Lowcountry Master Gardener – Bluffton Activities

Area Coordinator:   Valerie Emerson  Email: valerie.t.emerson@gmail.com


Bluffton Farmers’ Market                                                                          
Thursday Afternoons 12:15 -4:15  Two 2 hour shifts
Contact:  Bill Camp
Email: wgcamp@vt.edu

The LMGA staffs a booth at the Farmers’ Market to answer gardening questions from locals and visitors and to provide information about our programs, including soil tests, the Plant Clinic, Rent a Master Gardener visits and more.  We receive approximately 50+ from around our area and the country.  Our booth is open from 12:15 to 4:15 from early April through June, and resumes in September.  Master Gardener volunteers commit to a 2 hour shift , e.g. 12:15 to 2:15, or 2:15 to 4:15.  We work to pair new Master Gardeners with more seasoned ones to make for a meaningful learning experience.




Historic 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

Contact: Scott Brown
Email: scottb1807@yahoo.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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Wednesday Afternoons  3:30 to 5:00

100 H.E McCracken Circle
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

Contact:  Jim Lorenz
Email: jblorenz52@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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M.C. Riley and Pritchardville Elementary Schools – Children’s Gardening Clubs

Contact: Jim Lorenz
Email: jblorenz52@gmail.com

Teaching activities with elementary students occur weekly at school gardens planted and maintained by the children under the guidance of Master Gardeners