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.

Camellia Restoration Project

Contact : Alice Fraser
Email: mayshadow@yahoo.com

Propagation of historic Camellias in Old Town Bluffton to be planted in Wright Family Park.


Historic Homes – Old Town Bluffton
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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Garvin-Garvey House – Butterfly Garden
Workdays announced as needed
Old Oyster Park

Contact: Annette DiPietrae-Girard
Email: garden411@outlook.com

The Garvin-Garvey House is located at the intersection of Bridge Street and Wharf Street within the “Old Town” district of Bluffton.  On the grounds, sits a small butterfly garden created by the Town of Bluffton’s Board Beautification Committee.  It is currently maintained by a team of Lowcountry Master Gardeners who plant, weed, prune, propagate and   label all of the plants that draw in a variety of pollinators such as beneficial insects, butterflies, moths and birds.  


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 grasse 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


Growing vegetables at Pritchardville Elementary School.  Kitchen staff cooked and served the vegetables at lunch!