East Piedmont District

District Director, Gina Ginther

Gina and her husband Bob were born and raised in southern California. They lived most of their lives in the south Orange County beach area, where they raised their daughters, Jennifer Noel and Catherine Monique, before moving to South Carolina in 2006. Jennifer remains in California and Catherine now resides in Denver, Colorado. Gina and Bob live in Tega Cay, South Carolina with their 4 year-old Shih Tzu, Lucy. Gina is a budding photographer and when not playing in the garden, she absolutely loves spending as much time as possible at their beach house with family and friends.

Gina has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has been a registered nurse for 37 years with practice experience in emergency medicine, adult critical care and solid organ transplantation. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Gina completed 25 years of service and retired from the University of California and after moving east, worked another 5 years at Carolina’s HealthCare System. She holds a Public Health Nurse Certificate and volunteers her services as a registered nurse to programs for disabled children.

After moving from California, where everyone’s lawn looks like carpet 365 days a year, Gina soon realized that gardening is truly a regional challenge and after a disastrous first year in her new garden, she joined Gardening on the Cay to learn more about gardening in the southeast. Now, not only is her garden thriving, but she has found a circle of amazing women that have become her very best friends. She has been a member for over 12 years and has served as president and vice-president in addition to working on and chairing numerous committees. Gina looks forward to serving as the East Piedmont District Director in partnership with her Co-Director Tara Ranson, as the East Piedmont strives to

“Make our Community our GardenFORLife!”.

 

East Piedmont Co-Director, Tara Ranson

Tara has been a member of Gardening on the Cay garden club in Tega Cay for over 15 years,
serving in many roles including two terms as president.

A native New Yorker, Tara headed south as quickly as she could and graduated with a BA in English from The University of Richmond, where she met her husband. They relocated five times with his company before reaching the retirement finish line in Tega Cay and Fort Mill, SC.

Raising two active sons along the way, volunteerism was her passion and that included active roles in GFWC Junior Woman’s Club, The Junior League, various PTOs, churches, and with victims of domestic violence in a shelter for battered women as well as with homeless families through Family Promise.  Tara’s working career focused on consumer sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies, as well as account management for a national retail merchandising company, and even a fun stint at Hallmark.

Tara is passionate about her family, which includes husband Jerry, two sons and daughters in law as well as her precious grands, Carter, Conor and Harper Grace. She is also passionate about her Neely’s Creek ARP Church, linking the joy of gardening with community service, boating on Lake Wylie and all things baseball.

East Piedmont District Federated Garden Clubs (20)

632EP- Anne Pamela Cunningham Garden Club, Laurens
076EP- Carolina Wren Garden Club, Clinton
028EP- Fairforest Garden Club, Spartanburg
600EP- Gaffney Garden Club, Gaffney
341EP- Garden Ellas Garden Club, Woodruff
636EP- Gardening on the Cay, Tega Cay
356EP- Good Neighbors Garden Club, Union
186EP- Green Gardeners Garden Club, Lancaster
223EP- In-Depth Study Club, Spartanburg
499EP- Lady Slipper Garden Club, Spartanburg
066EP- Lancaster Garden Club, Lancaster
231EP- Leaf & Petal Garden Club, Lancaster
047EP- Merry Tillers Garden Club, Spartanburg
634EP- Potting Shed Garden Club, Chester
131EP- The Fannie Louise Holcombe Garden Club, Spartanburg
224EP- The Ivy League Garden Club, Spartanburg
192EP- Upsy-Daisy Garden Club, Spartanburg

Councils:

C18EP- Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs, Lancaster
C03EP- Spartanburg Garden Club Council, Spartanburg