Azalea Garden Club members peek at the past through pictures

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MANNING - Sorting through decades of pictures and historic memorabilia brought back fond memories for Ginny Honea and Marie Land, members of the Azalea Garden Club of Manning.

The club's president, Honea, and Land, who is a former president, were having a wonderful time on Tuesday afternoon at the Clarendon County Archives going through more than 70 years of their club's history documented in scrapbooks and picture albums that the club donated to the archives years ago.

"The Azalea Garden Club of Manning was founded in March of 1948 and federated later that year in November," Honea said while she and Land looked at decades of pictures. "We made $261.41 on our cookbook that we sold more than 30 years ago."

The club has maintained a membership of between 20 and 30 members during the course of its history and has earned numerous awards and recognition for events the club hosted, including symposiums, programs on anti-littering, flower arranging, gardening, working with young students making birdhouses and gingerbread houses and decorating for special occasions and the holidays.

"We've held several Holiday House Tours, and we were honored to be asked to decorate Millford Plantation for two years," Land said. "It's just so much fun looking through these pictures about how much each of us has changed and how the fashions have changed.

"It's also a little sad to see pictures of members we've lost who added so much to our community and organization."

The club's 70th anniversary celebration, Tea Party on the Porch, will be a private moment for the members to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

"We can't wait," Honea said. "It will be so much fun."