Kalmia Gardens, Hartsville

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#100 of 155 in Parks in South Carolina
Kalmia Gardens is a mature botanical garden located at 1624 West Carolina Avenue, Hartsville, South Carolina. Part of Coker College, it is open daily without admission.The gardens were established in the early 1930s by Mrs. David R. Coker on the land, which had become a neglected dump. Mrs. Coker made trails, dug a pond, and planted ornamental species including azaleas, camellias, tea olives, and wisteria. In 1935 she opened the gardens to the public, and in 1965 she gave them to Coker College. The centerpiece of the gardens is the Thomas Hart House, built in the 1820s, and the home of the town's founder. It and the gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places.Kalmia Gardens encompasses a blackwater swamp along Black Creek, and uplands of pine, oak, and holly. Due to its unique geology, being situated on a 60-foot north-facing bluff, it has an abundance of naturally-occurring mountain-laurel Kalmia latifolia. The namesake plant blooms in great profusion in May. Other montane plants grow together with coastal plain plants, making for a unique assemblage of flora. Many animal species live in the dense woodlands as well, and Kalmia Gardens is well known as an excellent birding spot.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Love to walk and explore at Kalmia Gardens. The boardwalk goes over Black Creek and also follows it, allowing you to get an up-close view of a true cypress swamp and flowing creek habitat.  more »
  • June 6, 2017
    Kalmia Gardens is not only a garden maintained by Coker College, but a boardwalk along Black Creek and into the nearby woods. Do bring bug spray!  more »
  • April 9, 2017
    The walking trails are beautiful as well as the old plantation home, and flowers are everywhere! These grounds are a popular place for photos (prom and various other types). I must warn you, beware of...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    Its so peaceful. I used to love the days my parents would take me and my sister here to just to look at the nature and relax.
  • July 1, 2017
    Extremely quiet and relaxing enjoy the walk through the garden with my dog Max.
  • June 15, 2017
    Great place to go to a walk or just to hang out with friends.
  • July 4, 2017
    Great place to have a stroll and enjoy nature.
  • December 22, 2016
    Beautiful. Quiet. Scenic, in all seasons. Good place to spend time with family or a loved one, or a walk by yourself

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