Master Gardeners of York County hosting garden tour April 12 in Rock Hill

April 6, 2014 

Tour gardens Saturday in Rock Hill

The Master Gardeners of York County’s 2014 Spring Garden Tour features four gardens in the Harlinsdale Community in Rock Hill.

The tour, a Come-See-Me Festival event, will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The gardens are:

• Robert and Charlotte Hogue, 2758 Harlinsdale Drive: Highlighted with an entrance atrium that includes a swimming pool, viburnum, hemlock and cryptomeria provide the backdrop for a host of hollies and azaleas.

• Ken and Louise Sana, 3036 Harlinsdale Drive: This hillside retreat is approached via a sweeping front yard with its velvety zoysia turf beckoning you to saunter up the driveway. The elegant Georgian-style home is complemented by a palette of hollies that define the entrance and front yard. Several container plantings add warmth and color to the impressive hardscape. The backyard provides a quiet oasis, screened from adjoining properties and livened by song birds. Two large sculptures guard the rear yard, surrounded by beds of perennials beds.

• Steve Bott, 2976 Kaneland Court: Built in the 1990s, the Bott home and property feature a host of horticultural treasures and delights, inspired by the owner’s knowledge and love of gardening.

• Jim and Sheree Welsh, 2981 Ellington Drive: A long driveway meanders through a lush woodland and crosses a small stream to this property. Volunteer dogwoods abound, along with mountain laurel, native azaleas and Japanese irises. The drive leads to a perennial and annual garden to the west of the home, filled with day lilies, perennial hibiscus, and black-eyed Susan. English laurel, azaleas and gardenias provide a fragrant walk to the entrance of the home.

In case of rain, the tour will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, including a map, visit

Relay for Life 5K Saturday

The Stars of Hope Relay for Life team of First Baptist Church in York will sponsor a 5K Hippity Hoppity Hope Easter run/walk to benefit the relay.

The event, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, and the route will begin at the church and go through a residential part of York.

Early packet pickup will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the church fellowship hall. Race-day registration and packet pickup will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

For details, call 803-684-4297 or visit Online registration is available at

Choral groups unite Sunday

The York County Choral Society and Chamber Singers, in collaboration with the Winthrop Chorale and Chamber Singers, present Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a secular cantata featuring the Civil War poetry of Walt Whitman at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University.

Soloists are Kristen Wunderlich, soprano, and Jeffrey McEvoy, baritone. Also featured will be music by Vaughan Williams’ British predecessors, contemporaries and successors. All groups are under Katherine Kinsey, director of choral activities at Winthrop University and artistic director of the YCCS.

General admission costs $15, seniors 62 and older $10, students with ID $5. For info, visit

Learn about school readiness April 15

Susan W. DeVenny, executive director of South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, will talk at the noon April 15 Lake Wylie Rotary Club meeting at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Road.

In addition to supporting the work of local county partnerships across the state, First Steps is responsible for the state’s early intervention system (BabyNet) and community-based preschool (4k) programs through the Child Development and Education Pilot Program. DeVenny also serves as the director of the SC Early Childhood Advisory Council, whose members serve jointly as state trustees of First Steps.

She was elected in 2009 as secretary for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, representing 90,000 early childhood professionals worldwide. She has served on the board of the United Way Association of South Carolina since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from Furman University and her graduate degree from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Alston, and their four children live in Lancaster.

Lunch costs $9, catered by Christopher’s. Visit to reserve lunch or for more information.

Catawba Indian to speak at women’s meeting

The River Hills Women’s Club will meet April 16 at River Hills Country Club.

Travis Blue of the Catawba Indian Nation will discuss the history of the Catawba tribe, their language, traditional dress, music and pottery and will share information about the relationship between the Catawba Indians and River Hills. His program will include a demonstration of a Indian dance.

Social time begins at noon followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Email to make a reservation.

Club membership is open to River Hills Country Club members and River Hills residents. Email to join.

Tour of homes around Lake Wylie planned

The 29th annual Clover-Lake Wylie Tour of Homes and Gardens will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26, sponsored by Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women.

Visitors will tour six custom-designed homes showcasing a mix of traditional and contemporary styles and lush flowering gardens.

On the day of the event, a buffet luncheon will be served at the River Hills Country Club from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a strolling fashion show by Chico’s and the Mens’ Pro Shop. Cost is $16, payable in the dining room the day of the tour.

Tour tickets are $20 available at The Cleaners in Lake Wylie Plaza or by calling 803-831-0689. Tickets also will be sold at the River Hills Plantation security gate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of the tour.

Tour proceeds benefit the Fay Bergman college scholarship to be awarded one or more qualified Clover High School seniors in May.

Scouts holding craft show April 26

Boy Scout Troop 1280 and Girl Scout Troop 2822 will hold an Arts & Crafts Show April 26 at First United Methodist Church, 124 Bethel St.

Barbecue plates will be sold for $7 a plate.

All proceeds go to the troops.

To become a vendor or for more information, call 803-431-0299.

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