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Full-Moon HikeFull-Moon Hikes

Join naturalist James Wilkins and experience the sights, sounds and sensations of a full-moon night. Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for walking in the woods. Flashlights are not needed. Hikes begin in the Discovery Center/Geology Museum parking lot.

Upcoming Hikes:
Nut Moon – Wednesday September 6, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Harvest Moon – Thursday October 5, 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Trading Moon – Saturday November 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Snow Moon – Sunday December 3, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Hikes typically take place on the night of every full moon. Price is $7 per family (up to 5) with a 10% discount for Friends of the Garden

Visit the Clemson University calendar to register for the hikes and for more information on this event.

In case of inclement weather, hikes are canceled at hike leader James Wilkins's discretion. Cancellations are always posted on our website and Facebook page. If you have any questions about the hikes, please contact education and resource coordinator James Wilkins at 864-656-3405 or

David BradshawFirst Friday Nature Walks With Dr. David Bradshaw

Join experienced and fascinating naturalist Dr. David Bradshaw for a tour of the South Carolina Botanical Garden. No two tours are the same, and you will delight in his engaging manner and deep knowledge of the Garden and the natural world.

Walks typically take place on the first Friday of every month at 7:00am. Walks are free for everyone.

Visit the Clemson University calendar for more information on this event.

In case of inclement weather, walks are canceled at walk leader David Bradshaw's discretion. Cancellations are always posted on our website and Facebook page. If you have any questions about the walks, please contact the South Carolina Botanical Garden at 864-656-3405 or

Community Yoga at the South Carolina Botanical Garden


The community yoga class at the South Carolina Botanical Garden is a breath-led movement class, and all bodies and fitness levels are welcome. As TKV Desikachar said, "Anybody can breathe; therefore, anybody can practice yoga."

Join Melissa Powell, RYT-200, for breath-led yoga that is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced yogis. Explore your body's unique abilities while enjoying the beautiful South Carolina Botanical Garden.

A yoga mat and towel to place under the mat are recommended; although, a few mats are available to borrow. All other props, including blocks, blankets and yoga straps, are provided. Class is held outside as weather permits. Please dress accordingly in clothing that allows freedom of movement. During inclement weather, the class meets inside the Visitor's Center.

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45am to 10:00am at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. The specific location within the Garden is subject to change. Please visit Green Heart Awakening on Facebook or call or text 864-502-8328 for more information.

Price is pay-what-you-can with a suggested amount between $5 and $15.

Visit the Clemson University calendar for more information on this event.

Special Classes

Yoga With Trees

Similar to using a wall in an indoor class, the trees will help us access some challenging poses, as well as to provide support during restorative and relaxing poses.

Classes will be held at the top of the South Carolina Botanical Garden Amphitheater. Classes are weather-permitting with no indoor alternative. RSVP: Class size is limited, so reserve your spot now.

Sunday, September 3, from 5:30pm-6:45pm

Sunday, October 8, from 4:30pm-5:45pm

Sunday, November 6, from 3:00pm-4:15pm

Restorative Yoga

Class will be held at a grassy location at the South Carolina Botanical Garden that is to be determined. Class is weather-permitting with no indoor alternative.

Saturday, September 30, from 4:00pm-5:30pm

Fall 2017 Concert Series PosterConcerts in the Garden

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for our concert series! Concerts are a great place to relax on a Friday night and enjoy the beauty of the Garden. Each year, there is a Spring Concert Series, which typically takes place in and around April, and a Fall Concert Series, which typically takes place in and around October. Both concert series typically feature four or five concerts. The concerts are currently catered by Palmetto's Smokehouse and Oyster Bar. Admission is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Come and celebrate music, nature and culture with us!

When: Fridays, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Garden Amphitheater
Cost: Free admission with a $5 suggested donation

Fall 2017 Concert Series

Left LaneSeptember 15: Left Lane

Left Lane is a group of talented young bluegrass musicians drawing from a well of material that appeals to the traditional fan as well as those appreciating a more modern bluegrass sound. They have been playing together for five years, starting out in the YAM program in Pickens County, and have traveled all over the southeast performing at various types of venues and events.

Haitian ChoirSeptember 22: Haitian Children's Choir

The Haitian Children's Choir was born from tragedy. All but five of these children lost everything in the earthquake of 2010. Most of them lost their complete families that day. They found their way to the home of the Pauls, who were music teachers.

The Pauls never intended on having an orphanage, but, out of necessity, LifeSaver Orphanage was born. The Pauls have truly been life-savers for these children. They don't have much, but what they do have, they have given, and keep giving, to these children. They make up one of the happiest families there is!

Last Summer, the LHLT Haitian Orphan Choir toured the United States from July to September and was well-received by churches, community organizations, corporations and even professional sporting events. Funds raised during the tour helped to support children in Haiti, Ukraine and the United States.

The Haitian Orphan Choir returned to the United States in the summer of 2017, set to perform from July through September in the Southeast and beyond. On September 22, 2017, the choir will perform at the South Carolina Botanical Garden's amphitheater as part of a fundraiser for the LHLT's cause. These talented children range in age from five to 16 and will be singing some of your favorite songs in five different languages, including English, Creole and Spanish. Filled with dancing and interaction with the audience, there will be something for every member of the family. To futher support these amazing children, we encourage you to bring gently-used shoes to donate. Through Funds2Orgs, the shoes will be distributed to developing nations around the world, where micro-entrepreneurs will use them to develop businesses of their own. Join us for an amazing evening of music, celebration and multi-cultural fun!

For more information on the Haitian Children's Choir and Love Him Love Them, visit the LHLT website.

Tropical Island PlayersSeptember 29: Tropical Island Players 

The Tropical Island Players' performance is action-packed and audience-oriented. It includes an island-flavored/Harry Belafonte-style repertoire, seasoned with the band's own unique jazz licks and topped off with a touch of beach music.

Blackwater SocialOctober 6: Blackwater Social

Blackwater Social is one of the Upstate's up-and-coming bands, specializing in the sounds of blues and Southern rock.

In case of inclement weather, concerts are canceled at artist’s discretion. Cancellations are always posted on our website and Facebook page. If you are interested in donating your talent, please contact Angel Perkins, Business Manager, at 864-656-3405 or