Festival of Houses and Gardens

Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston's private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation’s month-long annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens. Scroll down to explore individual events.

68th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens

March 19 through April 19, 2015  
Tickets will go on sale Nov. 1, 2014                         

Set amid the historic ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. These tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences, dating to the 18th century.

Festival of Houses and Gardens Calendar 2015 (PDF)

Festival of Houses and Gardens Brochure 2015 (PDF)

To be included on our mailing list, please request a brochure (mailed in November) or leave a message with our Ticket Office at 843-722-3405. Request more information.

On Nov. 1, events will be available to search in the date range below.  At that time, click "Learn More" under desired event/program.

Meeting Street Tour 1

Date: 3/29/2015  |   Time: 2:00 PM

The grace, romance and worldliness of eighteenth and nineteenth century America survive in the traditional facades, stately drawing rooms, and important ironwork found on Meeting Street. Houses dates from the earliest period of settlement to larger, more imposing dwellings built in the Greek Revival and Italianate fashions.
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Morning History Walks- 3/30/2015

Date: 3/30/2015  |   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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Mimosas at Middleton Place

Date: 3/30/2015  |   Time: 10:00 AM

Start your day surrounded by moss-draped Live Oak trees while enjoying a mimosa or maybe even two! Enjoy a sampling of brunch bites while you take in the spectacular grounds of Middleton Place. A guided tour of the house and stableyards is also included.
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Broad Street Tour 2

Date: 3/30/2015  |   Time: 2:00 PM

Colonial Lake, one of Charleston’s iconic landmarks, anchors the western end of Broad Street, one of the city’s most recognizable thoroughfares. The irresistible allure of this neighborhood is punctuated by numerous 19th century Victorian dwellings.
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Concert: Music of the Enlightenment

Date: 3/30/2015  |   Time: 5:30 PM

Join musicians from the College of Charleston's respected School of the Arts performing compositions from the Classical era in a historic and intimate setting.
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Morning History Walks- 3/31/2015

Date: 3/31/2015  |   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. No private sites or interiors are included on these tours. Departs from The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting Street. Check in promptly at 9:15 a.m.
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Harbor of History Boat Cruise 1

Date: 3/31/2015  |   Time: 1:15 PM

Join a local historian aboard the Spirit of Carolina for this panoramic perspective of the South’s most historic seaport, whose fame, fortunes and fate illustrate its ongoing link with the sea.
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Church Street Tour 2

Date: 3/31/2015  |   Time: 6:00 PM

Church Street, sometimes called the "most romantic street in America," is a visible record of Charleston history. The mosaic of famous churches, graveyards and Georgian style dwellings along this street appears much as it did when Washington, Calhoun and Lee visited and worked here.
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Morning History Walks- 4/1/2015

Date: 4/1/2015  |   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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Meeting Street Tour 2

Date: 4/1/2015  |   Time: 2:00 PM

The grace, romance and worldliness of eighteenth and nineteenth century America survive in the traditional facades, stately drawing rooms, and important ironwork found on Meeting Street. Houses dates from the earliest period of settlement to larger, more imposing dwellings built in the Greek Revival and Italianate fashions.
Learn More »

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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!

Festival Brochure

Download the brochure for the 2015 Festival.

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

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

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