Hopelands Gardens – Aiken, South Carolina
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Hopelands Gardens is a beautiful 14-acre garden located a few blocks from downtown Aiken. It has many varieties of local flora and is known for its enormous and elegant oak trees.
The gardens were bequeathed to the City of Aiken by Mrs C. Oliver Iselin, and were opened to the public in 1969. Paths shaded by ancient oak trees wind through the many gardens, grassy fields, ponds, and wetlands, allowing visitors to get lost in the natural beauty of Hopelands.
‘The Dollhouse’ is a popular attraction at Hopelands Gardens. It was the former playhouse and schoolhouse of the Iselin children. Mrs. Iselin famously ordered it straight from the Sears & Roebuck catalog in the early 1900s, and it still stands today! The Aiken Garden Club Council now uses it for meetings and decorates it for the Christmas holidays.
Other attractions in the gardens include the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and the Carriage Museum.
Many thanks to Larry Gleason for submitting these pictures.