Events

OCT 30

Day of the Dead (English)

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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OCT 30

Dia de los Muertos (espanol)

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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NOV 11

Lunch and Learn with Clemson Extension: Apples, Choosing the Ripe...

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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NOV 12

BUDDING ARTISTS IN A BAG: Owl Pellet Dissection and Bone Art

All Day

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NOTICE: The South Carolina Botanical Garden is open to visitors for TRAIL USE ONLY.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG) trails and outdoor exhibits are currently open to the general public.

The hours of operation are 7:00 AM to sunset until further notice.

Guests are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by SCDHEC, the CDC and Clemson University.

  • SCBG staff and the Clemson University Police Department will be monitoring visitation to ensure that we are operating at a reduced capacity and visitors are compliant.
  • If traffic cones are present in the parking lots, do not remove or otherwise disrupt cones that have been placed in parking spaces.
  • If the SCBG reaches its capacity the gates will be closed until spaces become available. Parking spaces will be available at the Caboose parking lot on the left after entering the main entrance gate and the parking lot downhill from the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and Fran Hanson Visitor’s Center.
  • All Visitor facilities will remain closed at this time (Fran Hanson Visitor’s Center, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Hayden Conference Center and Hanover House).
  • The restroom building nearest the front gates will be open.
  • Access to Garden Trail will be open from the main entrance gate off Perimeter Rd. to the large parking lot below the Bob Campbell Geology Museum.
  • The SCBG will be operating with only horticultural grounds staff present. Please do not approach or interact with staff you might see in the Garden. They are not visitor services representatives.

If you need emergency assistance during your visit, please call the Clemson University Police Department at: 864-656-2222. There will be no SCBG Visitor Services staff to assist you.

Things to remember when visiting the SCBG:

  • Stay home if you are sick or think you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Please bring your own water bottles. Bottle filler stations are available at the restroom building nearest to the front gates and outside of the Hayden Conference Center on the lower level. Water fountains are not available at this time.
  • Practice social distancing at all times. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other visitors that are not members of your household. Do not congregate with other families or visitors and do not approach others during your visit. Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth.
  • All dogs must be on a leash and restricted to trails where they are permitted. Please clean up after your pets. Do not allow your pets to approach other visitors.
  • There are no picnic facilities open at the SCBG.
  • Stay on designated trails during your visit.
  • Contact the Clemson University Police Department (864-656-2222) or call (911) if you have an emergency.

Additional information and updates on Clemson University’s response and policy, can be found at Clemson.edu/coronavirus.


From a humble beginning as a camellia collection in the 1950s, the South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG) has blossomed into a 295-acre sanctuary for diversity by re-engaging people in the living world. We strive to serve as an interdisciplinary resource focusing on teaching, research, and outreach that advances awareness and understanding of plants, animals, minerals, and our culture.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a 295-acre garden and natural area that is a refuge for life. We exist for enjoyment and education and are available and accessible to all people. Our grounds are open and free-of-charge 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset.