Coastal District

The Coastal District is one of seven geographic districts within the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc. Currently there are 3 councils and 22 Federated clubs in the Coastal District. The District includes all or portions of Horry, Marion, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Williamsburg and Berkeley 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 Kingstree, SC

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

Director-Pro Tem, David Stoudenmire Jr.
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A native South Carolinian, David has lived in Lynchburg, Lake View, Pittsboro, NC, Cheraw, Mauldin, Mullins and Loris.  Son of Ed, a high school agriculture teacher, and Mamie, nurse and county mobile librarian, Stoudenmire, he along with his older sisters, Linda and Ellen, learned at an early age to become active in religious and civic activities from their parents. A life-long United Methodist, he has served on most every board and commission including chairman of the Administrative Board. He has enjoyed singing previously 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, he entered Clemson University and completed a BS degree in Plant Science with a major in Ornamental Horticulture in 1980.

David moved to Horry County and began his career in the Horry County Schools as a Horticulture Instructor at Finklea Career Center. He entered the University of South Carolina’s Master’s in Educational Administration, completing it in 1988 after which he moved from the classroom to various administrative positions culminating his selection in 1999 as the principal of Finklea. Later he 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. After 35 wonderful years working with secondary students, David retired form HCS in 2016.

True to the teaching of his parents, David became active in professional and civic organizations. Locally, he is a member of Loris Civitans (serving as President-elect), Loris Music and Literary Club (past president), and the Loris Garden Club (immediate past president). David was voted membership into the Loris Garden in 1998 after the club’s Constitution and By-Laws were voted to be changed in order to allow men to become members. He has twice served as president of Loris Garden Club.

In 1987, David was elected to a four-year term on the Loris City Council. In the later part of 1991, he ran for his first term as mayor and was re-elected for five additional terms for a total of 24 years as Loris’ chief executive officer. David holds the record as the longest serving Mayor in the 117 – year history of Loris and at his retirement December 31st, 2015, was the second longest serving mayor in South Carolina following the Honorable Joe Riley who was the longest serving that year.

While David’s mother had been an active Garden Club Member since her early married days, upon the moving of Mamie and Ed to make their home with David in Loris joining this garden club. Ed was 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…”. As time has passed, both parents have gone onto that wonderful perfect garden in heaven. Now he is honored that his sister, Ellen, and brother-in-law, Bobby have joined the Loris group and have become active members.

Along with his love of gardening, which David has always said was his therapy for stressful days, he loves family history and preserving our heritage. David was blessed to be left his grandparents’, Julian and Ellen Rhodes, 1901 home place in Estill, (Hampton County), SC upon the death of his mother’s youngest sister, Julia. Between 2016 and 2018, David had the two-story home built by his grandfather completely restored and all of his grandmother’s furniture restored so that the Rhodes family will be able for many more years be able to gather in this home that epitomizes love of family.

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

554C- Hemingway-Johnsonville Garden Club, Hemingway

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 Jassamine Garden Club, Dillon

Coastal District Councils

C23C- Conway Garden Club Council

C09C- Marion Garden Club Council