Charleston Annual Garden Tour – Part II. Every year Charleston’s Home and Garden Tours are usually scheduled in March or April. Charleston is a city with a story! Seeing beyond doorways and through garden gates allows one to travel back in time and appreciate the architecture, history, and gardens. Plus, experience the culture of this beautiful timeless city.
On this tour, you will see some of the beauty and accents that make this city so charming.
Charleston’s Famous Wrought Iron Gates…
You will find Charleston’s work-of-art wrought iron gates throughout the city. Artisans finely craft these wrought iron gates, and are a major part of Charleston’s pride and history.
When you walk by, you may even peek inside beyond these gates and find what 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.
Charleston Charming Gardens…
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, and a mixture of trees and seasonal flowers.
Small, intimate English-style landscapes are tastefully designed to make each property even more charming.
Charming Window Plant Boxes…
As you continue on the Charleston annual garden tour, you can’t help notice these beautiful window plant boxes displayed everywhere!
Charleston Historical Homes…
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.
Perfectly manicured to enhance the beauty of its charming side yard. I couldn’t help but capture these adorable girls during the tour as they graciously posed for my photo.
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 with jet fountains and waterfalls on the left side to hide the noise from the streets. Plus, a pergola for seating just behind the pool.
Italian and English Influence in Designs…
Everywhere you walk on your tour, you will see homes displaying an array of Italian and English designs in their gardens for all to admire.
Charleston Garden Tours allows everyone to walk through each driveway toward the back of the home. And there will be a charming garden waiting for everyone to see! From very formal and symmetrical, to very asymmetry to whimsical.
Once again, a hidden oasis can be found in the back of these historical homes in downtown Charleston.
In the photo below, the three-tiered fountain is the focal point of this garden. The walkway leading to it is lined with beautiful hydrangeas and miniature, beautifully manicured shrubs.
But, if you look carefully behind this fountain, you will notice an enormous “greenery arch” set in a low latticed brick wall that opens to the pool area (shown in the next photo).
Here, a combination of plants with Pindo Palms and Southern Magnolia trees 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 is truly marvelous!
The Last Garden…
Even on a cloudy day and towards the end of the tour, it started to drizzle, and I knew 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 lined with beautiful floral window boxes leading to the back of this historical home with a truly magnificent garden!
Experience the exquisite details, boxwood plants, Italian fountains, trellis, and ceramic urns! All these were carefully planned into this magnificent garden.
Charleston Garden Tours…
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, or House & Garden Tour, and experience a “walk-through time.”
Oh, and don’t forget to bring your camera! 🙂 Ciao!
If you missed my post Part 1: Charleston Annual Garden Tour Part 1
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