Glencairn Gardens

Location: 725 Crest Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Park Hours: Open Daily, dawn until dusk
Park Information: (803) 329-5620
Park Supervisor: Whitner Harris

About Glencairn Garden

Glencairn Garden’s beautifully landscaped lawns and walkways have made it a popular attraction among residents and visitors to Rock Hill for many years.  What started as the backyard garden of David & Hazel Bigger in 1928 is now an 11 acre paradise located in the heart of Rock Hill . . . and it continues to grow.

The Garden boasts a variety of blooms year round.  Azaleas, dogwoods, wisteria, camellias, and hardwood trees are just a few of the treasures awaiting visitors as they stroll the grounds.  Although it varies somewhat each year, the peak blooming season is typically during late March / early April.  The Garden was the original inspiration for Rock Hill’s annual Come-See-Me festival which has become a 10-day event held each spring at Glencairn Garden and other Rock Hill sites.

There is no admission fee for the general use of the garden, however, some special events may require an admission fee. 

Video or photography at the park for commercial or political purposes requires special arrangements.  

Park Features:
Tiered Fountain
Japanese Bridge
Vernon Grant Wall of Whimsy
C.H. “Icky” and Sophie M. Albright Overlook
Vernon Grant Performance Stage
Walking Trails
The Bigger House
John A. Hardin Greeting Circles
South Carolina Bank & Trust of the Piedmont Patio
The Learning Center
Inis Gillis & A. W. Huckle Tree Restoration Fund
Veterans Garden
Founders Federal Relaxation Garden
Charlotte Avenue Showcase Garden
Carolina First Bank Entrance


Friends of Glencairn Garden can nurture this growing venue and pass along the legacy of the Garden by becoming a member of Glencairn Garden through the Rock Hill Parks Foundation.  While supporting the Garden, members also receive wonderful benefits.  Membership at all levels makes a significant impact on the future of Glencairn Garden.

A membership brochure describing the membership levels and benefits is available at The Bigger House and the PRT central office at City Hall.

Garden Seasons

(March – May) is a fairy land of color with thousands of azaleas in many varieties.  Pansies, candy tuft, wisteria and periwinkle greet birds and butterflies.  Double file viburnum is nestled beneath lace canopies of pink and white dogwoods.  Redbuds, peonies, saucer magnolia trees, and flowering yoshino and kwanzan cherry trees complete the scene.

Summer (June – August) proves the living is easy with the beautiful bright blooms of crape myrtles providing the perfect backdrop for a picnic.  Day lilies, hundreds of annuals, and a variety of hostas emerge from the shelter of large magnificent pine trees.  Trails trimmed with liriope flower in the warmth of the lazy summer sun.

Fall (September – November) finds glorious sasanquas in perfect bloom while the hardwood trees are ablaze with color.  Pansies accent tranquil fountains, footbridges, and meandering trails.

Winter (December – February) is brightened by the beauty and charm of camellias and scented with the aroma of winter honeysuckle.  The mild climate also welcomes daffodils and spectacular blossoms of Bradford Pears.