Coker to Host Annual Earth Day Festival at Kalmia Gardens

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HARTSVILLE, S.C.– April 3, 2013 – Coker College will host an Earth Day festival from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20 at Kalmia Gardens.

Activities, which are free and open to the public, include music, art, canoeing, environmental displays, discussions with professors, crafts and games for kids and presentations on falconry, beekeeping and sustainable agriculture.

Professor Emeritus of Geology Fred Edinger will lead a geological tour at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Dan Hill, assistant director of Kalmia Gardens, will lead a biological tour.

The discussions with professors start at 12:30 p.m. and will include Edinger on declining local water resources, assistant professor of biology Jen Borgo on changing local coyote habitats and Lynne Askins, director of education at Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge on protecting local biodiversity. At 2 p.m. there will be a recycled fashion show. Light refreshments will be served.

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 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 than 40 years, Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22, has helped draw attention and resources to critical issues of environmental sustainability. Annually, more than one billion people in 190 countries participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

With a theme titled “Face of Climate Change,” Earth Day 2013 is intended to raise awareness of and personalize the impacts of climate change.  Between now and Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is collecting photographs of people, animals and places that are threatened or affected by climate change.  With these photographs, organizers hope to share their stories at thousands of events around the world and inspire more people to help with the fight against climate change.

For more information about the Face of Climate Change project, visit www.earthday.orgFor more information about Coker’s Earth Day festival, call 843-383-8100 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.



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