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Kalmia Gardens of Coker College has been open to the public since 1935 and includes many exotic ornamentals planted by Mrs. David Robert Coker, the garden’s founder. When the Coker family acquired the land in 1932, “Miss May” began transforming what was then a desolate area into a place of tranquility and beauty, creating many trails that lead down to Black Creek. She gave Kalmia Gardens to Coker College in 1965 as a memorial to her late husband. In 2002, her daughter established the Joslin Education Center at the Gardens.

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A Water Quality Crisis in Our Own Backyard

South Carolina boasts 11,000 miles of beautiful rivers, creeks and streams, but many fail to meet water quality standards.

Our Latest Story!

A Water Quality Crisis in Our Own Backyard

Kalmia Gardens is helping reduce pollutants entering Black Creek
South Carolina boasts 11,000 miles of beautiful rivers, creeks and streams, but many fail to meet water quality standards.