Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather like in the spring?

Charleston is beautiful any time of year. Be prepared for temperatures in the sixties, perhaps even seventy. Please check the weather before leaving home.

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What should I wear?

Streets and sidewalks are often uneven because they are slate, brick, or cobblestone so wear comfortable walking shoes. High heels are not permitted because of damage to the owners’ floors. Also, please no backpacks, coolers, or strollers.

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May I take photographs?

In accordance with South Carolina law, no photography is allowed on private property without the expressed written consent of the property owner. Private property includes exterior spaces such as porches, driveways, lawns and gardens, as well as building interiors.

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Are these the same types of houses that are on the other fall and spring tours in Charleston?

Yes, these are historic, downtown houses and some are the same houses on other tours. Homeowners graciously open their homes to help fundraising efforts. The tours of The Garden Club of Charleston are unique in that each home features numerous flower arrangements designed by its talented members.

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How many homes and gardens are on the tour?

There are usually at least six stops on each tour.

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Are the homes handicapped accessible?

Private historic residences are usually not handicapped accessible.

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Are pets and children allowed on the tours?

Pets and strollers are not allowed. The walk may be long, and public restrooms are not readily available so the tour may not be suitable for small children. Any person entering the house must have a ticket, regardless of age.

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Are the tours different on Friday and Saturday?

Yes, the two tours are completely different. Both will be in distinctive sections of historic, downtown Charleston.

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Do guides lead the tours from garden to garden?

No, it is a self-guided tour. A map will be on the ticket. There will be docents at each home and garden.

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Could you recommend hotels in Charleston for the dates of the House and Garden Tour?

Yes, please click on the link for the South Carolina Information Highway, which is SCIWAY – South Carolina’s Front Door, to find hotels as well as all kinds of information about other activities and events that you may enjoy during your stay in Charleston.

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Is there a phone number if I have any other questions?

We do not have a phone number at this time. Please email us at tourinfo@thegardenclubofcharleston.org for questions.

 

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What is your refund policy?

There are no refunds or exchanges for any reason, so please do not ask.  The tours go on rain or shine.

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Do you have a privacy policy?

Yes, most definitely.  The Garden Club of Charleston acknowledges the importance of protecting all information submitted by our online visitors.  We maintain a policy of not trading, selling, or sharing our visitors’ information with any third party.   We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without your advance permission unless ordered by court of law.  Information submitted to the Garden Club of Charleston is only available to those managing this information for purposes in contacting you based on your request for information and to contracted service providers for purposes of providing services relating to our communications with you.

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