Garden Restoration Projects

Garden Restoration Projects

Historic Columbia and our gardens would not exist without the continued support of our members and funding partners. Please consider making your mark on Columbia's horticultural legacy by contributing to our garden restoration projects.

Planning & Planting for the Future

In 2006, Historic Columbia embraced an exciting vision for the Robert Mills Historic District through its Cultural Landscape Master Plan. Rooted in the horticultural heritage of South Carolina's capital city, this document became a roadmap for the our systematic installation of gardens within six of the properties under our care. Since then, each of the properties, now featuring a diversity of period-appropriate design and plantings, has benefitted from enhanced visitation while offering an ever-evolving landscape throughout each passing year.

Current Project: Garden Rehabilitation at the Hampton-Preston Mansion

Using historic documentation as our guide, Historic Columbia is revitalizing the four acres of grounds at the Hampton-Preston Mansion in the spirit and design of Mary Cantey Hampton and Caroline Hampton Preston's antebellum gardens. We broke ground on a 3-phase, multi-year plan in January of 2012, beginning with the southern portion of the property that included garden infrastructure and new plantings selected from plants known to have been grown there between 1830 and the Civil War. The new gardens on the property will include:

  • A Fountain Garden designed in the romantic style, featuring a working replica of the Hiram Powers fountain and restored fountain basin, two wooden arches and clipped boxwood parterres displaying  a naturalistic collection of antebellum-period ornamental shrubs, vines and trees.
  • A Welcome Garden, an inviting space through with guests enter the property. Located immediately in front of and surrounding the the mansion, this formal garden will feature plantings of clipped boxwood hedges and heirloom roses designed in the English style.
  • The Henry Powell Memorial Children's Garden, a walled garden designed to a child's scale. This garden will surround a new antebellum-style gazebo and memorial space and will appeal to a child's sense of exploration and discovery, including areas to encourage active, creative and imaginative play.
    Donate to the Henry Powell Memorial Children's Garden  |  Donate to Kathryn's Butterfly Garden

Donations for the Hampton-Preston garden rehabilitation project are currently being accepted. Naming opportunities are available starting at $1,250. Donate online or contact Wendi Spratt, director of development, at 803.252.7742 x 12 or