Greenville's location in the foothills of the Piedmont fosters the successful cultivation of a wide variety of plants. Native and adapted trees, shrubs, wildflowers, perennials and colorful annuals blend nature's beauty into our urban environment. Gardens exist to beautify the city, to enhance the lives of citizens and visitors, and create spots where man and nature meet. Greenville's gardens are open to the public, at no charge, from dawn to dusk. Visitors are invited to explore the gardens. Benches and picnic areas are provided.
Falls Park on the Reedy
This 32-acre park has been transformed into the largest public garden in the area. Located in Greenville's West End on South Main Street, Falls Park will have numerous public gardens on both sides of the Reedy River. All is connected by a cantilevered, curved pedestrian suspension bridge - the only one of its kind in the United States. Visit Falls Park online.
Pedrick's Garden at Falls Park
Enjoy the newest addition to Falls Park, completed in the fall of 2014. Located along Vardry Creek behind the West End Market, Pedrick's Garden was named after long time resident and Garden Club member Pedrick Lowry. The garden is themed around sunflowers and has a new pedestrian bridge, public fountain, new gardens, and will be home to additional public artwork.
The Children's Garden at linky stone park
This interactive multi-themed garden designed to enrich children's intelligence, creativity and well-being through exploration and discovery is located at Linky Stone Park, a 1.7-acre greenspace along the Reedy River, between downtown Greenville and the revitalized West End.
Rock Quarry Garden
This garden, located at 200 McDaniel is actually the site of a pre-Civil War granite quarry. With its rock ledges and waterfall, the site has been adopted by the Greenville Garden Club. Its beauty is a popular location for outdoor weddings and photography. Spring flowering plants, including dogwood trees and native azaleas, are a highlight of this garden.
Kilgore-Lewis House Gardens
The site of this wonderful home and garden is 560 North Academy Street. Built in 1832, it is furnished with period pieces and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10am - 2pm. The Greenville Council of Garden Clubs operates a gift shop and holds workshops at the house. Special places to visit on the house's five acres of landscaped grounds include a wildflower garden, a sensory garden with plant descriptions in Braille, a flowing spring, a pond and an excellent collection of native and ornamental plants. The gazebo and the house are frequently used for weddings, receptions, and community events. The grounds are open to the public and ample parking is provided. To arrange a guided tour, call 864-232-3020.
Greenville Rose Society Garden
A collection of hybrid roses can be seen at this garden sponsored by the Greenville Rose Society. The garden spot is at 300 East Camperdown Way on the east side of the Church Street Bridge. Peak blooming times are May and September.
Sue Simpson Garden
This garden spot is named to honor Greenville's first City Councilwoman. Sponsored by the Carolina Foothill Garden Club, the garden features annual flowers. It is located at 200 East Camperdown Way, at the Church Street ramp.