Richmond Garden Club honored for White Hall efforts

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Two Burgundy Belle Red Maple Trees were planted recently in Million Park, Stratford Drive, in honor of Richmond Garden Club charter member, Helen Chenault, and the Richmond Garden Club. The trees were given to the park an anonymous donor. Pictured here at the planting, are, left to right, Angie Wright, Richmond Garden Club chairman; Ed Chenault, Chenault family representative; and Carol Dennhardt, Co-President, Richmond Garden Club.

The Richmond Garden Club, along with charter member Helen Chenault, were recently honored by the planting of two Burgundy Belle red maple trees at Million Park on Stratford Drive.

The trees were donated anonymously.

Helen Chenault was an original charter member who helped organize the Richmond Garden club in 1958. She assisted with the club's federation in 1959 and served as the president of the club from 1965 to 1967.

In 1965, the Richmond Garden Club directed its efforts to save and restore the White Hall mansion, which stood in ruins. Its goal was to transform the White Hall mansion into a Kentucky State Historic Site.

Richmond Garden Club members who ably served in the restoration of the White Hall mansion, who are listed today on the state sign at White Hall commemorating their efforts, are as follows:

Catherine Hutton, Sophia Burnam, Mary Gibson Christopher, Eva West, Betty Jo Combs, Helen Chenault, Sara Dan Brown, Lillian Craft, Jeanne Herndon, Sue Chenault, Ann L. Durham, Shirley Hacker, Betty Pack Cox, Ruth Phillips, Carolyn Muns, Sallie Bellamy, Jeanine Wiggins, Betty Murphy, Ann Martin, Geraldine W. Pope, Dorothy N. Chenault and Ann Allen.

In 1967, then Gov. Edward Breathitt and White Hall estate heirs Warfield and Esther Bennett, approved the sale of the White Hall estate. The deed transferred on July 5, 1968, under then-governor Louie Nunn. Nunn joined the restoration effort of White Hall, and on Sept. 16, 1971, White Hall opened as a Kentucky State Historic Site.

The strong foundation provided by the 19 charter members of the Richmond Garden Club is evident to this day in the many community service projects and programs the Richmond Garden Club continues to implement.

Today, Richmond Garden Club projects include: creating and maintaining the Monarch Way Station at E.C. Million Memorial Park on Tates Creek Road; providing a Horticulture Scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University; providing and planting trees and plants at new Habitat for Humanity home sites; providing themed floral arrangements for Gallery on Main events; providing themed floral arrangements for Richmond Area Arts Council events; providing holiday decorations and dining room table arrangements for McCready Manor and more.

Newly installed Richmond Garden Club officers are: co-presidents, Carol Dennhardt and Lolly Rist; co-secretaries, Cathy Begley and Mary McCurdy; and co-treasurers, Cindy Palka and Brenda Underwood.

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