Welcome to Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch

The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch Inc. is a private nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that works in partnership with the City of Aiken, South Carolina, to restore, preserve, maintain and develop these properties for the benefit of Aiken residents and visitors.

Hope Iselin


I often walk the grounds of this 24-acre public garden in the center of the City of Aiken, my hometown. It offers serenity and meditation away from this busy world. I am renewed as I sit by the lake or stroll the pathways under the magnificent oaks.

For more than 50 years, the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, Inc., have enjoyed a partnership with the City of Aiken to care for these properties. It is a pleasure for me to serve as the president of the Friends. The funds we raise help restore the historic buildings and enhance the grounds.

It’s exciting to learn the stories of the Iselins and Rogerses, the previous owners of these properties. These Winter Residents believed they had discovered a winter paradise for themselves, their friends, and their horses in this small Southern town. The Rye Patch estate provides an example of how the Winter Residents lived, and Hopelands Gardens shows the beauty and peacefulness of the area, with large oaks and cedars planted by Hope Iselin.

This website highlights the numerous aspects of these properties. It will keep you abreast of all the activities happening in Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch. Visit and fall in love with these beautiful and historic properties, just as I have!

Anna Dangerfield
President of the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch