On March 27, 1939, a group of women met in the home of Mrs. Robert Beasley and organized the Beeville Garden Club. A few weeks after organizing, 85 women were enrolled, and Mrs. A.C. Jones was elected as the first president. They staged two flower shows, promoted and assisted in many beautification projects in Beeville, encouraging others in the community to join in their projects, and held regular meetings until 1942, when the club disbanded so these civic-minded women could have more time for Red Cross work. In this way, they kept in touch and kept the Garden Club idea “alive.”
The women organized the Beeville Garden Club once again on Dec. 8, 1953, with 35 women meeting in the home of Mrs. R.J. Beasley. Mrs. C.A. Sullins was elected president. The club became federated with the National Council of State Garden Clubs in 1955.
The Beeville Garden Club has been involved in a number of projects over the years to beautify Beeville and Bee County, including the Coastal Bend College campus, Veterans Memorial Park nature trail, Blue Star marker and courthouse grounds, library grounds, Veterans Day ceremony, Yard of the Month and the planting and maintenance of 16 planter boxes on North Washington Street.
Through the efforts of charter member Mrs. Paul Schultz, a nature trail was established in the 200-acre Veterans Memorial Park in the early 1970s with marked trails, the planting of many varieties of wildflowers and a redwood walk over at one of the low places. Many walks through the park in the springtime when the wildflowers are at their peak have been enjoyed by club members and others in the community as a result of this effort.
The public is cordially invited to attend this event on Saturday and help the Beeville Garden Club celebrate 60 years of beautifying Beeville.