SC Botanical Garden | Clemson, SC
Get Your Hands Dirty
Novice gardeners love it. Little ones play in the children’s garden and around the duck pond. Couples tie the knot there regularly. And the rest of us make a day of it, whenever we can.
“It” is South Carolina’s beautiful Botanical Garden, filled with earthly delights, including the very unusual Oconee Bells and the smooth-purple Coneflower, which drips purple loveliness.
Found at Clemson University, the garden is worth a visit any time of year, but especially in spring and summer. This living museum encourages visitors to interact within it, and the garden showcases the rich, natural heritage of South Carolina.
This diverse area covers almost 300 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. A butterfly garden enchants, and the wildflower meadow delights. The natural Heritage Garden Trail invites visitors to wander through the state’s different habitats, from sandy barrier islands, to the mountain forests nearby.
WOW Factor: An official American Hosta Society display garden never fails to elicit oohs and ahhs. More than 300 varieties of camellias offer their individually elegant flowers, and a large collection of hollies, hydrangeas, magnolias and native plants make you want to pull out your credit card and bring some of these babies home (The nursery at SCBG produces high quality plants for sale to support the gardens and enhance the gardens of those who visit.)
Be sure to visit the Class of 1939 Caboose Garden and the Class of 1942 Golden Tigers Garden.
Hint: Walking shoes, obviously, and a bottle of water won’t hurt during the summer months. Pick up a map at the Fran Hansen Discovery Center. Clemson University is a lovely campus with lots of green, so plan to walk around the school grounds after your garden visit. This is Tiger Town, so you’ll see lots of orange and, during football season, tiger tails hanging from car trunks, and tiger paws adorning everything from pavement to angelic little faces.
Learn more: www.clemson.edu/public/scbg
Photo: South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University
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