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South Carolina Botanical Garden

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, located in Pickens County, is owned and maintained by one of the largest public college’s in our state, Clemson University. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as the Clemson Botanical Garden. The property comprises 295 acres and is accessible daily, free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Trails and paths provide access to visitors, with the majority being paved.

David Waldrop of Pelzer © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Beginning in 1958 with a humble collection of camellias, the garden has blossomed over time. The garden serves as an outdoor classroom, facilitating education, research, and outreach. It also offers a silent refuge for reflection and relaxation. Features include a nationally-recognized, nature-based sculpture collection, classes and events for citizens and students, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum.

South Carolina Botanical Gardens

Davide Grasso of Milan, Italy, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Before The Bob Campbell Geology Museum was completely envisioned, the university’s rock and mineral collection was housed in the Geology Department in Bracket Hall, under the care of Mrs. Betty Newton. Mrs. Newton dreamed of having the collection easily accessible to the general public and was eager to show it off any time she could. This in turn presented the opportunity for fundraising and grants. A large collection of gemstones and cabochons (a polished but uncut gemstone) were donated by Clemson alumnus, Dr. Paul Benson III in 1990. This collection was created by Dr. Benson’s father, Paul, who was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. This marked the first major donation to what would become the Bob Campbell Geology Museum.

Clemson Botanical Gardens

Katie Moon of Belton, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

History lovers will be pleased to find two historic homes at the garden. Hanover House, an 18th-century plantation house from Berkeley County, moved here to escape demolition, is open as a museum. The Hunt Family Cabin is a log home built in 1826 in nearby Seneca. The cabin, also under the threat of demolition, was relocatd to the Clemson campus in 1955. John C. Calhoun’s 19th-century estate, Fort Hill, is nearby as well; it stands in the midst of Clemson’s main campus.

Hanover House

The historic Hanover Plantation House, moved from Berkeley County, was built between 1714-1716.
(Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Seneca Cabin

This historic log home, built in 1826, was moved here from Seneca to escape demolition.
(Katie Moon of Belton, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

The South Carolina Botanical Garden was dedicated in 1992. Monthly, visitors can enjoy the First Friday Nature Walks where they can gain understanding of the nature and conservation. The garden offers a beautiful backdrop for weddings, workshops, meetings, lectures, concerts, and receptions accommodating up to 400 people. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a treasure for the entire family.

Clemson Botanical Gardens Sculpture

Katie Moon of Belton, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pictures of Nature at the South Carolina Botanical Garden

South Carolina Botanical Gardens

Katie Moon of Belton, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

South Carolina Botanical Gardens

Katie Moon of Belton, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

South Carolina Botanical Gardens

Katie Moon of Belton, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the South Carolina Botanical Garden

Clemson Botanical Gardens

Christopher Temples of Piedmont, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Christopher Temples, who contributed the photo above, writes, “I try and walk the gardens daily just to get out of the office. It’s been really fun to see how the light
changes with the seasons.”

South Carolina Botanical Garden Info

Address: 102 Garden Trail, Clemson, SC 29634
GPS Coordinates: 34.673124,-82.822198

South Carolina Botanical Garden Map

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