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“Amazing display of lights at Christmas season” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Edisto Memorial Gardens

Edisto Memorial Gardens
U.S. Hwy. 301, Orangeburg, SC 29115
803-533-6020
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Orangeburg
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: These gardens commemorate the site of where 600 Confederate soldiers temporarily held off the Union Army in 1865.
Trenton, Florida
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Amazing display of lights at Christmas season”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We drove through the gardens in the evening to view the lights. The display was truly amazing. There were many, many displays including airplanes, steam boats, a Nativity scene (!) and many others. Orangeburg is a small town (14,000) so I certainly did not expect this elaborate display of lights. It must have taken days to set it up. I don't know who enjoyed it more: me or the grandchildren.

Visited December 2013
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South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Lovely gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The roses are the main attraction but don't miss the boardwalk that follows the winding Edisto River, the longest free flowing black water river on the planet. The black water comes from the tannins from the trees. Good for a picnic, pictures, wandering around. On the upper side is a garden with a little pond and bridge. Take bug spray. Do not, as I witnessed once, wrap the Spanish moss around your neck! Chiggers can ruin a visit. Beautiful peaceful place!

Visited June 2013
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Cleveland, Tennessee, United States
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Great place for people of all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

At Christmas they string up Christmas lights all through the Gardens. You can drive through and look or get out and walk. I have attended weddings in the middle of the rose garden and my children have played in the spray park. The Rose Festival which is held in the gardens every year is so much fun to attend! They have rides, games, petting zoo, vendors and food! Also, local talent comes out that weekend to sing, dance, act and perform. There are pageants and contests. On just a regular day you can feed ducks at the pond or walk around the beautiful fountain. There is an angel garden for all the little angel babies that have been lost in the kids park. There is fun for everyone! Don't forget to check out all the beautiful roses!

Visited June 2013
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Marietta, Ga
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“One of the best local parks I've been to.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Rose gardens, fountains, walking trails with gorgeous scenery, and it's free. Absolutely beautiful. There are ball fields above it, and the park, also, has a disk course.

Visited June 2013
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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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“Everything is coming up Roses - in April & May”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

These gardens were developed sometime in the 1920s. I can remember my family having picnics there as a small child. There are still some of the original picnic shelters built of cypress logs in the gardens. The rows and rows of blooming roses are a site to see and smell. Personally I love the Cypress trees that you find throughout the gardens. The Edisto River makes it way along the back edge with the old wooden water wheel still running. In the spring the garden walk along the river is breathtaking. Since the 20s the city has added statuary, monuments, fountains,and boardwalks. However, to me the best part of the gardens is the older part with just the Azaleas, Roses, Dogwoods, and Cypress trees. Hopefully, they will stop adding "attractions" that (personally) take away from the natural beauty.

Visited May 2013
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