Lowcountry Master Gardener – Bluffton Activities

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Port Royal Sound Maritime Center
Volunteer Workdays Announced as Needed

Historic Homes Grounds Maintenance
First Thursday of each month 9 – 11
Excluding July and August

Waddell Mariculture Center
Workdays announced as needed

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 8:30
March – December

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF BLUFFTON
Wednesday Afternoon 3:30 to 5:00

Old Town Bluffton Planter Project
Once in spring and fall

 

 

 


1portroyal2portroyal2Port Royal Sound Maritime Center
Volunteer Workdays Announced as Needed

Contact: Bette Warfield
Telephone: 843-987-0170
Email: betwarfield@gmail.com

Beginning in November 2014, the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association undertook to assist with the maintenance of the grounds at the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center, located in the former Lemon Island Marina. Future plans include the establishment of a butterfly garden for the education and enjoyment of visitors to the Center. The Port Royal Sound Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to “connect people with the waters and the lands of the Port Royal Sound” through exhibits and educational programs at the Maritime Center..


3Heyward_houseHistoric Homes
First Thursday of each month 9 – 11, excluding July and August

Contact : Alice Fraser
Email: mayshadow@yahoo.com

Historic homes owned by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society.

Members from the LMGA apply their knowledge of southern, coastal gardening by digging in to beautify Bluffton’s Heyward House Historic Center. Once a month, these volunteers bring their own tools to prune, plant, rake and hoe the nearly one acre property, a home that dates back to the 1840s.

As the official welcome center for the town of Bluffton, the work of these LMGA volunteers ensures that visitors to the Heyward House are presented with well-kept landscape, befitting one of only eight antebellum homes still remaining in Bluffton’s National Register Historic District.

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Waddell Mariculture Center
Workdays announced as needed

211 Sawmill Road
Bluffton

Contact: Marilyn Shaw    Email: mbshaw5@gmail.com

The 250′ long buffer garden along the Colleton River has been planted with hundreds of perennials, ornamental grasses and shrubs in a cooperative effort of the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association and the Lowcountry Master Naturalists. An automatic irrigation system funded by the LMGA assures that these plants will continue to thrive in this hot, windy and dry area. Maintenance continues to be a responsibility of the LMGA and the LMNA.

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5Savannah_National_WildlifeSavannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 8:30 March – December

Contact: Michelle Baldwin
Telephone: 843-757-8869
Email: michellejbaldwin@yahoo.com

In 2010, The Fish and Wildlife Refuge opened a Visitors Center on Route 17 in Jasper County for the visitors of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

Due to our work and dedication to the Pinckney Island butterfly garden, Lowcountry Master Gardeners were asked to design and maintain a butterfly garden adjacent to the visitors center. In the Spring of 2011, the garden began to take shape, and the garden is now flourishing, providing many native host and nectar plants for local and migrating butterflies.

The mission of the garden is to aid in the education of school children and visitors to the refuge about butterflies, their habitat, migration and life cycle. The garden, which contains mostly native plants, with some non-native nectar perennials and annuals, is a source of hands on education for school, camp and visiting children, as well as adults.


Bluffton B & GBOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF BLUFFTON
Wednesday Afternoons  3:30 to 5:00

100 H.E McCracken Circle
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

Contact:  Jim Lorenz
Email: jblojblorenz@gmail.com

The Bluffton Boys and Girls Club has a garden with five raised beds and two hydroponic towers for growing fruits and vegetables.  We have approximately 30 enthusiastic students between the ages of six and ten. The garden provides a fun and educational after school and summer activity for the students.

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Old Town Bluffton Planter Project
Once in spring and fall

Contact: Marilyn Shaw
Telephone: 854-290-1849
Email: mbshaw5@gmail.com

This is a new project that began in the fall of 2015 as part of Old Town Bluffton’s beautification program. Master Gardeners replanted 24 large concrete pots along May River Rd. and are committed to continue to replant each spring and fall. Volunteers will receive emails when the replanting is scheduled.