Kalmia Gardens to Host 18th Annual Oyster Roast

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Feb. 28 2012 – Kalmia Gardens of Coker College will host its annual Oyster Roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $35 per person and include a wide variety of food and beverages.

As has become a tradition for Kalmia’s Oyster Roast, the event will include live music.  This year’s music will be provided by the Pee Dee region’s Slope Valley band.   Formed in 2003, the Slope Valley band repertoire includes traditional bluegrass and gospel music, as well as “new grass” country.

Established in 1935 and open to the public, Kalmia Gardens includes an historic house and a 35-acre private botanical garden. The Thomas E. Hart House, built in 1820 with timber cut from the property, and the surrounding gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places. The site boasts a wide array of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, wisteria, tea-olives, dogwood and the gardens’ namesake — Kalmia latifolia, the Mountain Laurel. It also features a daylily display garden that has been recognized by the American Hemerocallis Society.

Kalmia Gardens is part of the scenic South Carolina Cotton Trail and is the gateway to the 796-acre Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve.

For more information about the oyster roast, contact Mary Ridgeway at 843-383-8143 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For more information on Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, visit www.kalmiagardens.org.



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