Lowcountry Master Gardener – Hilton Head Activities

Area Coordinators:  Wendy Dickes   wendydickes@gmail.com

Lowcountry Master Gardener Plant Clinic
9:30 until noon Wednesday mornings
539 William Hilton Parkway
(Beaufort County Services Building)

Hilton Head residents have a valuable resource in the Wednesday morning plant clinic, staffed by volunteer Master Gardeners and Interns. Residents can also drop off soil samples to be forwarded to Clemson University for analysis.


Hilton Head High School Landscape
Workdays – To Be Announced
70 Wilborn Road

Contact: George Westerfield
Email: wester@hargray.com

The beautiful landscape around Hilton Head High School can be directly attributed to George Westerfield and Master Gardener volunteers. A former faculty member, George directs the volunteer activities and devotes many hours every week to “his” school beautification.

2ButterflyButterfly Garden and Enclosure- Coastal Discovery Museum
Workdays: Beginning in March through October – 9:00 a.m. on the 1st Monday, 2nd Tuesday, 3rd Monday and 4th Friday of the month.
70 Honey Horn Drive (off Gum Tree Road)

Contact: Sue Fehr
Email:  susanraefehr@gmail.com

Along with the enclosed Butterfly House, one of the most charming aspects of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is its Butterfly Garden. Master Gardeners regularly check, prune and mulch the garden, which is filled with plants that attract many varieties of these winged beauties.

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General Landscaping – Coastal Discovery Museum
Workdays: Year-round, every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Meet Dan in the parking lot

Contact: Dan Voegele
Email:  facilities@coastaldiscovery.org

Helping facilities manager at the Coastal Discovery Museum tackle general landscaping projects.

Camellia Garden – Coastal Discovery Museum

Workdays:  Year-round  9:00 a.m.  1st and 3rd Friday of each month

Contact: Wendy Dickes
Email: wendydickes@gmail.com

The garden contains over half a dozen species and 132 varieties of Camellias with significant history pertaining to tea trade and commerce in our area. The garden is among nearly pristine Lowcountry vegetation with many native plants being allowed to share in the garden space.  This garden is on the American Camellia Society’s East Coast Garden tour list, giving it national exposure.

The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Workdays: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month  9:00 a.m.
March through early November

Contact: Myrna Horn
Email: horn@hargray.com

In 2007, the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society provided funds to purchase plants for a butterfly garden project adjacent to Ibis Pond.

In 2008, Master Gardeners were asked to take over the care and maintenance of the garden, and with the help of the Friends group and the Pinckney Refuge volunteers.

The butterfly garden not only provides an important habitat for many different butterfly species, but it also serves as a great way to educate refuge visitors about butterflies, host, nectar and native plants. Several touring groups stop weekly and many other visitors enjoy the butterfly garden as they walk the island.