South Carolina August 19, 2015
Here Are The 13 Most Beautiful Gardens You’ll Ever See In South Carolina
Whether you are looking for someplace to go where you can bring your entire family and not spend a fortune, if you are looking for a new place to relax, destress, and meditate, these gardens are sure to fill your needs. Here are 13 of the most beautiful gardens that you’ll ever visit here in South Carolina.
1. The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, Bishopville
Hidden in the little town of Bishopville, is a three-acre creation the likes of which most will never see and can only imagine. People come from all over the world to see this beautiful garden.
2. Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet
This is a sculpture garden as well as a wildlife preserve. The sculptures are absolutely astounding and grounds are peaceful. A great place to escape to.
3. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston
The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are the oldest public gardens in America. They have been here for your pleasure since 1870. There's no telling what you may find here.
4. Hopeland Gardens, Aiken
These gardens cover 14 acres and have been opened to the public since 1969. You will find lovely stone walkways, beautiful sculptures, and trees that seem as if they've been around forever.
5. Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner
You may recognize these gardens from some very popular movies such as, "The Notebook" and "The Patriot". There are still some "ruins" there from the filming of The Patriot. This place has fun for the family and beauty and peace for the meditative soul.
Editor's Note: Since the original date this article was published, Cypress Gardens sustained significant damage from storms and flooding. The gardens have been forced to temporarily close. Management at the gardens estimates they will reopen again sometime in 2018.
6. South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Clemson
Such a beautiful place to go even in the dead of summer. There's a mini-waterfall and loads of nooks and crannies for quiet time. I'm quite fond of quiet time myself.
7. W. Gordon Belser Arboretum, Columbia
This is a 10 acre collection of plant communities in which there are 10 different habitats. You'll find a waterfall here as well as a botanical garden.
8. Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville
Talk about getting away from it all and not having to spend hours in a car to get there! Falls Park on the Reedy starts in the center of downtown Greenville and holds many wonders including a gorgeous waterfall. Did you know that listening to running water in nature for just 10 minutes can lower your blood pressure?
9. Kalmia Gardens, Hartsville
Kalmia Gardens has been a respite from the hustle and bustle, as well as a spot for meditation and tranquility, since 1938. It's free of charge and open from dawn till dusk.
10. Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg
In the '20s five acres of azaleas were planted here. It wasn't until 1951 that the first rose was planted. Edisto Memorial Gardens is known for its roses. They have them in all colors and it's quite a sight when they're all in bloom. Here you'll find walking trails and beautifully done sculptures. During Christmas, the whole place is lit up for the children. I have many fond memories of going there with my mom during Christmas to see the lights.
11. Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve, Spartanburg
This is a very special place in the middle of a rushed city. Here you'll find a butterfly garden, the woodland garden, as well as the Garden of Hope and Healing. Stress relief is just a moment away here.
12. Walnut Grove Plantation, Roebuck
This stunning place holds a collection of natural beauty and history.
13. Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, Sumter
This park is known all over to be the only park to have all 8 species of swans. It also has the most extensive Japanese Iris blooms. There's a butterfly garden and a chocolate garden as well as a path that is marked in braille so that the sight-impaired can enjoy the gardens too. What a wonderful place to visit any time of the year.
My mom always said that there was time to stop and smell the roses. I believe every single word that came out of her mouth. She was such a wise woman. I believe we should all get out and smell the roses and what better place to do that than these amazing gardens. Which is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments below.