Paris in Charleston? It’s why I am here. This historic American city is beautiful and nuanced.
Charleston’s Gateway Walk celebrates an anniversary today.
On April 10th in 1930, The Garden Club of Charleston opened this public downtown garden walking path. It is so subtle and hidden that I thought it was my own, until, after researching it, I learned of its creator, Garden Club President of that year, Clelia Peronneau McGowan. Her ancestor’s gravestones are some of the most beautiful in the Circular Church graveyard, (and the Hutsons and the Huguenot Peronneaus share the large brick vault there:) The story of the path is that after a visit to Paris, Clelia was inspired to create this garden path. The Gateway Walk opened on the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city on the Peninsula. It is maintained today by The Garden Club of Charleston.
The Charleston Annual House and Garden Tours on the 15th and 16th of this month, support the work of making Charleston beautiful.
The Garden Club of Charleston
Annual House and Garden Tours
Downtown Charleston, SC
April 15, 16, 2011
Email for Ticket Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
America’s horticultural heritage is intertwined with Charleston’s own history; many of America’s favorite plants were first introduced in Charleston, including the camellia, poinsettia and gardenia.
All proceeds from the House and Garden Tours benefit The Garden Club of Charleston’s continuing projects – maintaining the gardens at the Historic Joseph Manigault House, the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk and the Healing Garden at MUSC.