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Luncheon Lecture – Behind the Gates: Beloved Gardens of Charleston

April 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Glen Gardner

Join acclaimed local landscape architect Glen Gardner for a look at some of his favorite Charleston gardens past and present. Find out the secrets to creating some of Charleston’s most enchanting garden-scapes. Glen Gardner is a native South Carolinian with deep family roots in gardening and many generations of farming the Lowcountry’s land. A love for architecture led Glen to study Architecture at Clemson University, where he later added in the love of gardening with a major change to Landscape Architecture. Glen was awarded a Mickell Grant for Urban Studies in Italy in 1999, and was also a recipient of the Garden Club of South Carolina’s Hessie Morrah scholarship for five years. Glen’s Thesis project, based on the development of Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, South Carolina, won the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s 2001 national Grace Design Competition which included a travel grant to further his studies in the field.

Glen opened the doors to his successful landscape architecture studio in 2006 and works with private clients to create gardens throughout the Southeast. Glen serves or has served in board and committee capacities with Preservation Society of Charleston, Historic Charleston Foundation, and Spoleto Festival USA and is a past president of the Charitable Society of Charleston.

Since 1947 the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens has been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser and educational tool and has provided intimate glimpses into some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in Charleston, SC. The Festival’s Food for Thought Lecture Series is a fan-favorite and this year the speakers and topics range from Charleston’s gardens and alluring interiors to Natural Disasters in the Lowcountry and everything in-between. Each lecture will be held atop Charleston’s High Battery at the Captain James Missroon house Community Room with a light lunch provided by Caviar and Bananas.

Limited space available. Tickets required. Limited off-site parking only.