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Benjamin Mays Historic Site Tours
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Benjamin Mays Historic Site Tours

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

Saturday, June 2
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

Born in Greenwood County, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays rose to become an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with being “the principle founder of the Civil Rights Movement”.

The site contains Dr. Mays' birth home which was removed from its original location in Epworth in southeast Greenwood County and furnished with circa 1900 furniture. In addition, the site has a barn-like structure that serves as a modern museum and theater.

Visitors will find a large collection of his books, writings, films, speeches, and personal items. The third building on site is the original Burns Springs one-room African-American school, originally located in Epworth.

The yard surrounding the home site is reminiscent of a 1900s era sharecropper homestead that includes a cedar post clothes line, wash pot with rinsing tubs, chopping block, tree swing, old well, an original outhouse, and a family garden. The homestead is accented with a cotton field.

 For further information, please contact: Christopher B. Thomas at (864) 229-8833.

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Garden Tours
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Garden Tours

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

Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Absolutely Free!


ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

1635 COKESBURY ROAD 

Step inside this young prayer garden. You’ll be able to see the freshly planted garden and distinguish it from both the older more naturalized gardens you’ve already seen today. This garden space has been here for years, but the fountain and new plantings are providing a peaceful respite for garden goers. It is the hope of those who are tending it for it to provide an out-of-the-way perfect place to sit and meditate and hear the Lord and hear his nature. 


BARKLOW WILDLIFE HABITAT AND TEACHING GARDENS (SATURDAY ONLY) 

110 FERRY COVE ROAD 

Even if you’ve been here before, there’s always something new to see here. Master Gardener and City Horticulturist, Ann Barklow, has turned her entire yard into a classroom. Come hear all about planting natives, the importance of pollinators, and how to become a Pollinator Champion. If you’re interested in having a Monarch Certified garden, you can learn all about that too. You can also find out what to do with your leaves in the fall and get great composting tips. 


CITY GARDEN OF GREENWOOD 510 WEST CAMBRIDGE AVENUE 

This beautiful gateway is one of Greenwood’s crowning glories. Rich in history, this garden is quite often the backdrop for prom and wedding photos. Don’t miss the rose garden, the children’s garden, and even a peanut butter tree! 


COURTYARD AT SUNDANCE GALLERY (SUNDAY ONLY) 146 MAXWELL AVENUE (LOCATED ON THE REAR) 

This small courtyard garden attracts visitors all year long. It’s small size and unique shape has many ideas to offer. Small gardens are fun and can be accomplished rather quickly – perhaps a weekend project. Nearby you will find a meandering City garden behind the splash pad. Both are worth the visit. 


DR. BENJAMIN E. MAYS GARDENS AT THE GLEAMNS SITE 237 N. HOSPITAL STREET 

Dr. Mays rose to become one of the greatest international leaders of his generation. He is the most prominent citizen ever born in Greenwood County. At this quiet and surprising spot, you will can tour his actual childhood home, the Burns Springs school, as well as a museum in his honor. See the vegetable gardens including actual cotton plants and beautiful flowers surrounding this site. 


EMERALD FARM (SATURDAY ONLY) 409 EMERALD FARM ROAD 

Just minutes from the heart of Greenwood, this 75-acre gem graced with towering oaks and fruit trees is truly a hidden treasurer. If you’re looking for a little bit of magic, then a trip to this working farm is just what you’re looking for. Iridescent peacocks serenade you and perhaps even put on a display of beautifully preened and spectacularly decorated feathers. You’ll also find Swiss goats and llamas. Other displays include a delightful herb garden and a honey bee observation hive. Find the queen, learn all about what each bee’s role is in the hive, and the dangers of the current honey bee shortage. Bring the children for a ride the train. Plus view the amazing model railroad train museum, and browse their antique and gift shops. 


IMMANUEL LUTHERAN MEDIEVAL GARDEN 501 CRESWELL AVENUE EAST 

With guidance from retired horticulturalist Klaus Neubner, Immanuel Lutheran’s “Medieval Garden” was created to simulate what was a garden would be like during Martin Luther’s time in Europe. You’ll be impressed with how the plants were as useful as they are decorative. Come take a trip back in time to explore the uniquely decorative botanical garden. 


OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC CHURCH PRAYER GARDEN, 915 MATHIS ROAD (LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE CHURCH) 

Step inside this tranquil garden and you’ll feel the power of prayer and the healing sense of flowers. This garden is open every day and beckons visitors to come, sit, meditate, and search for answers to all life’s many riddles. 


THE MANY GARDENS AT WESLEY COMMONS (SATURDAY ONLY) 1110 MARSHALL ROAD 

Park in the main entrance parking lot, and be greeted by tour guides who will drive you by golf cart to the gardens of Wesley Commons. Many of the gardens are tended by the residents. You will see the impressive garden of Helen Bryan, a 92- year old native of Abbeville. You will tour the beautiful indoor gardens, and will also see a rain garden. The highlight of the tour will be the Bonsai garden of Bristol Court. Don’t miss this fun adventure! 

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Jun
6
to Jun 11

The Flotilla Winners

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Congratulations to our 2017 Flotilla Boat Winners!

Overall Winner

Boat 6 - Grand Harbor Homeowners Association

In the Business Category

1st Place Winner
Boat 4 - Susan Long Realty
2nd Place
Boat 2 - The Bradshaw Group

Homeowners Category

Winner
Boat 6 - Grand Harbor Homeowners Association

Individual Category

1st Place Winner
Boat 1 - Joe Chabra / Kazmarski Family
2nd Place
Boat 5 - Becky McIntosh

People’s Choice

Boat 1 - Joe Chabra / Kazmarski Family

 

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The Beach Dance
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Beach Dance

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Returning to our 50th Celebration...the Beach Dance!

Featuring the awesome sounds of the Swingin' Medallions Reunion Band.

Doors Open at 6:45 p.m. 
Free Shag Lessons starting at 7:00 p.m. 
Shag Contest too!

Tickets are:
VIP Table: $400
Table of 8: $250
Individual Ticket: $35
You must be at least 21 years of age.
Cash Bar Only | No Coolers 

Call the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce for tickets, 864-223-8431 or email: info@scFestivalofFlowers.org

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