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Michele Roberts


For The Lancaster News

The Lancaster Garden Club held a special event Feb. 20 at the Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Presbyterian Church on Gay Street.

Guest speaker was Joanna Angle of “Palmetto Places” on South Carolina ETV, who presented a slide show entitled “Historic Trees for Historic Places” about historic trees in the local area, as well as those found throughout the state.

Some of the trees included in the slide show were trees across the state that had received the designation of South Carolina Heritage Trees, a program that was developed in 2004 as a way to identify and recognize trees in South Carolina that evoke great community spirit.

Some of the Heritage Trees include the Angel Oak in Charleston (2004); the Wade Hampton Oak in Conway (2004); Trees of the USC Horseshoe, Columbia (2006); and the Winthrop Magnolia in Rock Hill (2010).

President Judith Dill of the Garden Club of South Carolina (GCSC), as well as members of all Lancaster garden clubs and members of the Master Gardners Club of York County attended the special presentation.

“Historic Trees for Historic Places” is a statewide project of the Garden Club of South Carolina and is Dill’s president’s project.

The meeting was held at the Cultural Arts Center at the Old Presbyterian Church because, in keeping with the HTHP project, local garden clubs have started landscaping restoration on the premises.