West Low Country

West Low Country Director – Nancy Karl
803-649-7907 [h], 803-617-8960 [c]
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I started to think about how far back I remembered flowers in my life. My first memory was as a Long Island grammar school kid on my way to school with my siblings. In the spring we would stop at a large honeysuckle bush where we would tear aprt the flowers to lick the nectar. Next was the lady’s house around the corner from me. Her small house was totally shaded by large trees so it was not possible to grow grass. Her entire yard was covered with Lily of the Valley. She gave my Mom a clump once and it multiplied over the years. I planted sections from the clump in every house we owned, even here in SC. My favorite memory is riding my bike and much later by VW Bug to the nearby ball field to cut Lilacs for Mother’s Day. She always acted surprise; it is still my favorite flower. I only regret that it does not grow here. I can’t imagine my life without flowers in it.

When I moved to SC I was determined to join a garden club. It was the second thing I joined after the Camellia Society. I have been the Aiken Garden Club Council President and the GCSC Recording Secretary but I am more honored to act as the Co-Director of the West Low Country District. I hope to meet as many of you as possible. Sandy and Anna will be a hard act to follow. I am good with faces but terrible with names so please remind me when we meet again. When I taught I used my seating chart well into January!

District Co-Director-Kathy New

I grew up in a small mill town, with beautiful clapboard white houses that dated back to 1880-1930.  Our home was at the end of the dirt street, lined with old oak trees. No one had grass in the front yard, because the grass was plucked, the yard was swept and raked with perfect lines. I can remember hydrangeas around all the homes.  In the summer, the whole street would be lined with huge oaks and blue hydrangeas blooming. That was the front yard. The back and side yards would have vegetable gardens. You have to realize that most of the parents grew up during the Great Depression and World War II, when the whole yards were planted in “Victory” gardens to provide food for the families and neighbors. This is what I remember as a child, and this memory planted the seeds for loving natural, cottage gardens, and to GrowFORlife.

I am excited to be Co-Director of WLC, along with Director, Nancy Karl. I have been involved in a garden club for the past 18 years, thanks to an invitation by a sweet friend. There are too many chairs or offices to list that I have held in my local club over the years, and I have served as the president of Aiken Garden Club Council, chairman of committees of the West Low Country and state tour chair of the GCSC Garden Tour held in Aiken. My favorite involvement has been working with membership. I love meeting people, helping to increase club memberships, and creating potential clubs. The next two years, I want to help your club in any way I can to keep your club strong, increase membership, along with educating the youth, as they are our future GCSC memberships. Best of all, I look forward to seeing the results of your garden club projects with your Awards submissions. I cannot write them for you, but I can certainly answer any questions you might have about the Awards. PS: My husband, Steven, and I just celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary, and we have a house full of kids and grands for Sunday dinner. Steve and I are members of Garden Makers Garden Club.

West Low Country District Federated Garden Clubs:

044WL- Beaufort Garden Club, Beaufort, SC
268WL- Beech Island Garden Club,Beech Island, SC
336WL- Blackville Garden Club, Blackville, SC
248WL- Camellia Garden Club, Beaufort, SC
260WL- Camellia Garden Club, Cameron, SC
098WL- Campbell Ashley Garden Club, Cottageville, SC
486WL- Carolina Hills Garden Club, North Augusta, SC
139WL- Cereus Gardeners, Aiken, SC
116WL- Country Gardeners Garden Club, Aiken, SC
258WL- Dataw Garden Club, Dataw Island, SC
158WL- Dirt Dabblers Garden Club, Bamberg, SC
080WL- Dogwood Garden Club, Orangeburg, SC
283WL- Elloree Garden Club, Elloree, SC
508WL- Evergreen Garden Club, Elloree, SC
545WL- Evergreen Garden Club, Brunson, SC
170WL- Fairfax Garden and Study Club, Fairfax, SC
330WL- Garden Makers Garden Club, Aiken, SC
287WL- Green Gardeners Garden Club, Aiken, SC
576WL- Hilton Head Island Garden Club, Hilton Head Island, SC
127WL- Hoe N’ Hope Garden Club, Orangeburg, SC
173WL- Ivy Garden Club, Ridgeland, SC
269WL- Ivy Garden Club, Williston, SC
100WL- Ladys Island Garden Club, Ladys Island,SC
643WL- Lovely Oaks Garden Club, Orangeburg, SC
376WL- Magnolia Garden Club, Varnville, SC
115WL- Mayfield Garden Club, Walterboro, SC
012WL- Palmetto Garden Club, Beaufort, SC
324WL- Palmetto Garden Club of Denmark, SC
082WL- Palmetto Garden Club, North Augusta, SC
024WL – Palmetto Garden Club, Orangeburg, SC
038WL- Rose Garden Club, St. George, SC
396WL- Sandy Acres/Pine Needle Garden Club, Jackson, SC
241WL- Sea Island Garden Club, Beaufort, SC
368WL- Sea Pines Garden Club, Hilton Head Island, SC
205WL- Seed and Weed Garden Club, Crocketville, SC
390WL- Springfield Garden Club, Springfield, SC
151WL- Suburban Garden Club, Aiken, SC
232WL- Sunshine Garden Club, Aiken, SC
311WL- Terrace Garden Club, North Augusta, SC
255WL- The Avid Gardeners, Hilton Head Island
490WL- Wagener Garden Club, Wagener, SC

District Councils

C20WL- Aiken Garden Club Council, Aiken, SC
C04WL- Beaufort Council of Garden Clubs, Beaufort, SC
C10WL- North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, North Augusta, SC
C14WL- Orangeburg Council of Garden Clubs, Orangeburg, SC