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.

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2021 - 2023 Club Officers

PRESIDENT

Bobbi Oldham

VICE PRESIDENT

Laura Webb

COMMUNICATIONS SECRETARY

Becky Giles

RECORDING SECRETARY

Amanda Smithson

TREASURER

Kris Lloyd

Committees

ADMISSIONS

Bree Oldham

AWARDS

Leigh Barth

BLUE RIDGE

CONSERVATION

COALITION

Judy Frantz, Sarah Hellewell,

Dottie Hendrickson, Kris Lloyd,

Kaye Moomaw, Susan Timmons

AT-LARGE MEMBERS

Lisa Cresson, 

Sarah Hellewell

2021 BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING

Peggy Andrews,

Meg Laughon

BY-LAWS

Clarkie Eppes

COMMUNICATIONS DATABASE MANAGER

Becky Giles

CONSERVATION

Elizabeth Harrington

FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT

Leigh Barth, Lucy Cook, Sarah Hellewell,

Sarah Sorenson,

Susan Wright,

Bobbi Oldham

FLOWER SHOWS

TBD

GARDEN DAY

TBD

HISTORIAN

Cornelia Christian

HORTICULTURE

Jill Fees

LILY SHOW

ROSE SHOW

DAFFODIL SHOW

Bobbi Oldham

JOURNAL

Leigh Barth

MENTOR

Stephanie Sullivan

NOMINATING

Dottie Hendrickson

PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Hellewell

PROGRAMS

Laura Webb

PROJECTS AND RESTORATION/ ANNE SPENCER GARDEN

Julie Schietinger

SOCIAL MEDIA

Becky Giles

WEBSITE

Monica Prahinski 

YEARBOOK

Kristen O' Neill, 

Mary Omotoye

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