3.21.2016

Charleston Annual Garden Tour- Part I


Every year in downtown Charleston, homeowners open their homes and private gardens to the public. If you are like me, then you enjoy the experience of taking a walking tour through exquisitely manicured gardens where one is transported into a wonderland of scenic landscapes, filled with beauty and color.

I had the chance to tour some exquisite gardens in the Historic District of downtown Charleston, and in the Old Village of Charleston, homes dating back to circa 1680, showcase their architecture, history, gardens and culture.

The gardens compliment the unique character of each house. Local plants, flowers and garden designs are on display, most of them showing elements of Italian and English gardens throughout, which in many cases are the extensions of the homes.


First one to visit was the oldest brick home in the Old Village of Charleston where the gardens are interconnected with orchard stone paths.



Here, an indoor porch on the side of the home; and it wraps around to the back of the house, leading to an outdoor piazza and a Grandmother's Garden, shown below.











Gorgeous!  I love how they utilize natural materials such as brick and stone, and alternating areas of light and shade, and the use of water and classical stone urns and benches.

So charming. Oh yeah, I can live here... Tea anyone?


Charleston is known for its Magnolia trees. Can't help notice the lovely bouquet of magnolias on the table.

 
Come closer, you see the harbor...
























An outdoor fireplace greets you as you step down from the stone patio and stroll along the path to find more hidden gardens. 













Can anyone name this pretty bloom?





As I walked near the harbor and looked back, I can appreciate all the beautiful trees the owners had planted. The palms, magnolias, oaks and even Italian cypress trees make this garden so charming.






And as I leave one property to walk to another, I couldn't help but take some photos of these massive oak trees.  They were everywhere! 



Well, that's it for now. I look forward to posting Part II very soon. Until then, have a great day!  
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21 comments:

  1. The closest I ever got to Charleston was Hilton Head but we saw some beautiful, old homes and gorgeous Live Oak trees there. Love the part of the country. What a beautiful home and that patio and garden - oh my!

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  2. Hilton Head is so nice too! Oh but you have to come to Charleston and when you do- maybe we can have lunch! :)

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  3. What simply wonderful gardens! Thanks for taking me along! I believe those lovely blue flowers are Blue Agapanthus or African lilies. I just love the indoor porch on the side of the home.



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    1. Thank you Sandra. Yes, I think you are right, those are African Lilies....
      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this tour. This is one of the things I love the most about the south - the lush green gardens and the amazing screened porches! Charleston is so pretty and it has been way to long since we visited. Thanks ladies - happy Easter!

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    1. HI Tricia! Thank you! Charleston stole our hearts a few years back while we came for a visit. This summer it will be 4 years since my family and I moved to Charleston and we never get tired of admiring its beauty and charm.

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  5. What a great post... so sweet..

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  6. A shade greenery enclosure is an original thought that I had never known about until I went by a percentage of the more provincial segments of the South like Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. The Victorian homes were exceptionally box-like and I assume the absence of focal ventilating in those days made the need for shaded seating regions an across the board one. When I got my first very close look at a shaded greenery enclosure, I realized that once I got back home, my new venture for the back yard had for all intents and purposes picked itself for me.

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    1. Thanks Mike! There 's so much history to this beautiful city and reasons to why they built their homes the way they did. We love visiting Savannah from time to time as well. The South is so fascinating !

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  7. Charleston's Annual Home and Garden tours have always been one of my favorites . . . even my husband enjoys them. I haven't attended the last two years, but your photos are a vivid reminder that I can't miss another one! Such a beautiful city!

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    1. Hey Roz! I hope we run into each other at the next Charleston Home and Garden tour!

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  8. Youngsters who have a garden space to play normally profit by investigating nature, seeing the progressions of the seasons and the different patters and types of vegetation. I recollect my fervor playing "helicopters" with my more established sibling (sycamore seeds), apparently for a considerable length of time at once, endeavoring to fly the ideal flight.

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  9. A garden is an ideal setting for entertaining. A wedding is exquisite when vows are exchanged among the roses. Garden parties and outdoor dining are superb. You can easily stage your garden for an outdoor party, wedding, or garden tour.

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    1. Hi Dent! We totally agree!! Garden weddings are most charming and memorable!
      Have a great weekend!

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  10. A garden is a perfect setting for engaging. A wedding is lovely when pledges are traded among the roses. Garden parties and outside feasting are sublime. You can undoubtedly arrange your garden for an open air gathering, wedding, or garden tour.

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  11. Garden weddings and festivities are lovely from April through October in Charleston. Charleston is also popular for Destination Weddings. Thank you Lucy for your lovely tips.

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  12. We had our youngest daughter's wedding at this place. Everything at New York wedding venues was spot-on perfect, the venue, the food, the view, the service and fortunately even the weather. Cannot recommend the manager and his staff more!!!

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