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South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Clemson
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The South Carolina Botanical Garden is located in Clemson, South Carolina on the campus of Clemson University. This garden has nature trails, pathways, ponds, streams, woodlands, trial gardens, The Bob Campbell Geology Museum, and the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, which has exhibits by local artists. It is open to the public every day of the week. The Bob Campbell Geology Museum features more than 10,000 rocks, minerals and fossils and has exhibits focused on geological and paleontological topics.The gardens are the home of the historic Hanover House, which is an early 18th-century house built in the South Carolina Low Country and moved to the Clemson campus. It also has a pioneer village featuring the Hunt Log Cabin, which was originally built about 1825 in the Seneca, South Carolina area.The South Carolina Botanical Garden features one of the largest collections of nature-based sculptures in the country. The extended-ephemeral pieces were each designed on-site by international artists and built by local volunteers and students within one month. Upon completion, the pieces begin to return to nature, so while many may still be found in the Garden, others have disappeared without a trace.
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  • The visitor center and geology museum are closed during home football games, and don't open until 1pm on Sundays. There are walking paths, ponds with ducks, and historic homes. 
  • Even in the winter, this garden is beautiful. We visited in the summer and found it just as inviting in the colder months. It's a beauty with more to see than we had time for. 
  • We visited these gardens rather late in the season but it was still very beautiful, heavily wooded and peaceful. It's so nice that they allow you to bring your dog, since we were camping and like to b...  more »
  • Awesome botanical garden with many different species of exotic and native plants. There are several themed gardens and a geology museum where you can buy fossils and stones. If you enjoy botany and nature like I do then you will love this place.
  • Wonderful "discovery"! Great place to take the dog for a walk...yes! They actually allow your leashed dogs!!
  • First time here i loved it
  • Love it. Very beautiful and informational. Great place to send and day
  • Very beautiful with lots of different trails. Plenty of plants, wildlife, flowers, and nature to experience.