Welcome to the

Greenville Council of Garden Clubs!

 You are welcome to visit the historic 1830s Kilgore-Lewis House, headquarters of the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs. This is only historic home open to the public in Greenville. Docent led tours are Wed. Thurs, and Fri. from 10am to 2pm. Tours are free of charge, a donation is appreciated!  The Public Gardens & Accredited Arboretum are open daily during daylight hours. Remember to bring a mask for the house tour.

We are located at 560 N. Academy Street, Greenville, 29601.  Tel. 864.232.3020



 Your donation is an investment in the quality of Greenville’s future. With your contributions, we can continue to protect and enhance green spaces and wildlife habitats throughout our community. Your donation also supports the preservation of this historic 1838 home and the care of our 5 acre arboretum and botanic gardens in downtown Greenville


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Awards Banquet Poinsett Club

May 18, 2021

The Greenville Council of Garden Clubs had their annual awards ceremony at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. Over 75 members and guests attended the event. The hall was adorned with many lovely pink roses and gorgeous pink roses in a glass cylinder on each table were done by Kathy Clary. The event started with mimosas and a 30 minute presentation on the “Care of Roses”, by Bill Patterson of Roses Unlimited. We were welcomed by the incoming president, vice president, and West Piedmont director.

A sit-down lunch was served as the awards and door prizes were given out. Debbie Sizemore, our event planner had over 50 prizes to give out which included rose bushes, baskets filled with goodies, birdhouses, and candles. 50/50 raffle raised another 130 dollars for the “Roof Rally”. 

The following awards were presented:

DEEP award – 1st place- Clarice Wilson Garden Club -100.00.

DEEP award – 2nd place- Mountainside Garden Club- 50.00.

DEEP award- 3rd place- Fountain Inn Garden Club-25.00

DOCENT award- Greenville Garden club-25.00.

HELEN FUSELER award-Greenville Garden Club-25.00.

JEANNETTE HAYWARD LANDSCAPING award- Greenville Garden Club-25.00.

KILGORE LEWIS GROUNDS MAINTENANCE award- Green Thumbs Garden Club-25.00.

YEARBOOK awards- 1st place under 20 members- Fountain Inn Garden Club

2nd place under 20 members- Green Thumb Garden Club

3rd place under 20 members- Lake Forest Garden Club

1st place 20-30 members- Mountain Laurel Garden Club

2nd place 20-30 members- Simpsonville Garden Club

3rd place 20-30 members- Travelers Rest Garden Club.2

YEARBOOK awards- 1st place 30-44 members- Clarice Wilson Garden Club

2nd place 30-44 members-Greenville Garden Club

MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE award- Lake Forest Garden Club- 25.00.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT awards- under 20 members – Fountain Inn Garden Club -25.00

-20-29 members- Mountainside Garden Club-25.00.

– 30 plus members- Clarice Wilson Garden Club -25.00


– 30 plus members-Clarice Wilson Garden Club-25.00

– less than 30 members-Mountainside Garden Club -25.00.

GARDEN THERAPY award- Mountain Laurel Garden Club-25.00.

LOIS RUSSELL BOWL award- Margaret McCarter




Mark your calendars for these important May dates  

May 31- First day of National Garden Week


Leaf through our Gardening Library

Our new GARDEN LIBRARY is here!  We offer a large variety of gardening themed books. Learn how to tap into the Greenville Library System to download books on your tablet or home computer and have free access to its gardening book and digital media collections.  See the Library Page for details.

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The Kilgore-Lewis House is Growing into our History!     

Plans are being made for an education and history museum upstairs.  Volunteers are needed for many areas of planning, implementation and programing. Find out how you can get involved by contacting us:

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Gail Brewer 864.704.4549 or [email protected]

Joyce Moore 864.270.5033 or [email protected]  

Pathways Thru History to     our Future

Reflections in a Distant Mirror – Rotating exhibits of KLH history, important past events in garden history and how gardening connects us from the past to the future.

Bringing the Future into Focus – Rotating exhibits from how garden clubs improve quality of life in our communities today, to children’s gardening, and to our own GCGC Arboretum, Greenville’s first accredited urban arboretum.

A guest lecture series is planned on a range of topics- Women in Garden History, Living in 1700s Greenville, Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitats, Trees in our Lives, etc.    


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More than just an historic house, Kilgore-Lewis is an inviting place to visit or to hold your special event!


Click here for information on WEDDINGS & EVENTS. Click here for information on the HOUSE & GARDENS. Click here for information on GARDEN CLUBS.
Elegance and spaciousness make the Kilgore-Lewis property a favorite spot for weddings and other events. This lovely house and the spring in its gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kilgore-Lewis House serves as the headquarters of the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs.

Expecting THE ring soon? Kilgore-Lewis, an historic house built in 1838 with 3.5 acres of gardens on a small lake, is the ideal place for a wedding day that will be more beautiful than you can dream in a location that is close to downtown but feels like a secret romantic hideaway! Come see for yourself!



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