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Garden Tours


Discover Greenwood's most beautiful home gardens and our very own City Garden.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

Nelson Smith
In honor of his wife, Hattie Smith

407 Powers Avenue
A gardener's dream! We are so fortunate to have this beautiful and mesmerizing home garden on our tour again this year. Mr. Smith graciously opens his yard to visitors showcasing more than 30 Japanese maple trees thrive in this garden, living alongside a wide variety of hydrangeas, azaleas, and camellias. His 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 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. 

The Barklow Wildlife Habitat
110 Ferry Cove Rd
Ann Barklow, Horticulturist for the City of Greenwood along with the assistance of the Lakelands Master Gardeners presents to visitors this garden as a landscape filled with nature.

The garden was originally designed in 2016 by Ann as a Teaching Garden to help homeowners learn how they can provide for nature. This colorful and functional garden incorporates edibles and herbs along with native plants and flowers rich in pollen and nectar from spring through fall and is alive with pollinators including birds, bees, moths, beneficial insects, and butterflies.. 

The landscape is certified with the National Wildlife Federation as a backyard wildlife habitat and with the Xerces Society as a Pollinator Habitat along with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation. Clemson University has also certified this landscape as a Carolina Yard. Ann has a Nesting Box for native bees which provides a hotel for Leaf Cutter and Mason Bees which in turn increases her food production and blooms. 

The back yard has a 25 raised bed vegetable garden bursting with produce as a result of the pollinators she supports. Her philosophy is “Build it and they will come.” Don’t miss this garden and meet some of the smallest yet important residents of our community. 

Park Seed and Ann work together to bring pollinator information on their website blog and film "you tube" videos at her home about useful garden products and pollinators.

Booths include a Monarch Raising Station, and the Lakelands Master Gardeners. Trained Master Gardener Guides will be present to help you with questions.

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.

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