Nelson Smith Home
407 Powers Avenue
More than 30 Japanese maple trees thrive in this garden, living alongside a wide variety of hydrangeas, azaleas, and camellias. Nelson Smith’s lavish garden is filled with many surprises, one of which is a deliciously fragrant Orange Flowering Tea Olive that offers a delicate citrus aroma. Another surprise Mr. Smith’s garden includes is an heirloom weather vane inherited from his Aunt Blanche McCall from Providence, Rhode Island. In an ancient willow tree over 100 years old, a full-length mirror hangs 20 feet high, reflecting a gently turning windmill. Suspended in another tree is a majestic piece of Chesapeake Bay driftwood decorated with weathered seashells. Wind chimes deliver cheerful melodies, and a gently flowing fountain adds harmony to the relaxing scene. In the gentle curves of shrubs and flowerbeds, benches coax visitors to reflect on the gardener’s hard work and nature’s beauty. A few other water features hide in the garden’s recesses, providing tranquil sounds of serenity and peaceful escape. Another interesting secret this garden keeps is that the stones bordering the walkway were initially used to balance ships in England in the 1900’s, and made their way here by way of Charleston, South Carolina. You will find yourself wanting to learn more about the evolution of this garden, especially one of the most well-kept secrets this garden boasts: a decorative wrought iron piece originally used in the film, “The Color Purple.”
South Carolina ETV’s Emmy Award-winning television show “Making It Grow” televised an episode of the garden, resulting in many letters and calls requesting that the garden be reopened for additional tours. This garden is handicap accessible and smoke free.
Berely Dye Home
1109 Brannon Street
Guarded by a large stone Greyhound dog statue near uptown Greenwood, Mr. Berely Dye’s unique vision and design style is on display in his one-of-a-kind garden. Mr. Dye’s ornate style is unlike any other, and includes stunning flower beds and ornamental containers, decorative driftwood, garden art and statues, water features, and even a few budding surprises. Don’t miss Mr. Dye’s amazing display of horticultural talent.
The McClary Home
109 Friendfield Lane
Travelling through the impressive stone archways and rolling green fields of quietly grazing horses to the McClary’s estate transports you to another world, where in a serene valley a transplanted historic Chinese Chippendale house, with features inspired by famed cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, boasts a thoughtfully-designed array of gardens. There is a garden of almost every type within its boundaries, including a water garden, formal beds, shade plantings, a cutting garden, and a vegetable plot. A matching Chippendale garden shed combines with the house to form the framework for a garden that has been carefully tended by a passionate horticultural artist. You don’t want to miss this gorgeous estate’s striking garden displays.
The Elsley Home
520 Bryte Street
Smooth stone pathways meander through this informal one-acre shade garden, creating a peaceful place for reflection for its loving homeowners for the past 35 years. Several majestic native oak trees provide cool shade for the Elsley’s garden, which is imperative during intense South Carolina summer heat. Flourishing in the shadow of these oaks is a layer of smaller evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, including several large Japanese maples, camellias, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas. The fully shaded ground level provides ideal conditions for an extensive range of herbaceous perennials, including hellebores (a flowering evergreen sometimes called a winter rose or Christmas rose, despite not being from the rose family), hostas (hardy, shade-loving perennials also known as plantain lilies), and lush ferns. A small kitchen garden that requires limited sunlight produces fresh herbs and greens for the home. Two Victorian Stumperies - a popular new feature using pieces of driftwood - create a striking architectural environment for displaying shade-loving plants. Antique English chimney pots and "mushroom-like" staddle stones add further design appeal to this urban landscape. The Elsley’s entire garden is served by an irrigation system with sprinkler heads mounted on tree trunks 15' above the ground.
Beautiful, moss-covered stone steps lined with sumptuous potted plants invite visitors to enjoy this diverse range of horticultural genius. This garden reflects the homeowner’s professional and personal interests, and provides year-round functional and decorative appeal to their ranch-style brick home.
City of Greenwood Garden
510 West Cambridge Avenue
The idea for a City Garden was originated and developed by the Men’s Garden Club. The land was donated by Greenwood Mills to the City of Greenwood and adopted by the Men’s Garden Club in 1989. The addition of the gazebo, two bridges with hand rails, and two park benches began in 1991. In 1994, a tea-rose garden (made possible by Wayside Gardens) was installed followed by several trees and a large trellis covered with climbing roses.
Although the Men’s Garden Club has since dissolved, several former members and friends of the garden came together as the City Garden Club in 2013 with the singular mission of restoring the garden to its former beauty and building a base of volunteers for its continued maintenance. This year the garden will feature a completely renovated Rose garden and Children’s garden thanks to the support of a wide range of individuals, companies, non-profits, garden clubs and the City of Greenwood. The perennial beds have been “adopted” by individuals and garden clubs who do all the work to maintain their beauty.
One of Greenwood’s most beautiful public places it is often used for such events as weddings, picnics, reunions, photo shoots, and as an attraction for visitors to the Festival of Flowers. This horticultural display provides beauty from early spring through late autumn while educating and entertaining the public.
Pick up our Official SC Festival of Flowers Souvenir Program
For more information and the GPS addresses of the gardens, please pick up one of our Official Programs. You'll find them throughout Uptown Greenwood, the Arts Center in the Federal Building and the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce office at 110 Phoenix Street.