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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.

Joseph Watkins

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Amazing place!! Me and the family have had an amazing time here!! The flowers have bloomed beautifully!! The trails are walkable and you can enjoy a challenging run through the various trails as well.

Travis Hawkins

Saturday, June 23, 2018
I love these gardens, and their paths are fun to get lost in. I like to visit frequently, each time changing my route. Please visit sometime.


Thursday, May 31, 2018
Very nice garden to walk/jog in. Some of the steps and decking are old and loose, so be careful.

Chad Brown

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Growing up I was very fortunate to live beside kalmia gardens. It was like an extension of my backyard. I utilized this opportunity to learn as much as I could about the history of Thomas Hart house, mountain laurel, and different species of birds just to name a few. Today as a grown man I still frequent the garden. I use kalmia as a meditation area to escape the stress of the real world. I would encourage you to visit this beautiful sanctuary that's right here in little Hartsville. No admission is required!

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