Where Nature and Culture Meet


The South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG), located on the campus of Clemson University, is a diverse 295-acre garden of natural and manicured landscapes within the South Carolina Piedmont ecosystem. Together with a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, distinguished education and outreach programs, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the SCBG is a premier site for experiencing nature and culture.


To encourage connections between people and our natural world.


To serve as an interdisciplinary resource focusing on teaching, research and outreach that advances awareness and understanding of plants, animals, minerals and our culture.


Land Stewardship – The SCBG is committed to providing leadership in exploring environmental impacts and responsible land use management.

  1. Serve as a role model for preserving community greenspaces.
  2. Acquire and protect any available contiguous land.
  3. Explore the acquisition of property for satellite habitats and facilities.
  4. Apply best management practices for storm water issues, riparian zones, and controlling invasives.

Horticultural Leadership – The SCBG is committed to promoting excellence in horticulture.

  1. Provide habitats and planned gardens that are suitable to and exemplary of our bioregion.
  2. House nationally recognized collections including Ilex, Magnolia, Acer and Hydrangea species.
  3. Collect, evaluate, and introduce taxa with ornamental and/or cultural merit.
  4. Be a repository for federally endangered species.

Community Service – The SCBG is committed to providing a valued recreational, educational, and experiential environment for the public.

  1. Furnish quality services and amenities for guests.
  2. Interpret the SCBG environment and its relationship to all visitors.
  3. Be a significant component of community enrichment.
  4. Be a source of economic and cultural development for the university, city and state.

Interdisciplinary Programs – The SCBG is committed to scientific, educational and cultural excellence.

  1. Offer diverse programs in education, creative awareness, cultural heritage and youth development.
  2. Increase and diversify academic involvement.
  3. Develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other professions and disciplines.
  4. Establish effective programs for university students and researchers.

You can help support the Mission & Goals of the SCBG by becoming a Friend of the Garden. Click here to find out more.