CLEMSON — The National Heritage Garden Oyster Roast will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Carnivorous Garden of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

Proceeds from this fundraising event directly support the Natural Heritage Garden and environmental education programming.

The oyster roast is part of the educational mission. According to South Carolina history, Native Americans played a role in establishing the shell middens (heaps) and rings of the South Carolina coast using oyster shells, which are made of calcium-carbonate, or lime. When shells were thrown out into the middens, the surrounding soils became rich in calcium and minerals that were generally missing from the sandy, acid soils of the coastal plain.

When a shell is thrown down, a habitat is created for plants like sugar maple and basswood that otherwise couldn’t grow in the coastal coastal plain. Shells from the event can be added to the garden’s midden. Come throw down a shell and change the world just like the Native Americans did 5,200 years ago!

This year’s menu includes: oysters on the half-shell, chilled shelled shrimp (on ice), roasted or steamed oysters, shrimp and grits, grilled andouille, corn salad and assorted rolls

For tickets,  please register online here: Natural Heritage Garden Oyster Roast. For more information, please e-mail