East Sandhills District





Director - Radine P. Tate
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Radine P. Tate has been a member of the Azalea Home and Garden Club Florence, South Carolina for over twenty three years. Radine has served in the position of secretary, treasurer and eventually President serving two consecutive terms.  As President she worked closely with the City of Florence in maintaining the beautification of the Azalea Home and Garden Club Park and collaboratively worked with Florence School District One on many projects.

Radine is a member of the Florence Garden Club Council and currently serves as the Treasurer. She continues to provide support to the council with various focus projects in the community.

Radine was introduced to gardening at a young age by her parents with working in their vegetable garden and continues to produce vegetables from her raised bed vegetable garden. She also enjoys her many house plants and has an interest in floral design. Radine is currently a Student Flower Show Judge.

Radine is married to William (Bill) Tate and they reside in Effingham, South Carolina (Florence County). They have two daughters, one son in law and the proud grandmother of two granddaughters.

Mildred S. Thomas, Co-Director East Sandhills District

Mildred Thomas is a 25 year member of the Azalea Home and Garden Club. She has served four  two  year  terms as president and one term as vice president of her club. She is also a member of the Florence Garden Club Council.
Mildred credits her love of gardening to her father who was an avid gardner as she was growing up, also to her late husband whose family were big crop farmers in the area. She boasts of being “a city girl” having married a “country boy”. All of these are influences of which led  her to become a  Certified Master Gardner.
When she isn’t traveling or entertaining, one of her favorite past times is gardening. Some of her gardening experiences include being a rosearian, cultivating many varieties of fruit and fruit trees, growing prize winning caladiums, ornamental gourds, and her latest interest, growing orchids.  She has won numerous Blue Ribbons at the County Fair for her house plants. Throughout her many travels, she has visited  the National Arboretum and  the Arboretums and Botanical Gardens of other states and countries, respectfully.
Mildred is the widow of Calvin Thomas and the mother of two sons and two grandsons. She holds a B.S. Degree in Organizational Management and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. After serving in various administrative and educational capacities within the school districts, she has retired and currently resides in Effingham, SC.
**She notes that all of her outdoor gardening is done under the watchful eyes of her two beloved pet companions, “Gabby” and “Chachie”.
She is committed and passionate about GardenForLife.





     Organization(Grade/Student#)                              Sponsoring Garden Club

Bishopville’s Little Sprouts (K-8 /14)                     Bishopville GC 

Lee County Career & TechCenter(9-12 /18          Bishopville GC 


East Sandhills District Federated Garden Clubs:

500ES- Azalea Garden Club, Sumter
582ES- Azalea Home and Garden Club, Effingham and Florence
373ES-Bay Blossom Garden Club, Florence
280ES- Bishopville Garden Club, Bishopville
507ES- Camelia Garden Club, Florence
451ES- Darlinton Garden  Club, Darlington
461ES- Forget-Me-Not Garden Club, Florence
110ES- Four O’Clock Garden Club, Florence
519ES- Lee Gardeners Garden Club, Lynchburg
308ES- Pageland Garden Clu, Pageland
042ES- Pine Haven Garden Club, Florence
120ES- Poinsett-Bland Garden Club, Sumter
566ES- Quinby Garden Club, Quinby
363ES- Sunflower Garden Club, Bennettsville
031ES- Wildwood Garden Club, Florence


C05ES- Florence Council of Garden Clubs
C11ES- The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter, Inc.