Thoroughgood Garden Club

Thoroughgood Garden Club (TGC) was founded in 1957 by Mrs. A. H. (Olive) Culpepper. Olive Culpepper lived on Wakefield Drive and was the club’s first President. Thoroughgood Garden Club was federated in 1958 and is a member of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs (VFGC) and the Tidewater District of the VFGC and the Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach. The Bylaws of the Thoroughgood Garden Club state: "The object of this club shall be to promote the love of gardening among amateurs, to protect our native birds, to encourage Civic planting and beauty, to share with others - plants, bulbs and roots - and to cooperate in projects for conservation, beautification, cleanliness and sanitation."

TGC has been a great supporter of the Thoroughgood Civic League with many financial donations in support of the neighborhood for the last 50+ years. The two organizations have worked hand in hand together on various projects, including the main entrance and the brick entrances at Five Forks Road and Ewell Road; the gardening at the three entrances; landscaping at the various pumping stations in the neighborhood; and gardening at the brick sidewalls at either side of the front entrance. In 1966/67, TGC coordinated the installation of two post lights on the brick pillars flanking the entrance to Thoroughgood and installed the scroll of ironwork with the name “Thoroughgood” on the center structure between the brick pillars. The club has also been a longtime supporter of our schools – Thoroughgood Elementary, Independence Middle, and Princess Anne High School.

In 1972 and 1974, Thoroughgood Garden Club published two recipe books, which you can access here. These books were index sized cards, with illustrations throughout hand drawn by Joyce Barry – a TGC member since 1967. Here is what Joyce had to say about the recipe books:

Thoroughgood Garden Club member Dolores Miller of Westwell Lane was the hostess for the Holiday House in 1972. The members of the Thoroughgood Garden Club published a red covered cookbook to sell in the Bazaar. Many Holiday recipes for Christmas appetizers, entrees and sweets were included. Some of them were entered by a few elderly members who were using their mother's and grandmother's recipes - which would be very old recipes. The guests toured the home enjoying the many Christmas decorations in every room. The decorations were completely hand designed by the members of the Thoroughgood Garden Club. Natural material was collected from members yards and homes and fresh flowers were purchased. Included was greenery for wreaths, roping, and designer arrangements with various pine cones, nuts and fruit. The Bazaar was held in the large garage and it included a Holiday Bake Shoppe, Tree Decorations, Arts and Crafts, Handmade Gift Apparel and the Holiday Cookbooks. Christmas greenery and arangements were also available for sale. All of the income was used for Community Charitable Donation.

“Jim” McAfee, of Wakefield Drive, a twice past President of the Thoroughgood Garden Club was the hostess for the Holiday House in 1974. The members of the Thoroughgood Garden Club created a second cookbook in a green cover to sell in the Bazaar. Because there was an ongoing shortage of sugar at this time in 1974, this second cookbook was created to inspire bakers to find various ways to make desserts with as little sugar as possible. As a result, the book contained mostly appetizers, salads, breads, entrees, fruit desserts and sweet breads. The tour of the home followed the plan of the usual annual plan of the Thoroughgood Garden Club's Holiday House Community Fund Raiser. Mrs. McAfee's home exhibited many pieces of Victorian furniture, in particular, a finely crafted Victorian large pump organ. The fireplace in her step-down family room was partially built in a slightly similar design of the Adam Thoroughgood House 1700s fireplace. Christmas decorations and arrangements throughout the home were made to enhance each room. The Bazaar was again held in a large garage where baked goods, arts and crafts, tree decorations, hand made gifts, and the Holiday Cookbook were sold. Handcrafted Greenery and wreaths and arrangements were also available for sale. All of the income was used for Community Charitable Donation.

TGC Holiday House Recipes (1972)

TGC Recipe Book (1974)