About Us

Hillside Garden Club owes its modest beginnings to Mrs. Julia File and Mrs. Frances Dirom, two young garden-loving friends, who lived across the street from each other on Woodridge Place in Lynchburg and often took a rest time together under an oak tree in Frances’ yard. 

 

One day in the mid 1930s, they invited a few friends to join them.  Today no one remembers who participated in those early gatherings, but the club’s first formal minutes, recorded in July of 1935, reflect a membership of twenty-five.  Today Hillside Garden Club has over 85 club members that contribute at the local and state level to fulfill its mission.

The object of the Club shall be to stimulate an interest in gardening, to aid in the protection of nature, plants and birds, and to encourage civic planting.

2019 - 2020 Club Officers

PRESIDENT

Sarah Hellewell

VICE PRESIDENT

Beverley Laughon

COMMUNICATIONS SECRETARY

Becky Giles

RECORDING SECRETARY

Blair Rumney

TREASURER

Kris Lloyd

Committees

ADMISSIONS

Becky O'Brian

AWARDS

Leigh Barth

BLUE RIDGE

CONSERVATION

COALITION

Judy Frantz, Kris Lloyd,

Kaye Moomaw,

Susan Timmons

BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPRESENTATIVES

Leigh Barth, Lucy Cook

2021 BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING

Peggy Andrews,

Meg Laughon

BY-LAWS

Clarkie Eppes

COMMUNICATIONS DATABASE MANAGER

Becky Giles

CONSERVATION

Judy Frantz

FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT

Leigh Barth, Lucy Cook, Sarah Hellewell, Sarah Sorenson, Susan Wright

FLOWER SHOWS

Carter Paxton

GARDEN DAY

Sherri Meyer,

Becky O'Brian

HISTORIAN

Cornelia Christian

HORTICULTURE

Sonya Wodicka

LILY SHOW

ROSE SHOW

DAFFODIL SHOW

Amanda Smithson

JOURNAL

Leigh Barth

MENTOR

Shelby Crist

NOMINATING

Elaine Passman

PHOTOGRAPHY

Laura Webb

PROGRAMS

Beverley Laughon

PROJECTS AND RESTORATION/ ANNE SPENCER GARDEN

 Trisha Moore,

Julie Schietinger,

Elizabeth Harrington

SOCIAL MEDIA

Becky Giles

WEBSITE

Monica Prahinski, 

Eleanor Webb

YEARBOOK

Dottie Hendricksen, 

Claudia Patterson

Past Presidents of the Hillside Garden Club celebrate c. 1935 at Hillside's

80th Anniversary Luncheon in 2015

Hillside Garden Club and Hillside Garden Club Foundation are recognized as 501 (c) (3) organizations under provisions of the Internal Revenue Code

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Lynchburg, Virgina

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