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Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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Gardens are places where life thrives, they exude charm, pleasure, beauty, and so much more. They can be an oasis from everyday life, and a source for fresh food. Gardening is great way to reconnect with nature and get your hands back in the earth. South Carolina offers a great environment to grow lush gardens where a vast variety of plants and flowers thrive.

On Saturday, November 10, The Charleston Horticulture Society and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens will present our 2018 Horticulture Symposium – "The Allure of Gardening". Learn how to capture your love of gardening through photography, hear about the role of plants as positive memory triggers and discover how to build your own edible garden. This event offers something for everyone.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Magnolia Plantation & GardensFounded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. The first gardens were established in 1685, making Magnolia the oldest garden in America. The gardens are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were opened to the public in the early 1870s. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has added its own personal touch to the gardens, expanding and adding to their variety.

Many experts have considered Magnolia "the most beautiful garden in the world". Baedecker's Travel Guide likened its springtime display to the majesty of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Unlike most of America's gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony. "Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher." - William Wordsworth

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Charleston Horticultural Society

The Charleston Horticultural Society (CHS) seeks to inspire excellence in Lowcountry horticulture. It was organized in December 1999 by Charlestonians who recognized a need for a horticultural resource center. CHS is an outgrowth of the Charleston Garden Festivals that were held from 1994 through 1998. The Horticultural Society was granted 501 (c)3 status in 2001.

Charleston Horticultural SocietyA separate and unrelated organization by the name of The Horticultural Society of Charleston was previously established in 1830. That group awarded medals of excellence to leaders in the horticulture field and held meetings and lectures. Records show that it operated in Charleston until the outbreak of the Civil War. Our Founders Day 1830 award is based on that group's traditions and spirit. The award honors exemplary horticultural service and creative vision in the Lowcountry.

With membership open to all, CHS has grown to more than 1,300 individual and business/organization members. CHS's extensive educational outreach programs include monthly lectures from September through May, publication of "The Vine" newsletter, distinctive garden tours, seasonal workshops, the Mobile Gardener adaptive horticulture program, Plantasia, a green market for plant lovers each spring; and offers the 'Looking at the Layers of the Landscape' program, a history of Charleston's horticultural and landscape traditions.

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