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Keep Horry County Beautiful Announces Tree Dedication Ceremony

Conway, South Carolina – The Yaupon Garden Club and the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee, along with PalmettoPride, announce an Arbor Day  dedicationtree dedication ceremony December 4, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Vereen Memorial Gardens located at 2250 Highway 179 in Little River.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Garden Club was awarded a Community Pride grant in 2015 from PalmettoPride for the purpose of purchasing trees to be installed at the gardens.  Members of the Garden Club, staff from Horry County Parks and Recreation and Horry County Planning and Zoning have designed and planted flowering Dogwood, American Holly, Black Cherry and Turkey Oak trees in the gardens in an effort to beautify and recreate the natural character of the Olde Kings Highway.  NOTE:Vereen Memorial Gardens contains a 300-foot segment of the original Olde  The King's Highway, which  was a roughly 1,300-mile colonial road laid out from between 1650 and 1735. in the American colonies.  The highway was ordered built by Charles II of England who directed his colonial governors to link Charleston, South Carolina, and to Boston, Massachusetts. There are few portions of the roadway that remain undeveloped or accessible to the public.

For 20 years, the Yaupon Garden Club has participated with Horry County in the care and maintenance of Vereen Memorial Gardens.  These activities have included planting trees and shrubs and removing litter, weeds, and debris from the 115 acres of coastal forest, tidal marsh and waterfront along the intracoastal Intracoastal Waterway.front.  The Club formally adopted Vereen Memorial Gardens in February 2015.  By adopting the Gardens, the Yaupon Garden Club has agreed to hold six cleanups between February 2015 and February 2017.  Keep Horry County Beautiful, which is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has agreed to provide the gloves, vests, bags, and grabbers for the cleanups.

The next meeting of the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee is November 24, 2015, at 2:30 PM in Multi-purpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.  If you want to get involved in keeping our boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter-free throughout the year, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (email or 915-7893). 



Vereen Memorial Gardens Photo Contest

Little River, SC-Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens is hosting a contest featuring photographs taken within the gardens during 2014 or 2015.  First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each of three divisions:  Adult, Youth 13-18, and Children 12 and under.  Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Two photographs of sizes up to 8”x10” printed in color may be submitted per photographer.
  • All submissions must be matted to 11”x14”. 
  • Photos should not have writing of any kind on the front of the work. 
  • Multiple images in one mat or collages will not be judged.
  • Entrants must attach a tag to the back of each photograph with their name, division (including age if 18 or younger), phone number, and e-mail address, as well as the date the photo was taken.
  • Entrants must hold all rights to the submitted photographs.  Photos previously published or pending publication or that violate or infringe on anther’s copyright are not eligible.
  • Editing is allowable but combining photos is not acceptable.
  • Entrants must grant the Vereen Memorial Gardens committee the right to publish and use submitted photos in print and/or electronic form for future advertising and promotions.  All reproduced photos will include a photographer’s credit.  Photographs used digitally will include photographer’s name in credit line.  Entrants should be prepared to provide a digital copy of any photo or be willing to allow the photo to be scanned.
  • Photos must be delivered to the C.B. Berry Center, Highway 179, Little River between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. October 1 or 2, 2015.

Entries will be displayed from October 8-23, 2015, and may be picked up at the Berry Center after October 27, 2015.

Experienced judges from the Coastal Carolina Camera Club and the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens Committee will be judging this contest.  Decision of the judges is final.  For questions or more information, contact Alyssa Craft at (843) 249-4157 or email.



Horry County Patriot Tree Dedication

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the Yaupon Garden Club and the Horry County Historical Society will host a dedication for the Horry County Patriot Tree Project April 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Vereen Memorial Gardens in Little River.

The Horry County Patriot Tree Project pairs live oak trees with soldiers from Horry County who served during the Civil War. Each one of the trees will have a QR code marker which will direct smart phone users to a website listing the soldier’s name, birth date, birth place, death date, burial place, and other available details of the soldier’s service.

During the dedication, eleven trees will be paired with Civil War veterans of Horry County including Samuel Pitman who was killed at the Battle of Antietam. Honored at the ceremony will be:

• Francis Justice
• Robert Livingston
• William Matthews
• Napoleon B. Morse
• Mayham Vereen
• Rollin C. Ward
• John Wesley Vereen
• Joseph Dewitt Vereen
• Joseph Jeremiah Vereen
• William Joseph Vereen
• Samuel Pitman

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Adam Emrick, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning and 843-915-5340.


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