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Splendor in the Garden Tour

By Nathan Elliott

ON SATURDAY, MAY 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. tour six beautifully landscaped local gardens that the McCormick Garden Club is privileged to host as it celebrates 70 years as a federated member of the Garden Clubs of South Carolina. From several well-established gardens to one that has been recently completely renovated, visitors will discover a variety of gardens—each with a unique personality that reflects the individual owner’s vision and taste.
The “Tranquility Garden” features a Fairy Garden leading to a babbling brook that flows into a Koi pond with a special area set aside as a memorial to Madge Wideman, a treasured member of the Garden Club for many years. The “Back to Nature Garden” is of special interest for native plant enthusiasts with dogwoods lining the front drive and a shade garden with oakleaf hydrangea, Japanese maples, and 500 year old ivy.
The owner of the “Everchanging/Surprising Garden” finds “calm in the hostas, vigor in the roses, ferns that impress her, and inspiration from the many iris.” The fountain in the front yard, the pond in the back yard, and beautiful kinetic garden art make this garden a “must see!” And there are three more gardens in addition to these where you may find inspiration and fresh ideas for your own garden as you chat with the owners and hostesses who can provide information about the plantings.
Purchase a ticket and help fund this club’s community and beautification projects such as maintenance of the garden areas at the library, the MACK sign, and the Blue Star Memorial at the courthouse. In addition, The McCormick Children’s Home, the MACK Summer Program, the Clemson 4-H Club, the First Steps program, and the McCormick Historical Commission are just several of the local organizations that receive financial support from this club. 
The ”Splendor in the Garden” tour will be a part of McCormick’s Flea Market on Main Bazaar taking place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, and tickets for the tour will be available for $15.00 each starting March 27 at The Red Rooster, the Chamber of Commerce, The MACK, or from a garden club member.

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