Les Candides Garden Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event at Smith-Trahern Mansion followed by a dinner at Clarksville Country Club. The enduring local gardening club derived its name from the main character in Voltaire’s novel Candide. Candide was a Frenchman who traveled the world in search of happiness and fulfillment. Disappointed, tired and growing old, he eventually found real happiness digging in his own backyard – gardening. Approximately 70 guests showed up to mark the occasion with dinner and fellowship, which was organized by Cornelia Mitchell, one of the founding members of the club.