Latest News And Information

    Seed grown Oconee Bell  
    plants now available for purchase     

    Article about Oconee bells in Jan/Feb
    issue of Carolina Gardener magazine​                                                    ​​
    This year's Bellfest at Devils Fork St.
    Park in South Carolina will be March 
    17, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 
​    Belfest is sponsored by Friends of           
    Jocassee.
  
    ​Visit The South Carolina Botanical 
​    in Clemson SC to enjoy the Natural 
    ​​Heritage Trail, where 100 nursery 
    propagated Oconee Bell plants are
    thriving.​​
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    Oconee Bell 
    The beautiful and rare Oconee Bell (Shortia galacifolia ) grows naturally in a few locations in the Southern Appalachians of North and South Carolina. Its restricted range is probably due to past glaciation, where it was driven South into the escarpment region of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortia is hardy well into New England. Long sought after by gardeners and plant collectors alike, the Oconee Bell is now finally available. Considered by many to be the queen of the woodland garden, you can enjoy growing this rare gem and help expand its range.
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