Charleston Annual Garden Tour Part II

 Charleston is a city with a story, and seeing beyond doorways and through garden gates allows one to travel back in time and appreciate the architecture, history, gardens and culture of this beautiful timeless city. This is the second part of my photos taken and along the way I took a few extra photos of some of the accents that makes this city so charming.

Every where you go you will find Charleston's work-of-art wrought iron gates throughout the city. These wrought iron gates are finely crafted by artisans and are a major part of Charleston's pride and   history.  When you walk by, you may even get to peek inside beyond these gates and find what's lies behind them.

Most of the time, you will catch a glimpse of some of the loveliest well thought out gardens, surrounding the perimeter of each property. So charming.

Intimate gardens with fountains are commonly found with historical homes.
Not only do they offer beauty, but they muffle any sounds from the street.

Each property is decorated with floral pots to compliment their manicured landscapes designs, some include miniature shrubs, ivy plants, wrought iron trellis, mixture of trees and seasonal flowers.
Little landscapes that are tastefully designed to make each property so charming.

As you continue on the tour, you can't help notice these beautiful window plant boxes displayed every where!

 Downtown Charleston historical homes were built with entrances and porches on their side of the home overlooking their private gardens and courtyards, and mainly to catch the breezes off the harbor. 

Couldn't help it but capture these adorable girls during the tour as they posed for my photo so graciously.

Even colors of plants are tastefully chosen. Soft pink and green plants are planted to compliment this homes overtones of gray, and it is beautifully done. Also, hidden behind this gray wall is a private court yard displaying a gunite pool and a pergola for seating.
Really lovely.

Another home on the tour displays an array of Italian and English design garden for all to admire while you walk through there driveway towards the back of the home. Here this garden material is very formal and symmetrical.
Once again, a hidden oasis can be found in the back of these historical homes in downtown Charleston. 
The three-tiered fountain is the focal point in this garden.  If you look behind this fountain, you will notice an enormous greenery arch set in a low latticed-brick wall which opens to the pool area.
A combination planting of pindo palm with southern magnolia behind each help enclose this space and create a more intimate setting.
 The arrangement also emphasizes the geometric shape of the pool with its jet fountains.
The sounds from these jet fountains muffles any sounds from the street, adding to their privacy.

Each garden was truly marvelous!  

It was a cloudy day and towards the end of my tour, it started to drizzle and I had to hurry to get to the last garden on the tour.  And as they say, the best is saved for last?  This narrow brick driveway opens to a garden that is truly magnificent!


Exquisite details, boxwood plants, Italian fountains, trellis and ceramic urns, were carefully planned into this magnificent garden.  
Seeing beyond doorways and through garden gates allows one to travel back in time and appreciate the architecture, history, gardens and culture of this beautiful, timeless city of Charleston. If you get a chance to visit Charleston, SC during this season, we highly recommend scheduling one of these garden tours and experience a "walk though time." Oh, and don't forget to bring your camera! :)  Ciao!
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  1. What a lovely place to visit. I loved the varied window-boxes with their choice of plants and they blue hydrangea garden was a favourite, not to mention the wonderful cast iron work on gates and barriers.

    1. Hi Sandra, we hope you get to come and visit this beautiful city! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  2. Gosh you have such a great eye! These are wonderful photos and of course Charleston is an amazing and wonderful place. My niece is graduating from the College of Charleston in a few weeks and I know she is going to miss it there. Such much culture, fun and beautiful surroundings. Thanks for sharing!

    1. So glad to hear about your niece! Both my girls attend CofC and one graduates next weekend! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week !
      Xo Anna

  3. Wow! We did a garden tour in New Orleans once. It was so fun going behind the gates. Charleston's looks even better. "One day" she says with a sigh! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh we hope you will come down and enjoy this city as much as we do!
      Thanks for stopping by and have a nice weekend!

  4. Beautiful photos! So many lovely gardens and gates. I'd love to see them all!

    1. Thank you Sue, each tour is unique and lovely. We hope you visit Charleston.
      Have a great weekend.

  5. Such a beautiful gem of a city! Every one of your photos depicts the charm of her! What a blessing for you that you live there and can enjoy her charms on a daily basis! Thank you for taking me on this wonderful annual tour!

    1. Thank you Roz, we love this city!

  6. A shade garden is a clever thought that I had never known about until I went by a portion of the more pioneer areas of the South like Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. The Victorian homes were exceptionally box-like and I assume the absence of focal aerating and cooling in those days made the need for shaded seating regions an across the board one.

    1. Yes that is correct and I forgot to mention about the importance of creating shaded areas in the South. Thank you for mentioning that point.

  7. This is a great venue. I was here for a party and there was so much food and it was all done so well! The decor and food both were amazing. Personally, I think the event space is laid out really well and the size of the venue keeps pulling great parties.

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