Flora Ann Bynum, William Lanier Hunt, and John B. Flowers III, all from the great state of North Carolina, started up the Southern Garden History Society in 1982 – forty years ago this year. Since then, thousands of members and their friends have gathered for annual meetings and other events in fourteen southern states. We have published the quarterly journal Magnolia – its many issues are now well-indexed and accessible through the SGHS website. And, during the slow-down of the pandemic years ’20 and ’21, we, as a society, redoubled our efforts in building an internet presence – entertaining and educational – on this website and via our Instagram account. Our efforts paid off, thanks to you, with increased membership and contributions even in these curious, sometimes difficult times.
When the Society was twenty years old, Peggy Cornett and Ken McFarland published a special issue of Magnolia telling the history of SGHS. You can read that issue here:
For our thirtieth anniversary, then president Staci Catron and Carleton Wood did a lot of digging for names and dates, and created a commemorative booklet looking at three decades of the Southern Garden History Society. This year, Staci, Carleton, and Gail Griffin updated the information and format to tell about the full forty years as our society enters its fifth decade. Hope you enjoy it:
40th commemorative booklet can be seen here.