Garden-A-Day returns next month
Lowcountry residents are invited to stroll through lovely local gardens next month as part of a long-running event hosted by the Beaufort Garden Club.
The 23rd annual Garden-A-Day, scheduled for the week of June 5-9, will allow visitors to take in the beauty of a different private garden each day. It is free and open to the public, who can enjoy peach tea and homemade cookies provided by the club as they meander.
Tours are open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. Master gardeners from the area will be there to answer questions and offer advice.
Garden-A-Day week will begin at the Point. This garden and its historic house are located on the Beaufort River with a view of the swing bridge.
The garden gives a sense of serenity with its stately oak trees. Various garden venues are bounded by boxwoods of all sizes. Some feature giant Farfugiums with their polished leaves, potted lemon and kumquat trees. In other areas, Podocarpus is accented by varieties of azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and more.
Tuesday’s garden in Spanish Point has a twofold purpose. The first is to delight the young at heart with a G-scale garden railroad that meanders through a landscape of shade loving mosses, ground covers and flowers. The second is to provide a wildlife habitat for birds. This part of the garden is under a canopy of pine and oak trees with an understory of azaleas and hydrangeas.
Gardening has always been a passion for Wednesday’s gardener in Bluff Farms on Lady’s Island. When she moved there, the yard was all wooded and the decision was to keep it that way. Another goal was to have something blooming at all times and to use only native plants. To replace the lack of grass, the focus was to infuse the garden with as much green as possible, so 149 bushes and trees were planted over 11 years along with many other perennials.
In the process of downsizing and looking for a smaller house, Thursday’s Port Royal gardener fell in love with the yard. The sound of chimes invites you in and paths lead to benches where anyone can sit and feel welcome. Original art hangs on the fence and pots of flowers are everywhere. The yard is infused with the colors of purple and red.
Friday’s garden is a combination of plants shared by generous gardening friends as well as many unique plants started from seed, cuttings or division. Located in Walling Grove on Lady’s Island, it’s a gardener’s treasure trove and an inspiration.
For more information, go to beaufortgardenclub.com.
• Monday, June 5 — 500 Port Republic Street, the Point, Beaufort
• Tuesday, June 6 — 45 Stuart Town Court, Spanish Point, Beaufort
• Wednesday, June 7 — 16 Settlers Cove, Bluff Farms on Lady’s Island
• Thursday, June 8 — 1210 15th Street, Port Royal 29935
• Friday, June 9 — 100 Green Winged Teal, Walling Grove Plantation on Lady’s Island