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Money to support a nutrition education series!

The Carolina Children’s Garden has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program to compete for money that will enable us to support a Chef in the Garden nutrition education series at the Garden. Seeds of Change® is an organic food and seed company that is committed to giving communities the ingredients to grow a healthier, more sustainable relationship with food by supporting sustainable community-based gardening and farming programs.

Phase One of grant competition requires our supporters to cast their vote online from April 1-21. On April 1 at 12:00 noon EDT, the public begins voting on the applications that have been submitted. Each person has the opportunity to vote one time per day until April 21. After that, only the top 50 applications that receive the most votes move on to the final judging phase. On May 5, Seeds of Change® will announce which organizations will each receive one of the two $20,000 grants or the 15 $10,000 grants.

Please take a minute to cast your vote for a Chef in the Garden series at http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/ Find our grant proposal and photo under Carolina Children’s Garden in Columbia, SC.

Spring has sprung at the Children’s Garden!


Daffodils are in bloom at the Children’s Garden off the Butterfly Garden

Take some time this spring to come for a visit and check out what new is blooming in the garden.






Sandhills Nature Discovery Walk

Future naturalists discuss how to tell north and south on a tree trunk.

Future naturalists discuss how to tell north and south on a tree trunk.

Sunday, April 13, 1-2:30pm

Meet at the entrance to the Carolina Children’s Garden. No charge. No dogs please.

Join retired biology teacher, naturalist, and park volunteer John Galbary for an hour long stroll along the trails, old roads and waterfront of the Clemson REC natural wildlife areas and forest lands. We will look at and talk about the flora and fauna we encounter along the way on this easy hike. Sturdy shoes, hiking stick and water recommended. Bring your binoculars and field guides if you like. Terrain is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers. All ages are welcome.

Email your intent to participate and number participating to carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.

John Galbary, B. S., M. Ed., is a retired teacher from RSD2 where he taught 7th grade Life Science for 21 years. He is a long-time volunteer at Congaree National Park, where he regularly leads nature discovery hikes and assists on canoe trips. He received the park’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2012, and  The President’s CALL TO SERVICE AWARD, 2013, for Making A Difference Through Volunteer Service. He has completed the ‘Master Naturalist for Teachers’ graduate level course through Clemson University; and ‘Reinventing the Naturalist’ graduate class with Dr. Rudy Mancke at USC. John is also a regular volunteer at the USC Arboretum.

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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 this list 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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