Description: Kalmia Gardens (30 acres) is a mature botanical garden located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Part of Coker College, it is open daily without admission. The gardens were established in the early 1930s by Mrs. David R. Coker on the land, which had become a neglected dump. Mrs. Coker made trails, dug a pond, and planted ornamental species including azaleas, camellias, tea olives (Osmanthus fragrans), and wisteria. In 1935 she opened the gardens to the public.

Address: 1624 West Carolina Avenue Hartsville, SC 29550

Phone Number(s): 843-383-8145


Open for Business:

Date / Season Times
Year round - Grounds are always open

Special Events:

Event Dates Times
Oyster Roast Fundraiser March


  • Bird Watching
  • Gardening Experiences
  • Native Plants / Ecology
  • Photography
  • Tours / Guided


  • Camp Sites

Special Event Space:

  • Weddings
  • School Groups