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Hartsville - Kalmia Gardens

1624 West Carolina Avenue


The mission of Kalmia Gardens of Coker College is to serve as a public garden, education center and outdoor classroom where plants and animals can be observed in their natural environment. The gardens shall be maintained and preserved for species diversity and for the benefit of those who visit.


1. To support the mission of Coker College.

2. To develop and to maintain the plantings and facilities to support education of and enjoyment by all who enter the Gardens.

3. To study, manage and conserve this particular part of the Black Creek ecosystem, including the north-facing slope and floodplain.

4. To develop and maintain a collection of plants native to South Carolina and appropriate to the region while removing invasive plants from the grounds.

5. To acquire and to display plants of horticultural significance which will survive in this region.

6. To increase public awareness of the presence of the Gardens.

7. To maintain the preservation of the historical Hart House.


Chip Cooper

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Great walking and hiking trails, some wheelchair accessible. Developed trails & boardwalk along Black Creek, with acres of level 2 undeveloped hiking trails. Beautiful during all seasons. Fresh water aquifer flows near bottom of a several tier set of stairs that give quick access to the creek, and aquifer & boardwalk, or take the lazy level 1 maintained 1/2 mile trail. Picnic tables available near parking & Kalmia house, bathrooms on premises. Botanical garden has tags indicating species of local flora, and indicators of the local fauna. Upper entrance level has well maintained formal garden of local flora around house.

Casey Brennan

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Love this place. As the information guides state, it is a place for reflection and tranquility. You can walk the paths through the woods and admire the trees, birds, Black Creek, and the squirrels of course. There is a 3 mile loop and a shorter 0.5 mile. A well maintained spot where you can wander in the woods.

Ken Dario

Monday, March 12, 2018
To old for all that walking, but it is a very beautiful place to go.

jason pelekys77

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Beautiful place to go for some nice nature walks..trails are really pretty and well maintained.

mr. Begeer

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Very nice area! Walk around down in the swamp or enjoy the beautiful nature up on the hill!

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