked dressed up in their hats and gloves."

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