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Les Candides Garden Club Collection

Identifier: 2015.004

Content Description

This collection consists of programs, ribbons, and other materials related to the flower shows are included in this collection. The club’s meeting history is documented through annual yearbooks from 1988 to 2014.


  • 1982 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

In 2015, Dian McGuffee donated the Les Candides Garden Club Collection to the Montgomery County Archives. McGuffee, a long-time member of the Les Candides Garden Club, received a recognition certificate from the Tennessee Federation of Garden Club, Inc. in 1999 for twenty or more years of service. She served as club president for the 1976-1977 year. In December 2015, Dee Boaz, President of the Les Candides Garden Club, donated additional materials to the collection.

Barbara Veasey and Joan Jenkins, newcomers to Clarksville, initially proposed the idea of a women’s garden club to Edith Hudson. In October 1966, the first meeting was attended by a group of local women. The Les Candides Garden Club derived its name from the novel Candide because of its emphasis on cultivating our own gardens. The club’s chief purpose was “to encourage interest in the culture and arrangement of flowers and to promote better horticulture practices, civic beauty and conservation of our natural resources.” Members met monthly and submitted floral arrangements for themed exhibits. A biennial flower show allowed members to compete in different divisions for prize ribbons.

As a civic-minded organization, the Les Candides Garden Club completed a number of projects in the community. These club projects included providing floral decorating assistance for special events, sharing floral arrangements with the public library and Customs House Museum, offering therapy through flowers to nursing home patients, and planting/caring for flower at the entrance of the public library.


3.04 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Les Candides Garden Club Collection contains approximately 200 items arranged into 6 boxes. An assortment of pamphlets/guides, handbooks, programs, yearbooks, clippings, and flower show ribbons from the club comprise this collection.


Arranged in 7 series:

Series I: Assorted Flower Show Papers Series II: Programs, Journals, Catalogs, and Other Materials Series III: Yearbooks Series IV: Notebooks Series V: Award Ribbons Series VI: Handbooks Series VII: Photographs

Related Materials

Hazel E. Goodlett Collection, 2009.006

Processing Information

A handwritten inventory from August 19, 2015 was updated and typed by Jenna Stout on May 17, 2017. Additional materials donated by Dee Boaz were added to the collection in November 2017. All photographs have been removed and stored in the Archives Photograph Collection.



Guide to the Les Candides Garden Club Collection
Jenna D. Stout
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017-11-16: Updated to include additional acquisitions.

Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States