The Naturally Kiawah Garden

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The Naturally Kiawah Garden, a joint project with Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Kiawah Conservancy, was recently completed in Night Heron Park.

The garden is designed to showcase native plants and plants that respond well to the diverse conditions of Kiawah Island’s environs.

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Funded by an anonymous grant and donors to the Kiawah Conservancy, the project has garnered Island-wide support.  The new garden is located in a portion of Night Heron Park donated for use by Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

An initial design contest was offered to students in Trident Technical College’s Landscape Design Program and department head, Professor Tony Bertauski, implemented the design contest as a summer project for his design class. Landscape Architect, William Maneri, served as the students mentor throughout the process and in October 2012, two students were awarded for their designs.  Maneri has since used the winning designs as an inspiration for the final garden plans.

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The garden will be used as a learning opportunity for property owners and guests alike.

The Kiawah Conservancy goal is to provide the vision, leadership and resources necessary to preserve and enhance Kiawah Island’s unique balance of nature and development.  They are an independent, research driven, non-political, not-for-profit organization.​  For more information, go to