Artwork by Sharon Lovejoy, 1997The Carolina Children’s Garden is a two-acre green oasis and teaching garden located in northeast Columbia on the Clemson University/Sandhill 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.


It takes more than water to make the gardens grow! The Children’s Garden depends on gifts, donations, grants, and volunteers to sustain its programs. Friends of the Children’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization overseeing the Garden. Gifts and cash donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made via the PayPal Donate button below or you can mail your donation, payable to Friends of the Children’s Garden, to the address below. Either way, we thank you!
Click to Donate to the Carolina Children's Garden!

The Carolina Children’s Garden will be participating in Midlands Gives on May 2nd! Come back on Tuesday, May 2 to give to CCG during this annual event! Every penny counts!


 Mail donations to:

Friends of the Children’s Garden
Clemson University Sandhill REC
P.O. Box 23205
Columbia, SC 29224

Growing Gardeners

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!


You can always contact Carolina Children’s Garden for information on great additional programming to cultivate an interest in gardening, such as Ms. Slither Goes to School.

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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