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Tours & Events

Charleston’s Gardens from André Michaux to the Present

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

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Charleston’s gardens have been lauded throughout the centuries for intricate designs and plant materials worthy of matching the architectural splendor of the city. From limited color palettes to the omni-present focal point, Charleston’s gardens are distinctive, sophisticated and unique. Join Charleston native and noted author, watercolorist and lecturer Louisa Pringle Cameron for a look at the history of Charleston gardens and those who influenced their design and composition. From French botanist André Michaux who introduced local horticultural staples such as the crape myrtle and tea olives in the 18th-century to Loutrell Briggs, one of Charleston’s most celebrated landscape architects, credited with establishing the Charleston formal garden, Cameron’s rich insight brings a thoughtful perspective on today’s Lowcountry garden landscape. A book signing featuring Cameron’s popular Charleston: City of Gardens will follow.

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!