The Gateway Walk, Paris in Charleston SC

Paris in Charleston? It’s why I am here. This historic American city is beautiful and nuanced.

A Path to Art

The Gateway Walk

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
2-5 PM
(843) 530-5164

Email for Ticket Information:
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.

I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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