Since beginning in the 1950s, the South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG) in Clemson has bloomed into a 295-acre site, teeming with a diversity of plant life and educational opportunities.
“I love touring people around the garden, it is a chance to share a unique and fascinating place,” said Sue Watts, educational program coordinator at the garden. “When we can connect people to the environment in any way, their eyes are opened to its importance. I am very proud of the hard work that goes into the SCBG, we have a very limited staff who go above and beyond, and I get to share their efforts with visitors.”
Located on the campus of Clemson University, the South Carolina Botanical Garden shares distinct experiences for groups, including a carnivorous plant exhibit on the Natural Heritage Garden Trail.
“People love the pond and butterfly garden,” Watts said. “In both places, there are high concentrations of wildlife that entertain and intrigue people. In addition, people love the Natural Heritage Garden Trail, in particular the carnivorous plant exhibit. We also have extensive woodland walking trails and many niche gardens. The diversity of habitats within the garden ensures there is always something of interest to a visitor.”
Aside from gardens and mixed habitats, the South Carolina Botanical Garden houses a small art gallery, two historic properties (Hanover House and Hunt Cabin), a gift shop and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum.
Guided tours of the garden last about an hour, Watts said.
“Tours cover the history of the garden, and on our tours, we walk through areas of the garden in flower, or areas of particular seasonal interest, or we fit the tour to the interests of the group,” Watts said.
Booking group visits at least two weeks in advance is preferred, however the garden can be flexible, Watts said. Motorcoach parking is available.
For more information, call 864-656-3405 or visit clemson.edu/public/scbg.