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A look at luscious Lowcountry gardens

In honor of National Public Gardens Day (May 10), we present these five fantastic local gardens and farms.

Photos by Maddie Terry

1. A living tribute

Children’s Memorial Garden

Children’s Memorial Garden

This beautiful, tranquil space next to Hilton Head Hospital was created to honor and remember locals who died far too young. The garden is a place for families and friends to heal and reflect, with more than 400 personalized bricks,
a waterfall fountain, sitting areas, a walking path and many native plants.

2. It’s a trap

Carnivorous Plants Bog Garden

Carnivorous Plants Bog Garden

Did you know the Venus flytrap is a plant native to South Carolina? See many of those famous local plants along with sundew and several species of pitcher plants in the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Carnivorous Plant Bog Garden. The Lowcountry is home to different groups of plants that have independently evolved carnivorous habits. Each of the plants in this garden traps insects with a unique method. The garden is located behind the Discovery Lab, near the Oyster Alley Boardwalk.

3. Hidden gem

Xeriscape Garden

Xeriscape Garden

This small garden features a beautiful water fountain, a wooden bridge and many indigenous and wild plants. It is a beautiful place for lunch or to stop and read about the flora and fauna found on Hilton Head Island. It isn’t well marked so it can be tricky to find. It is located in front of the entrance to Wexford Plantation, next to Town Hall.

4. Mellow yellow

UPick Daffodil Farm

UPick Daffodil Farm

Chuck and Diane Merrick’s beautiful daffodil field, located at 48 Pinckney Colony Road in Okatie, is the Lowcountry’s first sign that spring is on its way. The beautiful yellow flowers usually bloom from late January to early March and cost 25 cents per stem. It’s a great backdrop for family photoshoots.

5. Pretty & pink

Camellia Garden

Camellia Garden

Find 131 varieties of camellia plants on display in this colorful garden at the Coastal Discovery Museum. All plants are identified with labels and photos of their blooms. Some varieties on display were even created in the Lowcountry. The garden was added to the American Camellia Society’s Trail in 2016.

Other great gardens

If you’re looking for a great excuse for a road trip, these nearby gardens are in peak bloom.

Gardens Hilton Head Island

Magnolia Plantation And Gardens (Charleston) 

Cypress Gardens (Moncks Corner)

Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet) 

Moore Farms Botanical Garden (Lake City)

Audubon Swamp Garden (Charleston) 

Kalmia Gardens (Hartsville)

Edisto Memorial Gardens (Orangeburg) 

Swan Lake Iris Gardens (Sumter)

Vereen Memorial Gardens (Little River) 

South Carolina Botanical Garden (Clemson)

Hatcher Garden (Spartanburg) 

The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden (Bishopville)

Riverbanks Botanical Garden (West Columbia)

Fighting garden mascots

Mascots are meant to enhance the fan experience at sporting events, but not all mascots are created equal. Here are four inspired by fruits and vegetables.

1. Artie the Fighting Artichoke
Scottsdale Community College

The Skinny: A protest vote by students in 1972 intended to embarrass school administrators but those leaders flipped the script by embracing the moniker. Both sides now love the happy-go-lucky green guy with the smart-aleck grin.

2. The Fighting Pickle
North Carolina School of the Arts

The Skinny: Although UNCSA has no officially sanctioned athletic teams, students are very proud of their pickled cucumber mascot. Three undergraduates came up with the idea in 1972, along with the slogan, “Sling ‘Em By The Warts!”

3. Cayenne
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Skinny: This spicy mascot was created using an out-of-the-box method. Instead of being a physical representation of Ragin’ Cajuns, like most mascots, Cayenne is the embodiment of the Ragin’ Cajun spirit of Acadiana. That’s hot!

4. Split
The Savannah Bananas

The Skinny: Savannah may not be known for its banana production, but its yellow mascot is certainly a-peeling (sorry, we had to). Best of all, the Bananas’ biggest rival in the Coastal Plain League are the Macon Bacon.