The Charleston Horticultural Society Scholarship at Trident Technical College

Meet our 2019 -20 Scholarship Recipient Lindsey Clarke below!

Charleston Horticultural Society is pleased to announce the newly established Charleston Horticultural Society Scholarship at Trident Technical College (TTC) in supporter of their Horticultural Technology program.

Each year TTC students apply for $400,000 in scholarships funded by businesses, individuals and organizations. TTC’s Horticultural program enrolls about 100 students a semester with many of them typically older than the traditional college student and many attend on a part-time basis while working and supporting families. The new Charleston Horticultural Society Scholarship will award one deserving horticultural studies student with $1000 per year, supporting that student both semesters in their advancement of their education. The selected student will also have opportunities to volunteer and possibly intern with a Charleston gardening professional during or after their studies.

The new TTC Charleston Horticultural Society Scholarship was established in honor of CHS Founding Member and long-time supporter and friend Evelyn Moore ‘Patti’ McGee. McGee, a 2012 recipient of the Garden Club of America’s illustrious Honorary Member award for her ‘extraordinary efforts in the fields of gardening, botany, conservation and education through the extension of honorary memberships’ is widely known for her extensive home gardening and educational and conservation efforts throughout Charleston. She is also a founding member of the Charleston Horticultural Society, has served as a board member of the Garden Conservancy, has been featured in numerous national publications, gardening books and television shows, and is also the 2009 recipient of the prestigious1830 Award Medal from the Charleston Horticultural Society, the organization’s highest honor for gardening and horticultural excellence.

Lindsey Clarke (2019 – 20 Scholarship Recipient) Starting from a young age, Lindsey says she’s always loved plants and being in the garden.  Her mother instilled in her a passion for learning plant names, and how to set up a garden to visiting parks and garden in their travels and around the home.  She knew working in horticulture was the next logical step when she resigned from a 20 year career in Sports Medicine 2 years ago. She enrolled full time at Trident Technical College in the Fall of 2018, and hasn’t looked back.  She started her company called Blómstra 3 years ago. doing design, consulting, and running workshops on floral design and terrarium building. Volunteer efforts include The Green Heart Project, a local non-profit supporting and educating primary school students on all aspects of urban farming, and Fresh Future Farms, an urban farm in North Charleston addressing and bringing light to food insecurity in the Charleston area.  She is also and member of The Charleston Horticultural Society, as well as coHORT, our new young persons’  gardening group.

Friends and supporters can make a contribution to the new TTC Charleston Horticultural Society Scholarship in honor of Patti McGee by calling the CHS offices at 843.579.9922 or by making an online donation.