The Fall Flower Shows are organized annually by the Council of Garden Clubs of the Greater Charleston during the Coastal Carolina Fair (http://www.coastalcarolinafair.org) at the Exchange Park in Ladson, SC. The shows offers members of Charleston-area garden clubs the wonderful opportunity to exhibit exemplary clippings from their gardens and potted plants. Floral designs based on an annual theme are also exhibited annually at the Fall Flower Shows.
The purpose of the Fall Flower Shows is not to provide the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and creativity of floral design, but to educate the community on the the types of plants grown in
South Carolina. The shows also provide an opportunity from the public to view samples of these plants up close.
During National Garden Week (June 1-7) gardeners, who have a passion for nurturing the beauty and resources of the earth, acknowledge the importance of gardening and the numerous contributions of gardeners. This year in honor of National Garden Week, Lucile MacLennan, Betty Floyd, Betty White and Rita Donato presented a Lucile MacLennan Maple tree to Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., who was thrilled with the approximately 3 feet tall tree, as it was a beautiful specimen. This maple was one more added to his pledge of planting 10,000 trees in our city during his administration. The tree has been planted at Hampton Park and can be seen across from the main entrance to The Citadel behind the “Welcome to Hampton Park” sign.
Lucile Gaines MacLennan, who has been an active member of The Garden Club of Charleston for 47 years, contributed the Lucile Maple Tree which has a history of its own. It is a “descendent” of maples planted in the 1890’s at 2 Meeting Street, the childhood home of Sallie Carrington Chaney, friend and mentor to Lucile. Since planting maples in her own garden, Lucile has shared countless seedlings with others and took great pleasure in presenting Mayor Riley the maple tree.
Lucile MacLennan graciously hosted The Garden Club of Charleston’s Provisional Class (2013-14) at her home on Wednesday, June 11. Lucile greeted and welcomed her guests upon their arrival. Once they signed her guest book, they were invited into her lovely garden. Guests enjoyed refreshments, and music by guitarist, Bobbie Whittington.
Lucile’s garden was designed by Loutrell Briggs and has received two state awards. Her garden first began with wildflowers (Lucile has cataloged her 250 species) and it has evolved into a myriad of trees and plants, many of which are in containers.
Everyone left with a Lucile Maple Tree seedling, a gardenia cutting and a smile on her face!
Heyward-Washington Garden, 87 Church Street
The Heyward-Washington House, built in 1772, is named for the builder, Daniel Heyward, and famous guest, President George Washington. The property was purchased by the Charleston Museum in 1929 and it became Charleston’s first house museum. Since 1941, The Garden Club of Charleston has maintained the garden, which is designed as a typical in Charleston during the late 18th century featuring a knot garden and plants authentic to the period.
Philip Simmons Memorial Garden, Anson Street
This garden was a gift from Spoleto Festival USA to the Philip Simmons Foundation. It is located behind the St. John’s Reformed Church on Anson Street . The plants are topiaries designed by Pearl Fryar and is commonly referred to as the “heart garden”. It is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Charleston.
Garden of the Confederate Home, 62 Broad Street
This most recent project was added in 2009. The Confederate Home has served thousands of women for over a century. Established in 1867 as a home for mothers, widows, and daughters of Confederate soldiers and later used as a college from 1900-1923, the building and courtyard are nearly hidden from passersby. For many years the garden was neglected. After Hurricane Hugo, it began to be reshaped through the guidance of Jack and Mary Hopkins who added the fountain as the garden’s focal point. The Garden Club of Charleston is now taking on the maintenance of this historic site that still serves to aid women.
In 1997 the Medical University of South Carolina Institute of Psychiatry began a therapeutic gardening program for patients. The Garden Club of Charleston provides funds for plants and materials needed for this program that includes planting, sowing, digging, and other outdoor activities.
This small garden is located outside the Charleston Museum’s Board Room. It is an attractive enclosed space enjoyed by many who meet there. It was designed by Mary Hopkins, a member of The Garden Club of Charleston.