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Signature Topiary Display & Map
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Signature Topiary Display & Map

See for Yourself Our One-of-a-Kind "Living" Sculptures in Uptown Greenwood!

Take a magical topiary tour through Uptown Greenwood. You’ll see 44 topiaries displayed around the Square, at the County Library, and at the Farmers Market. The whimsical horticultural creations showcase the Uptown Greenwood area during the SC Festival of Flowers.

Each topiary has been adopted by an organization and is sponsored by a separate organization.  Come see for yourself and stroll our Uptown Square day or night.

The Topiaries Design, Year-Round Maintenance, Care & Moving Provided By: City of Greenwood & City Public Works Department andHorticultural Department

Special Thanks: 

Director of Greenwood Public Works: Billy Allen

City of Greenwood Public Works Staff: Erek Leary, ChrisLewis, and Jeff SmallwoodCity of Greenwood: Len Bryan and mechanics crew

Greenhouse Staff: Gene Yarochowicz, Clint Price, TracyAnderson, Karla Coffey, Jimmy McInville, Amber Nappier, Dinna Fetters, and Ann Barklow

Greenwood County Lakelands Master Gardeners, volunteers from the community and our local schools

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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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Life of Honey Bees Observation Hive
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Life of Honey Bees Observation Hive

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Come join the Lakeland Beekeepers at Emerald Farm for a fun and educational day!

An observation hive will be set up for you to catch a glimpse of the life of a honey bee. Find the queen bee without the worry of getting stung! See and learn about the equipment that the beekeepers use in their apiary. You will be amazed with what these little bees can accomplish in their short life.

Questions are welcome during the event! 

Join the fun, visit the farm, and ride the Emerald Farm Express. Pick up some honey, plants, bird houses or yard art too! 

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Historic Cokesbury College Tour & Ice Cream Social
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Historic Cokesbury College Tour & Ice Cream Social

The Cokesbury College Historical & Recreational Commission, will provide tours of Cokesbury College from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Visitors will see all the recent restoration efforts, both inside and outside of the College building.

Commissioners, acting as tour guides, will discuss the Commission’s short and long-range plans for enhancing access to and community use of the College and grounds.  In addition, Commissioners will discuss planned restoration of other elements of the Cokesbury Community, including the Chapel and the original General Store and Post Office buildings which are located across the street from the College.

Cokesbury College was built in 1854 and opened as one of the earliest Masonic Female Collegiate Institutes in the rural southeast.  Cokesbury College is the centerpiece of the original 19th century utopian Cokesbury Community.  The College building and grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are maintained and managed by the Cokesbury College Historical and Recreational Commission.

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Although Cokesbury feels a bit “off the beaten path” today, it was once one of the most prominent communities in the upper part of South Carolina. At its peak, it was a thriving hub of education for the entire state, and many influential South Carolinians called it home. From Tabernacle to Cokesbury The story of Cokesbury began when visionaries in the Tabernacle Community decided to build a new school. After much deliberation, a public meeting was held on July 4, 1824 to promote the idea of develop-ing a new village around the new school’s location. The name of the new village: Mount Ariel.

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Pollinator Garden Tour
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Pollinator Garden Tour

Join us in celebrating National Pollinator Week with a special event touring the SC Festival of Flowers Topiaries and several of the City of Greenwood’s Pollinator gardens.  

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Your tour will be led by City of Greenwood Horticulturist, Ann Barklow, of the SC Festival of Flowers topiaries and the pollinator gardens.

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. 

Bee City USA fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

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The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Communities that participate are provided numerous benefits, including improving local food production and addressing pest control issues less toxically.

Incorporated cities, towns, counties and communities across America are invited to make these commitments and become certified as a Bee City USA affiliate. For more information refer to www.beecityusa.org.

Hosted by:
Lakelands Beekeepers Association & Greenwood In Bloom

 

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Greenwood Historic Churches Tour
Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Greenwood Historic Churches Tour

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Discover Greenwood's most beautiful and historical churches.

Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

The tour of historic churches in and around Greenwood is back! Churches on this year's tour are rich in history. One building dates back to 1860, another to 1890. You'll find a hand crafted wooden Communion Table in the shape of the cross which is the only one of its kind in South Carolina. You will see how stained glass windows tell stories from the Bible in unique ways. The craftsmanship in many of the sanctuaries and facilities is tremendous and adds uniqueness to each church. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! 

Mountain Creek Baptist Church
108 Mountain Creek Road
Kirksey Community
Mountain Creek Baptist Church was established in 1798 and still occupies the third building
which was built in the 1890's. There have been only minor changes to the sanctuary in the past 150 years, and everyone who sees it for the first time are in awe of the feeling of simplicity and reverence.

Tranquil United Methodist Church
1702 McCormick Highway
Greenwood
Tranquil United Methodist Church was begun about 1820, under a brush arbor.  The first structure was a plain log house replaced later by a frame structure.  The present sanctuary was build in 1971. Tranquil has been called the birthplace of Greenwood Methodism.  We are known for our flags.  On patriotic holidays our drive is lined with over a hundred large American flags.  Our goal through the years has been to share the peace and love of Christ.

Rock Presbyterian Church
122 Rock Church Rd NW
Greenwood
First known as Rocky Creek Presbyterian Church, Rock Presbyterian Church as we know it today, was formed by missionary ministers from the Synod of New York and Philadelphia in 1770. Rock Presbyterian is known as the “Mother of Churches” as it had help start and organize churches in Ninety Six, Greenwood (First Presbyterian), Cokesbury and Coronaca. On the present grounds, the first house of worship was built of logs and used a broad flat- rock as a foundation and floor. This log church was replaced by a larger clapboard sided structure in 1815 and served as the sanctuary and classrooms until it tragically burned to the ground in 1959. Services were held in the old Quarry School, acquired earlier, until the present sanctuary was dedicated in 1959.

Ninety Six Presbyterian Church
120 Cambridge St North
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There have been three Ninety Six Presbyterian Churches in Ninety Six, dating back to 1774. The present church, the third location, was built in 1860 as a frame building. Following a tornado in 1944, with much structural damage, the building was repaired and brick veneer added.

First Baptist Church
722 Grace Street
Greenwood
The sanctuary of Greenwood First Baptist Church is noteable for both its beauty and its thoughtful design. The focal point of the sanctuary is clearly the large cross which hangs over the divided chancel. The gallery (balcony) features a smaller but more ornate Celtic cross, insuring that worshippers can see the cross from anywhere in the sanctuary. The hand-crafted wooden Communion Table, also in the shape of the cross, is the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

First Presbyterian Church
108 W Cambridge Ave
Greenwood
First Presbyterian Church first met in the Presbyterian High School Building in Greenwood in 1850. As the population grew in Greenwood, the congregation did as well. In 1899 the building now used as a fellowship hall was build, followed by the education wing in 1924. A tour of these buildings on the same floor would show the original stained glass windows, Wood ceiling and intricate woodwork.

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Main Street United Methodist Church
211 Main St North
GreenwoodThe year 2018 is a significant year in the history of Main Street United Methodist Church
because it will celebrate the 100th year of worshiping in its Sanctuary. The first worship service was held on November 16, 1918. The celebration will take place November 11th with Bishop Jonathan Holstein conducting the service in the format of the original service.

Founded in 1858, this historic church saw several different early structures before building its current Sanctuary with its huge stained glass window of Jesus questioning the Rabbis in the Jerusalem Temple when he was 12.

Connie Maxwell Baptist Church
215 Terrell Smith Ave
Greenwood    
The original frame structure used for a church on the campus of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home was built in 1893 to primarily house the Connie Maxwell School. After the 1962 decision of the Board of Trustees to relocate the church building, groundbreaking exercises were held October 11, 1964. The cornerstone was laid July 11, 1965. The first service was held on May 22, 1966, the 74th anniversary of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. The ten  nave faceted stained glass windows, the highlight of the current church’s beauty, are a gift of the alumni.

The Church of the Resurrection Episcopal
700 Main St South
Greenwood
Our church was built in 1935 and is the third church building used by Resurrection in Greenwood. It was designed by noted Greenwood architect James Hemphill, who designed homes, schools, and other public buildings across the Carolinas. He used the Church of the Cross in Stateburg as his inspiration. The church is a simple neo-Gothic structure with thick masonry walls and hammer beam trusses. It seats 180 persons. The newest improvement to it is a Marshall and Ogletree digital organ. The parish has about 450 members and lively ministry.  

 

 
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Jazz Brunch and Tour, The Railroad Historical Center
Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Jazz Brunch and Tour, The Railroad Historical Center

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Join us for this New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch at The Railroad Historical Center.

We will be serving a delicious brunch in a historic 1924 dining car with Jazz music from an era gone by playing, what could be finer? Enjoy a complimentary Mimosa too!

Live music by:
Steve G and the Juniors
Buffet Brunch by:
Old Main Catering
Tickets: $50
Proceeds go to the Railroad Historical Center.

Tour the seven historic train cars, stroll through the beautiful gardens and enjoy the newly completed deck. We even have a new lift for easy access to the train cars.

For tickets and more information, call (864) 229-7093.

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