Garden Club


The primary goal of the Hidden Valley Lake Garden Club is to foster members’ interest in horticulture, gardening, and flower arranging. Educational demonstrations, programs and tours are arranged throughout the year for members’ enjoyment.

To encourage and promote community beautification, the Garden Club presents a Yard of the Month award to homeowners with especially attractive landscaping. Look for the yard signs from May to October, recognizing residents whose landscaping efforts have improved their lots as well as the community.

The Garden Club also promotes fellowship among the women of Hidden Valley Lake by sponsoring luncheons, a pontoon party and field trips.

We extend a gracious invitation and welcome to all new members.

You can always tell when Spring arrives in Hidden Valley.   Following are just a few of the beautiful plantings taking place all around the Valley.   More to come and many more to thank for their beautiful work, design and creativity, keeping Hidden Valley Lake a beautiful community.

                                September 2020 Garden Club Minutes

  There were 14 members present for the Garden Clubs annual pontoon cruise and September 10th meeting. A brown bag dinner preceded the meeting which was opened by President MaryAnna Taylor as she recited the gardener’s prayer. She then thanked Luann Roberts for the use of her pontoon for the evening.

      The minutes from the July meeting were read and Jane Ulrick made a motion to accept them as read. Bezzy Anderson seconded the motion and it was passed by members. The treasurers report was given by Jane and then filed for audit. 

     Co-vice presidents, Valerie Lewis and Carol Morman discussed the October meeting. It was decided to hold the Halloween themed meeting along with the white elephant auction. Members were encouraged to attend, wear their masks and bid, bid, bid.

     MaryAnna asked everyone to try to keep the various gardens looking their best throughout the fall.

     The yard of the month awards for August and September were announced. Todd and Cassondra Hammerstrom on Newcom Knoll won in August and Rodney and Angela Cox on Fieldcrest were awarded the prize for September. Sue Marcotte and Pat Sutton then volunteered to search for a winner for October.

     Claudia Richardt reported that as of now, the Christmas dinner is still a go.

     The nominating committee was reminded to start looking for candidates for the November election. The offices of vice president and corresponding secretary are to be voted on this year.

Old Business:  There was no old business.

New Business:  A discussion about having an appreciation dinner for all members who have worked on the gardens and have helped assemble the Echoes was held.

 Jane then made a motion for the club to pay for this dinner. Claudia seconded, and members passed the motion.

     Jane then suggested that a card or note could be sent to members who have not made it to meetings because of Covid. She said she would talk to corresponding secretary, Marcia Rizzo about the project.

     After some discussion, it was decided that members who are able to help assemble the Echoes, can do so from 2:00-6:00pm on paper days. Come when you can and leave when you need to.

     Since everyone was anxiously awaiting an evening cruise, Bezzy made a motion to adjourn and Marti Sharpe seconded. Members passed the motion and headed for the docks. It was a beautiful night for a trip around the lake.


                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                 Carolyn Chasteen


2019 Outdoor Christmas Decoration Update

Decorating for the Holidays this year was definitely not confined to the indoors.   Hidden Valley is a wonderland of beautiful decorations on every street.  Below are just a sampling of outdoor decorations that were uploaded to the Garden Club webpage.  They are all beautiful and all very unique.  As you drive through the valley, you get that added touch of Christmas everywhere.  With so many homes so beautifully decorated, it was very hard this year to choose the winning house.

The winner of Casey’s Gift Certificate was the home of Steve and Kathy Jones on Walnut Ridge.  Thanks to everyone for their contributions to this Christmas Season with their festive outdoor decorations.   All of us HVL Garden Clubbers…… wish everyone a wonderful Christmas Season and a very Happy New Year.

The Houtchens have lived in the Valley for 23 years.  Their yard is absolutely beautiful with many colors and many repurposed Garden Art they have created for their yard.   

We would like to acknowledge Casey’s Outdoor Solutions for their continuing involvement in HVL Activities and Events.

Casey’s sponsors the Garden Club’s Yard of the Month program along with the Christmas Outdoor Decoration Award.   Each Yard of the Month selection receives a $50 gift card from Casey’s, along with a framed picture of their beautiful yard.

Check out Casey’s monthly events located on the Community News and Events page.


2nd Thursday of the month
6 p.m., HVL Community Room



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