“Today, the small planting beds at the highly visible entrance to the former S.C. State Hospital at Bull Street don’t look like much. But come spring they will sprout and bloom into what could be the template of the landscape for the rest of the 180-acre former mental health institution campus.
Designer Jenks Farmer, who turned what once was an old softball field and pet cemetery into what is now Riverbanks Botanical Garden, took on the project with an eye to the past.
Using heirloom South Carolina plants, southern favorites and a few adaptable guests, Farmer hopes to recreate and expand upon the native landscape of the Carolina sandhills.”
Read more from Jeff Wilkinson’s feature for The State newspaper:
Here is a rendering by artist Cait Maloney of what the sustainable, naturalistic garden will look like once the wide variety of perennial, heirloom and native plants have progressed through their growing cycles, including Crinum lilies, Carolina jessamine and more:
Landscape designer Jenks Farmer, who has been featured in the New York Times, Garden & Gun, Southern Living and more: