In the District

May 26-27, 2018 

Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter

is sponsoring a flower show titled

“20th Century American Novels”

at the Alice Boyle Garden Center, Sumter, SC.

The Chairmen is Fair Edmonds, 803-968-2534.



National Garden Club Week 2017

 Janie Stokes and Dawn Ellen of Bishopville Garden Club
 show off a display of books on gardening for all ages
at the Lee County Public Library in honor of
National Garden Club Week


National Garden Club Convention in Richmond VA.

 East Sandhills District Director Jennifer McCutchen and Bishopville Garden Club
       member Kay Farmer attended the NGC Convention in Richmond Virginia May 2017.
They are in the picture with Pearl Fryar and his wife Metra. Pearl was one of the
Award of Excellence recipients at the convention. 


ESD Co-Director Linda Howle won the Top Novice Award at Cypress Garden Flower Show, Feb 28-March 2 Howle award In celebration of Arbor Day, 2013 and in memory of Katherine Kalber Dunlap, a beautiful 17 foot tall Live Oak tree was planted at the Admissions Building (former home of the A.L.M. Wiggins family) on the campus of Coker College on December 4 by Spring Beauty Garden Club. Mrs. Dunlap’s children chose the species of tree to honor their mother, a Coker College alumna, and attended the service. They are Katherine Dunlap Bostian, James L. Dunlap, Jr. and Gus K. Dunlap. Assisting Spring Beauty were Wes Daniels of Coker College, Hartsville City Arborist Stephen Wild and crew, and Dr. Howard Tucker. KatherineThis year’s Arbor Day is especially important to the Garden Club of South Carolina with which Spring Beauty is affiliated because the stated project of GCSC president Judith Dill is Historic Trees for Historic Places. Club members were pleased to celebrate the national and worldwide occasion of Arbor Day and commemorate one of its loyal members at this historic site. Katherine and her mother, Mrs. Carrie Lee Erwin Kalber, were lifelong members of Spring Beauty Garden Club. Her sister, Barbara Kalber Frampton, is still an honorary member since her move to Mt. Pleasant. All 33 members and affiliates of Spring Beauty contributed to the occasion. They are: Penny Anthony, Francine Bachman, Paula Bowen, Libby Bannister, Susie Beattie, Nancy Bell, Gladys Case, Pam Chapman, Joan Coker, Rhonda Coker, Kathy Dunlap, Helen Fuller, Susie Guerry, Rolfe Godshalk, Renee Harrell, Elizabeth Hodge, Patty Holley, Frances Hupfer, Bobbie Kelley, Ginger Manning, Beth Matthews, Cindy McArthur, Kathy Moore, Gay Morrison, Debbie Puechl, Joye Sansbury, Andrea Trader, Donna Tucker, Denise Turner, Pam Tyner, Jennifer Webb, Jane Wheeler, and Nancy Wyatt

In Memoriam

Jo Scarborough left quite a legacy of knowledge to this state as she traveled and spoke and demonstrated her arrangements as a Master Flower Show Judge. She loved being a part of the Garden Club of SC. She and husband Banks were friends to many gardeners and spouses in the state and were involved many years in varied capacities as hosts to numerous philanthropic events. Jo belonged to the Gardeners Garden Club of Timmonsville and the Wildwood Garden Club of Florence. Daughter, Jenny Scarborough LeVine, past East Sandhills director and both SC and National Life member like her mother, sends her love to all her mother’s many friends and thanks them for the close relationship they continued to have over the years. Jo Scarborough passed away on August 30, 2012 after a long illness of Alzheimers disease, beautiful as always. AZALEA HOME & GARDEN CLUB OF FLORENCE, S.C. PLANTS IT PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Oct. 15, 2013 — The Azalea Home & Garden Club of Florence, S.C., along with invited guests and school children, planted pink flowers in celebration and remembrance of Breast Cancer Fighters in its neighborhood park as part of the supported National Garden Clubs, Inc. Plant It Pink initiative. “It was a beautiful event that really brought awareness to breast cancer and defined the roll the Azalea Home & Garden Club of Florence will play in the fight to find a cure,” said President Radine Tate. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer counted for 31.2% of the deaths among African Americans in South Carolina between 2003-2007. Organized in 1948 and first all African American garden club in South Carolina, federated in 1974, the Azalea Home & Garden Club of Florence, S.C. is the only garden club in the city of Florence that has a neighborhood mini park named for its garden club.

Azalea Home & Garden Club President Radine P. Tate addresses crowd at Plant It Pink program. Azalea Home & Garden Club member Gwen Dixon teaches District One students how to plant tulips at Plant It Pink. Photographs by Leonard Lowery