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Citadel News Service
28 Jan 2008

Garden Tour turns 10; focuses on challenges of being by the sea

This year marks the 10th that the Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour and The Citadel’s Daniel Library Friends have been showcasing Charleston gardens. The 2008 garden tour will feature gardens on Church and East Bay streets.

The tour is from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2008 and concludes with a cocktail reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Alkyon Arts at 120 Meeting St. The self-guided tour costs $60 and reservations are required. Call 843-953-7691. Group rates are available.

This years’ tour explores the theme “Charleston Gardens by the Sea.” Gardens by the sea have special challenges. Wind, salt spray, sun and aridity are tolerated by only the hardiest of plants. Each of the featured gardens will show special techniques for coping with these challenges.

9 East Bay St., Roper House Garden
The enormous garden with a framed view of the Charleston harbor provides a luxurious counterpoint to the 1838 Greek revival house. The garden meets the challenges of wind and salt spray with a thick front hedge, and towering magnolias. Spring planting includes azaleas and camellias.

25 East Bay St., Charles Drayton House Garden
This glorious garden complements the 1886 Victorian house. Multiple garden “rooms” are accented with classical focal points, while an arbor lends protection from the sun.

31 East Bay St., Henry Porter Williams House Garden
This romantic garden with curves and raised beds is lush with peppermint, peach, grapefruit, kumquat and tangerines, all plants that tolerate the ocean frontage. A thick pittosporum hedge provides protection on the front.

39 East Bay St., George Chisolm House Garden
The exquisite formal garden complements the 1810 Federal style house. The garden is lush with white roses, white crepe myrtles and a towering live oak. P. J. Gartin author of “Some Like it Hot” will be on hand to offer gardening tips.

37 Church, George Matthews House Garden
This federal style 1743 house has an exquisite green and white garden with several lovely garden rooms. The garden is the design of the current owners. Walk down Church and enter the back gate of 9 East Bay, which is on Church Street.

55 Church St., Benjamin Phillips House
The classic town garden behind the 1818 neoclassical house has an old brick wall that creates a microclimate. The matching brick garden houses look out on a patterned garden of camellias and roses.

58 Church St., James Veree House
Designed by Loutrel Briggs this lovely 30 x 90 garden has three inviting garden ”rooms,” Marty Whaley Cornwell, a noted artist and owner of this garden, will be on hand to give garden tips.

59 Church St., Thomas Rose House Garden
Recently updated by garden designer Sheila Wertimer, this elegant garden complements its 1735 yellow Colonial style house. The garden is protected by a towering wall, and within are lush plantings of camellias and azaleas.

69 Church St., Capers-Motte House Garden
This 1750 Colonial double house has a delightful and inventive garden that includes a maze, old stable and gothic Revival outbuildings. Rich planting includes camellias, Mira lemons and roses.

87 Church St., Heyward-Washington House Garden
Built in 1772, this historic house has a classic patterned garden, maintained by the Charleston Garden Club. Visit the outbuilding which has a one of a kind 18th Century kitchen.

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