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The History of Moore Farms

Moore Farms was founded in 2002 by South Carolina native Darla Moore, who sought to prove that her family’s ancestral croplands could be transformed into a place of beauty, and an example of horticultural excellence.

As her garden grew, so did Ms. Moore’s vision for the future of the property. Soon she began to see the potential of the garden as a place for horticultural research and education, and as a place of enjoyment for visitors. Moreover, she saw that the garden could become a source of pride for the people of her hometown and home state. The garden, she determined, would become a gift to the ages – an enrichment to the lives of others.

Today, a visitor to Moore Farms Botanical Garden will find a garden that is mature beyond its years, and spectacular in its variation of design features, plant species, and inclusion of art. This diverse wonderland now thrives in soil that was once carpeted with row crops.

Ms. Moore didn’t stop with the reinvention of her ancestral property - she has also played a vital role in the revitalization of downtown Lake City. Located a mere 5-miles from the property, historic downtown Lake City is home to an additional 35-acres of pristine grounds designed and maintained by our staff at Moore Farms, a fabulous boutique hotel, art galleries, unique restaurants, and countless boutique shopping opportunities.

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