Franklin County Garden Club 90th anniversary picture

Franklin County Garden Club members take time to enjoy the festivities at the organization’s recent 90th anniversary celebration.


Members of the Franklin County Garden Club were honored recently at the historic organization’s 90th anniversary celebration.

The event was hosted at the Franklin County Library on Friday.

Club members and visitors alike took part in the festivities, and in addition to the fine conversation, attendees enjoyed cupcakes, cookies, mixed nuts and a refreshing beverage.

According to the club’s current president, Lola Eslick, the organization was initially founded by Elizabeth Drake in 1929 and was then known as the Winchester Garden Club.

Drake was the owner and operator of the EB Drake Nursery, and this was highly unusual for the period as it was unheard of for a woman to own and operate a nursery.

Drake was a natural leader and soon had five members to join the roster of the growing garden club.

The club’s name was formally changed from the Winchester Garden Club to its current namesake in 1957 and has enjoyed robust membership and popular gardening initiatives from its very first days. Members of the club are dedicated to educating themselves and others about horticulture, gardening and the importance of passing on their knowledge to future generations.

“The Franklin County Garden Club is passionate about promoting youth gardening and teaching the younger generations that food has to be grown,” Eslick said.

According to Eslick, the Franklin County Garden Club now has 29 members and meets on the second Friday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Franklin Farmers Co-op in Decherd in the meeting room.

The club’s next meeting is on July 12. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to contact Franklin County Garden Club President Lola Eslick at 931-967-5311 for more information.