Calendar of Events

  • July 21-25, 2014 - Swamp Safari Summer Camp
  • July 26-27, 2014 - Hypertufa Workshop
  • July 26-27, 2014 - Sand Cast Leaf Workshop
  • July 30, 2014 - Gardening Lunch and Learn
  • August 16, 2014 - Swamp Safari
  • October 24-25, 2014 - Halloween in the Swamp

Year-round special events include:

Swamp Safari Summer Camp

July 21 - 25, 2014

6-10 yrs old

Camp hours: 9am - 4am
Drop-off starts at 8:30am
All Campers Must be picked up by 4:30pm

  • T-shirt
  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Crafts
  • (Must bring own lunch each day except Friday)
  • Monday - Get to know your swamp creatures
  • Tuesday - Bugs & Plants
  • Wednesday - History day
  • Thursday - Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Friday - Safety day & water fun day with Cookout

Limited space, so call today 843-553-0515 and ask for Liz Vaughn.

Hypertufa Workshop

July 26-27, 2014

Learn to make garden ornaments with Portland cement at a workshop scheduled at Cypress Garden

Saturday 9am-11:30am
Learn how to make molds and mix tufa cement. Students will make a stepping stone and a flower pot that will end up looking like old tufa stoneware.

Sunday 1pm-3pm
Unmold your projects and learn concrete carving and finishing techniques. $35. Limited to 15 students.

Sand Cast Leaf Workshop

July 26-27, 2014

Using real leaves, collected from Cypress Gardens as molds, learn to make decorative ornaments for your garden.

Saturday 1pm-3pm
Learn to mix a special Portland cement formula and cast 3-4 leaves depending on the size.

Sunday 1pm-3pm
Unmold your leaves and learn to trim and paint them. Large leaves make great bird baths and small leaves make good soap dishes or wall art. $30 Call 553-0515

Gardening Lunch and Learn

July 30, 2014 12pm - 1:30pm

Garden Design and Rain Chains in Japanese Gardens
Vivian Whorley

Vivian Whorley visited Kamakura, Japan earlier this year and included visits to 2 gardens during her stay. She was impressed with the design, organization and utilization of space within the gardens. She also noted the use of decorative rain chains to artfully manage runoff from roofs. She will speak about these and other aspects of Japanese gardens and culture during this presentation illustrated by photos from her trip.

Vivian became a Master Gardener in 1985. Master Gardening led her to continue studying horticulture -she received M.S. Agricultural Education, 2000 & a B.S Horticulture, 1998 from Virginia Tech & an A.A.S. in Horticulture from VA Western Community College, 1992. Vivian was Director of Mepkin Abbey Native Plant Propagation at Mepkin Abbey from 2000 to 2011. She completed an Herbal Apprenticeship in 2012 and currently grows herb & exotics and does Landscape Consulting.

Contact Dwight Williams at or 843-553-0515 for more information and to register.
Free for Tri-County Master Gardeners and Cypress Gardens Season Pass Holders, $10.00 per person for others
Bring your lunch or a dish to share.

Swamp Safari

Saturday, August 16, 10am to 3:30pm

Come celebrate swamp life at Cypress Gardens. Explore the swamp with a boat ride or swamp netting. Find out about reptiles, rabbits, and butterflies. Enjoy presentations or displays by:

  • The Turtle and Tortoise Society of Charleston
  • Tony Mills, Herpetologist (reptile and amphibian expert) from the Lowcountry Institute and star of Coastal Kingdom TV show
  • Ken Alfieri, Herpetologist and former director of Cypress Gardens
  • Chris Smith of Magnolia Gardens Nature Center
  • Sonny Gunn, Fossil Hunter
  • Charleston Fancy Rabbit Breeders
  • And Cypress Gardens' education staff

Listen to live music by the Charleston Hot Shots. Shop for bird houses from Snave's Bird Houses. Food will be available for purchase from the Friends of Cypress Gardens.

Included with regular admission of $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child. Berkeley County residents and Berkeley Government employees with picture IDs are admitted free that day from 9 AM until noon.

Call 843-553-0515, go to, or visit us on Facebook

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 at 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