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South Carolina Botanical Garden Children's Garden

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a place where classrooms can have no desks or walls, and where students discover the wonders of the natural world, inside as well as outside. 

The Children’s Garden is a unique, natural play space specifically designed for children, but intended to be enjoyed by all visitors. It is a place for unlimited whimsical, weird and wonderful adventures in the natural world.

Children build lasting memories and exercise their imaginations as they explore, discover and learn in the wide-open spaces, mysterious trails and secret hidey-holes of this unique garden.  There is always something new and delightful to see, as this dynamic Garden changes with the seasons.  The Garden is conceived as an accessible community gathering space and a place for informal and formal educational opportunities for families and school and community groups. The Children’s Garden is a child-sized portal to the rich natural world of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

Vision

Inspire and nurture a love of nature in children, build an understanding of the critical role of plants to human life and create lifelong stewards of the natural world.

Mission

Connect children to a natural environment through engagement, discovery and learning.

Our Guiding Principles

  • To evoke delight, wonder and engagement.
  • A place where classrooms can have no desks or walls and where students discover the wonders of the natural world, inside as well as outside.
  • A playful place.
  • Designed as an enabling garden and enjoyed by individuals of all abilities.
  • Designed specifically for children and their families.
  • Based on the natural environment.