Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour set for March 10
The fourth annual Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour will capture a unique Charleston neighborhood in the beautiful, early new green of spring, when the good bones of well-designed gardens are evident.
The tour features 10 gardens in Ansonborough, including a Japanese enclave, a swimming pool grotto, and an exquisite water parterre. Garden experts will lead each tour. The tour is designed for everyone interested in gardening as well as those who want to learn more about the unique architecture and history of Charleston.
The tour begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church with a spiritual concert and concludes at 4:30 p.m. with a reception in the notable garden of Peter and Patty McGee. The cost is $50. Reservations are required no later than March 4. Call 843-953-7691.
Ansonborough is an historic and venerable neighborhood. Dating from 1746, this first suburb of Charleston began as a 64-acre tract owned and developed by George Anson. The 18th century borough was home to merchants, tradesmen and a few planters. About 1,000 dwellings were burned in the fire of 1838. Rebuilt in brick, the area was home to a significant German population and included two Lutheran Churches and a German Catholic Church. In 1958, Historic Charleston targeted this area for its first revolving fund and more than 135 antebellum houses were restored. Today the area is a much-prized neighborhood for its quiet streets and lovely gardens. Many of the gardens are of recent design by landscape architect Sheila Wertimer. Her gardens are serene enclaves or garden "rooms" where the sound of cascading water helps create a feeling of intimacy.
The tour begins at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 67 Anson St., with a gospel concert by noted spiritual singer, Don White. St. Stephens, built in 1835 by John and Henry Horlbeck, has a simple interior with a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The facade is classical, with an arched center doorway surmounted by a tablet with flanking stucco recesses interspersed by Tuscan pilasters. Tour groups will disperse from this spot, each group going to a different location.
Gardens on the tour are: