725 Crest StreetThe Bigger House at Glencairn Garden is named for David and Hazel Bigger who were the former owners of the bungalow-style house at the corner of Crest Street and Charlotte Avenue. Refurbished in 2006, the house serves several roles: as a welcome center for visitors to the Garden, as the administrative office for the Come-See-Me festival, and as an office for the York County Master Gardeners who offer garden services on Friday mornings during the warmer months of the year. Information on services provided by the Master Gardeners contact Clemson Extension at 803-684-919, ext. 112.
Special events are periodically held on the South Carolina Bank & Trust of the Piedmont Patio just outside the house.
Visitors to the house are welcomed by the John A. Hardin Greeting Circles outside the front entrance. A brochure kiosk is available on the front porch of the Bigger House with information about Glencairn Garden and other PRT parks.
A gift of love, Glencairn Garden’s roots go back to 1928 when David and Hazel Bigger received a gift of a few azaleas from a friend. By 1940, the private garden at their residence on Crest Street was said to contain some 12,000 azaleas and camellias. By 1958, Dr. David Bigger had passed away and his widow deeded Glencairn Garden to the City of Rock Hill. Then, under the expert direction of renowned landscape architect, Robert Marvin, Glencairn Garden was transformed into a botanical experience with thousands of azaleas, complete with a tiered fountain, Japanese footbridge, and trails passing beneath canopies of dogwood, stately oaks, cherry trees, Japanese maples, winding past camellias, crepe myrtles, day lilies, lily ponds and thousands of bulbs.
Glencairn Garden continues to display its beauty and attract thousands of visitors from near and far every year.