A Guide to the Rocky Run Garden Club Scrapbooks, 1950-2000 Rocky Run Garden Club Scrapbooks MSS 05-70

A Guide to the Rocky Run Garden Club Scrapbooks, 1950-2000

A Collection in The Fairfax County Public Library

Record Group Number MSS 05-70


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Repository
Fairfax County Public Library
Record Group Number
MSS 05-70
Title
The Rocky Run Garden Club Scrapbooks, 1950-2000
Extent
4.5 linear feet
Creator
Rocky Run Garden Club
Language
English
Abstract
The Rocky Run Garden Club Scrapbooks collection spans the years 1950-2000 and includes 5 scrapbooks; a series of loose pages; and two loose folders. The scrapbooks contain photographs of flowers, members, and events; programs; invitations; constitution and by-laws; yearbooks; correspondence; certificates; newspaper clippings; points and ribbons award statistics; and annual reports documenting the activities of the Rocky Run Garden Club in Centreville, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None

Use Restrictions

Consult repository for information

Preferred Citation

Rocky Run Garden Club Scrapbooks, MSS 05-70, Virginia Room, Fairfax County Public Library

Acquisition Information

Donated by Regena Pratt in May 2019.

Processing Information

Chris Barbuschak, May 2019
EAD generated by Ross Landis, 2019


Historical and Biographical Information

In the spring of 1950, Mount Gilead in Centreville, Virginia hosted the Virginia Garden Club Tour. The occasion inspired some of the hostesses to form their own local garden club, and under the leadership of Founder and First President Betty Kirkley, they formed a club in April 1950. The club called themselves the Rocky Run Garden Club, named after the Rocky Run stream which ran through most of the charter members’ properties. The club’s mission was “to stimulate interest and enjoyment in gardening; to encourage civic planning and beautification; to aid in the care and protection of native trees, plants, and wildlife; [and] to aid in the conservation of the soil.”

The club had 14 charter members: Mrs. L.W. Alves, Sr.; Mrs. McRae Banks; Mrs. Ann P. Bergeron; Mrs. Thomas Clore; Mrs. Stuart DeBell; Mrs. Jan Dyer, Mrs. E.T. Jenkinson; Mrs. George Kirkley; Mrs. Ellanor C. Lawrence; Mrs. Margaret McNeil; Mrs. B.F. Salsbury; Mrs. Ann Turberville; Mrs. R.B. Winfield; and Mrs. O.D. Yarbrough.

The Rocky Run Garden Club was a member of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs’ Piedmont District. The club was very involved with the needs in the Centreville area. Members carried out countless civic projects at local schools, the Fairfax County Red Cross Chapter house, aided with landscaping, purchased trees and shrubbery, cleaned-up highways, proposed roads, and promoted health, sanitation, beautification and preservation. The club also gave assistance to numerous nursing homes, nature camps, families in need.

Members have mostly been recruited from the western area of Fairfax County, and they meet once a month, usually in private homes. The club holds horticulture competitions, hosts speakers on a variety of topics, go on nature walks, and conduct an annual flower show. The club celebrated its 50th anniversary on September 27, 2000, with 40 members and guests in attendance including two original charter members, Mildred Jenkinson and Mildred DeBell. As of 2019, the Rocky Run Garden Club is still active.

Scope and Content

The Rocky Run Garden Club Scrapbooks collection spans the years 1950-2000 and includes 5 scrapbooks; a series of loose pages; and two loose folders. The scrapbooks contain photographs of flowers, members, and events; programs; invitations; constitution and by-laws; yearbooks; correspondence; certificates; newspaper clippings; points and ribbons award statistics; and annual reports documenting the activities of the Rocky Run Garden Club in Centreville, Virginia.

Separated Material

45th Anniversary Celebration pages removed from original binder and rehoused in envelope.


Index Terms

  • Centreville (Va.) - History
  • Gardening - Societies, etc. - Virginia - Centreville
  • Mount Gilead (Centreville, Va.)
  • Rocky Run Garden Club (Centreville, Va.)
  • Walney Farm (Centreville, Va.)

Container List

Box 1
 
Scrapbook, “Scrapbook #1”, 1950-1971
Box 1
 
Scrapbook, “Flower Shows etc. 1950s”, 1954-1973
Box 2
 
Scrapbook, “Scrap Book #2 1956-1963”, 1956-1963
Box 2
 
Scrapbook, “Scrap Book 1960s”, 1963-1967
Box 3
 
Scrapbook, “Scrap Book 1972-1973”, 1973-1975
Box 3
 
Loose pages, 45th Anniversary Celebration, 1995-1996
Box 3
 
Folder, “Memorial Garden in Memory of Ellanor Lawrence” and 50th anniversary clippings, 1971-2000
Box 3
 
Binder folder, Application for Piedmont District Award #4 by Mrs. H.E. Beresford of Walney, 1975

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Mount Gilead (Centreville, Va.)
  • Walney Farm (Centreville, Va.)