Longtime residents of Chevy Chase Canyon still recall the Christmas season when Ruby Barnett decorated the service station at the corner of Chevy Chase and Linda Vista drives with Santa Claus and his reindeer.
Shortly after, Barnett, who was said to be very artistic and clever, was inspired to form a garden club open to all of the women living in the canyon.
As a result of her inspiration, the Chevy Chase Estates Garden Club began in 1947. At first, about 30 members gathered monthly for doughnuts and coffee at residents' homes; it became a place to talk and hear neighborhood news.
As new homeowners moved into the canyon and heard of the club, the membership grew, so the meetings were moved to nearby restaurants.
In 1987, Wanda Owen, for many years editor of the Living section of the Glendale News-Press, wrote an article noting the club's 40th year. “Over the years, the club has sponsored canyon-wide activities such as Christmas parties for children, social get-togethers for older children, open houses at Christmastime, pool and patio parties, fashion shows and progressive dinners for canyon residents.”