A Garden for Life
The South Carolina Botanical Garden is located on the campus of Clemson University. It is made up of a 295-acre garden of natural and manicured landscapes within the South Carolina Piedmont ecosystem. Together with a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, education and outreach programs and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the Botanical Garden is a premier site for experiencing nature and culture.
The garden originally began in 1958 as a camellia preserve on a small plot of land next to the John C. Calhoun's Fort Hill estate. It has since grown to 295 acres of beautiful landscapes and natural woodlands. It was officially appointed as the State's botanical garden in 1992.
The Garden is accessible by paths and trails, many of which are hard-surfaced. It also features the Hanover House (ca. 1716) and the Hunt Family Cabin (ca. 1826). Art lovers will want to experience the Garden's collection of site-specific, nature-based sculptures and the art galleries in the Fran Hanson Visitor's Center.
Also within the Garden is the Bob Campbell Geology Museum that is open every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm and is home to an extensive collection of gems, minerals and fossils of the region. The Geology Museum boasts a fluorescent mineral display room and has the only saber-toothed cat exhibit in the Southeast.
Located at the intersection of Highway 76 and Pearman Boulevard at Clemson University. Visitors are welcome free of charge, every day, 365 days a year.
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