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Tours & Events

The Ferntastic Legacy of Charleston’s Victorian-Era Houseplants

June 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Collectors in the Victorian Era hunted ferns with zeal. The term “fern-fever’ described the public’s craze with the greenery, and they, along with other plants such as parlor palms and jasmine played an increasingly prominent role in decorating. A well-placed selection of Heliotropes, ferns and potted citrus trees could disguise a sooted fireplace in the summer. Using indoor plants as part of a room’s decor could turn a stuffy outdated room into a tropical oasis, and the same is true today! Join Kendal Leonard, owner of Meeting Green Gardens, for a look at the legacy of houseplants from the Victorian Era and how to care for them.

Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series:
This is an event in the Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series. The luncheon lecture series takes place in an informal setting at the historic Captain James Missroon House, c. 1808. Join us atop Charleston’s High Battery and enjoy a commanding view of Charleston Harbor and the antebellum mansions along East Battery. Please note there is limited seating capacity as we will be socially distancing.

Participants will enjoy a casual light lunch of salads and sandwiches.

There is limited off-site parking.

Ticket Information:

  • Advance purchase is required.
  • $55 per person
  • A 3% processing fee will be added to the purchase of these tickets upon checkout.
  • All ticket purchases are refundable until March 1. If, after March 1, Historic Charleston Foundation cancels the event due to COVID concerns, the ticket price will be refunded. Please read the Ticket Sales Policy.

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Proceeds from all Festival of Houses and Gardens events
benefit the preservation and advocacy initiatives of Historic Charleston Foundation.

Thank you for supporting our mission and our work to protect and preserve these cultural and historic resources!