ABOUT THE GARDEN
The Native Plant Garden is located within the center island of the Kiawah Island Municipal Center parking lot at 21 Beachwalker Drive. The garden was designed to encourage Kiawah Island residents and entities to use native plants in their landscaping. The use of native plants enhances the natural beauty of an area while providing food, protective cover, and nesting sites for wildlife. They are also easier to grow because they have evolved in our area over thousands of years. All of the plants in the demonstration area are well adapted to life at the coast and are easy to maintain. They require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides than non-native species, which ultimately saves time, money, and reduces pollution from unnecessary chemicals.
The garden features more than 50 native plants, including trees, shrubs, flowering perennials, and vines. A short walking trail meanders through the area, showcasing the beauty and diversity of Kiawah’s native plants. Selected plants are identified by small 3”x5” signs featuring the plant’s common and Latin name.
The area will also serve as an interactive garden for school groups visiting Kiawah and the Kiawah Island Garden Club. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the demonstration area and learn about the advantages of using native plants over ornamentals. The garden was designed by the Town of Kiawah Island with assistance from Kiawah Development Partners, and was installed by The Greenery.