Aiken, SC's Treasured Gardens
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This website is presently under major revision. The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, in conjunction with the City of Aiken are very excited to announce the new educational programs for adults and children. In collaboration with several well-known organizations (Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, SCWF, UGa Savannah River Ecology Lab), programs dealing with ecology, flora and fauna, history, and more will be offered in early Fall. Many of these programs will be available on site and many will be offered online. The website will also detail more information about the sites of interest, history of the gardens, upcoming events, pictures of these beautiful properties and so much more. 

Visit our events calendar for more information on events in Hopelands

2022-2023 Officers of the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch

President, Anna Dangerfield

Vice President, Holly Woltz

Treasurer, Darrell Rains

Corresponding Secretary, Gail Ebner

Recording Secretary, Lil Brannon

Board of Trustees 

Trustees  2023

Mike Beckner

Wilkins Byrd

Rob Cunningham

Anna Dangerfield

Gail Ebner

Cici Goodyear

Margaret Marion

Linda Knox McLean

Darrell Rains

Frank Thomas, Jr.

Holly Woltz

Trustees 2025

Newkirk Barnes

Catherine Bedenbaugh

Joshua Booth

Jane Crayton Davis

Reggie Ebner

Susan French

Jane Hottensen

Dr. Melencia Johnson

Jim Kabel

Ed Mann

Peggy Thome

Kathy Wise

Trustees  2024

Kena Black

Lil Brannon

Michael Cowen

Tommie Culligan

Cam Glenn

Steve Kisner

John Oakland

Karen Poteat

Kelly Reynolds

Allen Riddick

Jane Anne Royal

Martha Wolf

Hopelands Gardens has also been given global designation for the Aiken Citywide Arboretum as a Level I accredited arboretum.  To read more about this visit: