Having only lived in Charleston for about a year now, I am still amazed by the beauty of the homes and gardens when walking around historic downtown Charleston. Founded back in 1670, Charleston is such a wonderful blend of old cobblestone streets, gas lanterns, wrap-around porches and iron gates. And that’s just the homes! Add to it hidden gems in the form of courtyard gardens filled with fragrant Magnolia trees with their enormous white flowers, tropical hibiscus trees and shrubs in a variety of colors, ever-blooming azaleas and, of course, Palmetto palm trees, just to name a few.
The Preservation Society of Charleston will be hosting it’s 34th Annual Fall Tours of Houses and Gardens from September 23rd through October 24th. You will have the opportunity to tour many of downtown Charleston’s private homes and gardens, churches and public buildings, too. With tours being offered afternoons, evenings and weekends, it will be easy to find time to experience Charleston’s beautiful architectural styles, historical influences and tranquil gardens. To find the specific date and time for homes and gardens you would like to tour visit www.preservationsociety.org.
Tickets for the 2010 Fall Tours of Houses and Gardens are just $45 per person per tour, or you may purchase a special 3-day weekend pass for $120 per person. (Includes Thursday, Friday, Saturday OR Friday, Saturday, Sunday tours of the same weekend ONLY.) This is the Preservation Society’s “foremost fundraiser” as well as a chance to learn more about the place we all love to call home.
Want to learn even more about Charleston’s architecture after the tour? Maybe you want to create a Charleston-inspired garden in your own space. Or maybe you’d just like to have a coffee table book showcasing historical downtown. You will find books on these and other Charleston topics atwww.abundatrade.com!