Biographical / Historical
The founding meeting of the Cullowhee Garden Club was held February 28, 1956, at the home of Mrs. W.B. Harrill. Mrs. Paul Tuttrup was elected the first president. Other officers were: Mrs. Noble Garret, vice-president; Mrs. William Grady, secretary; Mrs. W.B. Harrill, treasurer; Mrs. C.C. Buchanan, historian. There were a total of twenty charter members. Also at this meeting, the club was named and the time of future meetings established as the third Tuesday of each month. The Cullowhee Lily was named as the Club's flower.
The purpose of the Cullowhee Garden Club was for the stimulation of the knowledge and love for gardening, to aid in the protection and preservation of wild flora and fauna, and to assist in the beautification of home and neighborhood gardens. The first club projects were designated toward community beautification and developing a wild flower garden on or near the campus of Western Carolina College.
The Cullowhee Garden Club was active in community service in Cullowhee and surrounding areas. Some of the club's projects supported hospitals, rest homes, the establishment of awards and recognitions, memorials, home for teenage girls, clean-up and beautification projects, and planting promotions.