If you haven’t visited the South Carolina Botanical Garden lately, you may think of it merely as home to the red caboose, a wide-ranging collection of hostas and camellias, and the Clemson Heritage Garden. Those alone make for a magnificent experience for visitors. But if you venture beyond that part of the garden, you’ll discover a treasure trove of landscapes where you can lose yourself in time and place.
In a short space between the duck pond and the Fran Hanson Visitor’s Center, you can travel the entire state of South Carolina, from the barrier islands to longleaf pine savannas, from maritime forests to granite outcrops, from piedmont woodlands to rich cove forests. You can travel back in time to a Native American shell ring to discover why sugar maples and trillium can grow on the edge of a salt marsh, then on to a piedmont prairie to see how different our habitat appeared when it was home to Native Americans. And you can walk through a garden of carnivorous plants native to South Carolina and the Southeast.