Where we started – The Gardenia Society

The Gardenia Society is the social outreach of The Billie Holiday Memorial Foundation which was established in 1972. Nicole Holiday formed the foundation upon the release of the movie "Lady Sings The Blues". The portrayal of Billie was considered one-sided and sensational, portraying her as a powerless victim. This was not the case. Billie was a strong, independent woman that would readily own her failings and responsibility while living by the lyric, "Don't Explain". We love Billie and seek to widen our musical interests into other genres while focusing on the heart of the performer.