entranceThe Carolina Children’s Garden is a two-acre green oasis and teaching garden located in northeast Columbia on the Clemson University/Sandhill extension campus. The garden has twelve theme gardens where children explore, play, and learn in a natural environment of birds and butterflies along with storybook characters like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit.

The mission of the garden is to inspire, educate, and motivate the community to use gardening as a tool to bring families in touch with nature and each other.

Join Us to Celebrate Arbor Day!

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 4 PM in the Dinosaur Garden at the Carolina Children’s Garden

Help Carolina Children’s Garden Educator Liesel Hamilton plant a ginko tree in the Mesosoic Memories Dinosaur Garden. Celebrate the day with Poet-tree!!

For more information, send Liesel an email at carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.


Meet Our EducatorLiesel Hamilton

The Carolina Children’s Garden is pleased to introduce our onsite nature educator, Liesel Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies. She has extensive experience working with children; most recently she was involved in a tutoring program with Americorps on North Main Street. Teachers may reach Ms. Hamilton at carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.

NEW Carolina Children’s Garden School Classes Available

The Carolina Children’s Garden is happy to offer school classes that meet SC English Language Arts, Literacy, and Science Standards. For more information, visit the Programs page. To schedule your class, please contact Liesel Hamilton at carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.

 Save the Date for Reindogs and Elves!

2013 winnerThe 2nd Annual Reindogs and Elves event will be Sunday, December 14, 2014. There will be a costume contest for dogs and children, activities for the kids, a silent auction, a parade of kids and their pets and a visit by Santa Paws.

Visit the Reindogs and Elves page for more information.


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Carolina Children’s Garden is a wonderful place to enjoy a time with your family! Come on out and relax and encourage your child to enjoy imaginative play in one of the themed gardens. The garden is open daily from 7:30 am until dusk; there are no admission fees and there is so much to do!

Fun in the Garden:

  • How about a Scavenger Hunt? Bring one of the below lists and act like a super-sleuth ready to make some amazing discoveries.
  • Take a Bird Walk. You can find a list here to print out and bring with you. Maybe there’s an avid birdwatcher in your bunch.
  • Pack a Picnic! There are plenty of picnic tables for playing a game or eating lunch so pack a basket and plan to spend some time here. Our new three tier drinking fountain accommodates pets and people.

Fun at home:

Check out our “Growing Gardeners Fun at Home” links for projects to bring the joy of gardening home with you!

Email Us!

For more information, to register for a program, or to schedule a special program for your group, contact carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.

We’d love to hear from you!



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