Officials at the South Carolina Botanical Garden say a $1 million donation announced this month is the largest they’ve ever received and hope it will eventually lead to the relatively low-key attraction becoming a “showcase” at Clemson University.
“This incredibly generous gift is the largest single gift we have received in our history here,” Garden Director Patrick McMillan said. “This gift will allow us to provide a space to inspire and connect the next generation of South Carolina citizens to our natural heritage through the construction of the Children’s Garden. One of the greatest challenges we face today as a society is the loss of our connection to the world; it impacts our health, our productivity and our ingenuity.”
The gift is courtesy of Simpsonville natives Mike and Lynn McBride. Mike McBride is president of HMR Advantage Health Systems, which operates several assisted living facilities across the Carolinas and Georgia. Lynn works in patient services.