The nursery is an integral part of the Garden. The nursery grows high-quality plants to support both the gardens and, in turn, the public community. Visits to the nursery can be made via appointment by contacting Misty Shealy, Nursery Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nursery also hosts the Garden's Semiannual Plant Sales, which are major fundraising events for the SCBG, and all profits support operations and enhancements in the garden. The Spring Plant Sale typically takes place in early April, with a private sale for the Friends of the Garden occurring on a Friday afternoon and a public sale taking place the next morning. There is also typically a Second Chance Sale in the spring on a Saturday morning in late April. The Fall Plant Sale, which typically occurs in September or October, follows a similar format, with a private sale on a Friday afternoon and a public sale the next morning. The sales are held in the nursery section of the SCBG, which is located at 164 Lacecap Loop off Perimeter Road in Clemson, South Carolina. Friends of the Garden membership applications will be available at the sales or avoid the line by joining online at https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/support/membership.html.
How to shop the plant sale:
- Arrive at any Garden entrance and follow the signs to the Nursery
- Park outside the gate where volunteers will direct parking
- Come in and start shopping!
- There are a limited number of carts available but you are welcome to bring your own.
- The Checkout Tents will gladly hold your purchases while you continue to shop.
- When you are finished shopping, the Checkout Tent will give you a ticket to take to the cashier
- The cashier will accept cash, check and credit cards
- Drive your car to the Checkout Tent and volunteers will load your plants for you
- Pets are welcome but must be on a leash
SCBG volunteers and garden staff work very hard preparing for the event. Many selections of a wide variety of plant material are always available, such as annuals, vegetable transplants and herbs, bog plants, perennials, ferns, shrubs, grasses, trees and fruits and many hard-to-find native plants. The majority of the plant material at the sales is produced in the nursery, and many selections are propagated from the SCBG plant collection. A catalog of plant material will be available online at https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/plant-sale.html several weeks before the sale. Print catalogs will also be available at the gate.
SCBG staff, Master Gardeners and Clemson Horticulture faculty are always on hand at the plant sales to assist with the selection of plants for your home landscape. Also, a variety of organizations have been on site to answer questions about gardening related activities. To find out who will be here this year, check the catalog or the website at https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/plant-sale.html. For additional information, please contact Misty Shealy, Nursery Manager, at email@example.com.