Lowcountry Master Gardener – Beaufort Activities

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Lunch and Learn
Saturdays at noon
April through June
Port Royal Farmers’ Market

Master Gardener Information and Plant Clinic
Saturdays – 9:00 AM to noon
April until Thanksgiving week
Port Royal Farmers’ Market
Port Royal, South Carolina

Garden A Day
June 3 to 7, 2019
9:00 AM – Noon
Private Gardens
Schedule TBD

Crystal Lake Nature Park
Rue du Bois and Lady’s Island Drive
Lady’s Island
Open all Year

Habiitat for Humanity
Downtown Beaufort
Duke Street Project



Area Coordinator:   Sheila Drouin  sheiladrouin@islc.net

1events_lunchl The Award Winning Series – Lunch and Learn
Every Saturday from April through June
The Gazebo at the Farmers’ Market, Heritage Park, Port Royal
Classes begin at 12:00 noon.
Classes are free. Just bring a folding chair.

Directions to the Port Royal Farmers’ Market

Our goal is to provide a summer long series of informative, free classes on subjects relating to horticulture and designed to address gardening in this unique climate. Our community has a large population of “transplants” from other areas of the country who find that the heat and humidity here in the Lowcountry present a real challenge to successful gardening.

‘Lunch and Learn’ hopes to educate these people, as well as locals, in best gardening practices for this area and to further their interest in responsible horticulture. Successful gardens keep gardeners growing.

Master Gardener Information and Plant Clinic
Saturdays from 9:00 AM until noon
Heritage Park Gazebo – Port Royal Farmers’ Market
Port Royal, South Carolina

Ask a Master Gardener Table and Plant Clinic  is visited by hundreds of people each year.  Visitors to the Port Royal Farmers’ Market bring their plants and garden pests to be identified and ask questions about gardening in this unique climate.



Broad River Elementary School
Work Days as Announced

Broad River School 1The Kindergarten class  plants and tends a  large vegetable and flower   garden.  This year, drip irrigation was installed, and the class hopes to sell its produce at the local Farmers’ Market.   This is the fourth year for this garden; a tribute to their teacher, Debra Graf.

Broad River School 2Master Gardeners continue to provide supervisory assistance, and hold workshops about seed starting, worm farming, etc.  They have expanded the garden to have a fruit orchard; starting this year with an orange tree.


2events_gardenGarden A Day
In conjunction with the Beaufort Garden Club,
Master Gardeners provide docents  for private gardens every day for the first full week in June.   Free9 to the public
2019 Schedule to be Announced

It has become a tradition for Master Gardeners to lend a hand to the Beaufort Garden Club for this annual event. For five days and five gardens, Master Gardeners will be there in the LMGA green aprons. When visitors want a plant identified, the watchwords are “Look for someone in a green apron.”.

3CrystalLake_14CrystalLake_2Crystal Lake Nature Park
Rue du Bois and Lady’s Island Drive
Lady’s Island

This 23 acre area with a 7-1/2 acre lake is being developed as a passive nature park. Master Gardeners, working in conjunction with Master Naturalists, have spent many volunteer hours clearing the area of invasive species, cutting trails and being pro-active to get the funding and permits necessary to make it accessible to the public.

Habitat for Humanity
Various Workdays  and Locations as Announced

Your LMGA has partnered with Beaufort Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity in their mission to help responsible families move up from substandard housing to home ownership. In an effort to provide a hand up, rather than a handout, Master Gardener volunteers have procured and installed low maintenance foundation landscaping across the front of three of these new homes in 2017.  As construction is completed, more homes will be landscaped.   On planting days at two homes in Mint Farm, and one home in Pigeon Point, MGs prepared soil beds, planted, mulched, weeded and watered, while teaching the new homeowners the basics of gardening.

These projects make a “house” feel more like a home for these first time homeowners, beautify the community and make the Habitat House more acceptable to the neighborhood; at the same time, accomplishing our MG goal of gardening education. We have been blessed with terrific Project Leaders on these three homes: Don and JoAnn Stovall and Paul Brainard. For the October House, Sally Daniel and Kimberley McFann are performing the Project Leader functions.

Four  new homes were recently landscaped this year (2018), with more to come.  Project Leader for two of these homes was Jane Marquart.  Funds for the plants for the landscapes were provided by your LMGA, and these are some of the happy volunteers.

St. Helena Public Library  Courtyard Garden  We started with a practically empty space and in 2016, started by installing two trellises and a few plants.  Every year, more plants are added and pavers were painted with outlines of ferns and leaves.  We provided a bird feeder and bright red shepherd’s crook to hang it from.  Visitors to the library enjoy sitting at the large windows overlooking this lovely and restful courtyard garden.