The Garden Club of Aiken
Founded in 1924 by Winter Colonist Claudia Lea Phelps, the Garden Club of Aiken is one of the oldest garden clubs in South Carolina and one of the few to be affiliated with both the Garden Club of America and the National Garden Club.
We are dedicated to promoting the love of gardening, the knowledge of horticulture, the protection of birds, and the conservation and beautification of the environment.
What We Do
In our ninety-six year history, we have:
⚘ Championed parks and greenways
⚘ Beautified public spaces such as the Aiken County Public Library, Aiken Historical Museum and the South Carolina Welcome Center
⚘ Provided public education through lectures, symposia and tours of members’ private gardens
⚘ Donated rare horticultural book and slide collections to institutions throughout the state
⚘ Funded scholarships and civic improvements
⚘ Hosted an Annual Flower Show
⚘ Established the Claudia Lea Phelps Award for extraordinary achievement in the botanical arts and sciences.