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
Loutrel 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