The origin of Bucks Beautiful began with Robert & Joyce Byers in the late 1980’s. A tour through Europe inspired them to start an initiative to beautify Bucks County’s small town residential communities and rolling landscapes with a wealth of lush public gardens. The Byers noticed how each European town center featured beautiful gardens fostering great community pride, creating a wonderful sense of place. Historic Bucks County is already internationally recognized for its history, the arts, its beautiful surroundings and philanthropic spirit. Therefore the Byers knew they could bring others together to emulate this remarkable European tradition in our own hamlets. In 1990, Betz Laboratories CEO Jack McCaughan (now retired) and his wife Carol joined the Byers in officially founding Bucks Beautiful, a 501c3 non profit community organization.
Bucks Beautiful is designed to promote and extend the development of gardens in communities, towns, along roads, business premises and private homes. Bucks Beautiful’s goal is to complement the world fame of Bucks County with a parade of lush, distinctive gardens. Individuals, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in Bucks Beautiful and beautify Bucks County with distinctive gardens reflecting variety, color, creativity and visual impact.