Conservancy’s Ed Courses Provide Tips and Tricks for Southern Gardening

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Everyone enjoys a beautiful flowerbed, fresh vegetables or a container of thriving herbs. But actually growing those items at your home may seem a little daunting. Charleston Parks Conservancy Ed launches next month with a series of classes targeting beginning gardeners and those who want to improve their horticulture how-to.

From the basics of choosing plants for your garden all the way to successfully growing roses in the Lowcountry, classes provide instruction as well as hands-on demonstrations. A number of the classes will be led by Jim Martin, horticulturist and lifelong gardener who has extensive knowledge of gardening in the South.

“People often have the misconception that gardening is hard, but when you have the proper knowledge and skills, it can be an incredibly rewarding. Half the battle is understanding gardening in the South – what works and what doesn’t,” says Martin, executive director of the Conservancy. “Also, because many of our classes have outdoor demonstrations, we’re getting people into our local parks and greenspaces and showing not only the benefits of gardening, but also Charleston’s incredible selection of parks.”

Charleston Parks Conservancy Ed kicks off Feb. 16 with Park Angels 101: An Introduction to the Parks, People, History and Horticulture in Charleston. This class is free to anyone who has signed up to be a Park Angel. Park Angels support the Conservancy by volunteering in local parks and spreading the word about the Conservancy.

Anyone who enjoys Charleston’s parks can become a Park Angel; registration is free. Sign up at

Additional Charleston Parks Conservancy Ed courses include: Vegetable Gardening for Beginners in the South; Gardening from the Ground Up: A Course for Beginners on Basics; Creating and Living in a Healthy Garden; Container Gardening; A Beginner’s Guide to Growing for Annual and Perennial Color; and Growing Roses in Your Lowcountry Garden. Classes range from $15 to $40.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
Founded by businesswoman Darla Moore and headed by prominent horticulturalist Jim Martin, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to further beautifying City of Charleston parks and green spaces. With the help of its Park Angels volunteer force, the Conservancy seeks to rally community support and pride behind the effort to create a lasting movement. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit  

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