Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter

4.7
#39 of 153 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 were traveling down I95 and this Park/Garden is so easy to get to and well worth hoping off I95 to see it. The different gardens are stunning such as the Butterfly Garden and the Chocolate Garden. ...  more »
  • This park has great walking trails and it quite peaceful. The swans are everywhere just watch your step. The landscape is beautiful even though we were here and the iris wasnt blooming. It is still a ...  more »
  • This place is out of a story book. The quaint walkways and beautiful gardens along the ponds is gorgeous!! The swans are amazing!! Easy to get to and easy walking pathways.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 beautiful forested wetland park. I personally love the bald cypress trees more than the swans. But swans are awesome too. Be sure to bring a nice camera and take many pictures. Free admission and opens everyday. Don't worry about the visitor center closed on weekends. You don't get much information from there.
  • This place is simply a breath-taking experience and is taken care of quite well. I loved walking around the trails while looking at the various birds and trees. Simply impressive with so much nature eye-candy in a rather small area. You could spend hours walking around or having a picnic on a nice day. Great for parties or get-togethers, couple dates, families, and nature explorers alike. Highly recommended!

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