The Garden Landscape Guide

Kalmia Gardens

Photograph © Martin LaBar
May Coker made the gardens in the 1930s, for a nineteenth century plantation house which is the oldest building in Hartsville. As the name suggests, the main focus is on Kalmia species.

Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, 1624 West Carolina Avenue, Hartsville, South Carolina, USA, SC 29550

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  • almost 4 years by J.C.H. Becker, Pageland, SC 4 / 5

    This garden is a superb venue to see the range of plants common to the South Carolina Midlands, and much else. Deep down below the main grounds, one is offered a bonus: a boardwalk that follows the Black Creek and the steep hillside literally bursts with natural plants and lovely old trees hanging into the waters. The John Hart House is the ceterpiece of the gardens. It is a unit of Coker College and is popular for weddings.

    I moved to South Carolina from the Philly area 9-years ago and I was delighted to find this remarkable site. It is FREE to visit, quiet and welcoming in all seasons. In my view, the OLD SOUTH "lives on" in places like Hartsville. I recommend it highly to anyone.

    There is a small, shaded grove for picnics, so bring some cool drinks, food, etc., and enjoy a few delightful hours here. You WILL be back, I promise you.

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