All staff members participate in garden activities and events and are available to visitors for tours or to answer questions. For group tours or educational field trips, please call 843-383-8145 to make an appointment.

Garden Director: Mary Ridgeway

The Director of Kalmia Gardens coordinates and is responsible for all activities pertaining to the gardens, including, but not limited to long-term development, plantings, fund-raising, membership, outreach, and the overall day-to-day operations of the Gardens.


Assistant Director: Daniel Hill

Works alongside educators and civic groups to schedule, plan and execute field trips, on- and off-site visits, and classes. He also directs Kalmia’s Green Gardener and Jr. Green Gardener courses, as well as the “Week in the Wild” summer camps for children in first through sixth grades and “Eco Camp” for seventh and eighth-graders. Hill serves on the Clemson Extension Advisory Board and is a board member of both the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council and the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina, and he was the recipient of the 2014 South Carolina Environmental Educator of the Year Award.


Grounds Supervisor: Chris Pierce

Works with volunteers to maintain the gardens; answers gardening questions; execute garden designs; coordinate plant sales.