Horticultural Programming for 2024

Horticulture Happy Hours in Hampton Park

This series is meant to focus on specific Lowcountry favorites and bring in some of the experts who procure and cultivate them. A small plant sale highlighting the rare cultivars of plants discussed will be available for purchase at each happy hour event. Tickets are $50 and include light bites and a drink ticket. Proceeds from support horticultural park projects.

Camellia Garden Party, Feb. 10
We welcome Dan Clayton, camellia expert and historian, for a workshop focused on the history of the camellias, highlighting Camellia japonica. Topics covered will include propagation, breeding, integrated pest management, and proper planting techniques. Get tickets!

Roses and Rosé, March 14
The Conservancy’s own rose expert, Horticulturist Robert McCombs, will discuss and demonstrate the care of Lowcountry roses, the history of the Noisette rose, and its connection to the Lowcountry. Get tickets!

Hydrangeas, June 2
Endless Summer Hydrangea Expert and Baley Nursery’s Marketing and Communications Manager Ryan McEnany will talk about how new hydrangeas are creating more options for Lowcountry gardens. Attendees will receive his new book “Field Guide to Outside Style.” Get tickets!

Petals and Potions, Oct. 26
This fun and spooky Halloween event will feature flower-based cocktails and munchies made from the edible plants in the garden. The talk will focus on how medicinal plants, herbs, and flowers have been used throughout history. Get tickets!

Plants from Your Parks: Plant Sale

Discover the beauty of our Spring Plant Sale, “Plants From Your Parks,” from March 21-23, as we showcase the diverse plant palettes from different parks. Explore the ‘The Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park’ palette, featuring plants reminiscent of an English Cottage Garden, mirroring the park’s distinctive planting style. Explore the Mulberry Park Food Forest palette with fruit trees and shrubs, and the Magnolia pollinator palette showcasing our pollinator-friendly host plants.

This plant sale provides the opportunity to purchase plants found in our parks and engage with our Horticulture staff for questions. Additionally, Rita’s Roots will be offering vegetable starts and compost for sale. Learn more and see what specific plants will be available. Visit here for more details.

Jenks Farmer Book Signing Session

On March 21, join renowned author, garden designer, and Crinum Lily expert Jenks Farmer, along with Conservancy gardener Kellen Goodell, for a lively discussion on plants, and gardening.

The backdrop for our talk is beautiful Colonial Lake, another park and horticultural project that pushed the envelope of its time and was envisioned with a similar ethos. Jenks provided plant material and input towards the project, which was designed and managed by some of his colleagues. He visits the park each time he comes to Charleston and has written about its unique character.

Not a symposium, no slideshow, just many topics, stories, and Q&A. Choose between a 9am or 5pm book signing and informal discussion. Limited tickets are available at $60 and include a signed copy of the book, a $20 value.

Register for the morning book signing here.

Register for evening book signing here.

Design From Your Parks Quarterly Series 

Discover the exclusive “Design From Your Parks” series, a four-season journey led by Horticulture Director Kate White. This quarterly experience unveils the secrets of designing stunning Lowcountry gardens, showcasing the seasonal beauty of city parks. All classes offer a limited number of openings and take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per class for members or $35 for nonmembers.

A South Carolina Spring, April 6
This talk will focus on the perennial border and seasonal planting at the Rose Pavillion at Hampton Park. This presentation will go through the perennials and bulbs planted in this location to highlight how you can add seasonal color from February through late Fall. Reserve your spot!

Summertime is for the Pollinators, June 15
Learn how to create a pollinator garden, including plant list and budget. This talk teaches homeowners how to bring butterflies and other pollinators into their home garden using the new design at Corrine Jones as the template. Will highlight the work the Conservancy is doing with BeeCause and BeeCity USA. Reserve your spot!

A Charleston Autumn, Sept. 7 Last in our series for 2024, this session highlights adding fall color to the garden and will meet at Hampton Park. The discussion also focuses on shade-loving plants, such as hydrangea, gardenias, camellias, ferns, and shade perennials. We will discuss planting fruit trees and shrubs, as well as ordering bulbs for winter planting. Reserve your spot!

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