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Best Gardens in South Carolina

In case the layers of yellow pollen coating the Upstate weren’t enough of an indicator — spring is on its way in! As the trees and plants surrounding our community begin to transform into a brilliant blend of lush green and bright colors, we cannot help but feel compelled to celebrate this new season.

One of the best ways you can celebrate spring is by visiting one of the many gorgeous gardens that are scattered throughout South Carolina. Here a just a few we recommend checking out first:

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve – Spartanburg

Created by Josephine and Harold Hatcher 50 years ago, this garden and woodlands preserve went from a poorly managed, out-of-use cotton field to a nature and wildlife epicenter. Visitors can enjoy tours and special events throughout the year. They can also explore the butterfly garden, woodland garden, medicinal garden and native plant garden, as well as endless wildflowers, waterfalls, ponds and observation decks throughout the grounds.

SC Botanical Gardens – Clemson

Situated near Clemson University’s campus, the SC Botanical Gardens are a must-see for nature lovers. Visitors can explore nearly 300 acres of natural beauty, including historic buildings, ponds, a children’s garden, a butterfly garden, geology museum and amphitheater. Additionally, there are plenty of pocket parks where you can get lost and enjoy some much-needed quiet time. Keep an eye out though, as plenty of newly engaged couples, newlyweds and graduates will often take pictures here.

Brookgreen Gardens – Murrells Inlet

Definitely worth the drive, Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is one of the most celebrated gardens in the state. Featuring a unique blend of art, nature and history, Brookgreen Gardens is both a sculpture garden as well as a wildlife preserve. Visitors can spend hours exploring the beautifully crafted gardens and art sculptures and butterfly pavilion. Additionally, there are opportunities to take a riverboat tour, ride bikes and enjoy special events throughout the year.

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