Charleston Annual Garden Tour Part II

 Charleston is a city with a story, and seeing beyond doorways and through garden gates allows one to travel back in time and appreciate the architecture, history, gardens and culture of this beautiful timeless city. This is the second part of my photos taken and along the way I took a few extra photos of some of the accents that makes this city so charming.

Every where you go you will find Charleston's work-of-art wrought iron gates throughout the city. These wrought iron gates are finely crafted by artisans and are a major part of Charleston's pride and   history.  When you walk by, you may even get to peek inside beyond these gates and find what's lies behind them.

Most of the time, you will catch a glimpse of some of the loveliest well thought out gardens, surrounding the perimeter of each property. So charming.

Intimate gardens with fountains are commonly found with historical homes.
Not only do they offer beauty, but they muffle any sounds from the street.

Each property is decorated with floral pots to compliment their manicured landscapes designs, some include miniature shrubs, ivy plants, wrought iron trellis, mixture of trees and seasonal flowers.
Little landscapes that are tastefully designed to make each property so charming.

As you continue on the tour, you can't help notice these beautiful window plant boxes displayed every where!

 Downtown Charleston historical homes were built with entrances and porches on their side of the home overlooking their private gardens and courtyards, and mainly to catch the breezes off the harbor. 

Couldn't help it but capture these adorable girls during the tour as they posed for my photo so graciously.

Even colors of plants are tastefully chosen. Soft pink and green plants are planted to compliment this homes overtones of gray, and it is beautifully done. Also, hidden behind this gray wall is a private court yard displaying a gunite pool and a pergola for seating.
Really lovely.

Another home on the tour displays an array of Italian and English design garden for all to admire while you walk through there driveway towards the back of the home. Here this garden material is very formal and symmetrical.
Once again, a hidden oasis can be found in the back of these historical homes in downtown Charleston. 
The three-tiered fountain is the focal point in this garden.  If you look behind this fountain, you will notice an enormous greenery arch set in a low latticed-brick wall which opens to the pool area.
A combination planting of pindo palm with southern magnolia behind each help enclose this space and create a more intimate setting.
 The arrangement also emphasizes the geometric shape of the pool with its jet fountains.
The sounds from these jet fountains muffles any sounds from the street, adding to their privacy.

Each garden was truly marvelous!  

It was a cloudy day and towards the end of my tour, it started to drizzle and I had to hurry to get to the last garden on the tour.  And as they say, the best is saved for last?  This narrow brick driveway opens to a garden that is truly magnificent!


Exquisite details, boxwood plants, Italian fountains, trellis and ceramic urns, were carefully planned into this magnificent garden.  
Seeing beyond doorways and through garden gates allows one to travel back in time and appreciate the architecture, history, gardens and culture of this beautiful, timeless city of Charleston. If you get a chance to visit Charleston, SC during this season, we highly recommend scheduling one of these garden tours and experience a "walk though time." Oh, and don't forget to bring your camera! :)  Ciao!
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