The Festival of Houses and Gardens

cobble stone walk way surrounded by plants and trees

Experience the Charm and History of Charleston at this year's Festival of Houses & Gardens.


This year’s Festival of Houses and Gardens is particularly special because this year marks the 350th anniversary of the commemoration of Charleston. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Historic Charleston Foundation has added new events that take a deeper look at Charleston’s history, culture, and diversity. Each event will give participants an opportunity to reflect on Charleston's three and a half-century long history and what the future holds of this historic city. 

The 72nd Festival of Houses and Gardens in Charleston starts from March 11 until April 18, 2020. The six main events include House and Garden Tours, Morning History Walk, Rose and Roses in the Garden, Container Gardening: Charleston’s Over-the-Top Pots, Gullah Spirituals Concerts and Spirits, and Spirituals in the Courtyard. Whether you are House and Garden Tour veteran or blossoming historian, there are plenty of events that will capture your heart and mind.   


House and Garden Tours

Kick off the festival of houses and gardens with a true behind the scene experience at some of Charleston's finest homes in the Historic District. These tours will give guests an opportunity to explore the homes and gardens that display the best of historic architecture and blooming gardens that the city has to offer. 

Morning History Walks

Explore charleston on foot with the best certified guides in the city. The morning history walks through the Historic District gives guests a chance to see history come alive through animated stories that are both informative and entertaining. 


Rosé and Roses in the Garden

The best pairing for rosé is always a garden full of roses. Sip and explore the stunning gardens of one of Charleston’s most famous homes. The Nathaniel Russell House exemplifies true Charleston architecture from the late Colonial and early Federal periods. You’ll swell from the stunning maze-like gardens while being serenaded by Palmetto Strings duet. 

Gullah Spirituals Concert

Move and groove to the musical sounds of rich African culture from Charleston’s renowned Spiritually Yours ensemble. You’ll feel your spirit lifted as you listen to the ancestral Gullah spirituals and music of the Sea Islands. 

copy of untitled

Container Gardening: Charleston’s Over-the-Top Pots

Bring home your own little piece of Charleston by creating a seasonal garden masterpiece—Lowcountry style. Learn tips and tricks from Charleston’s very own Stephanie Harbin of Hidden Ponds Nursery about creating colorful arrangements that decorate entryways and piazzas across the Historic District. 

Spirits and Spirituals in the Courtyard

Sip on the specialty cocktail “Preservation Punch” as you explore the Aiken-Rhett House. This historic property is a remnant of the Antebellum South which is preserved in an “as found” stage. Explore the lavish greek revival mansion that truly embodied wealth and status of the early 19th century. 

Read Other Post