The South Carolina Midlands Master Gardeners Association consists of over 300 Master Gardeners from Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, and Richland counties. Its primary purpose is to provide continuing education to its members as well as to promote an interest in the art and science of gardening among residents of the four counties. All members have been certified by the Clemson Extension Service after successfully completing requisite class work. Continuing education is further enhanced through the Association’s newsletter, And Sow Forth.
The Association is a nonprofit organization. All proceeds from Association activities are used for community-based educational programs throughout the four-county area. A major commitment of $12,000 was awarded to the Garden District of the Historic Columbia Foundation. Permanent signage will be provided for five planned garden restorations within walking distance of one another, with each garden reflecting a particular period in the history of the area. The signage will provide information about the house as well as the garden. The Seibels House and Garden was the first of the planned restorations to have received the signage, with the remainder to be completed over a three year period. Prior donations of this size have been made to the Riverbanks Botanical Garden and the Sandhills Children’s Garden.