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.

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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.

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4 Comments about Hopelands Gardens

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 29th, 2014 at 6:31 am

It is handicap accessible. Have a wonderful visit!

Hank KalbachNo Gravatar says:
September 28th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I would like to know if Hopelands Gardens is handicap accessible, as my wife needs a wheelchair.

NikoleNo Gravatar says:
June 25th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Only one visit here and I was mesmerized!

JennyNo Gravatar says:
September 1st, 2010 at 11:17 am

This is absolutely beautiful!


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