Urban Gardens on Downtown Campus

Consisting of three distinct spaces, our urban gardens are ideal for attracting newcomers. Students without cars are able to easily participate in the hands-on activities required to produce fruits, vegetables, and herbs as well as attend workshops to broaden their agricultural knowledge. As their interest evolves, some students transition to joining our events at the Stono River Preserve.

Downtown Spaces:

View our campus map, or check out our Virtual Garden Tour!

Warren Place Garden
Location: Warren Place Parking Lot (WP Lot)

WP is our largest garden on-campus. Home to vegetable production beds, banana trees, herbs, flowers, and our beloved compost worms! Our goal is to transform this space into an outdoor education center where students, staff and faculty can reap its harvest and enjoy its beauty. CofC community members are welcome to bring their home compost to the WP composting bin. 

Pollinator Garden
Location: 7 College Way

This garden was given an overhaul as the Sustainable Ag Spring 2017 final project and is now a flourising pollinator garden. Using skills developed throughout their internship, our interns planned and implemented a vibrant, lasting, interactive space on-campus. Several varieties of fruit as well as herbs and pollinator species can be found here.

Herb Garden
Location: Political Science/Poli Sci (114 Wentworth Street)

This garden is devoted to herbs and spices. It can serve as students’ medicine cabinets or spice rack! With one bed full of herbs for healing, another with kitchen spices, and the last one for women’s empowerment, there is quite the variety! We hope this garden encourages people to use plants more and learn how they affect our bodies.

Meet Our Undergraduate Interns

Caroline (Cor) O'Rourke

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Cor is a senior at The College and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. In her free time, Cor can be found surfing, hiking and painting. She is also a self-proclaimed corgi enthusiast. 

Sasha Pramesti

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Sasha is a junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is passionate about food justice, empowering communities, and combating climate change through growing your own food. Sasha first got involved in urban gardening through The Green Heart Project. She has also interned with CofC’s Office of Sustainability as the Urban Garden Apprenticeship Program Co-Lead. Sasha also loves volunteering at other community gardens and going to farmer’s markets around Charleston. 

Rachel Skidmore

Rachel Skidmore

Rachel is a Senior Art History major and Spanish and Environmental Studies Minor from Columbia, South Carolina. She enjoys being outside, especially in the gardens, even though she is mortal enemies with every mosquito she's ever met. She has no idea what she'll do after graduating, but hopes it will be outside with some sweet friends.