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Thread #141595   Message #3261284
Posted By: Janie
21-Nov-11 - 11:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: What's to Do in Charleston, SC?
Subject: RE: BS: What's to Do in Charleston, SC?
Love the garden tour suggestions. I'm the only lover (addict) of gardens in the bunch, but Mom and Sis would enjoy at least one tour. If only one, which would you recommend?

Not for this family trip, necessarily, but Charleston is only about a 5 hour drive for me, and I could see myself driving down there alone for a weekend in late winter, saying "to hell with other responsibilities, I need this." A well constructed garden is really about the "bones" of the garden, not about plants. The best time to observe the bones of the garden are in winter or at night, under the moonlight. I can easily visualize plantings of perennials and/or annuals. I don't so easily visual the hardscape or the architectural impact of trees and shrubs throughout the seasons. When everything is in bloom it is easy to miss the elements of garden architecture that cause the garden to "work" 12 months of the year.

I digress. The main event for this trip is to nurture Mom and to begin to establish a new and affordable family tradition.