The Garden Clubs of Vicksburg
Vicksburg Garden Clubs and Planter's Hall:
"A Blend of Nature, Beauty and History"
first Garden Club was founded by Hester Craig Flowers in 1931 to
"further the interest in home flower gardens and general
beautification of the city."
1943, membership had grown to a point that the members were divided
into twelve clubs with an overall council. Accomplishments
included the establishment of the "Vicksburg Historical
Tours" (now called Pilgrimage), beautification projects that
added flowering trees, shrubs and garden areas throughout the city,
educational programs to foster the love of gardening in the young, and
the preservation of Planters Hall.
in 1834 as the Planters Bank, this Greek Revival building housed the
bank and living quarters for its president until 1842, when the bank
1956, the Vicksburg Council of Garden Clubs purchased the building and
raised funds for its restoration. They furnished it with antiques and
for the next 40 years used it as a tour home and garden club
at the table in the mural are three members from the
Garden Clubs who each became the president of the Garden Clubs of
Mississippi. They are Hester Flowers, Fannie Peeples, and Clyde
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