Pickens County Museum

The Joe and Maggie Rampy Native Plant Garden

Photos by Rick Huffman


In 2008, the Pickens County Museum and Culture Commission undertook the addition of an indigenous heritage landscape around the new addition of the Pickens County Museum.  Earth Design principal Rick Huffman and associate Landscape Architect Richard Powers were commissioned to develop plans to showcase indigenous plants of Pickens County and to provide an education feature to serve the public. The landscape was installed by Earth Design with a water feature and hardscape design with a historical millstone fountain.  The Joe and Maggie Rampy Native Plant Garden was launched in 2009 featuring small scale plant communities with educational kiosks.

Earth Design maintained the gardens for the first 5 years of its development, thereafter becoming a long-term service collaboration of volunteers of the Upstate Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society, the Master Gardeners of the Foothills, and the Upstate Master Naturalists Association.

Volunteers A.Hall, J.Bausman, & M.Samples

Volunteers from the three groups take care of this beautiful native plant demonstration garden, gathering on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (8-11am summer 9-11am winter) to plant, weed, and generally tend and enjoy the garden. Joining this informal crew is a great way to learn SC native plants in all seasons and to meet new friends. New volunteers are always welcome.   Individuals may come out on other days, once they have been oriented to the garden.




Please contact Carol Asalon at carol.asalon@retiree.furman.edu with questions or to volunteer and for more information about the Museum:

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Pickens County History & Art Museum is open from 9-5 Tuesday -Friday

(864) 898-5963   pcprt@co.pickens.sc.us