Glencairn Garden, an 11 acre botanical garden located in the residential area of Rock Hill near Winthrop University, is a delightful place to spend a spring afternoon. This well planned out garden is a peaceful oasis composed of gardens full of beautiful plants and flowers in vibrant colors. There is a good mix of shady areas and sunny spots, and plenty of paved pathways to take an afternoon stroll.
Peak bloom season is from late March to mid-April and is the most popular time to visit the garden. This is when Glencairn’s prized and numerous azaleas are in their glory. The Come See Me Festival is always scheduled in early April to coincide with Glencairn Garden’s azaleas being in full bloom.
By now, the azaleas have bloomed and faded, but there is still plenty to see at Glencairn Gardens.
The older part of the Garden is towards Charlotte Ave. This part was designed by Robert Marvin in 1958 and includes a shade and water garden, Japanese Bridge, and a Cascade Fountain and Pond. These areas are nicely shaded by mature trees.
The Bigger House, at the corner of Crest St and Charlotte Ave was the home of Glencairn Garden’s former owners and now serves as an information center for the Garden. Originally Glencairn Garden was the 6 acre back yard of the Bigger’s family.
It was turned into a public space in the late 1950s and became the inspiration for the Come See Me Festival, Rock Hill’s annual celebration of Spring. Many inprovements have been made to the Garden in the last 10 years, including an expansion.
Fridays from 10am-1pm, gardeners from York County Master Gardeners Association are available to answer questions in person at Bigger House or by phone.
Free Classes are taught the first Friday of each month from 11am-noon at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center at 825 Edgemont Ave.
Upcoming classes include:
- June 7 – Vegetable Pests
- July 5- Know your Beneficial Insects
- August 2- Gardening Myths
Stop by Glencairn Garden for a visit soon and see why it is such a popular place for prom and wedding pictures. You might want to take your camera and shoot a few pictures yourself.
725 Crest St
Rock Hill, SC 29730
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