2011-03-18 / Home & Garden

Follow the Blooms garden tour May 14–22

Contributed by the Garden Club of South Carolina

This spring The Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc. presents the inaugural Follow The Blooms statewide garden tour. From May 14–22, visitors will step through garden gates of some of South Carolina’s most beautiful private gardens. Many of these gardens, open to the public for the very first time, have family folklore spanning the 17th through the 21st centuries.

Buy only one $50 Follow The Blooms garden tour ticket to spend nine glorious days visiting more than 35 private gardens.

The Follow The Blooms itinerary features South Carolina’s many distinct and different regions. Formal gardens, city and country gardens, plantations and secret gardens in the cities, towns and hamlets of Camden, Fort Motte, Winnsboro, Saint Matthews, Simpsonville, Enoree, Woodruff, Columbia, North Augusta, Sumter, Greenville, and Marion will be featured in this statewide event.

In addition to the tours, participants will meet garden designers and artisans, attend luncheon seminars by local personalities, shop plant sales, and enjoy box lunches.

On Wednesday, May 18, in Fort Motte, S.C., Amanda McNulty, cohost of the popular Making It Grow television program, will be the luncheon speaker.

On Friday, May 20, 2011, Dabney Peeples, a garden designer who is renowned in the Southeast for his imaginative designs, will be at the Nicholls Crook House, as will Berry Bate, the best–known designer of ironwork creations in the Southeast. She has designed and executed most of the gates and other iron objects on the property.

The proceeds of this tour benefits the educational and cultural efforts of The Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc.

Buy tickets by credit card through PayPal at www.gardenclubofsc.org, or by sending a check to: Follow the Blooms Garden Tour, P. O. Box 2124, Camden, SC 29020

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