- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - The director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden hopes a $1 million gift is the start of a fundraising wave to improve the state resource on Clemson University’s campus.

Mike and Lynn McBride of Simpsonville and their children are giving the money to expand the Children’s Garden, which is next to the Hunt Cabin near the duck pond, according to the Anderson Independent-Mail (https://bit.ly/1mlNlGP ). The gift will pay for finishing the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant canopy walk in the Children’s Garden, build a duck dock at the pond and provide more programming.

The McBride family is challenging others to raise an additional $1 million by May 30 to turn the 295-acre Botanical Garden into a showcase in the Upstate.

The donation is the biggest single gift in the garden’s history, said Director Patrick McMillan.

“That (the Children’s Garden) is a service we feel strongly has to be provided. We need to have a place that invites and engages all children to go outside.”

The garden is two years removed from catastrophic flooding that wiped out much of the grounds near the Children’s Garden site. More than 70 different construction and landscaping projects were undertaken to restore the grounds and improve the surrounding topography to prevent any further such events.

The improvements are operating exactly as they should, McMillan said.

The McBride family is donating to the garden because of their ties to Clemson and their love of the garden, said Mike McBride.

“Where much is given, much is expected. The Children’s Garden will be an amazing place for children and their families for generations,” McBride said.


Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, https://www.andersonsc.com

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