Lady's Island Garden Club
Lady's Island, SC 29907

Surprised by Simplicity: Gardening Greener

Our Mission
To encourage interest in all phases of gardening and to promote better horticultural practice, civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources.

Trees for All Seasons
South Carolina honors trees.  The Palmetto Palm and the crescent moon grace the state flag.  

Lady's Island and the Beaufort, SC area  are blessed with the magnificence of our mighty oaks and magnolias.  But as we walk and study the bounty of our historic area we see that the abundant richness and diversity of the trees requires sharing.

We have a beautiful city.  We are challenged to identify the many beautiful trees growing in the gardens of our citizens.  We are inspired to develop a tree walk that will enable us to share this abundance.

Lady's Island Garden Club applauds the new officers for 2015-2017. Visit our President's Report & Officers page.
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Beaufort Tree Walk
A Self-guided Tour of Beautiful Trees developed by the Lady's Island Garden Club

Click here for the Tree Walk Update 2015

Click here to open the complete Guide Book  (Smart phone & tablet friendly! PDF file)

Take the virtual tour powered by Aurasma. 
Click the following links to get your Aurasma app for your devices:  Apple  |  Android

Alternatively, you can click on the following links to view the individual pages of the guide book.
When the window opens, expand it to full screen mode for the most readable view. After you open the page, you can print it by clicking on "File" on your browser menu, then click "Print."  You can print all of the pages and collate them to create your own Beaufort Tree Walk guide book.




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The Fifth grade students at Beaufort Elementary School are studying the trees in the Beaufort Tree Walk during the four seasons of the year. This is a video that they have made along their first walk in early September. The students created an App powered by Aurasma for smart phones for our Beaufort Tree Walk to complement the Lady's Island Garden Club Tree Walk. You can download the app by clicking the links beside the brochure shown above. 

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The fifth grade class has completed their year-long study of trees on the Lady's Island Garden Club Beaufort Tree Walk.  This May morning, the children and their teachers are meeting on the green for their final walk of the year. The excellent teacher's have guided this study with a partnership with the LIGC. The study combines science and technology.  The end product is to have the children create an audio recording of their tree study.  Each team presents their research as they walk the Tree Walk. An audio of their work will be available through an Ap for smart phones created by the classes.  This Ap will be available for anyone taking the tree walk: locals and tourists.


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The History of Lady's Island Garden Club

Early in 1973 a group of gardening enthusiasts, with the help of local garden club activists Lydia Carter and Cissy Howell, set out to establish a garden club on Lady‟s Island for the primary purpose of encouraging interest in all phases of gardening, environmental protection and conservation while providing service to their island  community, in these areas.

In November 1973, Lady‟s Island Garden Club was formally organized with 19 charter members:

Ruth Baird
Lorrain Boulger
Rachel Butt
Rae Carter
Lucy Chiles        
Martha Dooley
Betty Frick
Margaret Greene
 Vi Hawley
Lois Hightower
Teddy Hislop
Sarah Keller
Ann McCaffrey
Edie Rodgers
Betsy Smith           

Lee Stockell
Evelyn Taylor
Jerry Tomlison
Frances Weed   

The first official meeting was held in December 1973 and the first officers were elected. Edie Rodgers presented the slate of officers:

President Jerry Tomlison
1st Vice President Vi Hawley
2nd Vice President Frances Weed
Secretary Rae Carter 
Treasurer Martha Dooley
Historian Betty Frick

By the time the Club was federated in April 1974 membership had grown to 23. As a Federated club Lady‟s Island Garden Club became a member of -- the Beaufort Council of Garden Clubs, West Low Country District, Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc, South Atlantic Region, and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. It continues to be an active and progressive Club supporting initiatives established by all the various levels of the federation.

In December 2003 the Club celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a “Tea Party” at the home of then President Jean Herrmann. This event honored charter members: Martha Dooley, Vi Hawley, Teddy Hislop, Edie Rodgers Martin, Lee Stockell, as well as former member Sarah Keller.

A most notable civic project the Club has sponsored since 1986 is the Blue Star Marker, located at the Lady‟s Island-St. Helena Fire Station on Route 21. Garden clubs around the country were sponsoring such markers to honor World War II veterans, and expanded the program in 1951 to recognize American men and women serving in all conflicts. Initially under the Presidential leadership of Teddy Hislop with backing by Edie Rodgers, then President of the Beaufort Council; the marker was purchased, installed and landscaped under the sponsorship of LIGC and dedicated in May 1986.In 2001 the refurbished marker was rededicated in a ceremony attended by military and local dignitaries along with the Parris Island color guard and the Brass Quintet. Charter member Martha Dooley, LIGC Chair, Blue Star Memorial Committee, was in charge of the refurbishment. She worked with the Garden Club of SC, which assisted LIGC with financing the project, and with the State Representative, Dist. 124, Honorable Edie Rodgers, liaison to various organizations represented at the rededication ceremony on March 16, 2001.

Plantings around public buildings, area roadways, and schools have been among the projects the Club has participated in throughout the years. We continue to work with other area clubs in sponsoring flower shows (the most recent being the Camellia Show in January 2004), local garden and house tours (to benefit the Beaufort Historic Society, and the Art Council), and planting projects with area youth (The Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort, and Lady‟s Island Middle School, as well as Coosa Elementary School). These activities not only keep the Club in touch with the community, but also help to educate all age groups in the area.

In 2002 under the chairmanship of Bobbie Cahill, our Club started working with the children at Lady's Island Middle School in designing and planting to encourage wildlife. We used Arbor Day as a learning experience, planting 3 ribbon palms there in 2002. The teachers and students designed a program around the event, which included not only the planting, but songs and poetry to commemorate Arbor Day. We continued in the early Spring of 2004 to enlarge the LIMS garden by incorporating a Carolina Fence Garden into the design, to draw birds and butterflies. This brought into play the SC Butterfly – the Tiger Swallowtail, SC Wildflower – Goldenrod, the SC State bird – the Carolina Wren, the SC stone – Blue Granite, and already in place, the SC state tree – the palmetto. Upkeep and additional embellishments were added in 2005.

2006 found the members involved not only in ongoing projects carried on from the previous year, but also adding the planning and planting of native plants and grasses around the "Welcome to Lady's Island" sign by the McTeer Bridge from Port Royal. Lady's Island Business Association (LIBA) provided a plaque with our name on it to identify who put together and maintains the garden around the "Welcome" sign. We also had the opportunity to help Friends of Hunting Island plant 20 thousand Sea Oats in an effort to help preserve the newly re-nourished beach
sands in this barrier island state park.The Club‟s ongoing project has been providing the Thanksgiving tray favors for Bayview Nursing Home, the Naval Hospital. We have recently added other area residential care facilities. This Project that usually takes place at the November meeting, has provided thousands of patients with a touch of festive Thanksgiving to enjoy long after the holiday is over. Introduced and approved by membership in September, 2006, the Club took on the development of the Beaufort Tree Walk Project, as suggested by Cecile Dorr. The first public invitational walk took place on May 12, 2008. Since then our Club has received a multitude of awards from local to National recognition.Please review the section about On-going Projects and Contributions for a more in-depth view of what our LIGC is doing.

Past LIGC Presidents

  • Mrs. Robert Tomlinson 1973-75
  • Mrs. Nathan Weed 1975-77
  • Mrs. Albert Ahrenholz 1977-79
  • Mrs. James Ingram 1979-80
  • Mrs. Charles Stockell 1980-82
  • Mrs. Charles Wilson 1982-84
  • Mrs. Albert Hislop 1984-86
  • Mrs. Jack Matthews 1986-88
  • Mrs. Edward Dooley 1988-90
  • Mrs. Robert Barnard 1990-91
  • Mrs. Harry Smythe 1991-92
  • Mrs. Jack Boulger 1992-94
  • Mrs. Edward Dooley 1994-95
  • Mrs. Edie Rodgers 1995-96
  • Mrs. David Boyd 1996-97
  • Mrs. Arthur Taylor 1997-99
  • Mrs. Harold Cahill 1999-01
  • Mrs. Philip Lank 2001-03
  • Mrs. Roger Herrmann 2003-04
  • Mrs. Peter Buchanan 2004-06
  • Mrs. Tom Olson 2006-07
  • Mrs. Carl Dorr 2007-09
  • Mrs. Joseph Floyd 2009-2011 
  • Mrs. Anne Peters  2011-2013
  • Mrs. Rob Hilton 2013-2015
  • Mrs. Donna Berger 2015-2017
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