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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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An Afternoon at Kalmia Gardens

By Edward Leitgeb, ‘19, Coker College marketing and communications intern.

Kalmia Gardens is 38 acres of untouched nature and history. The gardens are available for everyone and anyone to enjoy. It is the perfect location to relax after a long day, explore with friends and family, take your pet for a walk, or have lunch at the Joslin Education Center.
Our Latest Story!

An Afternoon at Kalmia Gardens

Edward Leitgeb, ‘19, explores the Pee Dee’s oldest and only public garden.
By Edward Leitgeb, ‘19, Coker College marketing and communications intern. Kalmia Gardens is 38 acres of untouched nature and history. The gardens are available for everyone and anyone to enjoy. It is the perfect location to relax after a long day, explore with friends and family, take your pet for a walk, or have lunch at the Joslin Education Center.