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In The District East Sandhills District

May 27-28th

The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter
is presenting
The Mary Hinson Standard Flower Show

” Holidays We Love”


at the Alice Boyle Garden Center in Sumter
View the Show Schedule Here



Present at the donation ceremony were (left to right) Diane Langston of KGSC, Jane Proell, Library remodeling project chair, Lois Baldwin, president of Friends of the Darlington County Library System, Tony Watkins, Darlington reference librarian, Gwen Robinson, Darlington Library manager, Ronda Brown of KGSC, Marie Ross, KGSC chair, Cathy Bailey of KGSC, Jimmie Epling, Darlington County Library System director, and Delette Jordan of KGSC. Photo by Samantha Lyles

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The Sumter Council of Garden Clubs Anniversary Celebrations

On Sunday, June 13, 2015, The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter celebrated two significant events:  the 65th Anniversary of The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter and the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Alice Boyle Garden Center. State and District officers and friends, local dignitaries and friends and Council and local Club members were invited to an afternoon tea to commemorate these milestones.

4In April, 1949, the Sumter Garden Club 1merged with other garden clubs to form The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter.  With the expanded scope of a federated Council, it became increasingly difficult to find locations large enough to accommodate flower shows and educational programs.

A solution came in May, 1961, when, with the help of a generous donation by Mr. Edwin Boyle in memory of his wife Alice, land was purchased for the site of a garden center.  The Alice Boyle Garden Center was dedicated on November 22, 1965, and since that time has been the home of The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter, Azalea Garden Club, Bland Garden Club, and Poinsett Garden Club.

The Alice Boyle Garden Center was beautifully decorated for the event with gloriosa lilies and greenery.  Guests enjoyed cake and punch, viewing photos and newspaper clippings from Council’s archives, remembering old friends and looking to the future of Garden Clubs with optimism.












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