Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter

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#41 of 154 in Parks in South Carolina
Located in Sumter, South Carolina, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens began in 1927 as a private fishing lake for wealthy businessman Hamilton Carr Bland, who also began landscaping his garden with Japanese Iris flowers. It is currently the only public park in the United States to have all eight species of swans—including Royal White Mutes, Black Necks, Coscorobas, Whoopers, Black Australians, Whistlers, Bewicks, and Trumpeters.Sources http://www.sumtersc.gov/swan-lake-iris-gardens.aspx http://icons.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/s/snow25/182.jpg
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  • We go to Swan Lake year around. We go to the park and take walks year around . At Christmas time we drive and walk through the park which is amazing and free. In the spring, there are beautiful flower...  more »
  • It doesn’t matter your age- you’ll love Swan Lake Iris Gardens! Between the various swans, the greenery and flowers, the pond, the separate playground, the Recovery Wing statue, the gardens do not dis...  more »
  • Just decided to go out for a drive with the family and explore town. We just moved to Sumter and wanted to take the kids out and check out the town. Heard about this place from family and wanted to ta...  more »
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  • Absolutely love going here. Such a peaceful and beautiful place to walk and enjoy.
  • This place is a gem in the heart of Sumter. A botanical garden .we're nature reserve meets sculpture garden. This is a place that can be neither replicated not reproduced. I can only hope it will be cared for and preserved for generations to come.
  • Beautiful park with an amazing Christmas light presentation.
  • Gorgeous place. The scenery is lovely, and there are plenty of picnic tables. There are swans and ducks everywhere you look, and the park is large enough to span both sides of the road. Great family spot if you like nature at all.
  • A gorgeous place to take a walk or a date. Mind the season if you come hunting butterflies, though -- rather than an enclosed area like you might be expecting, it's just a part of the park set with many butterfly-attracting flowers.

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