Monday, March 12, 2012

Carolina fence garden at the SC welcome center

This Carolina fence garden at the South Carolina Welcome Center caught my eye. I have never heard of one before so curiosity got the best of me. It turns out to literally be a garden built around a fence. Both the plants and the chosen fence represent an aspect of South Carolina Culture.

For example, split rail fences were often used in South Carolina during the 1800's and the early 1900's. The garden would be constructed in or  around a portion of a split rail fence.

Around it and inside the fence is a display of plants that are native to that particular area of South Carolina. Plants might include the Yellow Jessamine which is the state flower along with a variety of native grasses.

Birds, butterflies and other small animals are naturally attracted to a Carolina fence garden. The Carolina fence garden is a project of the SC Wildlife Federation. The gardens pay homage to the rich history and culture of South Carolina and can become a small wildlife habitat at the same time.

I took this photo of the sign that we found at the garden. Clicking on it will take you to a page that has the larger photo. It provides some background information about the garden.  A little more information is found on the School Gardens blog.

A few other blog posts about the great outdoors are:

Visit Myrtle Beach and avoid the snow in East Tennessee
Appalachian Trail; 3 great blogs
Indian Boundary Campground on the Cherohala