Charleston Annual Garden Tour – Part II. Charleston is a city with a story and seeing beyond doorways and through garden gates allow 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 of Charleston’s Annual Garden Tour and along the way I took a few extra photos of some of the accents that make this city so charming.
Everywhere 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.
Intimate gardens with water fountains are commonly found with historical homes, here in Charleston. Not only do they offer beauty, but their main purpose was to muffle all sounds from the streets.
Each property is decorated with floral pots to complement their manicured landscape designs, some include miniature shrubs, ivy plants, wrought iron trellis, a mixture of trees and seasonal flowers.
Small, intimate English-style landscapes are tastefully designed to make each property even more charming.
As you continue on the Charleston annual garden tour, you can’t help notice these beautiful window plant boxes displayed everywhere!
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.
I 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 complement this home’s overtone of gray, and it is beautifully done. Also, hidden behind this gray wall is a private courtyard displaying a gunite pool and a pergola for seating.
Another home on the tour displays an array of Italian and English design gardens for all to admire while you walk through their 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 that opens to the pool area.
A combination planting of pindo palm with southern magnolia behind each helps 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 muffle 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-through time.” Oh, and don’t forget to bring your camera! 🙂 Ciao!
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