History of HMGC
The Hessie Morrah Garden Club, named for the late Hessie Morrah, carries the fine heritage of civic accomplishments that her name represents.
Hessie Morrah was a pioneer in Greenville's beautification. She worked hard to galvanize support for the beautification of the city she loved. Her leadership qualities were recognized outside of Greenville. She served on the Regional Board of the Council of Garden Clubs for a number of years and was not only President of the State Council of Garden Clubs, but also the National President of the Council of Garden Clubs. Hessie Morrah was an accomplished artist whose work is reflected in the design of the State and National Seals for the Council of Garden Clubs. The creation of the phrase, "Don't be a litter bug!" is even attributed to her!
Hessie Morrah's work was not limited to beautification. She served with distinction on the boards of several human services agencies. She served on the Board of Directors of the John de la Howe School in McCormick, South Carolina for 43 years. The Greenville Chapter of the American Red Cross benefited from her leadership for over 25 years. She was also instrumental in forming and serving as president of the first PTA in Greenville County.
As we continue the work of beautification in Greenville, we can draw inspiration from the service and accomplishments of Hessie Morrah. A pioneer in beautification, and accomplished artist as well as civic leader, she lives with us still--in the name of this Garden Club and in the many good works that helped make Greenville the city it is today.