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Clemson shows off rebuilt SC Botanical Gardens

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One of the flood-damaged bridges in garden. (July 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the flood-damaged bridges in garden. (July 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (AP) -

The South Carolina Botanical Gardens is again a showcase of plant life in the state and around the world thanks to the work of a dozen Clemson University architecture students.

The garden staff worked on the plant life while the students spent the past year designing and building trails, bridges and drainage plans after a devastating flood destroyed the gardens last July.

The university and private donors raised $225,000 to repair the damage after 8 inches of rain fell in 4 hours. Experts estimate 100 million gallons of water spilled over the dam on a pond and swept through the 100-acre site.

Manager John Bodiford estimates the garden lost 30 percent of its more than 8,000 plant species in the flood.

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