Coastal District

MARCH 11, 2021-10AM



The Coastal District is one of seven geographic districts within the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc. Currently there are 2 councils and 20 Federated clubs in the Coastal District. The District includes all or portions of Horry, Marion, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties. There is one District Meeting in March each year. This meeting is hosted by a club, group of clubs or council on a rotational basis. The rotation for 2020 will be Loris, SC

New members and friends are welcome to visit and join our garden clubs.


Director David E. Stoudenmire, Jr.

843-333-9642 (c)

[email protected]


I am a native South Carolinian. I have lived in numerous towns in SC and NC and in Loris since 1982. My father, Ed, was a high school agriculture teacher, and my mother, Mamie, a nurse and later a county mobile librarian. I have two older sisters, Linda and Ellen. We learned as children at an early age to be active in religious and civic organizations. I am a life-long United Methodist. I have served on many boards at my church, including chairman of the Administrative Board. I particularly enjoyed singing in the church choir and heading the Worship Committee that coordinates the decorating of the church for the various religious seasons. Upon graduation from Cheraw High School, I entered Clemson University and completed a BS degree in Plant Science with a major in Ornamental Horticulture.

Moving to Horry County I began my professional career. I started teaching horticulture at Finklea Career Center. Later, I entered the University of South Carolina’s Master’s in Educational Administration Program and completed it in 1988. After completing this program, I moved from the classroom to various administrative positions, culminating in my selection in 1999 as the principal of Finklea. I went on to be selected to merge two career centers and to work on the designing and planning of the instructional program for Horry County Schools new, Academy for Technology and Academics in 2006. After 35 wonderful years working with secondary students, I retired from HCS in 2016.

True to my upbringing, I became active in professional and civic organizations. Locally, I am a member of Loris Civitan Club (serving as Vice-President/ President-elect), Loris Music and Literary Club (past president), and the Loris Garden Club (immediate past president). I was honored to be voted into membership of the Loris Garden Club in 1996 after the club’s Constitution and By-Laws were amended in order to allow men to become members. I have served twice as president of Loris Garden Club. In 1987, I was elected to a four-year term on the Loris City Council. In the later part of 1991, I ran and was elected for my first four- term as mayor and was re-elected for five additional terms for a total of 24 years as Loris’ chief executive officer. I hold the record as the longest serving Mayor in the 118 - year history of Loris.

My mother was from an early age an active Garden Club Member. My father in those early years assisted my mother and her garden club in various projects. When my parents moved to Loris, for the first time both were able to join the garden club. Both Mamie and Ed were able to join in with the new group of local men and women who: “…were lovers of flowers and who are interested in improving their yards…”. Although both parents have passed, I am honored to have my sister, Ellen, and brother-in-law, Bobby, as members of the Loris group.

I have always said that gardening is my therapy for stressful days. I also love to work on my family history and projects to preserve that heritage. One such historic preservation project was the complete restoration of my grandparents’ (Julian and Ellen Rhodes) 1901 home place in Estill, (Hampton County), SC. Working on the furnishings of the home and restoring the gardens/grounds remain ongoing focuses for my work there.  The Rhodes family will be able to continue for years to gather in this home that epitomizes love of family.

It is a great honor to serve The Coastal District as its Director. Along with our Co-Director, Carolyn Floyd, we look forward to working to help strengthen and help grow this district. As I stated at our Spring Meeting in Loris, Coastal District Clubs are doing a lot of amazing projects that are helping to improve our municipalities and counties. A big part of my job, I feel, is to help get the word out about the wonderful things each of you is doing to protect and enhance our environment. I look forward to visiting each of your clubs this year.


Carolyn C. Floyd, GCSC Co-Director of Coastal District

I was born and reared in Georgia. I lived in Sylvania, Augusta, Athens and Macon. In Macon, I met Merrell W. Floyd, a Clemson graduate, who was born and reared in Conway, South Carolina. Six months later, we were engaged and then married. On January 31, 2020, we celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

We have two living sons, Richard and David, who both live in Conway. Kenneth, also of Conway and our oldest son, died on March 16, 2017, and is greatly loved and missed by all.  We are blessed with six grandchildren.

I am a 1978 graduate of Coastal Carolina College, where I earned a BA degree in Elementary Education. Later, I finished my MA degree in Early Childhood Education from University of South Carolina. Education. I also took the necessary coursework to acquire my  certification in Education Administration. I worked for Horry County Schools for 28 years before retiring. to relax and travel with her husband, Merrell.

During my tenure as an educator, I worked as a classroom teacher for 8 years and as a Gifted Education teacher for 4 years.  The remainder of my educational career was spent as Assistant Principal (4 years), Principal (8 years), Teacher Evaluator (4 years) and Coordinator of Teacher Evaluation (1 Year).

While in the classroom, I applied for a position as Teacher-in-Residence at Coastal Carolina University, a joint position supported and funded by the Horry County School District and Coastal Carolina University. The selected applicant was chosen for a one year opportunity to teach students at the College level. For me, this experience was outstanding and a momentous opportunity to work with the Professors who had taught me while I was a student at Coastal.  To experience teaching college students, as well as High School Teacher Cadets was a dream come true.

Years later, the Coastal Education Department invited me to develop a program and teach at the College level again. The special grant program was called the Critical Needs Program and offered opportunities for graduate students to obtain their certification in education in order to be qualified to teach in a Critical Needs Area. As Director, I  selected one Horry County teacher with an Administration degree to  serve as the  Co-Director. I selected Marie Floyd, a friend who had worked with me in Teacher Evaluation. This was a second job for both of us, which required working some weekends and several weeks during the summer with graduate students who qualified. This job was an honor and a cherished GIFT.

Having a career in Education was what I desired. Having multiple and varied experiences made teaching constantly changing and certainly fascinating. I feel life in my chosen field has prepared me for almost any job! I consider every moment of my career as one tremendous and exciting adventure.

One big outside love of mine is of course Gardening. I have loved flowers and gardens since childhood. Now that I am retired, I give lots of energy to tending my yard and garden with  my husband and enjoying time with friends who also love gardening!

I was a Charter Member of the Town and Country Garden Club of Conway and worked with a small group of women to get this club started. Although not a Federated Club, it still is in operation today. After retiring I joined the Ivy Club of Conway, serving for several years as President. While with the Ivy Club, I joined the Conway Garden Club Council, where I served as President for two years. I have been a member of CGCC for six years. I am currently an active member of the Camellia Garden Club of Conway.

 My grandmother, Emma Lou Chance Turner, introduced me to the joy of growing flowers and working in the vegetable garden. My grandmother lived in Sylvania, Georgia, but owned a family farm in nearby Garfield. I traveled to the farm with my grandparents to gather vegetables to can or freeze each summer. Working alongside my Granny was always fun! She kept a tidy yard and loved roses, thrift, pansies, gladiolas, and especially BIG tomatoes! She taught me the importance of weeding and trimming and enjoying the beauty of nature! 

In later years, my mother-in-law, Delia Booth Floyd, continued the garden tending and harvesting with me and between the two of us, we canned and froze enough food to feed the whole family and then some.

I love to write, especially poetry. I wrote this poem about my Grandmother’s favorite flower.


My Grandmother’s Flower Beds

Some of you will understand, but others of you not,

My grandmother never planted flowers in a pot!

She loved to toil and till the soil with tools as planned,

Plopping plants into the ground, gently covering with her hands.

Rose bushes clustered with buds and blooms adorned her flower beds,

And climbing roses dressed the trellis under the car shed.

Thrift and pansies were abundant and azaleas welcomed spring,

But her colorful gladiolas made me want to sing!

Some stood up straight, tall and proud,

But others bent slightly, blooms pulling them toward the ground!

And when she dared to pick a few to enjoy inside,

She did it with a frown, then a slight mischievous smile!

She believed flowers belonged outdoors you see,

To paint God’s world and share nature’s bounteous beauty.

And if she visited me today, she’d say, “What’s with all these pots?

Flowers and plants should dance in beds, or perhaps you forgot!”                                 

CarolynCail Floyd

March 31, 2019

This poem is dedicated to my sweet and special Granny , Emma Lou Chance Turner. I will always love you, Granny. You made my life a happy dance!



Now with lots of gardener friends, I plan to fill my time enjoying gardening. Gardening has always been in my life and I look forward to meeting and sharing with other gardeners as I take on the position as Co-Director of the Coastal District.


     Organization(Grade/Student#)                              Sponsoring Garden Club

Riverside Elem School (4-5  /15)                             Driftwood Garden Club 

Ocean Drive Elem   (K /30)                                      Yaupon Garden Club 


Coastal District Federated Garden Clubs

096C- Azalea Garden Club, Marion 
359C- Azalea Garden Club, Conway
278C- Camellia Garden Club, Conway 
497C- Daphne Garden Club, Marion 
244C- Dogwood Garden Club, Latta  
004C- Driftwood Garden Club, North Myrtle Beach 
379C- Georgetown Garden Club, Georgetown 
210C- Green Thumb Garden Club, Kingstree 
310C- Green Thumb Garden Club, Mullins 
041C- Iris Garden Club, Conway 
342C- Ivy Garden Club, Conway 
026C- Loris Garden Club, Loris 
129C- Magnolia Garden Club, Latta 
240C- Myrtle Beach Garden Club, Myrtle Beach 
578C- Sea Oats Garden Club, North Myrtle Beach 
097C- The Dillon Garden Club, Dillon 
452C- The Glove & Trowel Garden Club, Dillon 
439C- Tussie Mussie Garden Club, Mullins 
309C- Yaupon Garden Club, North Myrtle Beach 
015C- Yellow Jessamine Garden Club, Dillon

Coastal District Councils

C23C- Conway Garden Club Council 
C09C- Marion Garden Club Council