Get Your Free 2019 Vacation Guide

Download your free guide or request a copy by mail below, and start planning your one-of-a-kind South Carolina adventure today.

Vacation Guide Cover
View Our Other Guides
Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Santee Cooper Country

Santee Cooper Country

The black waters of Swan Lake form a setting for Iris Gardens. The lake is dotted with colorful islands, wildlife is abundant and it is the only public park in the US to feature all eight swan species. The 150-acre garden also is home to some of the nation's most intensive plantings of Japanese iris, which bloom yearly from mid to late May through the beginning of June. The garden also boasts many other floral attractions, including colorful camellias, azaleas, day lilies, and Japanese magnolias. A Braille Trail enables the sight-impaired to enjoy the scents and sensations of the gardens, and visitors can enjoy the sights and scents of our Chocolate and Butterfly Gardens. Swan Walk helps birdwatchers to identify the eight swan species individual. The Heath Garden also features the towering masterpiece, "Recovery," by renowned sculptor Grainger McKoy. The annual Sumter Iris Festival is celebrated on Memorial Day weekend.
Visit the Website Midlands
Sumter
Midlands
822 W Liberty ST,
Sumter, SC 29150
(803) 436-2640
Info & Amenities
Location
Located along Hwy. 763 (W. Liberty St.) in Sumter. From US 76/378, turn onto Alice Drive, then left on West Liberty Street. From Hwy 521 (S. Guignard Drive), follow 521 N into Sumter, turn left onto West Liberty Street. GPS Coordinates: N 33.91978o
Admission
Free
Days and Hours of Operation
Gardens daily, 7:30am-dusk; Visitor Center: M-F 8:30am-5pm
Motorcoach Parking
Yes
Birding
Yes