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Edisto Memorial Gardens

The Edisto Memorial Gardens is owned and operated by the City of Orangeburg. There is No Admission Fee. Come see this South Carolina treasure and hopefully we will spot some butterflies too!

Suggestion: Park in the Upper Parking Lot and park toward the far end.

Restrooms are located to the far-right upper corner of the parking lot. Follow the sidewalk to the buildings down the hill and to the right.

We will meet in the Lower Parking lot to begin our walk. Follow the pavement to the far upper left and walk down the incline to the parking area below. Our walk will end back at the Upper Parking area.

This is an easy walk with some steps and moderate inclines. There is a board walk that enables us to see the North Fork of the Edisto River. The Edisto River is the longest free flowing Black Water River in North America. What makes this a black water river? Come and discover the answer.

Bring: Bug Spray, Water, Snacks, Insect Guides, Camera.

We will see Roses, Canada Geese, Turtles, a Chinese Waterwheel, and the river. We hope to see butterflies. There will be an opportunity to stand on a million gallons of water, you will not get your feet wet! Come see how the old city dump was transformed (1920’s) into an area of beauty before it became the “in thing to do!”

The gardens are affiliated with the American Garden Rose Selections (AGRS) and has an American Rose Society Award of Excellence Test Garden.

The Edisto Memorial Gardens are located at 218 Riverside Drive, SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115. The website is: www.orangeburg.sc.us/edisto-memorial-gardens.

Contact: Diane Curlee, cell phone (803) 378-0536 if you are planning to attend the walk.

Historic Bethabara Park

We will concentrate on the gardens on the north side of the park, which include a culinary garden, a medicinal garden, and an expanded butterfly garden. If we have the time and inclination, we will walk a short portion of the adjacent greenway. Note that we will start at 9:00 am in an effort to avoid some of the summer heat.

Contact Dennis Burnette <deburnette@triad.rr.com> by 6 pm on Friday evening, Aug. 9 to let us know that you’re coming. This is particularly important this time because of the late notice. If no one contacts us, we will postpone the walk.

Wednesday Walks: JC Raulston Arboretum

Begin the butterfly season with a walk through the JC Raulston Arboretum! Meet up will be at the visitor’s center. Paths through the garden are easily navigated by any kind of footwear. Be sure to bring with you any necessities you might need to have an enjoyable walk. Amenities at the location include public restroom and water fountains. The arboretum is within driving distance of restaurants of all kinds. Parking is free. Butterflies typically seen at the Arboretum include: Tiger Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails and caterpillars, cabbage whites, Sulphurs, assorted skippers, angelwings, and more! Rain date or poor butterflying weather reschedule date will be on April 11 @ 1-3 PM.

Duke Gardens Spring Plant Sale

Come support the Carolina Butterfly Society at the Duke Gardens Spring Plant Sale! Plants will be available for purchase–be sure to arrive early as milkweeds sell out quickly! We will have live butterflies and chrysalises on display, as well as other educational materials, and information about our organization.

If you would like to help out at the event, please register. Your assistance for an hour or for the entire event would be greatly appreciated.