Because Life Should Be Beautiful


Successful Festival of Gardens

Thank You to the many people who helped to make the 2016 Annual Festival of Gardens a success. The garden owners in Hollywood- Rose Hill and Wales Garden neighborhoods did an amazing job in sprucing up their already outstanding landscapes. Over 40 Columbia Green members and others gave up time on their weekend to help with the registration table, to greet visitors in the gardens, or assist with the refreshments.

This year we had an impressive roster of sponsors. Their support helped to defray the costs of the event so that part of their funding as well as all of the profits from tickets can now go into our grants program and to help fund the changing plantings in the street medians.

The 2016 Festival of Gardens Homeowners

Emily and Charles Israel
Paula and Malcolm Gordon
Dorothy and Keith Davis
Joan and Jim Assey
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes
Robert Bowers and Brian Murrell
Lynne and Bill Linder
Kit and Joel Smith
Ella and Tristan Weinkle
Charles Lesser
Judy and Pat Hubbard

The 2016 Festival of Gardens Sponsors

Judy and Luther Battiste
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes
The Golden Girls

Abacus Planning Group





Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices



  Kathy Garrick, Realtor

First Citizens Bank


The Swept Yard


Turner Padget



Wolfe & Taylor



In-Kind Donors

Grace Outdoor
The Gourmet Shop
Computer Design Consulting Service, LLC

Also, we thank our many supporters who bought tickets and toured the ten private gardens that were open during the two-day annual tour. Columbia Green board members and volunteers would like to express a special thank you to Ron and Hannah Rogers for treating them to a wonderful tour of their garden.


Membership Events Wrap Up

Southern Vistas Landscape & Garden Center certainly was the place to be for Columbia Green members to view a demonstration on how to install and maintain a low maintenance fountain by Pacific Home & Garden Fountain Company. It was a misty and overcast day but Mark Schimmoeller and staff brought smiles and excitement to faces of those attending. It was a fun and informative morning at truly a jewel of an urban garden center. Visit Mark at 2825 Commerce Drive, Columbia or visit their website at www.southernvistasinc.com
Event at Southern VistaOn a cool crisp fall morning in the south, the ideal thing to do is have a cup of hot cider and watch a demonstration given by Valerie Geiger Lumpkin at Woodley’s Garden Center. Valerie showed the group how to make table centerpieces for one holiday and with just a few sprigs of greenery, transform it for another holiday. There are many ideas to be found at Woodley’s Garden Centers at 10015 Two Notch Road and 2840 Dreher Shoals Road. Visit their website at www.woodleysgardencenter.com
Woodley's Garden CenterDue to historic flooding the fall container demonstration at Cooper’s Nursery was cancelled. Debra Templin prepared a wonderful demonstration titled “Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers’. Cooper’s Nursery located at 8244 Parklane Road, Columbia, has been a long standing Columbia Green supporter. You can check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CoopersNursery.
The members who made the road trip to Nurseries Caroliniana near Augusta were treated to a talk on new and unusual plants suited to South Carolina gardens. They carry a large variety of plants that are not found at any other nursery. You can check them out at www.nurcar.com/
Members don’t forget – Southern Vistas Landscape & Garden Center, Woodley’s Garden Centers and Cooper’s Nursery offer a generous discount to Columbia Green members.

Receiving funding for 2015

Columbia College
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
Forest Hills Neighborhood Association
Friends of Sesquicentennial Park
Friends of USC’s Children’s Center
Historic Columbia Foundation
Logan Elementary School
Saint Peter’s Catholic Church
Spring Valley Homeowners Association
The Alston Wilkes Society
The Columbia Society of Friends
Carver Lyon Elementary School

“It was a difficult decision,” said President Lynn Robertson. “There were so many deserving projects but these displayed both a well thought out concept and a plan for maintenance. We felt that the projects we selected for the many submitted had the greatest potential for public use and enjoyment as well as sustainability in our hot climate. Congratulations to all of the recipients.”

Columbia Green Receives Community Award

The D. A. R.’s prestigious Community Service Award was presented this year to Columbia Green for their work to beautify public spaces throughout the city and the surrounding communities. Sylvia Waldron, Regent of the USC Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the award. She cited 30 years of contributions by Columbia Green through both their physical projects and their financial grants that are given each year to the City of Columbia and Midlands schools, parks, churches and neighborhood associations in order to support landscaping and beautification improvements to their property. She referenced the many letters of support for Columbia Green from such organizations as Historic Columbia, the SC State Museum, Fort Jackson, The Lourie Senior Center, and Heathwood Hall. Each of these, and many others, have benefitted from collaborations with Columbia Green.

Waldron thanked Columbia Green and its members on behalf of the greater community for its success in making Greater Columbia a better place to live and work through the improvement of green spaces throughout the community.

Lynn Robertson, President of Columbia Green, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. She expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the recognition and the bestowing of such a significant award from the D.A.R. She told those present that Columbia Green’s accomplishments were directly attributable to the membership and a hard working board, both of whom make the grants and the community service projects possible. “Working with plants and creating attractive green spaces where people can enjoy their environment, brings all types of individuals and neighborhoods together in a positive way.”

Lynn Robertson, accepting the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award on behalf of Columbia Green, from Sylvia Waldron


2014 Festival of Gardens to Feature Diverse In-town Landscapes

The Festival will again feature garden related crafts for sale by area artists. The garden tea reception this year will be offered at midday, from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm so that participants can stop for refreshments either at the beginning or end of their tour.

Tour registration, the craft display and sale, and the tea will all take place at  Heathwood Park, located between Kawana and Abelia Roads. Registration for ticket pick up and purchase will begin at 9:00 am each day of the tour with the gardens open from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm.

Columbia Green Project

Board Members and volunteers recently braved the cold to weed and sow wildflower seeds on the corner of Huger and Gervais Streets.  This project, taken on by the Columbia Green Board, has grown to be an attractive entrance into the city with plants, shrubs, flowering trees, cedars and oaks.
Thanks to those who helped and we look forward to seeing this corner full of color in a few months.

Columbia Green ProjectColumbia Green Project

Grants Announced at Annual Meeting

As part of Columbia Green’s mission to help not-for-profit groups and organizations with projects that involve the beautification of neighborhoods and public spaces, grants in two categories are awarded each year.  During the recent Annual Meeting, six grant recipients were announced and recognized.  The Tree Initiative Grant which began seven years ago when Columbia Green made a pledge to Columbia City Council to provide $25,000 over a five-year period for the planting of canopy trees.  That pledge was completed.  However, it became clear canopy trees were vital to the beautification of the city.  So, it was decided to continue this grant program.
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2013 Festival of Gardens
Columbia Green continues its much-anticipated May tradition of showcasing beautiful private residential gardens in the Greater Columbia area.  Nine Gardens in The King’s Grant neighborhood will be featured on Thursday, May 16th and Saturday, May 18th with tours running from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm. There will also be a Garden Party each day from 3:30 until 5pm at the King’s Grant clubhouse located near the main entrance to the neighborhood. Also at the clubhouse will be work of gifted local craft artists and you will be able to make a purchase to decorate your own green space.

10,000 Trees Program
The City of Columbia and Columbia Green, through the 10,000 Trees Program, aim to bring beauty and life to our communities by increasing shade, improving air and water quality, providing homes for wildlife and reducing our overall carbon footprint.
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Doolittle Raiders of World War II

Columbia Green has installed a second monument to the intrepid Doolittle Raiders of World War II. To finish the story begun by our planting of eighty Palmetto trees along Gervais Street on the occasion of the Raiders’ 50th anniversary in 1992, we commemorated the 70th anniversary in 2012 by erecting a permanent marker with the names of all the men involved. The previous memorial, still in place, tells the story of the mission….we wanted to add the personal touch of naming each hero.

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We thank our generous donors who helped to underwrite the cost of this beautiful addition to the Vista area.
The Mashburn Family
Richard and Belinda Gergel
Patricia DeCoursey
The Granby Chapter of the NSDAR
The USC Chapter of the NSDAR
Fred Price
The SC Military History Club
Osmund and Barbara Dixon
The US Naval Academy Alumni Association
Darryl & Karen Williams
Thomas McCutchen

Columbia Green Projects

Click on the Columbia Green Projects link to download the latest listing.

Columbia Green Median Plants

Click on the Columbia Green Median Plants link to see the latest listing of plants that have been planted in the medians in Columbia.