Flowering Lowcountry gardens
In honor of National Public Gardens Day (May 12), we present these five fantastic local gardens and farms.
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 and beautiful flowers.
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.
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.
UPick Daffodil Farm
Chuck and Diane Merrick’s 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.
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.
Other great gardens
If you’re looking for a great excuse for a road trip, these nearby gardens are in peak bloom.
- 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)