Festival of Houses and Gardens

Tickets now available!

March 16 - April 22, 2017

Proceeds benefit Historic Charleston Foundation's historic preservation initiatives and educational programs.

Set amid the ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours and educational events showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. The tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences. Tours and events vary by day. Scroll down to order tickets (beginning Nov. 1).

Festival of Houses and Gardens Brochure 2017

Calendar at a Glance: March

Calendar at a Glance: April

Tickets may be purchased online and by calling 843-722-3405.

Phone lines are open:
Nov. 1-March 13: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
March 14-April 22: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Join our mailing list/request a printed brochure be mailed to you.

Glorious Gardens V

Date: 4/13/2017  |   Time: 2:00 PM

These walking tours are arranged so guests may stroll leisurely through eight to ten private gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material and history.
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Picnic & Oyster Roast with Easter Egg Hunt

Date: 4/13/2017  |   Time: 5:15 PM

According to Lowcountry tradition, oysters should only be eaten during months with an "r" in them, so our timing is perfect. Enjoy delectable steamed oysters as appetizers along with other Southern cuisine, beer, wine and soft drinks.
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Morning History Walks - 4/14/2017

Date: 4/14/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours.
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Floral Design with the Experts 2

Date: 4/14/2017  |   Time: 10:00 AM

Learn new techniques for creating the perfect living-decor for your house with Heather Barrie of Gathering Events and Anne Bowen of Charleston Stems.
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Morning History Walks - 4/15/2017

Date: 4/15/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours.
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Morning History Walks - 4/17/2017

Date: 4/17/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours.
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Legacy of African Americans in Charleston Tour 2

Date: 4/17/2017  |   Time: 11:00 AM

Learn about the rich and varied contributions made by black Charlestonians, including world-renowned ironsmith artist, Philip Simmons, during a bus excursion with Alphonso Brown of Gullah Tours.
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Legare Street Tour 1

Date: 4/17/2017  |   Time: 2:00 PM

In the prosperous decades preceding the American Revolution, some of the finest mansions in the city were built here, and magnificent Charleston “single houses” were constructed in the neighborhood into the 19th century.
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Morning History Walks - 4/18/2017

Date: 4/18/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours.
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Food for Thought: The Grimké Sisters and The Invention of Wings

Date: 4/18/2017  |   Time: 11:30 AM

The novel The Invention of Wings was inspired by the daring real life abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimké. Valerie Perry, Manager of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum and author of two novels, will describe how she assisted author Sue Monk Kidd in her research. Lee Ann Bain, licensed tour guide, will discuss how she separated fact from fiction to develop The Original Grimké Sisters Tour with her colleague Carol Ezell-Gilson.
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VOLUNTEER

The Festival is made possible thanks to nearly 700 community volunteers who support the Foundation as docents and street marshals. Learn about volunteer benefits and sign up!

Preserve & Protect

Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. More>

Contact Us

Historic Charleston Foundation
40 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-723-1623


2017 Spring Festival and Antiques Show Ticket Office: 
108 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-3405
 

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