Which mean 27 years ago, I left my adopted home of Seattle to move back to Columbia, South Carolina. It was culture shock to be sure! Columbia was still pretty much a small town with a lot of Bible Belt ways. An amazing group of people established a vision, political support to establish a new botanical garden.
So many stories and so many determined plant lovers! Volunteers, nurserymen, politicians, temp workers, construction guys, waitress at the Sub Cabin.
They offered me a job of helping spend 7 million dollars and turn 70 acres of woods, pet cemetery and soft ball field into that garden.
All my best pictures are on 35 mm slides but I found a few old photographs to share! I didn’t vet them, I sure as hell can’t include all the people who made the garden happen — enjoy what I came up with!
With the state of the world today, it feels odd to say it but we’ve come a long way. I’ve seen, felt and enjoyed in equality that were un-imaginable when during the time of these photographs. The experience of being in and part of the changes gives me hope that we can make bigger changes, even faster, now.