Clemson students rebuild SC Botanical Gardens.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- After a nearly unprecedented flood destroyed the site, the South Carolina Botanical Garden is almost as good as new -- because of the work of more than a dozen Clemson University architecture students.
While garden staff worked to restore the thousands of plant species wiped out by the July 2013 flood, the students spent the past year designing and building trails, bridges and drainage plans for the garden on the edge of campus. They finished their work last week.
The garden was destroyed when a rainy summer culminated with a freak storm that dumped 8 inches of rain on campus and the garden in four hours on July 13, 2013. Engineers called it a once-in-787-years flood that overwhelmed any drainage on campus.