Monday, August 10, 2009

Kalmia Garden & Joslin Education Center at Coker College

Recently, my Boykin Spaniel "Jake" and I had the chance to visit with Mary Ridgeway, the Director of Kalmia Garden and Outdoor Classroom at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. While the garden has been open to the public since the 1930s, recently they have been focused on developing their outdoor classroom and education garden. With the help of a local boy scout troop, they have installed raised beds and are currently planning for some fall and winter crops.
Kalmia Garden is a 35 acre botanical garden filled with a wide variety of horticulture specimens and native wildlife. The site was an old Plantation homestead at one time before becoming a public garden and becoming part of Coker College. Kalmia Gardens is also part of the Cotton Trail and is the gateway to an almost 800 acre preserve!! Beautiful!!
Mary invites everyone to come visit Kalmia Garden and learn more about the Joslin Education Center and all of the opportunities it has to offer! For more information, please visit:

What a wonderful way to preserve the heritage of the Pee Dee area, and provide a sanctuary for children, families, wildlife and native fauna!

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