The South Carolina Botanical Gardens–Saturday–July 21, 2012

One of the things Nancy wanted to do while we were here is visit the South Carolina Botanical Gardens at Clemson University.  We are only 10 miles away.  I’m not a real botanical garden kind of guy, BUT…. Nancy really wanted to go!!!

The fact that it was over 90 degrees and seeing the garden required miles of walking in the heat, I was even less interested ;o(  To coin a phrase Nancy often says, “It wasn’t calling my name!”  But I went and I walked and now I have bonus points to be redeemed when I want to do something Nancy may not REALLY want to do ;o))

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SC Botanical Gardens Visitor Center

Hosta Garden Path

Peter Rabbit Garden

Nancy here:
Just because Bill isn't a "Garden Kinda Guy"... please do not miss this if you are in the area in decent weather.  Even in this HOT weather, it was beautiful.  If we are ever back here (which I know we will be) I will be spending some time at the gardens ALONE;o)))

After the gardens, we drove over to see Clemson University.  First stop, Memorial Stadium a.k.a. Death Valley. We’ve seen it on TV, but have never been there in person… 
It was very impressive.

I can’t imagine what it must be like
on game day!!

We took a short driving tour through the rest of the campus.

The original Clemson College building

Fort Hill  -  Clemson's Founder's Home

Fort Hill Plaque

It’s a very  pretty and hilly campus.  The campus was extremely empty on a Sunday in the summer.  The college appears to has two focuses: 
sports and agriculture!!

Over all, IMO, we broke even for the day:
Clemson University tour: +10
Botanical Gardens tour: – 10

Tomorrow’s adventure is something
we both will enjoy:o))


  1. I love botanical gardens but do prefer to enjoy them in cooler weather :)

  2. I would have preferred the gardens in the spring but you're right, they are always beautiful. There is a beautiful one in Tallahassee, Florida, that is lovely during dogwood and azalea season.

  3. I thought Death Valley was LSU. But , I looked it up and Clemson claims this as well. Love it when I learn something new :)

  4. I'm with Nancy. I'd vote Botanical Gardens +10, Clemson's stadium -10. I'm a Tar Heel doncha know even if I've lived in Wahoo town for 30 years.

  5. Bill, you looked good and certainly could be the backup mascot. You might not even need the costume... ;c)

  6. Oh, I vote for the botanical gardens too. I love football, but the stadiums, not so much :)