Founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 1922 and federated in 1932, The Garden Club of Charleston is one of the oldest and largest garden clubs in America. For 79 years, members have offered tours of private houses and gardens in historic downtown Charleston to fund numerous projects for the benefit of the local community. The Club also offers a popular publication, The Proper Care and Conditioning of Cut Flowers, to provide additional funds.
Membership in The Garden Club of Charleston is limited to 425. When membership openings occur, applicants must be sponsored by an Active member and endorsed by two other Active members and then experience a year of Provisional membership. Provisional members serve as docents for the Annual House and Garden Tours or hostesses at the Fall Flower Show, participate in the decoration for the Christmas Tea at the Manigault House, and serve on one of the Club’s standing committees. Effective June 1, 2016, in order to be eligible for renewal of annual membership to the Garden Club of Charleston, each member (including Active, Sustaining and Non-Resident Associate) must attend three meetings or events, (which may include the Joseph Manigault House Christmas Tea, February Luncheon and May Tea from the previous year) and must serve on a committee/garden annually.