Outdoor Beauty: Jean Rothrock

By Leslie Moore

Outdoor Beauty: Jean Rothrock

Jean Rothrock, Waccamaw Landscaping for The Hammock Shops Village

Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Georgetown with my husband of 21 years, Steve, but was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and grew up in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. My family vacationed here while I was growing up, and I always loved the area. I studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia and had to do a graduate project to complete my studies. Most of the students just created something, but I wanted real work that might make a difference, so I asked a family friend, Foster McKissick, if he had something I could do. He gave me a project in Litchfield by the Sea, came to my presentation and offered me a position after graduation. Thirty years later, I’m still here.

I started Waccamaw Landscaping in 1985 and have been blessed with steady growth since we started. We are a design and build firm, meaning we can carry you through the entire project from design to maintenance. My extremely talented partner, Chad O’Brien, and I specialize in unique residential and commercial work that allows us to express our design and construction techniques, such as The Hammock Shops Village.

What is your favorite way to spend your birthday? What was one of your best birthdays?

I like spending my birthday surrounded by family and friends – usually it is very low key. But, my most memorable birthday was my 50th when my college roommate, and very good friend, got us tickets to the Opera Festival in Verona, Italy – needless to say, we had a wonderful time.

Do you collect anything? What? Tell us about your collection.

I actually collect a number of things – houses [laughing] and pets (I have three dogs I take to the office every day, three cats and two dogs that live in our home in Scotland). My husband is passionate about antiques and has been in the antique business, so I also collect antique glass paperweights (I have about 75), and antique crystal scent bottles (I have about 50-60).

What’s your favorite photograph in your home?

It’s not anything anyone else would love, but I snapped a photo with my phone of my three dogs and Otis the cat, on the couch, waiting for me to go to work. This photo makes me happy every time I see it.

Waccamaw Landscaping has done a wonderful job with the improvements at The Hammock Shops Village. What’s your favorite thing about working with this property? What’s upcoming with the project?

Chad and I started this project a year and a half ago and have really loved working with the owners, the Truluck family, and admire their commitment to this property and its importance to our community. Originally, The Hammock Shops were called The Hammock Shops and Nursery, so landscaping has always played a huge part in its design. Three generations of Trulucks are involved in restoring The Hammock Shops and they have made a long term commitment to the property which really is the heart of Pawleys Island. I am honored to be able to take their vision and make it a reality – it really has become my favorite project.

We have tried to capture the essence of The Hammock Shops and the Pawleys Island lifestyle, preserving the history of the area while updating the grounds and infrastructure so it will be sustainable for many years to come. We started by updating all the construction services – adding sidewalks, burying all power lines, adding new paving, parking etc. Then, we started on the pretty part! This is a family friendly, dog friendly environment with a state of the art playground, lots of seating throughout the area and gorgeous plantings that reflect the traditional southern palette – azaleas, camellias, sasanquas, hydrangeas, magnolias, etc. There should be something blooming every time you visit.

The Trulucks are positioning The Hammock Shops Village to take its place as the center of our community with events planned throughout the year and wonderful public gathering spaces. We want people to come back over and over, to enjoy what’s here and see what’s new. More enhancements are currently in progress– new walkways, plantings and more. Please stop by and let us know what you think!

The Hammock Shops Village, located at 10880 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, just north of the North Causeway traffic light, is open seven days a week and has a variety of shopping and dining options. To learn more, visit www.thehammockshops.com.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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