Kalmia Gardens of Coker College Ranked as One of the 50 Most Beautiful College Arboretums
Best College Reviews, an independent college review journal, has ranked Kalmia Gardens of Coker College as one of the 50 most beautiful college arboretums in the country.
Kalmia Gardens is ranked No. 41 based on the following criteria: size of the arboretum, size of the collection, how long the garden has been established, opportunities for college students and connection with the community. Best College Reviews describes Kalmia Gardens as “breathtaking” and “one of the top botanical gardens on the list.”
"I am thrilled to have Kalmia Gardens recognized in the national arena,” said Mary Ridgeway, Director of Kalmia Gardens. “Our staff works hard to maintain this unique ecosystem and it is a gift that Coker College shares freely with all who enter within the gates.”
Kalmia Gardens is a 35-acre public botanical garden open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk, and an historic house open to the public. The Thomas E. Hart House, built in 1820 with timber cut from the property, and surrounding gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places. Kalmia Gardens boasts a wide array of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, tea-olives, dogwood and the gardens’ namesake — Kalmia latifolia, the Mountain Laurel. Kalmia Gardens is part of the scenic S.C. Cotton Trail and is the gateway to the 796-acre Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve.
“Nature has been such an important part my life and I want to share it with everyone,” continued Ridgeway. “We are the stewards of the future, and at Kalmia Gardens we continue to educate that natural spaces are not only important for our quality of life but also for future generations."
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Release written by Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard.