Hats off to the gardeners and wannabes and those who appreciate garden design and art at the 2nd Annual Driftwood Garden Tour held on Saturday, June 1. The 2019 self-guided tour featured 10 gardens in the North Myrtle Beach and Little River area. For the second year, La Belle Amie Vineyard and the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum participated in the tour. Roughly 100 tour-goers, including members of several garden clubs throughout the Coastal District, were treated to delightful and unique pollinator and succulent gardens, native plants, vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, colorful potted plants, shade plants, garden art and natural wildlife habitats. Giant Leopard Plants (Farfugium, also known as Tractor Seat Plants) were a big hit at the Tidewater homes on the tour. Various hues of Hydrangea in full bloom graced many of the garden beds. Driftwood members handcrafted containers and filled them with pollinator plants to complement each garden on the tour.
Ticket and garden art purchases benefit the Driftwood’s support of civic beautification projects. Driftwood is most appreciative of the community support including that of the North Myrtle Beach Times and all of its tour sponsors to include Buds & Blooms Florist, Carolina Greenery, Eagles Nest Golf Club, Elliott Realty, Home Depot, Little Nursery Farm and Plants Direct. Congratulations to Brenda Stroup, a member of the Georgetown Garden Club, who won the gift basket.
Driftwood Garden Club’s fun-filled 2nd Annual Garden Tour on June 1 kicked off a full week of celebrations as part of National Garden Week, June 2-8, 2019. As an affiliate of the National Garden Clubs Inc. (NGC) and the Garden Club of South Carolina, South Atlantic Region, Driftwood promotes the objectives of beautification, education, gardening and service in the North Myrtle Beach and Little River communities. According to the NGC, National Garden Week is “an opportunity to encourage pride in your community, interest new members, and work with other groups to be part of those efforts.” Driftwood’s 2019 National Garden Week theme was “Hats Off to a Southern Garden.”
Between Memorial Day and June 2, handcrafted wreaths were placed at the eight Blue Star Memorial Markers purchased and maintained by Driftwood. The Markers honor the men and women of our past, present and future armed forces.
Driftwood’s Ellen Rindfuss placed her wreath at the Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Ralph H. Ellis County Complex Building at Stevens Crossroads.
Driftwood member Kathy Turnauer’s wreath was put at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.
A Blue Star Memorial Marker wreath made by Ginny Cooper was placed at the C. Virgil Yow Park on Windy Hill Road.
On June 3, Driftwood held a moving ceremony, “Remembering Our Veterans”, at the South Carolina Welcome Center in Little River. They were joined by certified training specialist Mary Owens and members of American Legion Post 186 led by Captain John Pazoga. Sharon Robinson, Driftwood’s newly installed president, welcomed the participants with her opening remarks. Emily Stephens and Linda Siceloff placed their wreath at the recently refurbished marker.
Driftwood members also placed two of their floral arrangements at the North Myrtle Beach City Hall on Second Avenue South.
The S.C. Welcome Center display was arranged by Marsha McCollum.
Driftwood members chose a special arrangement to use in the North Myrtle Beach Library display case.
A special loral arrangement furnished by Trudy Sobotka went to the Little River Library.
Driftwood members celebrated “Hats off to a Southern Garden” with a luncheon at the Olive Garden on June 3 followed by a visit to each member’s garden over the next three days.