Day 5 – A Blog Tour With Stepheny to Charleston, SC


The Gardens of Charleston -Our last Day

Thank you for joining me in this beautiful city!

“In the secrecy of its gardens you can discover jasmine and camellias and hundreds of other plants that look embroidered and stolen from the Garden of Eden for the sheer love of richness and the joy of stealing from the gods.”                                        South of Broad – Pat Conroy

Scan 57“The gardens of Charleston were mysteries walled away in ivied jewel boxes emitting their special fragrances over high walls.”      South of Broad – Pat Conroy

Scan 58Loutrel Briggs(1893-1977)  designed many of the small private gardens in the city. His influence has captivated me and dictated my plant choices many times. These small green gems share symmetry, balance and proportions that vary from garden to garden, yet converge in what is known as the Charleston style. You can visit these gardens next Spring. Here is the Link for the Festival of Gardens & Homes. I promise you this experience will fill your heart and senses with a kind of Charleston music that includes a soft southern drawl, the taste of sweet tea and the smell of camellias. I hope this brief tour with photographs make you want to visit Charleston…for real. I’ll leave with these few lines.

“I step out onto the street, the first fingerlings of sunlight are waking the drowsy silver in the crepe myrtle trees in front of my house. The houses of Tradd Street… The original architecture resembles the finest lacework, the gardens are hidden but generous with delicious smells.” South of Broad -Pat Conroy

Stepheny’s photograph – 2008

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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5 Responses to Day 5 – A Blog Tour With Stepheny to Charleston, SC

  1. Simply delightful, Stepheny. Wonderful links to Conroy’s magnificent writing about his home city.

  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Stepheny, for a delightful tour of Charleston. Glad we could go with you.

  3. Charleston is one of my favorite Southern cities…such charm and gentility! Great pics!

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