Calendar of Events

  • August 27, 2014 - Gardening Lunch and Learn
  • September 13, 2014 - Blackwater Ukulele Festival
  • September 20, 2014 - Fall Plant Sale
  • September 24, 2014 - Gardening Lunch and Learn
  • October 24-25, 2014 - Halloween in the Swamp

Year-round special events include:

Gardening Lunch and Learn

August 27, 2014 12pm - 1:30pm

African Violet Care and Propagation
Betty Black

Saintpaulias spp. (Family Gesneriaceae) are commonly known as African violets. These perennials are native to eastern Africa and are not related to our native violets. To many home horticulturists the African violet is the perfect indoor flowering plant -- highly variable in form and color and in bloom much of the time. Plants may live 50 years or more. In the wild, some African violet species are threatened due to loss of cloud forests to clearing for agriculture.

Betty Black has been raising African Violets for more than 25 years. She was once active in the local and state African violet societies and was an African Violet Judge for 5 years. She is still an active gardener of many different kinds of plants as well as an active garden club member. Betty will discuss the care and multiplication of these beautiful indoor plants.

Limited to 40 participants. Remember that Cypress Gardens Road is closed. Access to the Gardens is via Bushy Park Road.
Contact Dwight Williams at or 843-553-0515 to register.
Free for Master Gardeners and those with Cypress Gardens Season Passes, $10.00 per person for others
Bring your lunch or a dish to share.

Blackwater Ukulele Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:30am to 4:30pm
Benefit for Autism Awareness

Ukulele Festival at beautiful Cypress Gardens September 13, 2014!!! This includes a ukulele class, hula class, a hula exhibition, ukulele open mic and concert by the Charleston Hot Shots, Sarrah Summer, Nathan Miller and the V-Tones. The festival is free with paid admission to the park

So bring your ukulele and join in the fun. If you don't have a ukulele there will be a great selection of ukuleles for sale. It will be your one chance this year to buy a ukulele, learn how to play it and get up on stage all in the same day!

There will be a food vendors, boat rides, swamparium, butterfly house, talking parrots, alligators, miles of walking trails, nature center, gift store and of course access to the beautiful gardens.

10:30 am - Ukulele Workshop 
11:00 am - Hula Exhibition
11:30 am - Charleston Hot Shots Performing
12:30 pm - Sarrah Summer Performing
1:00 pm - Nathan Miller Performing
1:30 pm - The V-Tones Performing
2:30 pm - Hula Workshop 
3:00 pm - *Open Mic
4:30 pm - Festival Ends 

Sponsored by
Cypress Gardens - Charleston Hot Shots - V-Tones

For more information, go to

Fall Pant Sale

Saturday, September 20, 2014 9am to 2pm

You don't have to pay to shop.
Plants are set up in the parking lot.
We will have Angel trumpet trees, hydrangeas, hostas, ground covers, house plants, elephant ears, butterfly trees and more.
Master Gardeners will be available to help with your garden questions.

Gardening Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12pm to 1:30pm

A Virtual Tour of the Public Gardens of the Medical University of South Carolina
By Noni Langford

The Medical University of South Carolina in downtown Charleston serves the state in many ways, but did you know MUSC has educational and ornamental gardens that are open to the public? Along with the gardens comes a garden staff. Their mission is to educate MUSC staff, students and the general public about the important role plants serve as tools for healing. They teach classes in the Urban Farm and provide tours of the 80 acre campus. There are over 25 flower beds throughout the campus. Just as urban life presents challenges to human health, the location of these gardens presents challenges to the health of trees, shrubs and flowers. Join Noni Langford for a virtual tour of MUSC's public gardens after which you'll want to visit the real thing.

Noni Langford is a 2011 Trident Tech Horticulture graduate and residential and landscape designer. She works at MUSC as Project Coordinator. Her primary areas of responsibility there are the Porcher Medicinal Garden, Urban Farm, Bee Structure, and Arboretum.  Her job includes designing new plantings and maintaining existing ornamental beds. Noni enjoys combining her skill and interest in residential design with horticulture in her work at MUSC .

Contact Dwight at or 843-553-0515 to register.
Free for Master Gardeners and those with Cypress Gardens Season Passes, $10.00 per person for others

Bring your lunch or a dish to share. Remember that Cypress Gardens Road is closed.  Access to the Gardens is via Bushy Park Road.

Halloween in the Swamp

October 24th and 25th, 2014 7:30pm-11pm

General admission includes a lighted pumpkin trail, jump castles, storytelling, and a campfire and marshmallow roast. Family fun activities for all ages.

The Haunted Swamp Experience is a separate event not recommended for young children. Embark on a haunted boat adventure as one of our guides rows you through our swamp. Disembark from the boat and walk a dark, haunted trail, complete with scary sights and eerie sounds. If you survive the swamp ride and haunted trail, and IF you still have the courage, enjoy the marshmallow roast & campfire with ghost stories, food, fun & more!

General admission tickets (this does not include the Haunted Swamp Experience) tickets will be sold at the gate. Haunted Swamp Experience tickets (General Admission is included in these tickets) must be purchased in advance. They will be sold ON-LINE and at Cypress Gardens starting October 1st. Limited tickets available. No coupons, season passes or special passes accepted.

Please remember that Cypress Gardens Road is closed due to the collapse of the viaduct and all visitors must enter via Bushy Park Road. Please call if you need directions.

Create lifelong memories with an enjoyable

visit to beautiful Cypress Gardens!

Photo courtesy of Joseph Allred